Posts Tagged ‘Jewellery’

5 Mins With British Brand Avalanche Jewellery..

Monday, November 28th, 2016

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

I design striking, bold jewellery. Edgy but chic. I want women to feel confident and empowered when they wear my pieces.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Where can I get one of those?!

What is your background?

I grew up in rural Devon with two very creative parents who encouraged my brother and me to try our hands at all sorts of artistic activities. When I was a kid I was always making things, I had a woodwork bench outside my bedroom. I also built a darkroom in the utility room. I went on to study Performance Art and Photography before moving to Paris for a year where I worked as a photographer's assistant for some time. I retrained in Jewellery Manufacture at Holts Academy in Hatton Garden.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

There are so many! I really love Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen as I love the British punk aesthetic. My favourite jewellery designer is Pamela Love. In fact I became a little bit obse

ssed with her and that's what made me want to start designing jewellery. Not that you would know it now from my work.

Tell us about your design process from concept, producton and to the shelves...

Any ideas and inspiration I'll scribble into my notebook. I'm terrible at drawing so these usually look pretty awful! Inspiration comes from everywhere - I love looking at what people are wearing and London is especially great for this. I'll first make each piece in wax and get it cast into silver where I'll work on it until I'm completely happy with it. These will become the prototypes from which I'll get moulds made. Until recently I would hand finish each piece myself. Now I have amazing artisans in Thailand who do a wonderful job.

How do you think your brand has developed?

The biggest development has been outsourcing my production. This was a big decision for me as what I've always loved is being at my bench and getting my hands dirty. But I still get to sit at my bench, only now it's less repetitive and more relaxing.

What do you dislike most about your job?

Nothing! Seriously. Well ok, maybe doing accounts isn't my favourite way to spend a morning...

What are your main achievements and what do you aim to achieve now? Past present and future?

I'm always really chuffed when I secure a new stockist and I want to keep expanding. I'm currently working on my second collection. It's going to be a lot bigger than my first and I'mexcited to see it finished. My plans for the future are to expand internationally, starting with France (I'm half French with lots of family there so it feels like a good starting point).

What advice would you have for anyone starting out (in your field)?

The best advice I was ever given was to make sure you have decent photos of your pieces, this really does go a long way. Also, don't try and keep everyone happy wth your designs - if you can be confident with your style and stick with it you'll have greater success.

Why do you think British design stands out on the global stage?

Having lived in both Paris and London I'd say there's an open mindedness in London which is also true of British design. Don't get me wrong, I think Paris has it's own qualities, but it's definitely far less brave when it comes to design.

5 Mins with British Brand Alison Fern Jewellery...

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

I am a self taught jewellery designer living and working in London and all of my pieces are individually crafted by hand and in limited quantities. I studied Art and Design at University and originally started experimenting with making jewellery as a creative outlet while working in the Art world. However before all of this I spent my childhood playing and dreaming by the Suffolk coastline. Combining the influences of nature and the city my design sensibilities swing between delicate and feminine, and then a desire for something a bit tougher and with an edge.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

The other day someone told me that they’d just seen my website and my jewellery was ‘beautiful', and 'very creative’. It’s a simple description but I’m happy with that!

What is your background?

I started out my career in Picture Research which was a job which needed creative thinking and a flair for recognising the importance of the visual in telling a story. I seemed to have so much more to say and ideas to express that I was always looking for a creative project on the side!

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

If we are talking high end fashion I have always loved and admired Martin Margiela’s designs and aesthetic. Isabel Marant I love for making comfortable edgy and cool! Oh and (more...)

5 Mins with British brand Millar Jewellery..

Monday, September 12th, 2016

How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

I like to keep it straightforward – I tell people that I am a designer and a jeweller.  I get asked all the time what my design style is and it really is a difficult question to ask.  I usually say that I am a traditional Goldsmith with a fashion sensibility.  If asked more then I go into the design style which is heavily influenced by mythology, ancient cultures and any stories liked to this that has a key point of interest.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Being part of an active studio with a shop front in Brighton and Hove I am lucky to be able to get lots of feedback from clients.  The designs go down well and I am always surprised at how I have both male and female customers as well as a wide age range.  The general reaction goes along the lines of “oh, that’s different”.  Then they try it on and fall in love with the piece!

What is your background?

