About Unearthed: Upycycled Jewellery

Inspired by the UK's Industrial History, and based at the edge of the Potteries in Staffordshire, Unearthed Jewellery upcycles unearthed shards of pottery, sea glass, and industrial scoria into jewellery for those who are looking for a way to express their unique selves, celebrating their desire to explore, love of being outdoors and who desire handmade jewellery with a unique story.  Unearthed shards are upcycled into one-of-a-kind, environmentally-conscious sterling silver or gold-filled jewellery, connecting you to the land and story of where the shard came from.

Eco-Friendly Jewellery

Trash to Treasure:
Our sterling silver and gold-filled jewellery uses found pottery shards, sea glass or scoria that have been handpicked from the earth and sea, or have been donated by our supporters who wanted to do their part to reduce waste. 

Unearthed also gives you the chance to feel connected to the planet. Here's how....

  • We re-use and upcycle unearthed broken pottery, sea glass and industrial scoria
  • We keep a low-carbon-footprint by using UK-sourced materials and supplies, and recycle the plastic packaging our supplies sent to us in.
  • We use recycled paper for our story cards and boxes and biodegradable packaging.
  • We use non-toxic, food-grade chemicals during the silversmithing process.
  • Where possible, we use Sterling Silver wire and sheet that has been 100% recycled from scrap silver

Purchasing a piece of Unearthed Jewellery means you are doing a little something to reduce the toxins and waste on our planet.

Handmade Quality: Edinburgh Assay Office Registered

Unearthed by Lynn is registered with the Edinburgh Assay Office. What does this mean for you? 

All Unearthed jewellery is crafted from a minimum of 925 sterling silver (Sea Glass pieces are set in Fine Silver) and bears the 925 fineness mark and UBL makers mark, regardless of its weight. Unearthed Jewellery fully complies with the 1973 Hallmarking Act and is registered with the Edinburgh Assay Office, who independently tests and guarantees that all Unearthed Jewellery weighing over 7.78 grams are hallmarked as required.

You can find more information about hallmarking on the Edinburgh Assay Office website:

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Your Own Shard of History

Inspired by the Potteries and Industry:

The first Unearthed Collection focused on pottery shards. Pottery shards can be found everywhere in the UK and particularly in Staffordshire and the Potteries.... walking along the canal, down the street, in your garden.... Wedgwood, Spode and Burleigh pottery shards and more can be found everywhere. Finding these fragments of broken pottery evokes a strong sense of curiosity about the history of the UK Pottery industry, raising many questions....how did it get here, who made the pottery, where was it made, what were their lives like, who were the intended users of the completed piece? The fragments also demonstrate the significance of the ceramic industry of the UK, its tragic decline and the glimmer of its resurrection in recent years.

Jewellery With A Story:

Think of your favourite pieces of jewellery. What makes them special? Does it remind you of a special memory? A place? A person? It often holds its own story - where it came from, how it was made or who it was from.

Using these unearthed shards, I create for you, one-of-a-kind,  earth-friendly, jewellery with its own story. When you purchase a piece of Unearthed Jewellery, it comes with a copy of the provenance I have been able to uncover from the description.....who made it, where it was made, the pattern name, where it was found, how it likely got there, and how it has been made into a one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery for you to wear. In some cases, we may know a lot about a piece, in others, we know very little.

About Lynn

Half Canadian, half British, I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada to a British-born father who travelled to Canada with my war-bride grandmother.

An active Gold Member of the Guild of British Jewellery Designers, I have designed and made silver jewellery since 2000. Whilst my collections have differed over the years, they have a common thread - an eclectic union of new and old.

A few years after earning my degree in Business, I yearned to learn something more creative and began the Jewellery Art and Design Program with Vancouver Community College. I began making jewellery that encorporated antique beads and broken jewellery. Little did I know life had exciting plans for me - I moved to the UK when I was 30, after meeting a British chap (who is now my husband) on a cycling holiday in France. 

After moving to Staffordshire, I found it tough being away from home. I tried to immerse myself in the culture and history of the local area, the Potteries. I had a garden for the first time in my life and began enjoying cultivating the flowers, vegetables etc that I wanted to grow. Often whilst digging, I would find a pottery shard. I started a collection, which quickly expanded as I found other shards in different areas - along the canal, the common, and in other counties, such as Shropshire and also in Wales. It was researching this collection of shards that made me feel connected to this area. It wasn't long before my love for this collection merged with my love of jewellery making. My first two pieces used a broken shard from my grandmother's heirloom pottery and the first shard I found on the Common in Stone; the idea for Unearthed was officially born: to create jewellery for others, providing them with their own shard of history, that upcycles unearthed, man-made materials into jewellery with a story that creates connection and evokes memories and stories.