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Terence Warbey

Classic contemporary jewellery in silver and gold and finger pick'n good music!

Terence Warbey was born in England where he apprenticed in all phases of metalwork skills. He began his career in jewellery design and jewellery making while still at school. It was not until he immigrated to North America in 1966 that he was able to realize his dream of working full-time in jewellery design. Terry opened a small jewellery studio and shop in the University district of Vancouver, British Columbia. After two successful and busy years of designing, fabricating and selling his own work from the shop, he decided to spend more time in design and production. Within a few years, Terry's work was found in fine galleries and shops across Canada.

Dogwood Brooch in Sterling Silver

Terry Warbey and some of his hand made jewellery at the Saturday Market on Salt Spring Island.

Silver and gold jewellery hand-made by Terry Warbey on Salt Spring Island.

In 1977, Terry took a sabbatical from intensive jewellery production that found him in the Santa Cruz mountains of California. While there was a ready market for his gold and silver work in the many fine galleries in this area, he also used this time to re-kindle his interest in playing and producing hand-built stringed instruments. The results of his intensive study and experience was Celtic heart instruments and concert performances featuring his own hand built instruments.

However, feeling that his true vocation was in jewellery design and manufacture, Terry returned to full-time production in 1979. Since then, Terry's workmanship and design sense has placed his work in high regard of people seeking fine, hand made jewellery in galleries up and down the west coast and across Canada. His work has been honored in shows at the Vancouver and Victoria art galleries, as well as in many juried displays throughout British Columbia.

His love of instruments and music re-born while in Santa Cruz, Terry did take time to hand build several hundred mandolins, guitars, mountain dulcimers, and the occasional violin, under his Celtic Heart label. These instruments have been internationally recognized for their quality and playability. Celtic Heart is also the title of his much acclaimed instrumental solo CD. The CD is a collection of several traditional Celtic tunes all played by Terry on instruments that he hand built. the music was multi-tracked, one instrument at a time, then carefully mixed, resulting in the sound of a well-accomplished string trio. The CD brings to life some of the Celtic repertoire's best loved music.

This interest in music and musical instruments is hardly new. Terry has been playing stringed instruments since he was 8 years old. He built his first guitar when he was 11. His musical interests include Celtic, traditional blues and slide guitar. His careful and authentic finger picking renditions of traditional delta blues is reminiscent of the best of the great blues men of the south. Terry has been an active participant in the Salt Spring Island and Victoria music scenes since he moved to the island some 29 years ago.

Terry and his family live on Salt Spring Island near Victoria, British Columbia in the house he designed and hand built. "More and more" he says, "I find inspiration for my work from nature and people. My British-Celtic roots and the skills I have developed through years of intensive work and study, along with my continuing appreciation for the beauty of the natural wilderness that surrounds me, are all influences found in my work and music. I am very fortunate to be able to express myself in ways that so many people seem to enjoy and cherish."

To contact Terry, or to purchase your own copy of Celtic Heart, email him at The CD costs $20 plus $2.50 for shipping within Canada. To see Terry's jewellery for yourself, go to


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