Minautor ring Butterfly mask ring
Describe your jewellery style in three words?
Distinctive, darkly romantic, urban
What led you into jewellery design?
I am coming from family of goldsmiths – my father and older brother are jewelers. I have started to come to my dad’s workshop when I was 17 to make some rings for my girlfriend, later on studying sculpture helped me more to understand the form and space.
What materials are you currently working with (e.g. metals, stones etc)
I work mainly in silver. Also, I like to mix silver with gold elements like settings, layers, ornaments. Mounting diamonds or pavé setting is used for some more elaborated bespoke pieces. Garnets and amethysts are my favourite stones to work with. On the other hand, my recent “Interstellar” collection is gold plated and I used fresh water pearls as well.
Who are your favourite designers or brands? Are you inspired by any fashion designers ?
Inspiration is always welcome! It is lovely to see my jewellery going well with some fashion pieces. Fashion is shaped by the moods and desires, it is the search for beauty beyond the functionality of things and my pieces search for this beauty!
As for designers I like timeless, old school 90’s designers like Thierry Mugler and Galliano with their galactic glamour and refinement. From more recent projects Iris Van Herpen’s electric and architectural structured style is appealing to me. It is also my aspiration to control and shape material and create 3D wearable objects.
John Galliano for Oscar de la renta
Thierry Mugler, autumn/winter 1998-99 PA NEWS PHOTO/KIPA
Iris Van Herpen’s 3D printed dress
Iris Van Herpen’s shoes
How do you want the wearer to feel when wearing your jewellery?
Complemented, beautified, refined.
Where can readers buy your jewellery?
Cardinal of London’s website cardinaloflondon.com presents my four collections (about 40 styles). My stockists are Sarah May Boutique in Richmond and Johnny Rocket in Greenwich you can buy some mens styles at thornjewellery.com
Can you tell us any secrets about your next collection?
I am still expanding and promoting my recent collection of rings called “Interstellar”. The rings are incisive, graphic and most importantly – elegant. My intention was to show a new facet to Cardinal’s work, to bring off the galaxy glamour and make some futuristic, elegant rings, which are designed to fit ergonomically.
Which of your designs is your favourite and why?
The Jewelled Horse Ring is a piece I am still very fond of. I wanted to create a striking, powerful but wearable statement ring, an objet precieux for 21century jewel lovers. The horse Ring is made in sterling silver with a gold champron (with silver studs) and diamonds mounted in the eyes. Its armour is hand engraved with a unique pattern. The ring has been acclaimed and awarded at the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards 2012.
And now let’s see the pieces alive – Styled by Anissa Kermiche and photographed by Thomas Van Cam