Cutting sparkling new form in the contemporary jewellery landscape, when it come to forging innovative new ways of working with precious gems, founder of her eponymous brand Monica Vinader is setting new standards. Appealing to the inner magpie of the style set, the designer shares her thoughts on all things jewellery…
We’ve now worked with emerald, sapphire and ruby for the first time, and, having previously designed with diamonds, it’s incredibly exciting to work with all four precious stones in a collection. We’ve innovated with the cuts, and the stones look amazing.
Gemstones have this natural beauty that’s mesmerising, and I’ve always been drawn to them. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been collecting minerals and stones. For me, gemstone jewellery has a real talismanic quality to it, and I just love it.
"I’d feel lost without my Baja bracelets. I layer up and wear them everyday."
Aquamarine is a stone I’d always wanted to work with. We recently launched our first collection using aquamarine – named after the Italian island, Capri. It reminds me of the ocean and summer, and has a cloudiness that makes every piece different. You can’t help but fall in love with this gemstone.
My mum is definitely the strongest influence behind my obsession with jewellery. She used to keep hers in a chest on her dressing table, and would always hang her necklaces up on the wall. Mum had a huge collection of precious pieces but wasn’t at all precious about them herself – she would let us play dress-up all the time. I think this is where my mantra of accessibility comes from – jewellery should be seen, worn and enjoyed, not kept locked away.
It’s always an honour to see high profile people like The Duchess of Cambridge wearing our designs. I don’t ever design with a specific person in mind, I just create jewellery that I would want to wear myself, and it’s amazing to see how different people style it in their own way.