Bespoke, Bejewelled, Beloved. Designing your own bespoke jewellery is a very personal journey, and bringing these ideas to life for my clients is what makes me love what I do.
If you only have a desire when you contact me and not yet an idea of what you’re looking for, we’ll work together on designing your jewellery and turning it into a creation for you to cherish. Alternatively, if you have a set design which you are aiming for, I am happy to work to those specifications, and advise as needed based on over 10 years experience as a goldsmith designing custom jewellery.
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London-based Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid is probably best known for her futuristic buildings, including The Roca London Gallery in Chelsea Harbour and the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany. In a bold new move, she’s now collaborating with Arlene Bonnant, founder of Swiss fine jewellery brand Caspita, to design futuristic, adventurous pieces aimed at an upmarket clientele. Caspita’s range has always been abstract yet influenced strongly by the beauty of nature, and Bonnant brings a wealth of experience as a contemporary art expert to each piece in the collection.
After falling in love with Zaha’s adventurous designs, the two decided to collaborate for a display at Art Basel Miami from 2nd – 8th December 2013. The new collection, called ‘Skein’ consisted of a ring and bracelet designed by Zaha Hadid in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and an oxidised finish – a pave white diamond studded version will also be available.
Starting at a cool £14,000 per piece, the collection may be pricy, but it’s well worth it to own a piece of history – who knows when or if Zaha will collaborate with a jewellery designer again! The range is available at Zaha Hadid’s gallery on Goswell Road, London, or from the Caspita website.
Jewellery designer Lisa Morgan from Biggleswade in Bedfordshire made a splash in the press recently for her unique animal inspired jewellery range. Lisa, 49, has started making jewellery from the imprint of the noses of dogs and cats after she lost her beloved Hungarian Puli dog, Poppy, and didn’t have anything to remember her by.
“I had read that each dog’s nose is unique, just like a human’s fingerprint. It’s the bit you have the most relationship with – it’s rubbed up against your hand, it’s shoved in your dinner and so on,” Lisa explained – so when she got a new dog, Mabel, she used the pup’s nose made her very first silver cast imprint necklace.
Since then, Lisa’s business has taken off, and she’s been inundated with requests for her unusual animal designs. “So far we have just done dogs and cats but I was asked whether I could take an imprint of a hedgehog’s nose!” she revealed. “The end result is really special and totally unique keepsake that is instantly recognisable to the owner.”
If you’d like a piece of jewellery to honour your pet – but aren’t sold on the idea of a snout – why not pay a visit to the stores of Hatton Garden? There are a number of bespoke jewellery designers who would be happy to help you to create a memento of your furry friend that you can cherish for a lifetime.
Nicholas James, one of Hatton Garden’s premier jewellery stores, is launching a revolutionary new website. The site, according to the company’s founder, will “be unlike any jewellery websites out there.”
Nick Fitch, the designer behind the brand, said “We are launching a cutting edge new website taking advantage of all the latest web technologies…we have now fixed on a concept and if we can pull it off, I would like to think we will be able to steal the digital crown for a week or so at least.”
The website will be used to promote a new collection of jewellery for men, priced to attract a more commercial range of clients, but that’s not all that is in the pipeline – Fitch also revealed plans to develop a range of shoes with leather specialist Harcourt.
“We plan to launch a luxury shoe range if our ideas are transferable from concept to reality. It is not about plonking some diamonds onto a shoe – it is more about the diamonds being an intrinsic part of the structure and design,” he explained.
If you’d like to explore the Nicholas James range for yourself, but can’t wait for the new site to launch, why not pay a visit to their exclusive Hatton Garden store?