# B A T E S G E O R O C K S

Admittedly, I often forget I even have a blog.

Instagram tends to be my main go-to social platform these days (you can find me here) but with lots going on and new collections on the way,  check back over on the blog for all the extra juicy details!

So, to kickstart my reunion, here are a couple of FABULOUS shots of my ‘Geo Rocks’ taken by the super talented, Stefanie Calleja-Gera! (Follow her on Instagram @STEFCGPHOTOGRAPHY ) DAMN she’s good 😉

+ Featured are a couple of my absolute favourite and most-loved over the years, particularly the Kite pendant (Top-Right) and Split Panel Rings (Mid-Right). Everyday staples like the Tri-Angle earrings and my BRAND N E W hand-carved ‘Heavy Kite Stackers’. These rings are my new favourite. ever. Wear them back to front to stack up, or fly solo! Add some GLAM and go for a Diamond-studded one (yes, it’s real, and it’s amazing. Like the unicorn- pics coming soon)

See you soon,



A Valentine…

Until midnight 14th February, take an extra 10% off my Geometric Heart Stud earrings! Just visit my online shop HERE and enter the code ‘AVALENTINE’ when checking out!


(p.s: There is also a hidden 20% off code if you can find it- enjoy!…)


You can now also see my work on display & to purchase from:

Brazen Studios – Glasgow

Black Box Boutique – Edinburgh

Victoria Sewart – Plymouth

Sara Preisler Gallery – Birmingham




Stephanie Bates qualified from the prestigious School of Jewellery in Birmingham in the UK, and takes her inspiration from areas undergoing Regeneration, such as Gloucester Docks and Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

As a first time exhibitor to Inhorgenta, Stephanie is looking forward to exhibiting her Jewellery as part of the British Jewellers Association (BJA) this February.

Stephanie says: “After an exciting year last year, exhibiting at JOYA Barcelona for a 2nd time, and SIERAAD Art Fair in Amsterdam for the first, I am really excited to take my collection to Inhorgenta in Munich, and showcase my collection here for the first time.”

Her ‘Changes in State’ collection was born out of a love for urban buildings, including old, graffitied warehouses and blocks of flats under demolition exposing some of their history; and the newly built, angular steel structures alongside these, which have offered interesting contrasts to use as a creative base.

The collection is made up of both one off and limited edition ‘art jewellery’ pieces, as well as classic ‘staples’ with more of a fine jewellery element, keeping her bold, geometric style throughout.

Working in a range of materials from precious metals and gemstones, to concrete, enamel paint and rubber; Stephanie combines these with both traditional skills and modern design technology to create her wearable structures.

Stephanie is inspired as much from her surroundings as she is the materials in which she works and explores. She says: “My current ‘Changes in State’ jewellery collection is of bold, geometric shapes, injected here and there with colour. It is initially inspired by architecture, and its ever change in state through destruction and development.

Experimenting with concrete, silver, gemstones, enamel paint and rubber, I find myself as inspired through material exploration, which can lead to exciting developments!”

This year Stephanie will be developing more of her Men’s collection, which will include brooches, cufflinks, rings and more. One of her most favoured pieces to date is her unisex ‘split panel’ ring, with its simplicity in clean lines and strong structure.

With Spring/Summer fast approaching, Stephanie has also turned her attention to the organic structures around us, creating her ‘Geometric floral’ collection. Available in Silver and Gold, watch out for new additions over the coming months.

To visit Stephanie at Inhorgenta, head to the ‘British Allied Trade Federation’ stand (108/209, Gang A/B). This is from the 14th-17th February 2014, taking place for the 41st time.


SIERAAD Art Fair 2013: International Jewellery Design Fair

This November saw my first showcase at the International Design Fair ‘SIERAAD’, in Amsterdam.

It begins!…

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My journey started off in the rain with a heavy suitcase after arriving in the dark. I hopped on a bus that I had decided looked like it stopped as close to where I needed to be on my soggy, paper map, before realising I had forgotten to change any of my Euros in to small change- so a huge thank you to the bus driver who let me on for free!

After dragging my suitcase and sodden shoes up & down across the main street in WesterGasfabriek, I was finally directed in the right direction by a kind stranger, and alas! I arrived at the Gashouder for SIERAAD just in time to set up my stand.

Side note: I laughed hard in the morning when I arrived back on the same road and saw the enormous venue staring me in the face over the canal- this I couldn’t see in the dark at all, so I had proceeded to walk up & down the road unknowingly!

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The next few days saw the show in full swing, meeting visitors from across Europe, including France, Italy, Spain and of course, the Netherlands.


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Sieraad offered so many beautiful & diverse showcases from Designers across the globe, but sadly I didn’t have the chance to explore them all! I met some amazing stand neighbours including Grace Hamilton, fellow JeDeCo designer Farah Qureshi, and visiting designer Robyn Galway, as well as catching up with familiar faces including Isabelle Busnel, Paulo Ribeiro from JOYA Barcelona and Eliana Negroni from Milan.

(Below: Photos left & centre by Eliana Negroni; Photo right by Paulo Pibeiro)

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Some of my popular pieces proved to be the split panel rings among both men and women- both with and without stones; the double cube drop earrings; the linked boxes necklace and my geometric ‘kite’ collection:

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A fantastic, inspiring start to the winter season, and I look forward to developing new work over the coming months, ready for next year!

I was also lucky enough to visit the Van Gogh museum on Friday night. In November, there is live music and drinks in the foyer until 10pm. I was amazing being able to walk around the musuem, all the way to the top, and still hear the music paying, carrying you away whilst you explore the various exhibitions. I love the way the museum was set out, showing you the various influences within his work and watching these develop through every room 🙂 Here are some of my highlights:

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– But now for Christmas orders! 🙂

Don’t forget; if you would like to commission something special this year, please get in touch asap to allow enough time for completion:


School of Jewellery – News post

News post about my Jewellery business from the wonderful School of Jewellery in Birmingham, where I completed my studies in Jewellery & Silversmithing:

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JOYA Barcelona Contemporary Jewellery Fair 2013

I was delighted to have been selected as an exhibiting artist for a 2nd year at JOYA, and what a great fair it was again!

I love the variety of designers’ work on show- it is jewellery heaven for everyone- and it’s such a friendly, well organised & exciting event to be a part of!

It’s a “must visit” show for all Jewellery & art lovers, so if you haven’t been yet, Barcelona should be your stop next year! 🙂

Here is a glimpse of my work on show:


And a very happy customer who I had the absolute pleasure of meeting with her two friends – fantastic!


(Photograh below by: Sasha Sementsev / morebcn.com. You can view more of their photos from JOYA 2013 here: http://morebcn.com/Joya-Barcelona)


Myself with Paulo Ribeiro at JOYA – Photograh below by: Sasha Sementsev / morebcn.com:



Myself with designer Alma Godole – Photo by Marianne Gassier.


To all of the team at JOYA, the participants, the visitors, and everyone else involved,

…Muchas Gracias! x