My background is a bit back to front.  I originally studied interiors and architecture for a year but got frustrated with not being able to make what I was designing so moved over to jewellery design.  I eventually moved from Scotland to London to study at the Royal College of Art and after graduating there I moved straight into teaching jewellery, mainly focussed in apprentices, in Hatton Garden (the heart of the UK jewellery industry).  Doing that for almost 10 years, I decided it was time to focus on my own making so left, relocated to Brighton and set up my label in 2015.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

My attention span is so short and my favourite things change daily but there are always a few key names that survive!  I’m all about new label and emerging brands as that’s where (more...)

5 Mins with British Jewellery Designer Roz Buehrlen

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

I describe myself as a jeweller that loves melting metal and creating little sculptures. I’ve always loved Netsuke. My design style is really based on the subject that I’m working on and what develops naturally by the hand with just a little bit of serendipity dropped in. As someone who carves and sculpts I like to stay as close to the natural form and try to make it really beautiful in the metal.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I get lots of great comments about my jewellery, mostly “I love that” and “Can you carve this for me?” Which is brilliant, I love sharing what I do and other people’s input is part of the design process and inspiration.

What is your background?

I have an eclectic mix of backgrounds. As a child I grew up traveling and living in many different countries. Once I had settled back in the UK I lived and worked at a bronze foundry in Suffolk working on life size sculptures, I then went to Camberwell College of Arts. I loved both of these experiences and they gave me the inspiration to follow a career in design. I then decided to train as a goldsmith and became a jeweller. After concentrating on family life for a while I went back to work as a master pattern maker at The Bill Skinner Studio where I helped launch the brand. I have now built my own studio and foundry and launched my own brand.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

There are so many designers that are amazing but one that will always stand out is Alexander McQueen. I loved the theatrical beauty and genius designs and his ability to have been such an innovator in the world of fashion.

Tell us about your design process from concept, production and to the shelves…

I always have a sketchbook and pencil with me as a design or idea can come at any time. Once I have decided which story I’m going to use for a collection I start carving the master patterns along with all the component parts. I then make a mould of all the pieces and cast them in my foundry. From all of these I make the finished jewellery.

How do you think your brand has developed?

I think the brand has come a long way. My first pieces were made on the kitchen table but I now have a well-equipped professional studio and foundry. As the brand grows I aim to expand the design style and also have some exciting ongoing collaboration plans.

What do you dislike most about your job?

There is not a lot I dislike about my job apart from spreadsheets but the most difficult part is deciding which designs not to use. It is very easy to get carried away and as an independent designer it’s important to be realistic.

What are your main achievements and what do you aim to achieve now? Past present and future

My main achievement is the launch of my own jewellery range. When I trained as a goldsmith, pattern making and carving was generally not on a course curriculum so it’s basically a little bit of a road of discovery with plenty of swapping techniques with others. I feel that it is amazingly special, something I loved to do as a child is now my job. The future for me is about collaboration. It’s great working with other designers and a small team to see what mischief we can get up to.

What advice would you have for anyone starting out in (your field)?

My advice to other people starting out: it is hard work but nothing beats creative freedom.

Why do you think British design stands out on the global stage?

British design stands out on the global stage as a really strong united creative force that is determined to assert itself as a leader in its field.

5 Mins With Vintage Jewellery Brands Lulu & Belle

Monday, October 5th, 2015

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

Lulu and Belle is a carefully curated collection of vintage costume jewellery from the jewellery design houses of the past century. Our taste is eclectic but we are drawn to beautifully crafted pieces and pieces that tell the story of their decade.  We are always drawn to special pieces we would love to wear ourselves. The collection we have at the moment has pieces of jewellery from across the 20th century but we have a particular fondness for the geometric Art Deco era pieces, the dramatic glamour of mid-century jewellery and the classic 1960s pieces that remain effortlessly wearable today.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

We do our best to source our vintage pieces in excellent condition and we’ve been amazed at some of the events and pop-up shops we’ve held, where people think the jewellery is new and don’t always realise that a piece can be up to 70 years old or in some cases even a hundred years old.  It’s amazing though when you see a piece of gorgeous vintage jewellery with a contemporary outfit and how it can completely change the look. A lot of people get really excited about that.

What is your background?

We are a husband and wife team and come from completely different backgrounds.  While I was studying for a journalism degree in my twenties, I had the wonderful luck of finding a part time job in one of Ireland’s best established antique and vintage costume jewellery shops. It was a very unique business and I had the opportunity to get hands on with gorgeous vintage jewellery and to learn about the styles and designers. I was completely hooked from the start and loved in (more...)

