It’s official! Our Silverstone Jewellery License has been extended!

We are beyond delighted to officially be able to announce that our jewellery license with the one and only ‘Silverstone UK’ has been extended! (Feb 2019) We know that all our customers will be very happy about this seeing as it has been one of our best-selling race track pieces of all time. In fact, this racetrack was the first in our collection back in ‘the old days’!



The popularity of our beautiful Silverstone jewellery makes it so hard to believe that the collection actually started in Alyssa’s workshop (nothing but a mere outside garage at the time!) with Alyssa making each and every one by hand using her tiny saw! The lead times on these pieces were huge, but our wonderful customers didn’t mind one bit! After this newspaper article in the Mirror was published, they became SUPER popular, making it difficult for Alyssa to keep up with the demand! This is when our special licence with Silverstone was granted- and has been renewed several times since.

Click the image below to read the article online from the Mirror, which shaped our motorsports collection



Our Silverstone collection now consists of so many different pieces such as; charms (with or without a sparkly stone at the start/finish line), men’s engraved cufflinks, necklaces tracing the track outline, for both her and for him (you can even get one with a sparkly stone set into the start/finish line on the ladies version), tiny studs for your ears, and most recently- a brand new bracelet!
 
We also have occasional limited-edition pieces such as our 3D helmets with the Silverstone logo engraved on the back (in miniature form!) and Silverstone track necklaces with gorgeous precious gemstones set in the start/finish line! Our current limited edition features a lovely blue Topaz.



Fun fact time - Did you know, we donate a select amount of proceeds from every one of our Silverstone jewellery pieces sold to Promise Dreams Childrens Charity (which Suzi Perry is a patron of. If you’re interested, or want to see how the money has helped children all around the UK, you can find out more here) – So, not only are you owning a piece of history with so many memories by loving our Silverstone jewellery, but you’re also helping to grant wishes for terminally and seriously ill children around the UK too!
 
Check out our motorsport collections to see which other pieces we give select proceeds to and find out how you can help such a great cause - https://www.alyssasmith.co.uk/motorsportjewellery
 
We are so happy to officially have our special license extended with Silverstone - and thank you to everyone for your continued support, purchasing our gorgeous Motorsports collections! We will see you at Silverstone for this years British Grand Prix- it’s going to be a good one!!!
 
Why not check out our remarkable motorsport collections for her and for him. There is something here for all motorsport lovers!

Lots of love and sparkles,
Team Alyssa xx

Love of F1

It was in 2010 that I first met Alyssa. While employed at a well known low cost airline (who are known for their orange colours), I saw a young girl one in the building lunchtime with a stand trying to sell some jewellery in the canteen.

I still remember seeing a picture of Suzi Perry on that stand, wearing one of Alyssa’s pieces & recall one of my colleagues at the time not knowing who Suzi Perry was (someone who wasn’t a viewer of MotoGP or The Gadget Show at the time) which lead me to try and explain who she is.

I never really spoke to Alyssa in depth though, but being a twitter user, later that day I did tweet Suzi Perry to say that I had met someone who designed jewellery for her. I’m now glad I sent that tweet, if it wasn’t for that, Alyssa would never have seen and responded to me through twitter and we wouldn’t have become friends over the last 5 and a half years.

The biggest thing I’ve seen with my friendship with Alyssa in that time is how she has built up her business and brand and, with the introduction of the Smith&Perry motorsport collection over the last few years, all the work that Alyssa & Suzi have done for the Promise Dreams charity through this collection.

This takes me back to when I was a young boy. My first memories of Formula 1 are the name Ayrton Senna. I was only 4 years old in 1988 when Senna won his first World Championship, so I do not remember much about the races in that period, or indeed, through his career. The two things that always stick in my mind from seeing races at that time are hearing Murray Walker saying the name during his commentary and seeing the famous yellow helmet in the white and red Marlboro sponsored McLaren. He instantly become my sporting hero, and I will always hold the Brazilian in high regard as one of my icons.

I can easily recall watching races from the mid 90s, always being excited when the Monaco GP came around every year, and I can remember some specific races from that era. For example the 1994 Spanish GP when Michael Schumacher was stuck in 5th gear in his Benetton, being awake really early to watch the end of season flyaways in Japan & Australia in 1994/1995 too, as well as the 1995 British GP when Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher collided again.

Formula 1 is the reason I went into Engineering, and studying Aerospace Engineering at university. Harbouring thoughts of being the next Adrian Newey! Being quite technically minded from a young age, I always enjoy the technical aspects of Formula 1 and have done so for 25+ years I’ve been watching and following the sport. I’m working in aviation at the moment, but do still harbour those dreams of one day working in the sport I love.

As the years have gone on, I have immersed myself more in the world of Formula 1. Reading and understanding the history, of those drivers long gone and the cars they raced, names like Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt & Francois Cervert. Wishing I could have seen these drivers race, in some of those iconic Team Lotus & Tyrrell cars of the day, which were magnificent machines with groundbreaking engineering from the likes of Colin Chapman.
 

