Jewellery by Michael King ltd.
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The sword talisman made by Michael King for the Rheged film 'The Lost Kingdom"

History of Michael King's Jewellery

Craftsmanship and design in gold, silver and precious stones.

In 1982, I started my own jewellery business in a barn at my home at Curthwaite in northern Cumbria. In 2001 I opened new premises at nearby West Woodside, on the A595 eight miles SW of Carlisle, providing space for a large new gallery showing a wide range of gold and silver pieces.

During the last 20 years I have completed many important commissions. Among them have been a series of ornate weapons recalling the wonderful workmanship of the early Britons for the film 'The Lost Kingdom', commissioned for the Rheged Centre near Penrith, Cumbria.

More recently, I was commissioned to copy the beautiful cross of St Cuthbert, kept in the treasury of Durham Cathedral, for a film about the life of the saint.

Past commissions include a facsimile copy of an ancient crucifix for Queen Elizabeth II, a ceremonial cross for Carlisle Cathedral and a cross and ring for the Bishops of Penrith and of Jarrow.

Wedding and engagement rings and decorative jewellery form a basis of much of my work.

Celtic art has been a strong influence as Cumbria's relatively unspoiled rural environment was once part of the Celtic kingdom.

I have always been fascinated by contrasts of highly polished and granulated, textured surfaces. Some of my pieces are constructed around silver coral, a technique of simulating natural coral by a unique casting process I developed myself.

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Tiara in sterling silver to an Art Nouveau design.
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Design for a gold and diamond brooch
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Silver cross presented to HM Queen Elizabeth II to mark the 900th anniversary of Carlisle Cathedral in 1988.
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Cross designed and made for the Bishop of Penrith, Cumbria. At the centre is a pilgrim's cross made from a 14th century mould found at Keswick, once a pilgrimage centre for St Herbert. On the arms of the cross are four oval haematites mined at Egremont, Cumbria.