We should really be called Serendipity, for it all began as a happy accident - a chance meeting on a tropical island started a chain of events which nobody could have foreseen. Now Paula designs for some of the most prestigious Museum and Heritage shops in the world and produces new collections for this catalogue every year.The Balinese families who produce our jewellery have become our friends and two very different cultures exist in almost perfect harmony!
The majority of jewellery in The Paula Bolton Collection is hand-crafted in Bali by craftsmen whose skills have been handed down from generation to generation. Many of our pearl collections are sourced directly from families in China with their own pearl farms so our prices are very competitive.The silver jewellery featured on The Paula Bolton Collection website is made from 925 sterling silver, often highlighted by 18 carat gold plate. We also produce copper designs embellished with silver which are clearly indicated. When the silver is over the required weight it carries a U.K. hallmark. A variety of semi-precious gemstones have been specially selected for their vibrant colours and delicate hues, including amethyst, garnet, peridot, iolite and citrine. For clarity of colour we have decided in some cases to use "Japanese" amethysts which are laboratory-grown from amethyst crystal. The pearls we use are freshwater pearls grown in the rivers and lakes of China. Swarovski crystal is occasionally used and we only use farmed coral.All our jewellery is presented in high quality boxes and silver chains are included in the price of pendants. Many of our large brooches also have pendant loops at the back which gives the wearer greater versatility. Chains are not included with these.
Paula lives in a 16th century cottage in an idyllic village in rural Kent. She is married with two children and five grandchildren. A self-taught designer with very original ideas, Paula is influenced by her extensive travels, art, nature and her rapidly overflowing walled garden.Descended from a long line of intrepid travellers, Paula's great grandfather was an adventurous entrepreneur and her father and grandfather were both born in Japan. Her mother's ancestors were Dutch merchants who sailed to the East in the 18th century.