It’s a little less than a month now until the first 2020 edition of The Jewellery Cut Live opens its doors on the 16th & 17th February at the Royal Institution. We’ve been getting excited seeing the creative independent designers The Jewellery Cut team have been signing on for the event and this week, we sat down with London based jewellery designer Deborah Blyth. A real Jewellery Cut Live ‘vet’, her stand is constantly surrounded by curious minds intrigued by her handcrafted pieces embellished with semi precious stones. Deborah fuses her passion for the arts and love of nature to create ‘jewellery with a personality of it’s own’.
When did you first realise you wanted to pursue a career as a jewellery designer?
When pieces I designed for myself were admired, leading to commissions the journey began. I am self-taught and my style has developed and evolved over the years.
You started the brand whilst living in Italy; do you feel that Italy has had an influence on your designs?
Italy was a HUGE influence, living in Rome and Verona we were surrounded by incredible beauty and style which were constant sources of inspiration.
During the last Jewellery Cut Live event you spoke in great detail about the use of pearls in jewelry; how do you think these precious stones will evolve in an industry which is leaning towards sustainability and eco-consciousness?
Pearls are a more sustainable choice than other gemstones which once mined will never return. Financial and ecological sustainability are intimately linked, the most pristine the environment, the healthier the oysters are, so it pays for the pearl farmer to maintain a thriving ecosystem in clean pollution free water. The market is demanding environmentally sustainable production and the Marine Stewardship Council certification assists customers in making an ethical choice.
What is your most popular piece at the moment?
My latest collection is the Amara range. The pieces have flowing interwining lines and the Long Amara stud earrings have been very popular.
Who have been your biggest mentors in the industry and what has been the best piece of advice you have ever received from them?
I do not have any mentors as such, but I do have huge admiration for the very special jeweller Pippa Small and her partnership with the Turquoise Mountain Foundation and other ethical trade projects. I adore her designs, her use of coloured gemstones in wonderfully organic settings.
Where do you go for inspiration when working on a new line?
Living in London I am surrounded by endless sources of inspiration. Hampstead Heath is near my home so I am never far from nature and I can indulge my passion for the arts at hugely diverse galleries and exhibitions.
You use the lost wax casting process; can you talk us through this?
I use soft red wax which is very malleable so I can create the flowing textured shapes I love. My latest collection uses hot wax that I drip into water which creates interesting shapes and appeals hugely to me because of my love of water and swimming. The piece is then used to make a mold from which casts can be created in metal.
What are your favourite materials to use?
Highly polished and textured gold with gorgeous lustrous pearls and unpolished gemstones are fabulous combinations.
Favourite piece of jewellery that you own?
A real tiny gold nugget my husband found in Canada which he had made into a necklace for me
What advice would you give to future jewellery designers?
Follow your passion, design pieces you love, talk to as many designers and craftspeople as you can, and develop and stay true to your own style!
To join us during the next The Jewellery Cut Live, book your tickets on Eventbrite today! Save £10 and register for a free General Admission ticket ahead of the event, get a £15 VIP Early Bird tick which includes a glass of champagne and an exclusive goody bag or book the latest AAA Pass for £80 (Early Bird ticket) which also gives you access to an unlimited number of talks over the two-day event, complimentary tea and coffee and access to the otherwise invite-only VIP party on the Sunday night.