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Paper2pearls is an environmentally friendly range of jewellery and gifts made using paper from old books and sheet music.

I make all my jewellery by hand using paper taken from old books and sheet music combined with origami to create something truly unique.

With the selection of much loved classic novels and the range of genres available in my book jewellery collection I make it easy for book lovers to be able to wear something made from a book that resonates with them.

Paper2pearls has sustainability at it's heart and you can find out more about this in my sustainability audit.

Image shows Gilli folding a small piece of paper
Image shows a pair of origami rose stud earrings against an old piece of bark

Book jewellery
Earrings, pendants, chokers, bracelets and rings made using paper from the book of your choice from my range of over 15 titles.

Image shows a pair of leaf shaped stud earrings made from vintage sheet music on a piece of wood

Sheet music

Choose earrings, pendants and more all made using genuine vintage sheet music.

Image of a bridal rose tiara made with origami roses in old book paper and with vintage faux pearls on a large leaf

Bridal and hair accessories

Headbands, clips and bridal rose tiaras all made to order in your choice of book from my range or sheet music.

About me

At Paper2Pearls I make my very original range of jewellery using paper instead of gemstones. I've always been a naturally creative person and after an early retirement from teaching due to health and disability, I had to say goodbye to my beloved patchwork and quilting. However, I discovered a new creative outlet through origami and a lightbulb went on - why not apply my new skills to create unique and beautiful paper jewellery? And so, Paper2Pearls was born in 20I6.

Although I began by using origami paper over time I became drawn to the idea of using paper from old copies of classic books.


I am proud to offer a range of handmade, sustainable paper jewellery and gifts that are unlike anything else on the market. The nature of what I make means that every piece is truly one-of-a-kind. I sell my creations online as well as at markets, and you can also find them stocked at Unity (in the Queensgate Shopping Mall in Peterborough). Whether you're looking for a gift for someone special or a unique accessory for yourself, Paper2Pearls has something for everyone.


Photo of Gilli paper jewellery designer in her studio
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SBS award

In 2017 I won a Small Business Sunday award from Theo Paphitis. 

The photo shows me receiving my certificate in 2018.

Gilli receiving her SBS award from Theo Paphitis

Plastic Free Champion

This is my Plastic Free Champion trophy - appropriately enough made from wood. This was awarded by Surfers Against Sewage after I completed an audit to show how my business was taking steps to avoid using plastics.

Plastic Free Champion award

Blue Patch

I am a member of Blue Patch, the top business directory in the UK for sustainable businesses.

Earlier this year I entered their 2024 Sustainability Awards and was thrilled to be a finalist and to come second in the Heritage Section for my jewellery which celebrates our literary heritage and the importance of books and reading.


As part of my commitment to making my business a more sustainable one I joined Ecologi at the start of 2022.

This year Paper2pearls recieved their Bronze Award for my contribution to climate action and the Paper2pearlss wood now has over 1,000 trees in it.

To visit the Paper2Pearls wood please use this link.

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