GOLD STAN­DARD

Ex-2FM DJ Jenny Hus­ton is gen­er­at­ing quite a buzz for her new ven­ture, uber-hip jew­ellery la­bel

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De­signer and for­mer 2FM DJ Jenny Hus­ton has al­ways had a love of jew­ellery, in­spired and en­cour­aged by her mother, a ta­lented gold­smith and gemol­o­gist. While most stu­dents made their way through col­lege work­ing in bars and cafes, Hus­ton was work­ing in fine jew­ellery stores, sur­rounded by pre­cious stones and ac­quir­ing her unique eye for de­tail and de­sign.

When Hus­ton left her job as a pop­u­lar pre­sen­ter on 2FM, she de­cided to pur­sue her de­sign dream prop­erly, and fo­cused on start­ing her first jew­ellery col­lec­tion back in March 2014. Edge Only was born.

“I wanted to make high-end jew­ellery for cre­ative types,” ex­plains Hus­ton, “and I wanted it to be eth­i­cally made and hall­marked here in Ire­land; a more al­ter­na­tive of­fer­ing in the lux­ury space. I call Edge Only a lux­ury brand for in­di­vid­u­als and black sheep – solid gold and ster­ling sil­ver in edgy de­signs for men and women.”

Hus­ton’s life­long love of mu­sic acts as a huge in­flu­ence on her de­signs, and when she was in­ter­view­ing bands and mu­si­cians, she of­ten de­signed with them in mind.

“I was de­sign­ing for my friends and col­leagues and the bands I loved and had in­ter­viewed," she re­flects. “I'd think, 'What would they like to wear? What would look cool on him?' My first col­lec­tions were ‘Rock & Roll’ and ‘Geo­met­ric’ – the two sides of my per­son­al­ity. Clas­sic min­i­mal­ist state­ment pieces and edgy, play­ful rock and roll pieces. I wear some­thing from the rock and roll col­lec­tion al­most ev­ery day.”

This spring, Edge Only is re­veal­ing the Triple Bolt col­lec­tion, which in­cludes neck­laces, ear­rings and lapel pins, and is avail­able in pol­ished ster­ling sil­ver and 18ct gold ver­meil. The Triple Bolt Pen­dants are hand pierced from solid ster­ling sil­ver sheet, hall­marked in Dublin Cas­tle and hand fin­ished by Edge Only’s skilled gold­smiths in Dublin and Kilkenny. As with ev­ery­thing Edge Only, the col­lec­tion is de­signed and eth­i­cally made in Ire­land.

“You can never have too much of a good thing!” says Hus­ton. “I love light­ning bolts; they are such a pos­i­tive, en­er­getic sym­bol. I had al­ways wanted to in­clude a triple bolt in the col­lec­tion, but I wanted to get the dimensions just right. The Triple Bolt is a lit­tle bit rock and roll and a lit­tle bit comic book – the per­fect bal­ance of edgy and play­ful.”

Hus­ton’s thought­ful ap­proach to her de­signs and crafts­man­ship were also in­flu­enced by other de­sign­ers.

“I ad­mire Stella McCart­ney and her drive to­wards eth­i­cal and sus­tain­able fashion,” Hus­ton en­thuses. “I be­lieve pas­sion­ately in eth­i­cal lux­ury and trans­parency in pro­duc­tion, so with Edge Only I am try­ing to build a brand peo­ple are proud to wear in ev­ery re­spect.”

Edge Only has racked up some ma­jor celebrity fans, in­clud­ing many stars from the TV and mu­sic world.

“I have been very lucky that a lot of ta­lented, cre­ative peo­ple have worn Edge Only,” nods Hus­ton. “The beau­ti­ful An­gela Scan­lon, Ais­ling

Bea, Cassie Stokes, Si­mone Kirby and Fer­gal McEl­her­ron have all worn my de­signs. In­ter­pol have my skinny tie bars and I very re­cently did a spe­cial com­mis­sion for a pop star in LA – it’s a sur­prise so I can’t say! But it was very flat­ter­ing to be asked.”

Hus­ton has also been re­warded with some in­dus­try awards that recog­nise her in­cred­i­ble work ethic and busi­ness acu­men.

“I was re­cently given the Ris­ing

Star Award at the Women in Busi­ness Net­work by the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Dublin City,” she says. “A lovely thing to re­ceive and very en­cour­ag­ing!”

For those who like a bit of rock and roll with their ro­mance, Hus­ton is cur­rently work­ing on an al­ter­na­tive wed­ding band col­lec­tion.

“They will be set with di­a­monds and pre­cious gem­stones like sap­phires, ru­bies and emer­alds,” she notes. “I’m ex­cited to be bring­ing in some nat­u­ral colour and un­der­stated sparkle – all with pre­ci­sion set­ting. It is for peo­ple who want to wear some­thing re­ally beau­ti­ful, but don’t want a tra­di­tional soli­taire.”

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