I love to make bespoke jewellery
for my clients. It’s a really intimate process, but I always enjoy spending time with people and helping them develop their ideas and sense of style.
You also make bespoke jewellery. It must be an elaborate process... to get to know the client and her requirements, etc. What qualities does a designer require to make bespoke jewellery, and do you find the process interesting?
I love to make bespoke jewellery for my clients. It’s a really intimate process, but I always enjoy spending time with people and helping them develop their ideas and sense of style. Depending on the intricacy of a piece, we may have many meetings. So, it’s a beautiful process and a gentle way to get to know someone.
We would like to know your process of creation? Do you weave colour, shapes and stories into your jewellery pieces?
It depends on the collection. Sometimes my jewellery collections are the result of a concept or inspiration that I want to develop, and other times the gems come first, and I work out the best, most beautiful way to celebrate them through my designs.
How often do you come up with collections? Which is your preferred metal?
I normally work in gold as I love the softness and it’s wonderful to work with, but I am experimenting with titanium at the moment, so I may do a collection in titanium very soon. It is wonderful to be able to create large-scale, almost weightless pieces, especially earrings, and as someone who loves quite dramatic pieces, this really appeals to me. But sometimes you surprise yourself. I never thought I’d work a lot in yellow gold, but I had this idea about a collection. I went ahead and completed it – it’s a line almost entirely in yellow gold, on quite a large scale with a scattering of diamonds.
What are your best-selling jewellery pieces?
My Legends of Africa and Lyla’s bow rings, but most likely as that was my first collection and a great every day piece... Many of my other pieces have been one of a kind so it’s hard to tell.
Considering that you are a fairly new brand, you have already made a mark. Could you elaborate on the reasons?
That’s very kind of you to say! I think women appreciate the eye of another woman. People regularly comment on the femininity of my designs... But perhaps more than that it is the one-on-one service and exceptional quality that makes people take notice.
Other than jewellery, what takes up your time?
My life is extremely busy and I lack time for almost everything. So I have learnt to prioritise what is most important to me and for my small family. When I’m not working, I love to paint but most of all I spend time with my little boy in the park or out with friends.
The 18-karat white gold Oceana cuff and curvy earrings are encrusted with diamonds and sapphires.