Tipped for the top by galleries, jewellery fairs and fashion press.
Myia Bonner is seriously pleased to have made it into the Hot 100. “It’s such an achievement. I have been hoping to be one of the 100 ever since I launched my brand, so it’s really great to have been chosen.”
As well as satisfying a career craving to become one of Professional Jeweller’s Hot 100, this year Myia has kept herself busy with being selected for Kickstart at IJL, being One to Watch at the Desire Fair in Kensington, being feted as a Rising Star at New Ashgate Gallery and having her work exhibited at Lesley Craze, Studio Fusion and the Harley Gallery. She was also a winner of Glittering Greenwich and has been featured in the Sunday Times Style hotlist twice.
You get the idea. She is pretty much the definition of hot young thing, a reputation she has sealed with her recent launch in Wolf & Badger, the internationally renowned Notting Hill boutique with a habit of picking up the finest new jewellery designers.
She is wisely capitalising on the positive press with her own website, launched this year, complete with brand new pared-back super-cool branding, and has been busy getting the next Metric Collective together – an initiative of young designers she co-founded and lassos into various events and pop-up shops, including a recent appearance on Columbia Road in London.
Amid the plaudits, she looks back to 2010 for her most significant breakthrough which she credits as winning the inaugural EC One Unsigned award run by the London retailer of the same name. “It really helped to boost my confidence and set me up with an entry into the jewellery industry. [Owners] Jos and Alison Skeates were such great mentors and really helped me to give my jewellery a commercial edge.”
Speaking of which, she says: “Precision and quality is absolutely essential within my work. Each piece is underpinned by geometry. The making process is just as important to me as the design, and my collections are made in precious metals and I finish each piece by hand in my studio in London.”
That making process is her favourite bit. “I love making and constructing each piece by hand, it’s incredibly satisfying. The frustrations come with the finely tuned processes I employ in creating the uncompromising precision behind each piece as mistakes are easily made.”
Well, she may be making a few mistakes in the workshop but out there in the big wide world, she is yet to put a foot wrong.