The boundaries of jewellery have been pushed by independent designers since the 1960s, when a generation raised on modern art and radical ideas redefined convention. Now, young independent jewellers, often educated at art college, are using non-precious materials and challenging conventional forms to create bold sculptural bling.
For jewellery that combines high fashion influences with a commitment to sustainability, look to British label Daphine. Launched in 2018 by friends Damasia and Philippine, the brand draws inspiration from archives of fashion and art history – plus the impressive closet of co-founder Philippine’s Parisian grandmother – to create edgy, wearable pieces like its PS65 Oli ring (which is a firm gram favourite). Committed to transparent pricing and sustainable production, all its jewellery is made in-house at its Jaipur atelier using recycled brass. Find out more
London’s Creative Sparkle: Exploring the World of Handmade Jewellery
A fusion of art and tradition, Danish-born Copenhagen-based Maria Black has built a cult-following for her demi-fine jewellery. Her gold plated silver designs are based on art-inspired shapes, inset with precious metals and pearls. With prices ranging from around PS125 – PS465, her opulent jewellery is also ethically made and sourced, with the brand working closely with fair trade suppliers in London and India.
For everyday studs and charms, look to British brand Missoma. Its sculptural 18 carat gold vermeil rings and signet necklaces are perfect for stacking and layering, while its interchangeable studs and pendants let you create your own look. For something more statement, the brand’s wildly popular initial pendants are set on repurposed charger cables – and it’s even possible to personalise a piece with your own initials on request.