My name is Sam Self and I am the creator of Rock & Rose Jewellery (formally Self Made Jewellery). I live with my husband in Cheshire and got into jewellery making a few years ago. I decided 2 years ago to start my own Side Hustle and have since used my furlough time in 2020 to develop that into a small business.
I make unique gothic jewellery inspired by Mexican sugar skulls and Victorian memento mori. Memento mori (Latin for "remember that you must die") is about living life to the full every moment. Sugar skulls are a fabulous part of the Mexican festival Day of the Dead: they help us remember our passed loved ones in a fun, positive and colourful way. What's not the love about that?!
My jewellery is also inspired by a personal desire to create pieces for people who want a touch of the gothic with their everyday outfits. It can be everything from a small "thinking about you" gift to something special for a loved one. I'm always happy to discuss a commission too!