What qualifications did you have, or would you recommend someone gets, to go into jewellery design?
What is your favourite thing about designing jewellery?
Is there something in particular you like designing more than anything else?
In our company we usually do engagement rings and wedding ring but its great to do dress jewellery for a change and special projects like Lisa Snowdon’s was great. I have a particular interest in Victorian sentimental jewellery and I’ve designed some pieces inspired by that theme and style, for example this ring is inspired by the Victorian tradition of spelling out the word “regard” with the first letters of a sequence of gemstones.
What do you see as the emerging trends for the next year?
I have just been to London Jewellery Week and I noticed quite a lot of wide chunky bangles and some very delicate and feminine lattice work pendants and earrings. It seemed to me that trends were diverging into either very simple (for example simple metal pieces with a little bit of colour) or very ornate with very little in the middle ground. It seems that rose gold is on the increase and a popular colour coming forward is peach.
Wow - so much inspiration!! I'm so gutted I couldn't go along to London Jewellery week as it sounds like there were some really great events on - I'm particularly keen to see different colours other than yellow gold and silver or platinum coming to the fore as my engagement and wedding rings are both unplated yellow gold so are a very pale yellow colour, to complement the champagne diamond in my engagement ring. I also love the idea of the 'Regard' ring, I'd never have thought of spelling out words in this way - how clever! I had also never heard of a mourning ring, and I think it is a truly lovely idea and an incrdible way to celebrate someone's life rather than mourning their loss.