Karina Gill

Karina Gill is a contemporary silversmith who has been making unique sculptural bowls for over fifteen years.


Karina studied at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design where she gained her BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design in metal work. Since completing her degree in 1996 she has built up her business from her workshop in Dorset, where she designs and makes her etched silver bowls.

Her distinctive, collectible bowls will create an intriguing talking point wherever they are placed, with each piece being crafted from a single piece of metal.


Influenced by organic repetition in nature, print-making and textiles, Karina’s creations are objects to be loved for generations. Free-hand acid etching creates a unique, heavily textured yet delicate surface, giving each piece a tactile quality.

Find out more about Karina’s range and all her upcoming exhibitions on her website, karinagill.co.uk






Rebecca Anne Boldra

  Rebecca-Anne Boldra is inspired by the world around her, particularly architectural forms. Her designs explore the contrast between straight lines and flowing curves to aid her exploration of functionality and its effect on the concept of beauty.


Rebecca-Anne studied for her degree at the School of Jewellery part of Birmingham City University. Subsequently,in the Summer of 2011, Rebecca-Anne started a residency at the renown Bishopsland Educational Trust which is based outside Reading. Here she completed their Post-graduate development course in Jewellery and Silversmithing and became a Fellow.  After Bishopland Rebecca-Anne has been an Artist in Residence at Glasgow School of Art during the past academic year.


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My “smithing” days began in a shed in East London. From there I stepped up to the rather more refined environment of Crown Jewellers Aspreys (later to become Asprey-Garrards) in London’s Bond Street, where over 25 years I mastered all the skills of the “across the board” gold/silversmith/jeweller, such as chasing, box making, forging, hammering, and raising.

SEW Ltd Gold/Silversmiths was launched in 2003. I am a Freeman of the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths; A fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths; A fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

I love my work, whether I am crafting individually designed wedding rings, or mustering every bit of my expertise to transform the more elaborate gold/silverware imaginings of my customers into reality.


My ethos is simple: the highest level of technical expertise melded with flexibility and creativity. My creations are always unique, and always a matter of personal pride.

Over the years I have been the craftsman behind such prestigious projects as the Cricket World Cup, the Ryder Cup, trophies for the Royal Ascot races and repairs to the F A Cup! I have also created commissions for HRH the Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal Family; the Sultans of Brunei and Oman amongst other prominent clients.Hatto Bowl

Summer Of Silver

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Yes it’s here again! 

Our third year of the Summer Of Silver Exhibition!!

This year we have some amazing exhibitors, some you may already have seen in our windows, some are new and innovative designs, and a couple this year are very local indeed!

On the line up this year:

Rebecca Joselyn

Hannah Felicity Dunne

Steve Wager

Ray Walton

Lexi Dick

Louise Walker

Padgham & Putland

Karina Gill

Stuart Jenkins

Gill Bridgestock

Twisted Silver Studio

Rebecca-Anne Boldra

Kathryn Hinton

Martyn Pugh

Silver Moonbow

Phew…………………..Now, they’re exhibiting at different times throughout the summer so if you’d like to see a particular designer please just call us for the schedule.

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All exhibition pieces are for sale and prices start from around £50.00 for silver jewellery up to a few thousand for some major signature pieces. Please feel free to come in and browse, we will be very pleased to see you and show you some brilliant designers.


