There are many benefits to shopping local – from enhancing the circular economy to reducing air mileage and waste. But most of all, when you buy a handcrafted piece of jewellery from an independent business, the creative behind the brand gets to do a little happy dance for their efforts.
If you’re looking for something unique to impress that special someone, or you simply want to update your autumn/winter wardrobe with some fresh accessories, look no further than this round-up of talented London jewellery designers.
ROSA PIETSCH Rosa Pietsch is a South London based designer and jewellery maker. She creates strikingly original pieces that mix up textures, materials and crafting processes. Rosa’s work ranges from intricate statement jewels to simple yet eye-catching everyday accessories. www.rosapietsch.com
LUKA PASIKOWSKI Goldsmith Luka Pasikowski built his brand Cardinal of London from a solid foundation of family craftsmanship. His jewellery is daring and distinctive, drawing inspiration from the glamour and grace of Venice, as well as mythical creatures. www.cardinaloflondon.com
KAREN MORRISON Karen Morrison is an award-winning jewellery designer in London, and she produces stylish jewellery that marries sophisticated glamour with delicate femininity. Her one-off pieces include precious gemstones, rough cut diamonds, freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals. www.karenmorrisonjewellery.co.uk
RUTH TOMLINSON Ruth is considered by industry experts as one of the leading influences in the current generation of UK jewellery designers. Her unique designs and luxuriously wearable adornments are conceived with the notion of being treasured forever. www.ruthtomlinson.com
ALEX MONROE Alex Monroe jewellery is synonymous with a British sense of style. Each piece is feminine, delicate and quirky, but above all this brand is consistently wearable. Now a much loved jewellery brand worldwide, every piece is individually designed and handmade exclusively in London. www.alexmonroe.com
MAYA MAGAL Listed as ‘one to watch’ in jewellery’s next generation by Harper’s Bazaar, Maya Magal’s jewellery has been worn by the likes of Adele, Jourdan Dunn, Rita Ora, Alexa Chung and many other high profile celebrities. www.mayamagal.co.uk
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JESSICA WALKER Jessica Walker has been established in the heart of Dulwich Village for 10 years now. From a family of jewellers scattered all over the world, her knowledge and contacts are substantial. She specialises in bespoke engagement and wedding rings. www.jessicawalkerjewellery.co.uk
CHARLOTTE VALKENIERS Charlotte’s jewellery continuously looks for the balance between areas that would normally contrast one another. Her jewellery is both masculine and feminine, it blends opulence with minimalism, and explores the methodical and chaotic. www.charlottevalkeniers.com
ROSIE SANDERS Rosie Sanders creates neo-classically inspired luxury jewellery, with a contemporary feminine edge. Each collection celebrates scrolls as enduring symbols of opulence, femininity and power. Rosie describes her bespoke jewellery as ‘Neoclassical Couture’. www.rosie-sanders.com
LEE RENÉE Lee Renée is fast growing into a recognisable brand name in the contemporary jewellery sector, thanks to her signature blend of delicate, exacting and narrativedriven pieces. Every creation is easy to wear and tells a powerful, distinctive story. When fashion meets craftsmanship, this is the polished result. www.leerenee.co.uk
MARIA BLACK Maria Black Jewellery is founded on the pure idea of combining aesthetic with artistry. Her accessories allow contemporary fashion jewellery to emphasise the everyday look of modern women, and to challenge the common perception of body adornment. www.maria-black.uk
ANABELA CHAN Anabela Chan is an award-winning designer and artist who arrived at jewellery from a prestigious background in architecture, fashion and art. Lady Gaga, Rita Ora and FKA Twigs have all graced red carpet events wearing her enchanting statement pieces. www.anabelachan.com
SOPHIE HARLEY UK Jewellery Designer of the Year 2013, Sophie Harley is celebrated for her exquisite handmade jewellery which uses precious metals and stones only. She designed the famous Algerian Love Knot necklace and earrings for the James Bond film Casino Royale. www.sophieharley.com
MATTHEW CALVIN Matthew Calvin is a designer of stylish and contemporary jewellery. Named by the Evening Standard as a go-to name for modern, minimalist designs, it’s his clean lines and bespoke finishes give Matthew’s designs a modern edge. www.matthewcalvin.com
ELEANOR BOLTON Known for her unique craft technique of coiling and hand stitching cotton rope, Eleanor creates sculptural yet lightweight tactile jewellery. She adopts an intuitive and sensitive approach to the micro detailing of making every piece, focusing on precise scale. www.eleanorbolton.com
CLARICE PRICE-THOMAS Clarice’s jewellery has a thoughtful balance of modern silhouettes and traditional craft. Defined by clean lines, intricate details and technical precision, these pieces are timeless yet modern, playful yet refined. www.claricepricethomas.com
KIRSTY WARD A merging of jewellery and fashion are at the core of Kirsty Ward’s minimal-meets-maximal collections. This mix of contrasting yet complementary elements is key to the eclectic nature of Kirsty’s designs, naming her as one of Selfridges’ ‘Bright Young Things’. www.kirsty-ward.com
MEI-LI ROSE Mei-Li Rose makes handcrafted jewellery using traditional silversmithing techniques, with a focus on quality craftsmanship. Her signature design aesthetic celebrates polished minimal forms, which are often inspired by architecture and industrial design. www.meilirose.com
ISABEL ENGLEBERT Fusing traditional and modern materials with avantgarde design, Argentine designer Isabel Englebert presents her exquisite collection of couture jewellery. Each piece is a bold representation of intricate design, immense skill and impeccable finish. www.isabelenglebert.com
FELICE DAHL Felice Dahl creates contemporary Scandi-inspired jewellery in gold vermeil and sterling silver. This designer explores organic form through the manipulation of metal and embraces inner strength through design. www.felicedahl.com
NAOMI OLIVIA Kara Khuma Jewellery founder Naomi Olivia hails ancient deities as her core inspiration. The precious gold, gemstones and amulets worn by Ancient Egyptians are a ritualistic practice of infusing love and prosperity into the lives of her buyers. www.karakhuma.com
MABEL HASSELL Mabel uses the lost wax casting technique to set precious gemstones and raw, uncut crystals into jewellery with unpredictable and intriguing results. The end products are striking organic designs that physically embrace such vibrant gemstones. www.mabelhassell.com
CATARINA MILITAO Originating from Portugal, Catarina is a true jewellery design visionary. Her work is inspired by Portuguese Culture and Handicraft techniques which are reinterpreted as contemporary and simple yet complex jewellery collections. www.catarinamilitao.com
HAYLEY KRUGER Hayley Kruger is a jewellery designer who has worked in many aspects of the trade for over 15 years. She has designed jewellery for many of the UK’s most recognisable retailers and brands including: Topshop, Marks & Spencer, River Island, Next, and many more. www.hayleykruger.com
MAY HOFMAN May Hofman jewellery has a signature modular concept built with individually designed components. These personal pieces can be strung, stacked and interconnected into different arrangements, creating endless possibilities unique to the wearer. www.mayhofman.com
These picks are just a handful of thousands of talented jewellery designers based right here in South London and its surrounding areas. Here’s hoping our list will grant you a great starting point in your quest for local and ethical jewellery.
To find out more, visit the individual websites of these bespoke brands, and enjoy your new dazzling discoveries!