A Hidden Gem Discovered at Sausmarez Manor
2nd August 2011
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Yesterday I really did discover a hidden gem at Sausmarez Manor in Guernsey. Tucked away at the back of the gift shop in the Manor grounds is a staircase which leads you up to a real hidden gem - Affinity Gems.

Affinity Gems moved from their town shop to its new location earlier this year and owner, Koreen Le Page is extremely happy with the move.

Koreen explained that the main benefits of the new location are that it's a studio rather than just a shop, it's open 7 days a week (10am to 5pm) and offers a wide range of gifts for all budgets.  

With easy parking in the Manor grounds you can quickly pop in or visit for a few hours and enjoy the other attractions including the Lake-Side café opposite the studio, a 9 hole short golf course, the Sculpture Festival at the Art Park and a Coppersmiths to name a few.

 

Planning to visit on a Saturday?

If so, you could book into one of Affinity Gem's Saturday afternoon Basic Jewellery Making Workshops.  You could even make a day of it and visit the Saturday morning Farmer's Market, stay for some lunch in the café and then attend the afternoon workshop in the studio.

 

Planning a wedding and want to design your own Jewellery?

Affinity Gems offer a Bespoke Wedding Jewellery Service where clients can book an appointment to meet one of the designers in the studio who will give you their full attention and help with your ideas.  Wedding jewellery can include bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, pendants and cufflinks all made from quality precious or semi-precious gem stones and beads in a wide range of cuts & sizes and sourced by Affinity Gems.  You can also have your flowers decorated with crystals or gemstones to make them really stand out on your special day. 

Unique Tiara Designs

Affinity Gems are now also able to offer unique bridal tiara designs.  

Koreen has been very excited about their unique bridal tiara designs, even more so after receiving a letter from Buckingham Palace prior to Will and Kate's wedding.  Koreen had written to The Palace offering Kate her unique bridal tiara design and was delighted when she received a reply saying they had been seriously considering her offer before deciding upon using an heirloom.  Koreen has framed the letter and put it in pride of place in the studio for her customers to see and admire.

 

What else can you expect from Affinity Gems?

  • Jewellery
  • Healing Crystals
  • Gemstones
  • Beads
  • Pearls
  • Shell Items
  • Fossils (for spas, bank foyers, gifts, flooring etc)
  • Gem-inlay-tables (from small house tables to boardroom tables)
  • Beaded Gemstone Chandeliers, Lampshades and Curtain Tie Backs
  • Jewellery Making Tools
  • Findings and Trimmings
  • Colour Me Beautiful Image Consultancy
  • Scarves
  • Artwork
  • Gifts
  • Gift Vouchers
  • Online Store
  • and much more

Affinity Gems is a growing international company with their online store, offshore exhibitions and factories in Sri Lanka and Bangkok.  Koreen loves making jewellery but really enjoys sourcing gem stones herself and when not working in the studio will be found travelling the world to hand pick the finest stones.

The Affinity Gems' team has also expanded with Paul Linnell who has recently joined Koreen.  Paul dedicates many creative ideas for the studio, designs and makes jewellery, attends exhibitions with Koreen and accompanies her on some buying trips.

One thing that shines out when visiting the studio is Koreen's attention to detail.  She really works hard to make things look beautiful, ordered and to the quality that her customers have come to expect.  Koreen has even had all the gemstones threaded to the same length and decorated with a purple tassel as an Affinity Gems trademark. 

There is much more planned for Affinity Gems including additional displays and stock for the studio as well as workshops and demonstrations. Koreen continues to warmly welcome her repeat customers and invites new ones to come and discover this hidden gem for themselves;

"If you are passing by come and visit and see what we do.  We offer a wide range of exceptional pieces from small gift items right up to huge bespoke one-off pieces so we cater for all budgets".


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