Our Visit To Jamie’s New Trattoria

We arrived at Jamie’s last night to enjoy one of their “soft opening” evenings.
The atmosphere was great, candles on the tables, music playing at the right volume – loud enough to hear but not too loud to have to shout at each other across the table.
The staff seemed excited, eager and a little apprehensive at the same time.
Not everything was available on the menu due to it being a soft launch; the specials, fish of the day and a couple of regular dishes.
We had a nice table for four in the front section, sadly away from the open kitchen where all the action was, but it was a good sized table with plenty of elbow room.
Drinks and the antipasti board were promptly brought as we took our time perusing the menu.
Two of us chose the baked chestnut mushrooms, one crispy squid and courgette, and one arancini risotto balls. Good sized portions and very tasty all round. We all had different main courses and we all agreed that they were all very good. Therefore we highly recommend the chicken in mushroom sauce on a crostini, prawn linguini, vegetable rotola, and my favourite the porcini fettuccini!
Only two of us managed dessert with the other two suddenly finding extra spoons to dig in and share as the chocolate arctic roll and sour cherry frangipan tart were too good to miss.
I am a fan of Italian food so I was quite confident that Jamie Oliver would deliver, I was not disappointed. It’s price point is not dissimilar to most of the Italians around town making it another great choice for somewhere to eat in town. We work right opposite which will make it very hard to go home at the end of every day knowing that there’s such a good restaurant just across the road.
Our many hearty congratulations to James and his team, we wish them every success. And we must also mention our charming waiter George who did a great job looking after us four ladies!
Thank you and we will see you again.


March 2015



This week we did a bit of brainstorming and have come up with a few promotions to run this year!

Coming soon is a brand new Mondaine product – the Helvetica. Well-thought-out, balanced, even-tempered, essential, soft and fluid, with its sophisticated, harmonious and logically structured forms is the font for everyday needs of advanced printing. The 6 similarities between Helvetica® and Mondaine – Swiss Icon, Timeless, Traditional, Highly Readable, World Wide Know, Unmistakeable. Choosing the Helvetica® font as a muse, with its quintessentially Swiss values and style, has enabled the creation of a time-tested yet harmonious watch collection. Just like the type font, Mondaine Helvetica is discreet, yet strong in the conviction of providing efficient time-keeping in a tempered recognizable form. So, joi us this coming May to see the new collection along with the Mondaine SBB Range including Simply Elegant and Evo.

With Easter just around the corner, we have organised a fun Easter egg treasure hunt in Tunbridge Wells High Street. From Saturday 28th March through to Saturday 11th April – you can pick up a treasure map from us. Find the 15 hidden numbered eggs in the High Street windows; mark the numbers on your map and return it to us. There are a few rhymes to help you along! Simples! The hunt runs for the two week half term period so plenty of time for you to come hunting! All returned maps will receive a treat courtesy of Morrison’s and all returned maps will be entered into a grand prize draw on Saturday 11th April where many prizes are being donated by the High Street businesses including a £25.00 voucher from Javabean and plenty of choccy treats from other participants. Treasure Maps are free in exchange for a charitable donation. We are sponsoring the Folly Wildlife Rescue Centre and all proceeds from this year’s Treasure Hunt will go to this great charity which is situated in the Broadwater Forest near Tunbridge Wells. Folly is a charity dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wild animals and birds throughout West Kent, East Sussex and the surrounding region. Each year some 3,500 wild animals and birds are admitted to the centre where they receive expert care and veterinary treatment. Run purely on public donations this worthy charity thanks you for all your support. 

Our Zelli Porcelain side of the business has also been planning some spectacular activities. They have joined forces with local porcelain artist Stephen Bartley. Mr Bartley is probably most well known for his collection of character porcelain pigs, frogs and hippos. We are inviting you to design a new model for his pig collection. Measuring just four inches tall, these little pigs are full of character and can be custom made to most specifications. To enter we need four colour sketches (front, back and both side views) of your design. There is a £10 fee per entry and ALL proceeds go to Folly. The competition is open to all ages. There are no restrictions except your imagination. Designs and entry fees should be returned to Payne & Son/Zelli Porcelain by no later than 30th September 2015. Short listed designs will be forward to Mr Bartley who will have the final judgement. The judge’s decision is final. The winner will have their design made by Mr Bartley and receive a limited edition of number one of six. See zelliporcelain.com for full terms and conditions.

 And talking of charities…….we have adopted the Folly Wildlife Rescue Centre as our charity for the year. Situated in the Broadwater Forest near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Folly Wildlife Rescue Trust is a charity dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and distressed wild animals and birds throughout West Kent, East Sussex and the surrounding region. The Trust specialize in the hand-rearing of mammals, including hedgehogs, badgers, foxes, mice, rabbits and even deer, as well as over two thousand nestling and fledgling birds of all species. In addition, it works tirelessly to dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding many wild animals (for example, magpies are killing all our songbirds, foxes are ruthless killers, all badgers carry TB etc) with a view to reducing much needless and often fatal persecution.

