International Herald Tribune - 21 November 2006

A goat in front of the Aga, a tranquil mill pond and a wrought iron gate to green garden have been Rosa Monckton's life since she left her career among the shiny jewellers of London's Bond Street.


But Monckton has dug back to her roots to create a collection of simple, streamlined approachable pieces like a heart pendant pierced by a tear drop (£910.00 in gold or £190.00 in sterling silver); or a sky and clouds ring of aquamarines and moonstones (£2270.00).


In the name of the rose comes a catalogue of appealing gifts - all made by local crafts workers. Among the images of teen-scene silver rings engraved "Make My Day" (£70.00) or heart charm earrings hung from gold safety pins (£910.00) are quotations on a rose theme, like Anne Bronte's: "He that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose."


Five per cent of sales are split between four children's charities.