about FIONA

My journey into the gem world is a little unusual. I started my working life as a doctor, then specialised as an eye surgeon. While I still do some work at my local hospital, my main focus has now shifted towards gem cutting, gemmology and gemstone jewellery. My background has furnished me with skills I put to excellent use in my life as a gem cutter and jeweller, including precision, problem solving, perseverance, and patience.

I have always been fascinated by the journey of gemstones, from their origins within the depth of the Earth to the beautiful sparkling forms we use in our jewellery. My gemmology knowledge was cemented through my education with the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, leading to my FGA status. It felt a natural progression to use that knowledge learning to facet gemstones. Now both my own hand-cut gems, and my desire to pass on the knowledge and appreciation that I have gained to my customers, have become central to my jewellery brand. I am excited to build on that further with the addition of Wise Fig Gems, and am looking forward to introducing my precision cut gemstones to a wider audience. 

I believe it is really important to find out as much as we can about where our gemstones have come from. When I buy my gemstone rough, I use dealers who can trace the gemstones’ origin, and give me reassurance that all those involved in their production and sale have been able to get a fair deal for their work. I use companies that can tell me about what they have done to directly support the communities in which the miners live and work. I try to do my bit too, through donating a percentage of my gemstone and gemstone jewellery sales towards supporting mining communities.

Hope simple pendant - lilac hanging box

I am a firm believer that we need to give back more than we take, and strive to make Wise Fig Gems as eco-friendly and sustainable as I can. In my jewellery I use recycled metals and sustainable packaging. Within my workshop I reuse and recycle materials and minimise my use of harmful materials in the making process. All my packaging is recycled, recyclable or biodegradable, and plastic free. My high end wooden gift boxes are handcrafted from wood sourced from a sustainable and managed forest. 

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My journey into the gem world is a little unusual. I started my working life as a doctor, then specialised as an eye surgeon. While I still do some work at my local hospital, my main focus has now shifted towards gem cutting, gemmology and gemstone jewellery . My background has furnished me with skills I put to excellent use in my life as a gem cutter and jeweller, including precision, problem solving, perseverance, and patience.

I have always been fascinated by the journey of gemstones, from their origins within the depth of the Earth to the beautiful sparkling forms we use in our jewellery. My gemmology knowledge was cemented through my education with the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, leading to my FGA status. It felt a natural progression to use that knowledge learning to facet gemstones. Now both my own hand-cut gems, and my desire to pass on the knowledge and appreciation that I have gained to my customers, have become central to my jewellery brand. I am excited to build on that further with the addition of Wise Fig Gems, and am looking forward to introducing my precision cut gemstones to a wider audience. 

I believe it is really important to find out as much as we can about where our gemstones have come from. When I buy my gemstone rough, I use dealers who can trace the gemstones’ origin, and give me reassurance that all those involved in their production and sale have been able to get a fair deal for their work. I use companies that can tell me about what they have done to directly support the communities in which the miners live and work. I try to do my bit too, through donating a percentage of my gemstone and gemstone jewellery sales towards supporting mining communities.

I am a firm believer that we need to give back more than we take, and strive to make Wise Fig Gems as eco-friendly and sustainable as I can. In my jewellery I use recycled metals and sustainable packaging. Within my workshop I reuse and recycle materials and minimise my use of harmful materials in the making process. All my packaging is recycled, recyclable or biodegradable, and plastic free. My high end wooden gift boxes are handcrafted from wood sourced from a sustainable and managed forest. 

Earth ring yellowish-green zircon in brushed yellow gold box

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