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  1. Interview with....

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    ...Cara Tonkin!

    Featuring two strong collections at Nude, Vesper and Volute, it's clear to see the cultural and historical aspects prevalent throughout Cara's work.  Growing up in Brighton she visitied antique markets and the treasure trove boutiques that Brighton is famous for, cultivating a love for historical objects and design.  A graduate of Central St Martin's Art School, her work exudes decadence and mysticism.

    What's your background and what inspired you to become a jewellery designer?VE-BR-02

    I grew up in a very arty environment, both my mum and my dad paint and I was always encouraged to be creative. When i was young my mum always liked to get involved and teach me how to make things, she was probably the biggest influence on my becoming a jewellery designer. I decieded on jewellery as i wanted to learn a craft. The challenge of working with metal was massively appealing to me. There's just so much you can do with it as a material. I love that jewellery is precious and everlasting, it is used to express emotion and identity and often carries a great amount of sentimentality. It is wonderful making pieces which you know will be treasured for years to come.

    I studied at Central St Martins where I achieved a First Class Honours Degree. Straight after my degree I found myself working as the Designer/Creative Director of a High Fashion Jewellery Brand and then in 2010 I decided to go my own way and set up my own brand.

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    How would you describe your customers?

     I think my customers like jewellery which creates a statement but is also elegant and feminine. I design for women who are individual and confident in their own style and taste, who love fashion and appreciate craftsmanship, but don't feel a need to follow trends.

    What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)

    I have just added a new colourway to my Vesper range and it has to be the gold dipped and oxidised silver 'Full Swing' bracelet. I adore black and gold as a colour combination, it's so opulent and romantic and the piece is incredibly tactile and really comes to life when worn.

    Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?

    If i were picking a celebrity from the past it would have to be the iconic femme fatale, Marchesa Luisa Casati. She was Europe’s most notorious celebrity for the first three decades of the twentieth century, she wore live snakes as jewellery and was infamous for her evening strolls, naked beneath her furs whilest parading cheetas on diamond-studded leashes. Everywhere she went, she set trends and inspired. She adorned her self with the jewels of Lalique who is one of my most admired artists and directly inspired the famed ‘Panther’ design for Cartier. I also love Florence Welch's style, it's darkly romantic which i love, it would be fantastic to create a bespoke piece for her to wear on stage.

    If you hadnt been successful as a designer what would your plan B have been?

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    I would have trained to be a chef and opened up a rustic style
    cafe/restauraunt. I really enjoy cooking for people and it's also a
    great way of expressing creativity. I also love the idea of sourcing
    all sorts of mis-matched furniture and tableware from markets and
    antique shops.

    What can we expect to see from you in the future?

    I plan to bring out a bridal collection later in the year which will
    launch alongside a new collection, I'm very excited to be working on new designs so watch this space!

    View Vesper

    View Volute

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    ......Sushilla!

    An incredible passion and enthusiasm for bright colours and beautiful gemstones, Sushilla has produced an incredibly eye-catching, window dazzling collection of rough cut gemstones. Travelling around the world in search of the most vibrant gemstones, Sushilla's work is inspired by a melting pot of cultures and countries and is made to be worn and adored.

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    What's your background and what inspired you to become a jewellery designer?

    I have had a passion for jewellery all my life. My grandmother had a wonderful collection of both precious and costume jewellery and as a child I loved dressing up in all the wonderful pieces.

    My inspiration came from seeing precious stones in their rough state while travelling through Africa as a child. My parents to this day have a wonderful rock of Amethyst in its uncut glory. We picked this up on a road trip from Lusaka to Livingston in Zambia. Decades later while on a trip to India I discovered other stones in there rough state, and thought it would be exciting to use them in a collection. Tallulah was born!

    How would you describe your customers?

    That’s a difficult one, I rarely get to meet the end client. But the few I have met are confident, know what they want and are not afraid of colour.

    What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)

    My mother’s Pink Tourmaline engagement ring.

    Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?

    Keira Knightley quite simply because she is beautiful and talented. I can just see her wearing one of my statement pieces!!

    If you hadnt been successful as a designer what would your plan B have been?

    I have always loved travelling, so maybe a travel writer. Although this could be difficult, I’m dyslexic.

    What can we expect to see from you in the future?

    Lots more stones. I know there are plenty more out there that I haven’t used yet. I will continue to focus on the stones. I would like to make more dramatic one off pieces.

    To view Sushilla's collection click here

     

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    HWWhen we saw those dainty little maids with handpainted faces we knew we couldn't resist the charm of Hannah Walkers jewellery collection. A new designer in Nude, Hannah's work is distinctive and unique. An interesting mix of sterling silver rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets and of course these beautifully crafted doll pendants which appeal to a perfect little princess and playful adults alike. Read Hannah's story here....HW1

    What's your background and what inspired you to become a jewellery designer?

    From a very young age, I have always enjoyed making and using my hands.   I guess it was discovering the Covent Garden bead shop, as a child, which really inspired me to make jewellery and improve my skills.   When I left school, I went on to study jewellery at Edinburgh college of Art and the Royal College of Art in London.   Professionally, I have designed for a wide variety of clients from luxury jewellers, Boodles to Marks & Spencer, Acessorize and Next.   My most recent collaboration has been to design a collection of fair trade jewellery for Oxfam.

    How would you describe your customers?

    My clients like to have jewellery which is easy to wear, beautifully made and a little bit different.   They tend to have a very discerning eye and a love of detail.

    What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)

    My most recent favorite (it changes all the time) is one of my newest designs.  It is a tiny, solid rose gold disc embossed with a butterfly which has the initial of my daughter engraved on the back.  It is so tactile, I adore it.

    Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?2011-Pretty-Maids-Group

    I think Harper Seven Beckham really has to have her very own Pretty Maid pendant.

    Why?  Because, I haven’t met a little girl who hasn’t treasured hers.

    If you hadn’t been successful as a designer what would your plan B have been?

    I have almost as much enthusiasm for plants and horticulture as I do jewellery, so a garden designer would be just perfect.

    What can we expect to see from you in the future?

    I am currently developing more jewellery which is suited to children - christening bangles with charms.   Also, I am very keen to create a collection in rose gold.   And lastly, I am keen to introduce a bit of sparkle into my collection by using diamonds...Plenty to keep me busy.

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    Click here to view the Hannah Walker collection.