BEJEWELED: CLAIRE ENGLISH

Designer: Claire English | ClaireEnglish.com

Describe your designs in three words: Unmistakably English and unforgettable.

How did you get started in the jewelry industry? I began selling my work with a stall at Portobello market on Fridays. I soon got spotted by Jo Malone who introduced me to Stephen Webster, who became my mentor. The jewelry trade is full of generous characters who have helped me along my way.

What materials do you most like to work with? Found objects, particularly magpie parts, silver, gold and gemstones.

What’s one thing jewelry design has taught you about life? How important it is to cultivate resilience and to persevere.

What’s your greatest professional accomplishment to date? I felt I must be doing something right when I saw Vivienne Westwood wearing one of my necklaces, a top a tank, in the Guardian newspaper last summer.

What’s one thing people would never guess about you? Only one?! There are far too many to choose.

Priceless means: Time to dream.

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