Friday 31st October 2014

Hattie Rickards

I recently caught up with London-based jewellery designer Hattie Rickards. I simply love love love her pieces – I have started saving immediately so that I can have the black diamond ring (known as Raw Crown Black)!

What do you do and how did you get there? I have always been enthusiastic about jewellery – this started at school and developed when I studied jewellery design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.  I was so grateful for my place on the course that I didn’t skip a day of college!  Following this I spent five incredibly fascinating years working for another great British jewellery designer – Solange Azagury Partridge before branching out on my own.

The next natural step was to set up my own jewellery business, Hattie Rickards Jewellery.  From the beginning, I wanted the luxury jewellery brand to be British; each piece is designed and handmade here in the UK.  That way I can incorporate that British sense of quality workmanship that is so wonderful into my work.  Having my work made in the UK also gives me amazing control over production and this allows for those last minute design changes that the clients wants!  It is so important to me to know where the gold is mined, and I am proud of the fact that all the gold I use is certified Fair-trade and comes from mines where workers are paid a decent wage.

It is through my private commission work I have been rewarded by an overwhelming following of clients who trust in my abilities and who also want a piece of British heritage. The driving concept and inspiration is to ”blend aesthetics with a story and knowledge of origin.”

What were your favorite 4 things about growing up in England?

1. I grew up running around outdoors in the countryside and love simple country living. I am at my happiest amongst nature.

2. I also love the buzz of London and my friends found in it

3. Going to Cornwall (which I LOVE) for a week of walking and fresh air on the windy and wet British coast!!

4. Sunday roasts – nowhere does them better than England!

What can we expect from you next? Many exciting collaborations and shoots, as always, as well as the launch of more trailblazing designs to add to the Hattie Rickards Jewellery range.

I have been commissioned by Turquoise Mountain to design a collection of jewellery which will be launched in London December 2012.  I shall be going to out to their workshops in Kabul, Afghanistan in Autumn.

What was your latest life epiphany? Work hard, play hard.

What are your top 3 goals for 2012? 1. Collaboration. 2. Expand HRJ  business to NYC and the Far East 3. To see my friends

Whose people’s style has inspired you the most? My Mother and Solange Azagury Partridge.

Could you describe your design process? One of Hattie’s most important strengths lies in her ability to convert a given brief into a concept, the concept into detailed design and, most importantly, the design into a beautiful piece of jewellery.  Her naturally empathetic nature enables her to truly understand the clients’ vision and turn each project into a treasured piece.

Are you a hot or cold person? Beach or skiing? Beach – always.  My body shuts down in the cold!

Whats your ideal Sunday? Tending to our vegetable patch, get friends over to eat delicious food and horse riding through the surrounding fields where we live.

What was your favorite comic/cartoon as a child? The Chipmunks.

Whats the silliest thing you’ve ever done? Falling down onto a railway track in the Alps wearing my pink ski suit when I was 9 years old.

What are you favorite art/fashion books? The World Of Ornament (A.Racinet) and Rings (Rachel Church).

Where/from whom do you get your inspiration? I am most inspired while traveling – whether out for a walk, on a train or living in a foreign culture. Each new shape, pattern, perspective, architectural detail I encounter my mind immediately transforms into a custom piece of jewelry. Once the concept is born I start sketching and imagining how the piece will be presented and worn. My focus on new experiences and studies of what others before me have done allows me to direct my creative energy towards something individualized, different and personal.

Your going to a desert island. What 3 things do you take with you? 1. Toby my boyfriend  2. A sketchpad to draw & design in.  3.Colouring pencils

What can we find in your handbag? Elizabeth Arden ‘Eight Hour Cream’, My diary which is deep purple to match the colour of the HRJ brand, Some ring sizers for when you caught off guard by a client wanting to place an order!My ‘Made Uk’ tan leather purse which is also perfect for an evening clutch as it fits all the important bits.

[Hattie Rickards for more of her work click here]

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