Behind the Scenes at British Jeweller Ange B Designs
What is your name?
Where did you grow up?
What do you love about jewellery?
It's endless possibilities and versatility: it can add the finishing touches to an outfit or it can be the focus, it can me made out of pretty much any material and can be worn at anytime!
When did you discover your love for jewellery?
As a teenager I enjoyed experimenting with big fashion earrings and then I started buying silver jewellery, especially on my travels.
How did you become a jewellery designer?
I trained as a Physiotherapist but have always loved the arts and making things. About 8 years ago I went back to study and completed a foundation course in Art and Design. This sparked my interest in 3-dimensional making e.g. Architecture, theatre set design but jewellery making was the thing that was most immediately accessible to me.
Describe your style, what is most characteristic about your jewellery design?
I'd describe my style as being 'statement architectural' - I like to think that each piece, whether it be a pair of earrings or a ring, can be worn alone and still get attention. My designs are quite bold but also playful, by this I mean you feel compelled to touch the pieces!
Which music genre describes your jewellery best?
Great question! I have such eclectic music tastes. Prince was one of my music heroes and I listen to his music a lot in my workshop. He was such a versatile musician: ace rock guitarist, gospel roots, fierce funk vibe and a heart-rending falsetto. When you hear a Prince track you always know it's him. That's what I'd like to bring out in my work: versatile beauty!
If you could choose one song that describes best your jewellery, which one would you choose?
Another great question! 'Girl on Fire' - Alicia Keys.
What is your favourite item of your jewellery line?
I recently made a very small collection called 'Minimal Geometry'. My favourite piece is a double triangle ring which I'm loathed to part with because it was quite tricky to make and i love the finished piece - it was a real turning point in style for me.
What exciting things are coming up for your jewellery line? New lines planned?
I'm currently working with mixed media like acrylics and brass. I'm producing a small collection combining silver and brass, which I think will look great for summer!
... IN THE DESIGN STUDIO
Describe a typical day in your studio?
I work five days a week as a Physiotherapist, so my jewellery making time is confined to early mornings, weekends and evenings.
How do you make your jewellery?
Raw materials I mostly get from Hatton Garden in London. Most of my pieces are made using traditional techniques like forging (heating and hammering metal) and soldering (fusing/joining metals).
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Architecture is one of my biggest inspirations: from large modern buildings in London to small structures, like the beautiful wasps nest I recently discovered in my workshop!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST..
Ring, Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet, or Bangle?
Mountains or beach holiday?
Beach - currently planning a trip to Sicily.
What's your favourite city?
Do you have a favourite jewel that comes with you on all your travels?
Silver hoop earrings should be the staple jewellery item of every woman's wardrobe!