Contemporary, luxurious and with respect for nature, Bleue Burnham creates jewellery to enhance health and happiness
With an intuitive understanding of environmental structures and systems, Bleue Burnham has created his eponymous jewellery brand with respect for nature. Through continual exploration of concept, culture, precious metals and precious stones, Bleue Burnham fuses the esteemed
format of fine jewellery with an approach to design that is informed by a luxurious and contemporary understanding of health and happiness. Playfully encompassing activity known to enhance these. The intention is to create jewellery that enriches lifestyle through meaning and connection.
Bleue Burnham: "Everything is nature. We are all nature. Humans often disconnect themselves from nature when it is the most important thing to be connected to."
You grew up in Brighton and you are currently based in London, how have the two cities shaped you?
Brighton was an amazing place to grow up. Very free, liberal and creative. There is also the beach, lots of green spaces and easy access to the countryside. London is a bit more serious for me and is an amazing place to build yourself up. You are surrounded by amazing people and amazing opportunities, so it is very inspiring. I would say Brighton has shaped my outlook on life, whereas London has really helped me refine my vision and understand myself in greater detail.
It seems like fashion and style was always important to you, but how did you end up a jewellery designer?
I had always absolutely loved jewellery but weirdly it had never crossed my mind to start making it. It seemed like such a different world to me as I had no entry points. Then I had a relationship with a jewellery designer and she taught me how to make a ring using the lost-wax casting method. As soon as I made one ring I was hooked.
You studied environmental sustainability in University; can you trace how your interest in the environment and sustainability developed?
I don’t know if there is a significant moment. It was more a process of learning how the natural world works and understanding climate change and industries' role in this. I think I have a natural talent for understanding environmental structures and systems in the same way that some people have a natural talent for Maths or English. So, as soon as I had a good level of knowledge it’s hard to not be interested. The future of this planet and therefore humanity is literally in the hands of what we do over the next 8 years. There is no easy or comfortable way to do this but it’s so important that individuals and businesses change the way we live.