We may lust after gorgeous, twinkling jewels but, let’s face it, they are last on our ‘to buy’ list. Too indulgent, too pricy, whatever the reason, there may be an answer so you can treat yourself. With a batch of new modern-day jewellers emerging on the scene, offering covetable pieces at affordable prices, you can now consider starting to build a lust-worthy contemporary jewellery collection to envy. Here are my top three jewellers to keep an eye on…
I love this collection from Glasgow based jewellery designer, Georgia Wiseman. Her pieces feature intricate detailing and geometric design and look beautifully top end – yet are surprisingly affordable (the pendant above is £155 and the earrings are £115). Passionate about the protection of British craftsmanship and using quality materials, all her jewellery is made in a workshop next to her home in Glasgow using traditional craftspeople.
The collection is divided into three distinctive ranges: Dark Star, Eclipse and Geo. She uses either 18ct gold plate or gun metal Ruthenium-plate which are combined and contrasted with coloured Swarovski crystal beads such as Emerald, Black Diamond, Silver Shadow, Capri and Montana Blue.
Taken from the Dark Star collection are these two pairs of earrings above – I adore how they channel a retro 1920s Deco design with an ‘of the moment’ edge. Capella are £175 and Ophelia are £130 – put on your wish list now!
Hailing from Beirut, Dina Kamal’s jewellery is strong and full of impact. Having previously worked as an architect, you can see the influence this career has on her pieces. She’s currently making a name due to her timeless designs, and by using simple forms mixed with intense materials.
Her PNKYRNG Collection re-defines the classic signet/pinky ring for the modern day woman and man. The pinky ring is a centuries old male tradition, associated with style and status, and was originally worn by royalty, nobility and the clergy. More recently icons in the fashion, music and film industries have taken to wearing them (Katy Perry wears one of Dina’s).
One of Kamal’s main inspirations is the Art Deco movement and 1930ʻs Bauhaus aesthetics, and each piece is handcrafted 18 karat gold either polished, brushed or textured with or without diamond pavage, from treated black diamonds or natural soft pink sapphires to champagne brown and brilliant cut natural white diamonds. Starting at £995, these aren’t budget buys, but they are wonderful investment pieces from a rising star.
I love this new Tinies collection from London-based jeweller, Sara Hartley. Wonderfully whimsical, the collection has been inspired by her children, and feature a range of charms in either sterling silver, 18ct gold or rose-gold plate. You can create your own piece of jewellery, choosing from bangles, hand platted, 3 strand and more traditional charm bracelets and necklaces. Some characters have also been set with small stones, diamonds, rubies and sapphires for a truly luxurious piece.
A lovely keepsake to hand on to another generation. Prices start from £70+ and each piece is handmade in Sara’s London studio.