BEJEWELED: YASMIN EVERLEY

We can't get enough of Yasmin Everley's inspired designs. — YasminEverley.com

Describe your designs in three words: Astrological. Entomological. Typographical.

How did you get started in the jewelry industry? My mother, Joy Everley, is a designer with an ardent following in Soho, and so I have been surrounded by jewelry for longer than I can remember. Working alongside my mother since the age of eleven, has inevitably influenced my own designs. However, my degree in Classical Studies, combined with my love of the late 18th and early 19th century–the age of exploration and excavation–is my main source of inspiration.

What materials do you most like to work with? I love the versatility of Sterling silver, it can completely change its attitude depending on the finish that it’s given. Even an otherwise completely plain band can be polished, hammered, oxidised, matted etc. and the same design can appear minimalist or grungy, boho or refined. I like to play with color contrasts by having parts of the same piece in oxidised silver while other parts shine bright with pure gold plating.

What’s one thing jewelry design has taught you about life? You can show the same idea to ten different people and they will draw out ten different meanings from it. People will read meanings into my designs that I have never even thought of, or sometimes I alter their perception of something they thought they knew. The same goes for so many areas in life, you cannot project your own interpretations onto other people and there is always so much to learn from listening to the reactions of others.

What’s your greatest professional accomplishment to date? It has to be asking to design my friends’ engagement rings, that takes a lot of confidence and trust, and I feel so honored to be a part of it.

What’s one thing people would never guess about you? Sometimes I work as a sales assistant and don’t let on that the jewelry on display is my own. You get the most honest feedback when you work anonymously!

Priceless means: Something that evokes a feeling or a moment in time that will never be replaced.