As head of Central St Martins' MA in Jewellery, Simon Fraser's taught most of the exciting designers making a name in the field. He's an old friend and it was great to be taken around to see some of the ex-students, who obviously like me, adore him.
I give you Fernando Jorge. Featuring on the front of Barneys' spring summer newsletter more or less says it all...even Barneys is excited by its new find! With an established label not more than a year old, he is collecting prestigious stores in London including Browns, Couture Lab, Fortnum & Mason, Matches and Net-a-Porter. Brazilian Fernando spends his time between London, where he's got his studio, and São Paulo where his jewellery is produced.
What are you doing next? "After the shows, back to Brazil for Carnival, then a rest, then designing the new collection."
His trademark: “Organic, fluid lines echoing Brazilian sensuality and laid-back elegance.”
Jacqueline Cullen IS Whitby jet! It's when Yorkshire was tropical. Jaqueline tells me all about the black stone she uses. Her whole collection is made with this prehistoric black fossil circa 180 million years old that was made popular by Queen Victoria when she went into mourning for Prince Albert. The jet is now rare and Jacqueline’s supplier abseils down the cliffs on a rope collecting raw samples from the disused mines and ancient caves.
Jacqueline is stocked at Dover Street Market in London - the perfect match, of course!
What are you doing next? "Road trip to the desert and Vegas!"
Her trademark: "The breaking up of a bold, fluid form is central to my work where fractures, fissures and crevices release a luxurious cascade of textured gold or glittering diamonds."
Alice Cicolini is the 'queen of enamel.' Enamel is a combination of ground, pigmented glass and metal, heat fired into the recesses created by the engraving and then polishing with agate stone to create extraordinarily vibrant and rich colours. Alice's pieces are made in the studio of one of the last Jaipuri Meenakari trained in the enamel traditions of Persia.
Her stacking rings are gorgeous! I am loving the enamel on the back of the rings, typical of Meenakari, also known as “the secret” - an intimate dialogue with the gem's wearer. LOVE SECRETS!
Alice is stocked everywhere from the V&A, Fortnum & Mason through to Luisa Via Roma.
What are you doing next? "It's a bit trite, but I am thinking of re-piercing my ears!"
Her trademark: "The sacred architecture and patterns of the Silk Route are the inspiration for my jewellery."
Simon Fraser is also co-founder of design consultant firm, ultra-indigo.