Drift Jewellery was started by Fiona Petheram in 2007 after moving to Tarifa on the Costa de la Luz of Spain, a place renowned for its beautiful unspoiled beaches and formidable Levante wind. Following a career in journalism and public relations, it was here that Fiona found the time and inspiration to start making jewellery. She now lives back in the UK, close to the Suffolk coast, and continues to make and develop her collection of jewellery.
Each piece of Drift jewellery is made by hand by Fiona herself using sea glass that she has found along the coastlines of Suffolk, Spain and the Isles of Scilly, combined with semi-precious stones, precious metals, silk and leather.
A love of natural forms means that all of Fiona’s designs take their lead from the varied sizes and sculptural shapes of the sea glass that she finds. Each piece is carefully selected, lightly tumbled and then drilled by hand before being worked into a piece of jewellery. Colours vary from luminous whites, greens and blues which were probably once part of a wine, ale or ink bottle through to rarer purples and pinks which were perhaps originally perfume or medicine bottles. Whatever its age and origin, sea glass began its journey as something that was once discarded, and Fiona takes real pleasure in collecting and recycling it into beautiful and wearable pieces.