Image Magazine Feature - Jewellery Special November 21 2014
I would like to say thanks to the team at Image for this feature article in this month's magazine. I've been waiting for November to come round so I could pick up my copy! It is a jewellery special, featuring top designers and brands such as Tiffany, and I was very pleased to do the interview, and be a part of this special issue. For me, I am passionate about quality, taking care to choose the right gems for each and every piece, and I enjoyed talking about the design process and key trends for AW14/15.
Beautiful Jewels: Designing New Pieces in Studio April 10 2014
This is one way the design process evolves for me. I sift through a parcel of gleaming gem stones identifying the best quality, colour, uniformity and scale and hand pick the most beautiful gems. I usually have a vision of the design I want to achieve, but often the beauty of the stones determine the finished piece. These photos show some stages of my design process when I am producing a piece - sketches and early designs to finished jewellery. Here, you can see a beautiful selection of multi colours tourmalines, some selected stones and the final finished pair of earrings. Of course the process actually takes several weeks for every piece, before it has my final approval.
Pictured here are pieces inspired by the Lotus Flower from my signature collection which symbolises Beauty and Eternity. They look so pretty by day with casual wear and yet so elegant taking you into evening.
The Pink Lotus Collection Earrings are made from a selection of beautiful faceted dark and light pink brilliant cut tourmalines. These stones are bezel set on 18kt yellow gold shepherd hooks.
The second earrings pictures are Sapphire Lotus Earrings. These are exquisite pastel coloured faceted Sapphires, bezel set on 18kt Yellow Gold Shepherd Hooks.
Then we have the Diamond Open Lotus Earring Charms design which is a Diamond Lotus Flower set in Sterling SIlver Earring Charms. These are very versatile and can be worn on Sterling Silver Hoops or Sterling Silver Shepherd Hooks.
Designing the Mala Necklace Collection in Studio March 04 2014
This is an inside the studio preview of the Mala Necklace Collection, here in India. I handpick the stones for my jewellery designs and am very excited about this new piece. The tassels are made of silk and come in a range of colours. The beads are mat onyx and sterling silver balls threaded with delicate fine silver thread. Pictured here is this fabulous raspberry silk tassel necklace. The collection is inspired from Buddhist Mala prayer beads.
For further enquiries about this and all our collections please contact Karon Jacobson here.
Travels in India: Beautiful Indian Wedding February 27 2014
On my recent work trip to India I had the pleasure to be invited to a friend's wedding. I had heard Indian weddings were typically large events and this party did not disappoint! Our wonderful hosts told us that the wedding was a "modest" affair in size even though there was more than 2,500 people in attendance! The scale of everything was epic... magnificent saris and shimmering jewels adorned the wedding party, the food and decorations creating a luxury carnival atmosphere.
This was a truly magical experience and I felt so inspired by the beauty of this very special event.
Notes from my trip to wondrous Jaipur in India - Day 3 November 18 2013
I am on my third day into my work trip to Jaipur and I'm making great progress with the new Bracelet Collection.
My focus was to design a bracelet that is both uber cool and stylish, wearable everyday and also appropriate for the gym in both aesthetic and durability. I personally start my day, after a super nutritious breakfast, with minimum 1-2 hrs of physical activity 5-6 days a week. I'm either on my Yoga mat, Pilates Reformer or trekking up a hill! So my jewellery has to compliment my activities and of course, I don't want to take my jewellery off every time I exercise. I sometimes jump in the shower with them on but honestly I wouldn't recommend that all the time.
The new bracelet collection is made with lovely Diamond Charms on either a simple cord in Black or Mink or smooth Onyx Beads with a Silver Clasp. Most importantly, the bracelets look great on their own or stacked with incorporating some of your traditional jewellery like a Diamond Tennis Bracelet.
Notes from my trip to wondrous Jaipur in India November 15 2013
I arrived in Jaipur armed with my sketch book full of new designs and concepts.
What started out as a refined version of my Mala Prayer Bead collection took a sharp turn right when I found these amazing hand carved Onyx Skull Heads. My imagination went into overdrive and the challenge was now technical not just creative. The design came to me immediately but the skulls needed to be drilled in order to hang from the Onyx Beads and have the Silk Tassel flowing out from the jaw of the Skull.
After a few days of talking through the design concept I managed to show the workshop how to make minimal drills into the top and bottom of the skull to maintain the integrity of the pendant. Unfortunately, there are only three skulls so these pieces will be each designed as "one of a kinds". I'm incorporating Silver/Gold/Diamonds to these three limited edition necklaces. The Skull Tassels will be Collectors pieces.
In addition, I have the original design in production using Onyx Beads and magnificent luxurious Silk Tassels in Hot Pink, Dark Purple, Fire Orange, Silky Black. Hope to have ready in the next few weeks....ill post as soon as the are ready!