What are your thoughts on the power of jewellery?
I think that the talismanic power of jewellery is undeniable. A powerful piece of jewellery can literally change everything, such as how a person holds him or herself. This transformation can be subtle or downright magical. The spiritual and even medical merits of wearing certain metals and stones also holds a long and rich history in all cultures.
Why does jewellery feel more emotive and personal than other fashion pieces?
Most people will wear jewellery every day for years at a time. This instantaneously sets it apart from any other item a human will wear or use in their lifetime. I’ve found that the jewellery people wear every day almost always holds a story that makes the piece especially valuable to the wearer. These secret histories could have been passed down from generations, or it might be a gift from a friend or a lover, but whatever the case this secret history will be etched in the scratches and unique wear of the piece making it distinctly theirs.
Is there a link between jewellery and secrets?
I think in many ways jewellery is like a secret code. It’s part of your visual language and self-expression. It’s how you say “I’m an individual” or “I assimilate towards this particular brand or lifestyle”. When a stranger appreciates your jewellery, it’s like you both speak the same secret visual language. Like a secret handshake.
You have designed pieces for Lady Gaga, celebs like Jude Law and bloggers such as Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast, but who would you still love to work with?
I’m disappointed I haven’t had a chance to make something for Daphne Guinness yet.
Describe your style in three words.
Black, bling and rings.
Who is your favourite fashion designer?
Phoebe English is a dear friend and also the most inspirational fashion designer I’ve ever met. Her graduate collection from Central Saint Martins [made entirely from plaited rubber and human hair] was my favourite fashion collection ever, and she has only gone from strength to strength since. I collaborated on a collection of jewellery with her a couple years ago and it was such a treat getting a peek into her brilliant mind.