About the Jeweller
Hello and welcome! I am a highly trained jeweller living near London, England and I can’t wait to share my passion with you. I am one of the lucky ones who gets to do what I absolutely love as a living. Jewellery is my life, my love, and my passion, and I love nothing more than sitting down at a bench every day and creating these precious objects that we have all come to love so much.
Believe it or not, I got into this field by accident. As a child, I bought a beading kit on a whim in 7th grade in the United States where I was born and raised. I had always enjoyed making, and I thought this would just be something else fun to fill an afternoon. Turns out, it took up just a bit more of an afternoon, as I quickly fell in love with beads and making beaded jewellery. This love only grew when I went to high school and had the chance to start taking metals courses. Ever since then I have been honing my skills and becoming the best jeweller I can be.
I continued my studies by getting my degree at Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where I majored in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM. Not only did I improve my bench skills there, but I learned the mechanics of CAD (computer aided design), so I am able to model and print fine jewellery. During school, and after, I worked for several jewellers in the Philadelphia area, both in sales and in benchwork, only further growing my skills. My first full time job after school was working for a company that made body jewellery specifically in gold, so I got lots of practice in working gold on a minute scale, which is significantly harder than largier pieces. During this time I also worked for a jeweller friend and mentor of mine, Mike, who I owe many thanks. As life has a funny way of working out, love took me to the UK where I now work and live. I currently work full time as a goldsmith in the heart of Hatton Garden, London’s jewellery district, and make all the work you see here in my own time. This is a craft that I genuinely love and my hope is that you will love my work as much as I love making it.
Amanda J. Buss