5 Minutes With Suzanne Kalan
Her jewellery has been worn by A-list names including Rihanna, Katy Perry and Kate Beckinsale, so it’s no wonder that Suzanne Kalan’s dazzling designs are at the top of many a style fan’s wish list. We caught up with the jewellery designer about what inspires her and how to pick out the perfect gift...
What is your first memory of your love for jewellery?
I remember when I was about three- or four-years old, I had a bangle bracelet in 22kt gold, all handmade with seed pearls weaved into the gold and little flat hearts hanging all around. I used to love, admire and play with that bracelet. I was amazed at how all those little hearts would dangle and shine. I also chewed on the little hearts and my mother wouldn’t let me wear it after she saw this. She was worried I would break them off and swallow one of the hearts. Guess what? I still have that bracelet with the teeth marks on the hearts!
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I find inspiration in anything and everything. I think about what I’d like to wear, or what I feel is missing from my own collection. The idea for a new design usually comes to me in the middle of the night.
Are there any favourite materials you like to work with – if so, why?
I prefer to work in 18kt gold with precious and semi-precious stones. I love incorporating colourful gemstones, rose, yellow and white gold, as well as white and Champagne diamonds.
Who would you love to see wearing your designs?
I’ve been so blessed to have my collections be so well received around the world, and amongst celebrities and tastemakers. Honestly, it makes me happiest when I spot someone in the street wearing my jewellery.
Do you have a particular kind of person in mind when creating your collections?
I design my jewellery for classic yet modern women. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many of my customers all around the world and they are all so special and different in their own way. One thing they all have in common is their appreciation for something unique.
What’s next for the brand?
I’m so proud of the work I’ve done and the recognition I’ve received for my Fireworks and Vitrine collections. I’m working on some new designs, most of which feature my signature use of baguette diamonds. Stay tuned!
What advice would you give someone buying jewellery as a gift for a loved one?
I have so many collections, so you’ll always be able to find the right gift for a loved one. You just have to trust your heart, and keep your loved one in mind when you’re choosing a piece of jewellery to gift.
If you were to receive one Suzanne Kalan piece as a gift, which one would you choose?
You can’t go wrong with a piece from my Fireworks collection – especially my baguette diamond bangles and bands. The bangles and rings are meant to be stacked and really add a nice touch to any outfit!
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