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 Why we love what we do

Hello and a warm welcome to Fortuna Earrings!


My name is Michael Merrell-Dominguez and I design and make all the jewellery you will find on this site.  I have been making jewellery for around twenty years.


I first became interested in making jewellery when I learned how to make glass beads in the renowned glass making town of Stourbridge in the West Midlands.  Using a hot torch, I learned how to create beautiful and unique beads from scratch using the finest Venetian glass.    To learn more about my journey into making beads click here.  You will find a selection of lamporked glass bead jewellery in the shop section.  Shortly afterwards, I began to make jewellery out of semi-precious gemstone beads.  Quality is important to me, so I only use Sterling Silver when making my earrings. 



Baltic amber and sterling silver gemstone pendant and earrings
Freshwater pearl and sterling silver, handmade gemstone earrings

I also believe strongly that wearing beautiful jewellery should not cost the Earth, so I ensure that all the materials I use are ethically sourced and fair trad; I only use suppliers who are able to demonstrate sound ethical practices.


In an effort to be as green as possible, all packaging is made from recyclable materials; the only non-recylable materials I use are the little rubber earring backs I supply with each set of earrings to make them more secure.

To see more about my stance on ethics and environmental issues see the FAQs here.


I love to talk to my customers and am very often able to make bespoke pieces for them.  If you have an idea for something you would like - such as a design you have seen on this site, but in a different stone - just let me know.  It is also possible to make jewellery to go with you earrings such as necklaces, bracelets or pendants.  Feel free to contact me.


I hope you enjoy exploring this site.


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