Now it is a different era. Since the 90s I’ve always had a fondness for Ferrari. There is just something so iconic about the brand, and the history of how Enzo Ferrari founded the company and went racing, with so many beautiful cars bearing the famous prancing horse. So much so that yes, I have made the pilgrimage to Maranello and visited the museum. This lead to me becoming a fan of Michael Schumacher during the late 90s and early 2000s, seeing him breaking all sorts of records in an utterly dominant era with Ferrari was watching something special.


I have become more and more neutral the older I have become. Not just to teams, but to drivers. No matter who is racing, I have utmost respect for all those drivers and all those teams that go racing. Whereas I do recall the 2001 Spanish Grand Prix, when Mika Hakkinen with such a massive lead going into the final lap before his clutch failed giving Michael Schumacher the win, I leapt up and cheered at my drivers’ main rival not finishing the race! Now when I watch races, it’s much more of an immersive experience. Watching on TV, while following live timing and team radio and keeping an eye on twitter at the same time to live tweet and post about the race as it happens. It’s always interesting to see a race using all this technology and to spot things which may not be seen on TV.

In recent years, the use of social media has provided me with some amazing opportunities within the Formula 1 and motorsport world. Through twitter this has meant being able to interact with many of the TV & radio presenters over the last few years during Formula 1 coverage and it is always an honour whenever I do get a mention during practice coverage. That all started while being out of work, and spending my time tweeting in while I was unemployed & spending race weekends watching F1 practice sessions. As the years have gone on and with my regular tweeting, it has been nice to have been able to meet many of the media, some of which actually recognise me now!, and for them to take the time to continue to read out my comments or ask my questions. I hope that with my years of watching F1 and the technical knowledge I have gained over the years of watching the sport (as well as with my experience as an engineer), I have been able to provide interesting topics of discussion during Friday practice sessions.

That is only part of what I have been able to do within the F1 world in the last 5 years or so. Through twitter I was part of a fan panel in F1 Racing Magazine in 2011 to debate the future of the TV coverage in the UK when it was announced Sky had acquired rights to the sport. I was also able to attend a special screening of the Senna movie in 2011 which was attended by a number of prominent Formula 1 people, including the late Professor Sid Watkins, and also to attend a number of fan forums, including one at Williams.
 



One of my highlights was in 2014, being in the audience of Sky Sports F1 Show. It was the first show after the Monaco Grand Prix, where the late Jules Bianchi scored Marussia’s first (& only) points finish. Not only was it great to see Jules in the studio and hear him talk about that race, but it was also quite surreal for me. On turning up at the Sky studios, I was greeted with a gift from Ted Kravitz, a Sky Sports “Ted’s Notebook” with a note inside from Ted thanking me for the tweets and to keep them up. On leaving the studio after the show, I managed to get a photo with Jules as he was leaving too, he was kind enough to stop for me, and I was able to congratulate him on his points finish and wish him good luck for the rest of the season.

Social media and twitter especially, has opened so many of opportunities within the Formula 1 world and other forms of motorsport. Being able to discuss the sport I love with fans from all over the world, as well as becoming somewhat known and recognised by people within the paddock itself, especially through attending events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which has lead to me being able to meet so many of my sporting heroes too.

It was also through twitter that I was able to win a competition last year run by Aston Martin Racing to have my twitter handle on one of their V8 Vantage GTE AM cars during the Le Mans 24 Hours and to be given an opportunity by Prodrive to take possession of the crash damaged front wing of that very car which bore my name! (which is currently being kept in storage while I try to decide the best way to display this)

It was also through social media that Alyssa contacted me one day back in 2013, asking for my help and to tap into my knowledge for Formula 1. I was being asked about track layouts & helping to make sure that the tracks Alyssa had produced for her designs were accurate and recognizable to motorsport lovers! That’s when I first heard about the Smith&Perry collection, long before its launch. It has been an honour to have played my small part in helping with this collection since its inception through my knowledge of Formula 1 and all the good work this has lead for the Promise Dreams charity.


Even after 3 years I still get the all sorts of requests for help and advice from Alyssa, and running new designs by me to make sure they look right to a motorsports lover, or picking my brain for any new ideas I can assist with. Seeing the collection grow from a handful of race tracks into 3D helmets and race cars has been great.

I know a few things about what’s coming up in the Smith&Perry collection, but I’m sworn to secrecy! I’m sure motorsport fans will love all the new introductions and I’m glad to have played my small part in helping out.

My thanks go to Alyssa, not only for being a good friend, but for also giving me the chance to put all that F1 knowledge in my head to good use, and also to Suzi Perry, who indirectly brought us together!

As for Formula 1, I’ll keep holding on to that dream of mine and keep tweeting away about the sport I feel so passionate about as well as posting many of my musings on my blog, and no doubt you’ll see me around at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Autosport International, or Silverstone armed with a camera snapping away at cars too.

 

Amit Mandalia

 

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