About Gee Backhouse – La Creatrice
I design and make jewellery for people who are looking to celebrate
special occasions and significant milestones.
Unique, handmade jewellery for people who want a creation as original and distinctive as they are.
I love creating unique compass pendants and compass jewellery, too. It started out with me wanting one for myself – and now people are wearing my compasses all over the world!
Jewellery for Your Journey
When you wear my jewellery, I want you to feel “your best self”.
You instinctively know when you’ve found jewellery that’s a reflection of who you are. And when you find it, it becomes the piece of jewellery you wear the most on your journey through life.
Timeless Elegance, Effortless Style
You want jewellery that’s in harmony with your lifestyle, too.
I design each piece to ensure it’s comfortable to wear and won’t snag on clothing. People who come to me are often looking for jewellery to wear every day, so I create jewellery that feels good when you wear it.
When you find the jewellery you’ve always been looking for, you just know – and when you wear it you radiate timeless elegance and effortless style.
Handmade Gold Jewellery
Hand-crafting raw materials creates unique quirks and idiosyncrasies that are often only revealed by close inspection; a piece of custom made jewellery is like a beautiful secret that only fully reveals itself to its owner. The more you wear your creation the more intimately you know it.
The French have a term ‘La Creatrice’ – a creator, a designer. I am the artist behind my creations ~ and the woman behind the artist.
My career story started in Information Technology where I used to design and build databases for clients such as Microsoft and Guinness. Life was very comfortable but, well, just not the stuff of adventurers. I felt there was more to life and wanted to do something I felt passionate about.
So I changed my life, became a goldsmith and moved to France.
Becoming a Goldsmith … Evolved
Coming from a family of fine art dealers provided me with an opportunity to see many beautiful creations, in a variety of forms. Paintings, glassware, furniture – and, of course, jewellery. It also meant meeting a rich mix of people and gave me a window onto how others appreciate art. For some it’s an inexplicable attraction, for others, purely an investment.
Treasures from the Past
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved jewellery. Visiting antiques fairs with my Mum, through much of my childhood, gave me exposure to a lot of jewellery from various times in history. I remember sifting through boxes of treasures and trinkets that had once been cherished. Signs of their wear and tear sparking my imagination of what those pieces of jewellery had witnessed, the stories they carried within them. Who had owned and worn them? Where had they travelled?
Practical by Nature
I’m one of those people who enjoys using their hands, I love making things. In addition to jewellery, I make all sorts of creations using fabrics and wood and hoard stashes of these materials that are under the threat of disposal. I chose woodwork over cookery at school. Growing up, I spent hours and hours in workshops helping to rebuild old LandRovers and other farm vehicles. But that’s another story.
The Skills of the Craftsman
Through a friend with whom I shared a weakness for fabrics, I met a Master Craftsman of Goldsmiths’ Hall. A gentleman with a wealth of knowledge and skills and a gift for teaching, he took me under his wing and agreed to one-to-one tuition in his private workshop. A stickler for precision and the correct use of techniques, he provided the perfect setting for the hungry apprentice – me. On the solid foundations from his tuition, I have continued to develop my skills through dedicated practice for several years. For me, creating jewellery in my workshop is a kind of alchemy.
The Adventurer Within
I became a goldsmith by deciding to live a life of adventure; to risk the safely familiar in favour of being involved in something that inspired me. With an open mind I looked out for opportunities, tried new things and made mistakes. I applied myself to finding a way of living a life that truly engaged me. And I found my place doing what I love in a wonderful part of the world.
Everyone has a story, and the story about the rest of your life starts today.
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