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  1. ......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

     

  2. ...MADE!

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    On Sunday we took a trip down to Brighton for MADE, Brightons design and craft fair showcasing local and national designers.  The Corn Exchange was the venue for the fair, we loved the intimate vibe and the buzz in the atmosphere.  There was an incredible wealth of talent selling jewellery, ceramics, textiles......far too tempting but luckily we can buy things guilt free and give them as fabulous, unique Christmas presents!

    It was great to see Emma Turpin at the show, we've just started stocking her Maidens Garland range in store, a collection of fine silver jewellery featuring hand folded silver rosettes which are mounted on pegs allowing the rosettes to spin - very quirky and interesting!  We also managed to meet up with alternative jeweller Kate Gilliland whose taxidermy jewellery continues to break convention by using unusual materials to form feminine, pretty pieces.

    We had a great day on Sunday and enjoyed speaking with Emma at Contemporary lab and Kate from Vanilla Ink who stock our very own Katherine Seaman's work.

    Looking forward to MADE 2012! 

  3. 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.