The Making of the Beyer alphabet jewellery

Watch our Beyer alphabet jewellery being made.

Celebrating the anonymous art of letter carving and collaborating with the acclaimed stone carver Philip Surey, we explore the history of letter carving, and texture of British Stone. Solid silver alphabet charms are made directly into the cut stone from the West of England, to create textured silver jewellery with a story of craftsmanship, nature, protection, and identity.

A Bath stone, carved by Phil, acts as the tooling for Alice to mould the alphabet jewellery. Made by hand in small batches, wax is dripped directly into the stone. Once air-cooled the letters are carefully released and cast in 925 sterling silver in our London, Royal Warrant holding, casting house. Each silver letter charm is then de-sprued, pin-barrelled, and hand finished to celebrate its texture, process, craftsmanship and story.

The Beyer charm is an oolite limestone, a Bath stone, carved to create a mould that offers raw texture and natural imperfection. Lettering is inspired by the late Ralph Beyer, one of the most compelling and complex of post war letterers in Britain. His inscriptional work was bravely original and treads a path between ‘art’ and ‘craft’.

 Cut as a bold, oversized charm, it picks up the beautiful, aerated texture and sediment of the Bath stone.

Beyer alphabet necklace consists of a 40mm high, 925 silver charm hung on a 925 silver 51cm curb chain.

‘Letter carving is a craft rooted in several basic human preconceptions: language, design and making’ John Neilson, The inscriptions of Ralph Beyer. 

Shop the Alphabet Jewellery Collection here.

Photography & Video: Alice Made This
Models: Christi, Coragem & Yannick, Body London
Hair & Makeup: Sophie Higginson
Stone Carver: Philip Surey