Jewellery Diaries

Interview with Rachael Taylor

Q: What do you think was it that had that initial fascination with that particular item?A: Probably because I knew it was something really important. And probably because I knew it was quite precious. There was a real fairy tale quality to it for me.  Q: Are there any bits of jewellery that your Mum … Read more

Interview with Orsola de Castro

Q: Have you shared the stories behind each piece with your own children?I do for the special pieces but a lot of my pieces don’t necessarily have a specific story to them but I think that there is also something chemical about jewellery – it sits on your body and so it absorbs your energy … Read more

Interview with Ute Decker

Q: Do you have a single piece of jewellery you wear all the time?A: I wear my ring all the time – it lives on my hand – on occasion that I forget it I feel totally naked. I wear other jewellery depending on where I’m going and what I’m doing but this piece, she … Read more

Interview with Katie Rose Whiting

I have a really beautiful locket which says ‘in memory of’ on the front and then when you open it up it’s got an old photograph in there – I don’t know who the man is but I wonder about his life and who wore the locket before me. I was very drawn to it … Read more

Interview with Kathryn Bishop

Those are probably the first piece of jewellery I really looked at and questioned and Mum explained that her and my dad bought them for each other shortly after they’d first met to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. Years later I started working at a jewellers and searched for a chain for them … Read more

Interview with Paola Totaro

Q: What does jewellery mean to you?A: For me, every bit of jewellery tells a story. It’s not about the brand, or having an iconic piece by a great jeweller, but more about who it belonged to – the sentiment and memory that it carries. Jewellery is about telling stories and having connections with people … Read more

Interview with Martine Parry

Q: Do you know anything about the origin of the ring? A: It came from a standard high street jeweller in Croydon… which makes it even more unromantic! I don’t know anything about it’s traceability. I know that it’s definitely not attached to Fairtrade, which is why I’ve never tried to find out more about it’s … Read more

Interview with Sian Evans

Q: What is it that fascinates you about the history of jewellery most?A: We as humans have developed a certain sense of self, and with that, a sense of belonging. For example, being part of a family or tribe gives you a sense of unity and archaeologists believe that when particular tribes started to dress … Read more

The Jewellery Diaries

The findings will be carefully collated into an Instagram account and a blog here on our website, and the stories you share will ultimately provide inspiration for a truly unique jewellery collection, designed by Anna, based upon your tales, memories, and special jewellery journeys! Participants will also be in with the chance of designing their … Read more