Wodeton Design is an unusual name for a range of handcrafted Jewellery, so let me share with you my reason for this wonderful name.
As I gained in skill and confidence in my Jewellery making and design I decided that I should have an identify for the jewellery and did not want to go with the more obvious ‘Jane’s Gems’ style name. So I racked my brain and searched my personal history to find something that I liked.
I eventually decided on the name of a river or geographic area from either North Yorkshire (where I was born and grew up) or Wiltshire (where I have lived for the past 20 years). Web searches are often frustrating, but this time the search engine brought up the word ‘Wodeton’ and I loved its historic and rooted feel immediately.
‘Wodeton’ is the original name of the small market town, that is now known as Royal Wootton Bassett. It means a ‘Settlement in the wood’ and can be traced back to 681 AD. By using this name I would be reviving an old and, to my mind, noble sounding name that feels fresh and beyond the touch of the modern world – much like the timeless element of the gemstones I use in my designs.