Designer Interviews

Starting a jewellery business: What you need to know to make it.

I started writing this post initially about jewellery trends for the coming season, but got side-tracked whilst thinking of all the trailblazing jewellers I know, and subsequently how hard it is to maintain the freshness that got them there in the first place. Starting a jewellery business in today’s times, in London (or any big metropolis)...

Grace in Geometry: Jewellery design duo Shimell & Madden

I love looking at a person’s handwriting. The flourish, scale, weight and care that the individual gives each word says so much about them, that I find it intensely personal and revealing (non-descript, changeable scrawl or basic printing in capitals acts as a warning, and is hugely unattractive to me). It is also relatively easy...

Watch: The inspirations of Ruth Tomlinson

Making jewellery can be at once all-consuming, frantic, sweaty work, as well as a meditative, calming process. For jewellery designer Ruth Tomlinson, it seems to mainly be the latter. This beautiful film shows Ruth at work, revealing her creative processes and inspirations; from finding pieces of once molten metal in the sand on the beach, to sitting at...

Behind the designs: New jewellery designer Flora Bhattachary

This week in our ‘Behind the Designs’ series, we meet new jewellery designer Flora Bhattachary, fresh from her win at jewellery boutique EC One’s ‘Unsigned’ Awards where we were on the panel of judges. Recently graduating from an MA course at Central St Martins, Flora’s debut collection is entitled ‘Lubhati’, the Hindi and Sanskrit word for ‘Desire’,...

Behind the Designs: Jewellery Designer Hattie Rickards

Continuing our ‘Behind the Designs’ series, where we interview prominent jewellery designers about their design processes and inspirations, we visited Hattie Rickards in her London home to rifle through her sketchbooks and photograph some of the beautiful pieces from her collections. Hattie Rickards set up her jewellery brand in 2010 after gaining experience working for high-profile jewellers...

Studio Life: Behind the designs with Fine Jeweller Hannah Martin

Last week I spent an afternoon in Clerkenwell at the magical studios of Hannah Martin, one of London’s top fine jewellery designers. Her smooth, sculptural pieces are imbued with a subtle androgyny, an elegant edge and unexpected masculine details, such as upturned spiky rubies or bespoke hexagonal cut emeralds. Weighty and desirable, her jewellery attracts...

Behind the Designs: Jewellery Designer Fernando Jorge

Kicking off our new feature ‘Behind the Designs’; a series of interviews with London independent jewellery designers in their studios, we speak to Brazilian jewellery designer Fernando Jorge. We first discovered Fernando at his 2010 St Martin’s MA Graduate show; where he presented his beautiful, sexy collection ‘Fluid’; hand-carved gemstones dripping seamlessly into what looked...

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