Jewellery Designer Round-Up
We present to you a round-up of some of the most interesting contemporary jewellery designers around the world to give you summer bespoke jewellery inspiration.
Bridging the gap between fashion and craft, London-based Taiwanese jewellery designer and maker Niza Huang crafts original pieces with a distinctive aesthetic. Niza completed an MA in Metalwork & Jewellery design at Sheffield Hallam University, where she developed her passion for design. Finding beauty in contrast, Niza fuses organic forms with clean lines to create raw-sophisticated pieces that exude elegance with an edge. Her timeless yet contemporary collections range in style from organic abstract to minimalist geometric, conveying Niza’s rich imagination and creative passion. Niza specializes in alternative bridal and engagement pieces for those looking for something a little less conventional. Niza offers a bespoke service to create highly-customized designs for people looking for one-of-a-kind pieces.
Japanese designer Momoko Tamura handmakes all her jewellery from her studio in London using traditional wax carving techniques. Her whimsical and enchanting designs are inspired by traditional fairy tales and the night sky.
Because each piece is handmade, no two pieces are the same. Using sustainable materials, the collection consists of gold plated, sterling silver and oxidized silver pieces, as well as ruby and sapphire gemstones.
Completed works is a brand led by jewelry designer and art director Anna Jewsbury. The London-based brand was established in 2013 by Jewsbury, after studying Mathematics & Philosophy at Oxford University. The pieces are beautiful and memorable, often incorporating pearls and diamonds in remarkable ways. Wearers include poets, artists, activists and actresses, Jodie Comer, Naomie Harris and Adwoa Aboah. The company has grown rapidly and is now stocked with almost 40 retailers worldwide. They have committed to using 100% recycled or fair trade metal in their bridal and bespoke ranges. To much acclaim, the brand has now expanded into producing collections of sculptural ceramics such as vases and plates, which are influenced by non-artificial shapes in nature.
Orit Elhanati founded her eponymous label in 2012, drawing on childhood memories from her summers in Tel Aviv. Her beautiful and elegant work has gone on to be a favourite of fashion insiders and has been steadily garnering both design awards and acclaim.
Elhanati’s jewelry is sleek, with sophisticated designs that are both classic and contemporary allowing them to be treasured by wearers of all ages. The Copenhagen-based label’s pieces are all made by hand from 18kt gold and often enriched with precious stones in the form of diamonds, opals, sapphires and more.
Sophie Bille Brahe
The Royal College of Art alumni Sophie Bille Brahe founded her eponymous label in 2001 after working with master jewellers in Copenhagen and receiving encouragement from industry insiders. Her truly beautiful pieces are very wearable and each piece tells their own story, it’s no wonder that the label has built a solid cult following. Fusing Scandinavian heritage design with an avant-garde fascination for the unexplained, these designs are timeless.
The brand Cornelia Webb, established in 2005, emphasizes craftsmanship, timelessness and environmental consciousness. In an ambition to create zero waste, Cornelia Webb works across industries with Swedish stone masonries using leftover material, incorporating Swedish granite and green marble to connect with her heritage as well as carving out a new definition of luxury. From Spring/Summer 2020 the brand has shifted about 80% of heir brass production over to using only recycled metal.The brand also donates a portion of profits to a coral initiative in Bali. With Cornelia Webb’s background as a student of anatomy, reiki, frequent yoga practitioner and commitment to mindful living, Cornelia creates jewellery that encourages the wearer to consider the value and message of the items and materials they wear. When it comes to silhouettes, you’ll notice a focus on beautiful organic and natural shapes. The brand centres on core collections rather than constantly producing new designs.
All Blues creates handcrafted understated pieces from recycled 925 silver that have garnered much acclaim from fashion insiders and secured a worldwide cult following. All Blues is Stockholm-based and fuses the knowledge of its third generation gold smith studio with 3D technology and contemporary conceptual designs. The jewellery is handcrafted by expert artisans with minimal waste, the label is environmentally conscious and uses local and ethically sourced materials.
Spinelli Kilcollin is a luxury jewelry brand designed and made in downtown Los Angeles. The brand was launched in 2010 by by husband-and-wife team Yves Spinelli and Dwyer Kilcollin out of their garage on the east side of Los Angeles. Expert artisans meticulously handcraft the designs and they are set with conflict-free diamonds and use environmentally friendly materials such as recycled gold or sterling silver. The label is known for their elegant layered style of jewellery, especially the iconic Galaxy Linked Rings: a set of interlocking, minimalist bands that work for many occasions. The architecture-inspired pieces are instantly recognizable and set a sophisticated tone.
1064 studio launched the handmade jewelry brand in South Korea in 2015. 1064 Studio takes its name from gold’s melting point. The demi-fine jewellery brand is stocked and admired worldwide. It is known for its conceptual pieces and beautiful brand presentation. The pieces are often informed by organic shapes such as shells and natural forms.
ARTICLE BY SARAH MICHELLE