What does nature mean to you, personally?
Everything is nature. We are all nature. Humans often disconnect themselves from nature when it is the most important thing to be connected to. It is where we all come from, it is what provides for us, it gives meaning to life and it is where we will finish our lives. It is what most religious people search for in god. To me it is god. It is the ultimate higher power which is so beyond our level of intelligence we will never fully understand it. Instead of trying to conquer its meaning I think it is important to understand that we are part of it, we need it, and we must care for it. Then just experience it and try to lead a life which leaves the world in a better place than you found it.
Can you tell me a bit about your tree planting?
We used to plant a tree with every piece of jewellery sold. Tree planting managed correctly is amazing – it supports biodiversity, soil health and helps store carbon. The only slight downside of tree planting is that it can take a 65-year period for its full carbon storage to be achieved. Obviously, we don’t have 65 years to turn things around so now with every sale we invest in tree planting but also support carbon reduction schemes that have more immediacy.
Your brand is an exploration of concept and culture, in which ways?
It’s a process of exploring narratives which relate to living. The concept is the situation, and the culture is how the situation manifests and flows. Currently my head is really in the space of gardening for beauty and why this is important and also how this is a representation of an individual.
You create meaningful designs; what does jewellery mean to you?
Jewellery is an extension of yourself. It is a method of definition and bringing your external self in line with your internal self. It’s also a way of being connected to a situation or an individual; for example, my favourite jewellery is a bracelet from my grandmother. When I wear this, I feel connected to her and that brings me joy. In the same way, a piece of jewellery that is related to an important moment in your life can keep you connected to the importance of that moment. It can also connect future generations to the importance of that moment when jewellery is handed down.
How would you describe your aesthetics?
Elegant at heart with a playful and fun personality.