News

Christmas HOME SALE!

10 December 2017

For anyone living in or near London, I will be having a HOME SALE on SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER from 11:00am till 5:00pm.
As well as my jewellery, one of my friends Marta Núñez, will be selling a variety of lovely crafts and textiles from Latin America. Also, my daughter might bring her beautiful handmade pottery.
RSVP to mail [at] janiebates.com for more details.
Looking forward to seeing you then!

The Workshop Sale 2017

2 December 2017

CHRIST CHURCH CENTRE, 263 Barry Road, Dulwich, London SE22 0JT - opposite Dulwich library on Lordship Lane
Saturday 2nd December | 10.00am - 5.00pm _ Admission Free
for more info click here

So Last Century Vintage & Retro Fair

26 November 2017

VENUE 28, Beckenham Road, Beckenham BR3 4LS _ next to the Spa and Library
Sunday 26th November | 11.00am – 4.00pm
Admission £3 or £2 with a flyer, or if you follow So Last Century on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Children under 16, free.
There will be more than 40 hand-picked vintage traders with gift ideas for friends, relatives and for yourself! _ for more info click here

trip to Oman

1 January 2017

I have just returned from a month travelling around the Sultanate of Oman, a country of such wonderful people and full of historical and cultural interest... I enjoyed browsing in souqs and museums and realised that many of the old pieces of silver I have used in my designs are now considered rarities.
I was lucky enough to find more beautiful and rare pieces of jewellery. Prices have, not surprisingly, gone up enormously. Hopefully the Bedouin women selling their jewellery are getting a better price for it. They will be buying gold to replace the silver!
Many of the designs of Omani jewellery are of great antiquity involving ancient techniques used as early as the 3rd millennium BC chasing, engraving, filigree and granulation.
I am very excited with my purchases and I hope you will be too! Some may buy them as collectors items, antiques or want to wear them as unique and beautiful pieces of timeless jewellery.
Silver is also among the most visual and highly valued of Oman's traditional crafts, dating back to at least the 1st millennium BC. Silver jewellery indicated status and tribal affiliation. As the favoured metal of the Prophet, silver carried a protection from evil.
Old Omani silver was created from melted down Marie Theresa dollars, also known as thalers from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The use of coins or ‘umla’ is widespread throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. Issued by an official mint long before the introduction of silver hallmarks, coins were an indication of an established and guaranteed silver content so proved to be of major importance in the nomadic societies of the Middle East, as well as more widely in the world of trade.

Lady Macbeth's jewellery

12 October 2015

the new film of Macbeth has now been released and you may like to know that the jewellery worn by Lady Macbeth in the banquet scene was made by me. I had almost forgotten about it as I sent it off so long ago and then when I saw the ad in the Guardian I was so chuffed as there it was!

RECYCLING!

I really enjoy transforming some of your old bits of jewellery and creating a necklace, bracelet or earrings that will be worn again and loved. So email or phone me if you have anything you don't wear, let's give it a new lease of life!