BEJEWELED: THE RISE OF COCO'S LIBERTY

We caught up with Elina Bergert, the beauty behind one of London's rising jewelry brands Coco's Liberty. — CocosLiberty.com

Describe your designs in three words: Minimal. Fierce. Statement.

How did you get started in the jewelry industry? I have been into jewelry since I was a child. My father is a dentist, and he would teach me how to create jewelry with left over gold. Ever since then, I have developed a love for unique jewelry.

As I grew up, I could never find the jewelry I was interested in, so I took goldsmith classes on weekends while studying law. After working as a lawyer for two years in Hamburg, I quit to pursue my love of modern jewelry design. I’m currently on a year break from a Jewelry Design Degree at Central Saint Martins in London to build up Coco ́s Liberty.

What materials do you most like to work with? I love working with 18ct solid yellow gold, as I personally only wear yellow gold. I love the fact that it looks nice the entire time you work with it. Since it’s quite expensive, I have developed a love for solid silver which I then have plated.

What’s one thing jewelry design has taught you about life? Patience. An amazing jewelry piece cannot be rushed, it needs love and affection.

What’s your greatest professional accomplishment to date? I was selected by Alexander McQueen ́s Sarabande Foundation as the “next big thing” in the jewelry world through Shaun Leane. Furthermore, I am really proud that, not even out of jewelry college, I ́ve made Cocós Liberty a go-to brand for scandi minimal chic jewelry with a London edge.

What’s one thing people would never guess about you? Probably that I am fostering five elephants and two little orangutans.

Priceless to you means: Spending quality time with my sister and her three rescue dogs which I love to bits and pieces.