5 Mins With British Brand Manja Jewellery

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

We make stunning designer jewellery in Sterling Silver set exclusively with natural gemstones. Our motto is simple, we believe a piece of jewellery is not just an accessory but a way of keeping memories alive. We strive to select the best gemstones that we can find and set them on impeccably finished jewellery, keeping in mind the perennial purpose of each piece of jewellery. Our style is quite classic and feminine, but each piece of jewellery as that small extra detail element that makes it different. A lot of our pieces are also very geometric and sculptural.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

At Manja, there is something for everyone, to the bold daring woman who will find our Anansi collection appealing to the more classic and elegant woman who would prefer a pendant from our Amore collection. We have mostly heard positive comments, ones which reflect our style and values. On a memorable occasion a client mentioned the Divotra necklace was her favourite, as she loves to fiddle with it and even mentioned feeling naked without it. While we were exhibited in Germany this year at Inhorgenta, the same Divotra design was chosen among many and gave us a nomination for the best New Designer of the Year award. (more...)

5 Mins With British Jewellery Brand Zevar

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

I am a jewellery entrepreneur seeking to introduce exotic South Asian designs to the Western market. Our emphasis is on using high quality materials like lapis lazuli, onyx, marcasite, quartz, Jade and cubic zircon in conjunction with sterling silver to achieve a superior level of presentation and offer the customer affordable luxury in the truest sense.

Zevar’s brand ethos is based around creating exotic yet affordable designs. I see a gap in the market for exotic silver jewellery that is affordable and can directly challenge the costume jewellery market.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

“Unique” and “exotic” is what I hear the most when I present my products. My audience in the UK is more familiar with minimalist and/or contemporary designs are excited to see the colours, materials and intricate metal-work that are core to my jewellery.

What is your background?

I started my career in the UK as a recruiter in the fashion industry and more recently I took a career break to bring up my young baby. When the time was right to re-engage professionally, I chose to pursue a childhood dream to start my own venture, but in a field I would thoroughly enjoy, rather than easier, more conventional option of a regular job. (more...)

5Mins With British Jewellery Designer Rhiannon Lewis

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

I describe myself as an independent jeweller and designer. Although I work to commission I focus mainly on my own style and work. My design style as a combination of minimalist and geometric. I focus on clean lines, curves and teardrop shapes and my collections have become a continuous evolution of each other.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Aways positivity. In a world where so much jewellery is about quantity meaning quality, to have a well made and elegant piece of jewellery makes the wearer feel special. Everything I make is completely handmade and I take the greatest care to make each piece as perfect as I can.

What is your background?

My first steps into making jewellery were when I started my jewellery and silversmithing degree at Sir John Cass School of Art, part of London Metropolitan University. Living in the east end of London provided me with invaluable inspiration and access to some of the best craftsmen and women in the industry. The surroundings fuelled my interest in simple industrial lines and the more detailed imagery of the eastern cultures around me. After London I moved on to Birmingham Jewellery Quarter where I now have my business and workshop. The strong sense of community here has given me the space to grow my business and develop my brand. (more...)

5 Mins With British Jewellery Brand Anchor & Crew

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

People assume that when you design jewellery it is all diamonds and gold but when you explain it further people get more and more interested in the process and the jewellery and a lot come out with a different view. As our designs combine something that is precious, Silver, with something that you don't think of in a way of adoring you, sailing cord, we think that we have quite a unique style and one that sets us out from quite a lot of the rest.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

We are getting great comments at the moment as we have been picked up by a lot of fashion bloggers such as Fashion for Lunch, The Everyday Man & Fresh & Fearless to name but a few so you don't need to take our word for it, just look at what they have said!

What is your background?

I have been in the Jewellery trade since the year 2000 when I did a summer job working at H Samuels. I went from there to University to study Jewellery making and Silversmithing  and been in the business since then. (more...)

5 Mins with New Brand to IB.com Family, Maria Zureta.

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

I’m a London based designer creating one-off necklaces, bracelets, headpieces and chandeliers made with antique costume jewellery, reclaimed chains and found objects. I’m heavily influenced by the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras, extending all the way to the 1950’s. In truth, Maria Zureta fashions a style that is timeless, lasting and totally exclusive.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I often hear words such as original, inventive and most important, unique.

What is your background?

I’ve studied TV and video production in the US and worked in London producing reality shows before accidentally moving into the jewellery business.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I adore all handmade things, from jewellery to garments. So I have a tremendous respect for all skilled workers out there that designs and assembles together by hand every piece they produce. (more...)