Dorrie drew her inspiration for designs from a range of sources from traditional Arts & Crafts themes like flowers and the classic peacock through to more stylistically Art Deco spirals and geometric shapes but the predominant inspiration was natural forms from plants to naturalistic leaves and spirals through to what have been termed carpets of gems representing the many colours of flowers in nature.   


Dorrie drew a large amount of her inspiration from her love of flowers and gardening. Her mother’s garden at Crafnant and her own when she lived at “Riverbank”, Sunbury-on-Thames were as much a part of her art and life as her jewellery designs. In many ways we should be looking at Dorrie as a garden designer if in a small way in her own beloved "Riverbank" as a jewellery designer.


Plant Forms

A key aspect of Dorrie's designs, that separate them from many others, is that they are more naturalistic in style with her leaves and tendrils having their counterparts in nature.

More about colors

What is Dorrie's style?

One of my aims with this new website is to I try to define some of the classic features to differentiate between Sybil Dunlop and Dorrie Nossiter, also through further research try to place works by Dorrie in a chronological sequence.


Supporting valuers

The aim of this section then is:

  • To help auction house experts and others in the jewellery trade identify work by Dorrie Nossiter
  • To support the wider recognition of Dorrie Nossiter as a jewellery designer through showing the breadth and artistry of her work.

The images in these sections are being used for editorial purposes to support the identification and recognition of the work of Dorrie Nossiter so please note that the copyright of these images belongs to the individual copyright holders not this website except where stated, specialist jewellery shops especially Tadema Gallery and Van den Bosch have given their permission for images to be used.