Shop Nikki Stark Jewellery :
How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?
I make understated, chic precious metal jewellery, using traditional techniques. My design style is elegant and simple, with the occasional whimsical edge.
What sort of comments do you get about your designs?
A lot of my work is quite abstract, and people often have different interpretations of the pieces. People have told me my Anastasia charms remind them of pendulums, sweets and Christmas baubles. On one occasion a girl in a market told me they reminded her of spinning tops in the Istanbul market her father had taken her to as a child, such a beautiful image. I love that people bring their own stories to the pieces. The other thing people comment on is the delicacy of my work.
I have made jewellery in various forms since I was really young. I started weekend classes nearly 10 years ago now, and have developed my practical skills, and my own style. The business side doesn’t come easily, but I’m slowly developing the brand.
Which designers do you rate highly and why?
I love Caitlin Mociun, a New York based designer who makes gorgeous delicate sparkly jewellery. She uses a lot of stone setting techniques I would say as a general rule I don’t like, but her interpretation is very contemporary.
I make all my own work, and a lot of my designs come out of experiments. My process also quite often takes me in directions I don’t expect. Some ideas take shape quickly, and some take years before I am really happy with the result. Because I make my own work the production process is ongoing, and each piece is unique.
How do you think your brand has developed?
I went to New York last summer, and completely fell in love with the trend for stacking up loads of cute skinny little rings. I’ve always loved rings but at the moment they have almost completely taken over my collection.
What do you hate most about your job?
There can be a lot of admin to do, which isn’t very interesting. My favourite part really is being at my bench making jewellery. (more...)