Peter and Samantha have both turned into lovely adults with successful careers and have also both met two lovely people to share their lives with in Kerry and Darren.
Samantha has just passed her Master's degree in Silversmithing from the University of Ulster with distinction and is hoping to make this her career. She graduated this afternoon and here she is all dressed up with a very proud mum and stepfather!
She already has a website (which seems to be a work in progress at the moment - get a move on with it Sammy - its your shop window!) but if you check out her facebook page you will see some samples of her gorgeous work!
She has made some wondefully unique engagement rings - including her own and Kerry's - here's an example she made for a friend.....
and another one
She also made a fabulous locket for Beryl's 60th birthday. This one is based on an antique piece Beryl was given by one of Mum's neighbours in Belfast on her wedding day - but alas it got lost in all the house moves since. Nigel and Karen described it to Sammy - and here is her take on it - a beautiful locket with a raised letter B inset with pearls (Beryl's birth stone!)
Her latest commission is this beautiful amethyst and diamond pendant and in the facebook album you can see it in all its preliminary stages of manufacture
But its not all about jewellery - she has also made some beatiful pieces in precious metals too - this Absinthe case was one of her Master's pieces - and she made all the silver items in it as well as helping with the design of the little cabinet. It won first prize at a big exhibition in Goldsmith's hall a couple of months ago as well!
She has some truly gorgeoous samples of her work (- and yes - I know I'm biased - but prize committees and degree awarding bodies seem to agree!) in her facebook gallery.
If you would like to chat to her about making you a piece of jewellery or a christening cup or another treasure - get in touch with her by phone on 07840 133921 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org