We bring you some of the big names of British fashion.
Agree or disagree with the list, but doubt not that our fair isles pack a punch on the jewellery scene.
A is for Alex Monroe, Asprey, Ana De Costa, Amanda Mansell, Andrew Geoghan, Anna Lou of London, Annoushka, Anthony Roussel, Alexandra Simpson, Amanda Li Hope, Angela Fung, Antonia Ross, Aradesi Jewellery and Astley Clarke
Ana De Costa
Since graduating from Saint Martins in 2005, Ana de Costa has made a remarkable impact on the jewellery industry. De Costa made her catwalk debut in 2008 when she was invited by Swarovski to take part in its Runway Rocks show as part of the inaugural London Jewellery Week and went on to win the Young Designer of the Year award at the UK Jewellery Awards later that year. Her pieces reflect her freethinking bohemian spirit.
Andrew Geoghegan founded the AG Brand, which creates designer engagement rings using platinum, 18ct gold, diamonds and precious stones. Making the shortlists of numerous awards and racking up more than 50 stockists in the UK and ROI, Geoghegan has become a tour de force in UK jewellery design and manufacture, and the brand continues to go from strength to strength with innovative new designs.
B is for Babette Wasserman, Backes & Strauss, Barbara Easton and Blingdeenie Jewellery
Classically trained in jewellery design at Saint Martins, Wasserman has created a global brand from her London studio. In 2007 she won a UK Fashion Export Award and is now stocked in 30 countries around the globe.
C is for Clogau Gold, Charles Green and Carol Zilla
The story of Clogau Gold started with a Welsh family’s discovery of a gold mine, dating back to Roman times, in the wild Snowdonia mountains nearly 20 years ago. They discovered that it had been mining Welsh gold since 1854 and was the very same mine that was chosen to supply the gold for generations of Royal Family wedding rings since the Queen Mother married in 1923. This made the gold one of the rarest and most sought after in the world, but there was very little left.
Clogau Gold founder William Roberts made the decision to include a small amount of this Welsh gold into each piece of his jewellery, making it both unique and affordable. Today, Clogau Gold continues this tradition and the family business has been taken over by Roberts’ son Ben Roberts, with sister Samantha Roberts also working at the jewellery brand.