Paul Preston

Born: 1943
Place of Birth: Leeds

Born in Leeds, Paul Preston a.k.a. the ‘Red Mole’ originally practised architecture before becoming a self-taught jeweller. His combination of fine workmanship and imaginative ideas make him one of the most distinctive contemporary British jewellers today. Paul practised architecture for just two years before retiring to dive the waters round Lands End for crawfish and the recovery of non-ferrous metals from wrecks. His interest in jewellery began after seeing the jewellery of artist and sculptor Breon O’Casey.

A large proportion of Paul’s work is based on themes from nature, especially birds and fish. This natural world in metal often has a strong element of fantasy influenced by cartoons and story books, as well as a whimsical, poetic quality.

Paul Preston now works from his studio in West Wales. His work is in many public and private collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

  • St Francis Syndrome Brooch #2
    Paul Preston

    St Francis Syndrome Brooch #2

    2017
    ruby, yellow precious metals and white precious metal
    H:5cm W:5cm D:1cm
    Price on Application
  • Face Rings
    Paul Preston

    Face Rings

    2016
    Silver
    £75 each (left sold)
  • Collection of Rings
    Paul Preston

    Collection of Rings

    2016
    Silver, gold, tourmalines
    £348 - £1,440 (middle reserved)
  • Collection of Cast Rings
    Paul Preston

    Collection of Cast Rings

    2017
    Silver
    £75 - £90
  • Collection of Cast Rings
    Paul Preston

    Collection of Cast Rings

    2017
    Silver
    £75 - £85 each (2nd & 4th from left sold)
  • Collection of Rings
    Paul Preston

    Collection of Rings

    Silver, gold, semi-precious stones
    £70 - £600
  • Duck, Dragon and Fish Pendants
    Paul Preston

    Duck, Dragon and Fish Pendants

    Silver
    L:25cm
    £60 each (far right sold)
  • Sun and Green Tourmaline Droppers Earrings
    Paul Preston

    Sun and Green Tourmaline Droppers Earrings

    Yellow gold, red gold, tourmalines
    W:1.5cm L:6cm
    £650
  • Ring with Tourmaline
    Paul Preston

    Ring with Tourmaline

    2015
    Tourmaline, White and Yellow precious metal
    H:1.3cm W:0.8cm
    £1200
  • 3 Fish, Gannet & Fisheating Animal Pendants
    Paul Preston

    3 Fish, Gannet & Fisheating Animal Pendants

    2015
    White precious metal
    W:1.5 - 2.3cm L:24.5cm
    £55 - £65 (3 Fish sold)
  • Duck Ring & Bird in a Shield Ring
    Paul Preston

    Duck Ring & Bird in a Shield Ring

    2015
    White precious metal
    H:1.5cm W:1.3 - 2cm D:0.6cm
    £85 each
  • Tanzanite Ring
    Paul Preston

    Tanzanite Ring

    2014
    Silver shank, tanzanite, precious yellow metal setting
    W:1.3cm
    £2,300
  • ‘Fishing Boat’ Ring
    Paul Preston

    ‘Fishing Boat’ Ring

    2012
    Hand chiselled silver
    H:2cm W:1.7cm
    £290
  • Collection of Cast Rings
    Paul Preston

    Collection of Cast Rings

    Cast silver
    W:approx 1cm
    £70 - £90 (far right sold)