The face behind Emily Richardson Jewellery

Find out more about Emily, from her background in Jewellery through to business set up and her favourite travel destinations…

What is your background?

I have always been fascinated by the arts and performance, but also had an affinity with collecting things, anything that sparkled! Surrounded by artistic friends at school I soon learnt Saint Martins was the place to be and after lugging the largest and heaviest portfolio up and down a thousand stairs I was offered a place on the art and design foundation.

p42Saint Martin’s offered an extensive variety of areas to specialise; I loved fashion, illustration, painting and photography so wasn’t sure where I should focus my attention. When I saw jewellery was an option, I was truly excited. I completed my art foundation specialising in Jewellery with a distinction which led me to being awarded a place on the BA Hons jewellery design degree. Saint Martins offered amazing collaborations and opportunity’s with established brands and experienced jewellers which gave me a fascinating introduction into the world of jewellery.

tops and tails ring-smallMy final collection at St Martins “If Only for an Hour” was stimulated by Busby Berkley, the Hollywood film director choreographer from the 1930s and ‘40s whose use of elaborate musical production numbers involving complex kaleidoscopic geometric patterns with showgirls has become iconic. With this collection I was nominated as winner of ‘International Jeweller Bright Young Gem’.

Jewellery became my passion and my profession. Deciding I wanted to continue developing my knowledge and skills I designed in-house for different brands from major high street costume jewellery retailers to luxury gold collections. I also developed a bespoke design service for private clients and freelance design for a variety of brands.

When did you decide to turn your passion for designing into a company?

I’ve always enjoyed designing for other brands as it’s continually a new challenge ensuring you capture individual brand identity through the designs you create. However I decided in my last role as senior designer that I wanted a new challenge and that was to create my own brand with the commercial experience I had accumulated. I wanted to take the opportunity from what I have learnt to create a brand that’s full of pieces I’d love to wear from morning until night with the creative direction I had chosen.

I have always loved to travel and seek inspiration and new creative directions. Having control over this process means I can develop and expand my ideas and repertoire.

OK, So where is your favourite travel destination? 

The south of France is beautiful; I spent many family holidays there on our boat and loved discovering treasures at the Cannes antique market. I recently had a holiday in Miami and would love the chance to road trip America. Sailing around the Greek islands is also on the ‘to do’ list.

What’s your style?

I like to wear classic silhouettes and add key pieces into my wardrobe that keep my style on trend. Right now I like skinny jeans, crisp shirts and well- tailored rock-star jackets, androgynous blazers/coats…. And obviously the right jewellery to complete the look! Today I’m wearing the clock heart and ace of diamond drop earrings, small clock heart necklace, long clock disk necklace and signet ring! I like to layer my jewellery, mix metal colour and love a statement earring and ring. Jewellery is essential to my wardrobe and making me feel complete!