Norma says, “In my family there are five women called Norma Kerr - middle names given to four sisters and one niece. Bright, funny, creative women who all inspired me to present to you this collection of jewellery by Norma Kerr”.
After graduating from Demontfort University with a degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery Norma designed window displays at Garrard's, the Crown Jewellers, Harrods and Mappin and Webb in Knightsbridge and also sold her work on Camden Market from her workshop in Brixton.
Following a couple of “wonderful years” making jewellery and silverware in Vicenza, Italy and riding her Vespa alongside the canals, Norma designed costume jewellery in London travelling to Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea whilst learning the techniques of mass production. Returning to London, Norma produced a platinum collection for Van Peterson, the collection was one of the first luxury brands to be launched during the first dot com boom.
Norma went back to study for a post grad Marketing diploma, then moved to Wales to start an entirely new career at the Hay Festival. “I've always loved books and I'm a country girl at heart, so it seemed to make sense. I worked my way up to become the producer of Hay Festival Wales and I am now the Director of Development”.
Seventeen years and umpteen festivals later, from Hay to Nairobi, Merthyr Tydfil to the Alhambra Palace, Norma has returned to her jeweller's bench with this limited-edition collection which is inspired by her love of traditional American tattoo flash art of the 1940s, and the glamour of that era. Each necklace is handmade, set with a sapphire and then beautifully hand engraved. There are three designs: Love, Hope and Grace – the three words that mean the most to Norma; to give Love, to be full of Hope and whatever adversity you face, to do so with Grace.
Materials: Sterling Silver and Sapphires. Up to 80% of the silver comes from recycled materials