Through its education programme (carried out primarily in schools, community groups and clubs) it looks to highlight these man-made problems (which nationwide are killing and maiming millions of animals and birds every year) as well as demonstrating to people how they can help prevent such accidents from happening in the first place. It also actively promotes a respect for and an appreciation of our wonderful wildlife heritage.

Stay tuned for another update soon!

Happy New Year!

A very Happy New Year to all our customers – we hope you had a wonderful Christmas. 

At the moment we are experiencing a January SALE!!! 

We have many great discounts including: 30% off all our Caran d’Ache writing instruments, 30% off the last of our Victorinox watches, 30% off the last of our Rotary Chronograph watches, 25% off our range of Edox watches, 10% of all Fredierique Constant watches, 20% off Christmas Limoges Boxes, 25% off all Chamilia charms and bracelets, 25% off selected sterling silver jewelelry, 40% off all porcelain tableware, 50% off Nymphenburg Porcelain Coral style jewellery and wing jewellery…………. and further discounts off selected fine jewellery. 


We are also planning our promotions for the year ahead and are looking to repeat our wedding fair in April where up to 20 local shops and business will come together under our roof in an exhibition of all things “wedding”. Keep an eye on our website http://payneandsonjewellers.co.uk/weddingsfayresbypayneandsonjewellers.html for up dates on our exhibitors. Confirmed so far are Wedding Photographer Kerry McNair and Gifts by Zelli Porcelain. 

Also coming soon is a celebration of British Designer/Silversmiths, with exhibits from Louise Walker, Charlotte Tolyfield, Lexi Dick, Rebecca Joselyn and  Padgham & Putland. 

And our Australian friends will be back 25th – 28th September with their amazing collection of rare black opals. We have a selection in store now to tease and tempt you until then, so please pop in and ask to see this beautiful gem!

Christmas at Zelli Porcelain (Trading as Payne and Son)

Payne and Son Jewellers invite you to our late night shopping evening in Tunbridge Wells High Street on Thursday 13th December. We shall be open from 9.30am in the morning all the way through to 7.00pm in the evening. Otherwise our opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 to 5.00pm. Spend over £500 in store and receive our Gold Card which entitles you to 15% off future purchases (excluding services and repairs). In addition, as a Gold Card holder, you will receive our email newsletter and first hand notification of any news, events and promotions going on in store.

Our Christmas opening times are Monday to Saturday 9.30 -5pm and we will be closed  on Sundays.

Closed on Wednesday 25th , Thursday 26th and Friday 27th December. Closed Tuesday 2nd January. 

We have an amazing selection of ideas for your Christmas gifts this year – have a flick through our gallery pages at http://www.payneandsonjewellers.co.uk and http://www.zelliporcelain.com to see what might inspire you! And if all else fails, we have personalized gift vouchers in any denomination for your to purchase in store.

John, Denise and Jo wish you all a very Merry Christmas.


Preowned Beauties

From time to time we take on pieces of jewellery for sale on a commission basis. The pieces you see here are all lovingly pre-owned pieces which some of our customers would like to pass on for someone else to enjoy. If you are interested in any of these pieces then please give us a call on 01892 525 874 for further details and prices. Please remember these items belong to our clients and prices are generally non-negotiable, although on occasion there may be a little flexibility. If you are looking to sell an item of jewellery, please contact usto discuss the options that are available.

The single stone diamond ring has platinum shoulders and mount set on an 18 carat yellow gold shank / The emerald and diamond claw set bracelet is mounted in yellow gold stamped 14 carat / A Montegrappa Symphony Ball pen in red celluloid / Deco style emerald and diamond set 18 carat white gold ring / A set consisting of a matching necklet, bracelet and stud earrings set with multi coloured stones / A pink sapphire and diamond bracelet / Demantoid Garnet and Diamond Ring / A set of Peter Strang Meissen Angels /A rectangular green tourmaline pendant set in 9ct yellow gold