Rachel and I studied an art foundation course together at Sir John Cass in 2007. I knew from early on that she had the drive and ambition to create a brand for herself, and after a year at Cass she chose to start that journey within jewellery.
We parted ways and I chose to specialise in fine art, whilst Rachel went on to a jewellery design degree at Central Saint Martins. From there she studied diamond grading in New York at the Gemological Institute of America.
Her signature aesthetic is of pure and strong forms, finding inspiration from unconventional sources: looking to nature, contemporary culture and high fashion to celebrate both the beautiful and the damned. Her collections ‘The Protector’ and the ‘The Ritual’ demonstrate this with a reimagining of beetles, scorpions and talismanic teeth, which is ironic, as she happens to be rather squeamish when presented with beetles outside the workshop.
Her collections are meticulously crafted, whilst retaining a sense of their natural beauty, and can be worn by both men and women.
She maintains an emphasis on craftsmanship, artistry, and luxury, creating all her jewellery in a Central London workshop – with some occasional assistance from her poodle, Betty.
Rachel’s work is currently showing at the Museum of London in their ‘Made’ exhibition, which features seven of the capital’s most talented jewellers. Open until April 27th, free entry.