10 QUESTIONS WITH LOUISE SINCLAIR, LONDON-BASED JEWELLERY DESIGNER & GEMOLOGIST
1.) Hi Louise, welcome to The London Musings! How long have you been a Jewellery Designer?
Thank you for having me! I’ve been a jewellery designer and qualified gemologist for the past 25 years. My love of precious stones actually began when I was working as a collector and precious stones dealer, handling rubies from Burma, emeralds from Colombia and sapphires from Kashmir.
2.) Can you tell us a little about your jewellery career so far?
I began my training with a precious stone dealer back in the 80’s and this experience inspired me to study gemmology, which lead me to become a Fellow of the Gemological Association (FGA) and a Diamond member of the Gemological Association (DGA) in 1988. I then joined the brilliant Theo Fennell as commissions manager and was responsible for managing his workshop, but also designing alongside him. This proved invaluable experience and led me to set up my own bespoke jewellery business, Louise Sinclair Jewellery, in 1994.
I took the bold move to open my first store on Walton Street in 1997, but with unrealistic rent increases and two children under the age of five, I then decided to return to the private bespoke clientele side of the business and close the store. The journey now continues into the digital world with an e commerce website featuring my collections, alongside bespoke commissions.
3.) Where do you source your stones and where is your jewellery made?
I take huge pleasure in sourcing my stones from all corners of the world and have a deep connection to the global stone market. My jewellery is made at my workshop in London, who I’ve worked with for the past 25 years and I also have a workshop in Bangkok.
4.) Where do you find inspiration for new collections?
Inspiration comes from so many different walks of life. One example is my Irish/ Scottish heritage so medieval and Celtic jewellery has certainly influenced some collections. I love experimenting with bold designs and colour – much of which I’ve discovered through travelling and experiencing different cultures, particularly Aztec and Inca which fascinate me. My studies back in the day of the era of the Conquistadors have certainly influenced my work, as have my ongoing passion for the Art Deco era. Even looking as far back as my school days, my love of Cubism and Picasso have certainly remained a driving force.
5.) Can you talk us through your beautiful new 'Exotic Summer' collection?
"Exotic Summer" to me, embodies the essence of what summer is all about. It’s a season I associate with exotic destinations, travel and vibrant colour and I wanted to design a collection which perfectly captured this. It was designed to be both playful and charismatic, as well as easy to wear and transferable from day to night. I also wanted it to appeal to all ages and most importantly be accessible with regards to price point.
6.) How does it work for those seeking special bespoke pieces? (See above for Louise Sinclair bespoke jewellery).
My approach is to ensure my clients feel like they’re part of the process from start to finish. I would first arrange an initial meeting to establish key elements such as whether they had a design in mind, their budget, and information surrounding them and their lifestyle in order to create the perfect bespoke piece. Following their brief, I will then propose an initial design (which we can go back and forth on until the client is happy), source the stones, and provide final layouts. In depth discussions with the workshop will follow, during which I will oversee the manufacture process of the piece throughout. I will then present the final piece to the client.
7.) How would you describe Louise Sinclair jewellery in just 3 words?
Timeless, Powerful, Attitude.
8.) Where can we buy Louise Sinclair jewellery?
Either via our website where all of our collections are available to purchase or if you prefer via appointment with myself (my contact details can be found on the website - https://louisesinclair.com/contact/)
9.) Jewellery can be incredibly personal and sentimental. Do you own any jewellery pieces that you hold particularly close to your heart?
Absolutely - a wide band ring I designed using my grandmother’s Kashmir sapphire, which I set with tsavorite shoulder stones. I love the story surrounding the sapphire which was originally in her Art Deco engagement ring and which my grandfather purchase in Kashmir. Wearing it makes my feel closer to her.
Another is my shamrock pendant, which I designed specifically for my mother. The inspiration and sentiment came from a diamond set 1920’s shamrock brooch which belonged to my grandmother (another nod to my Irish heritage) which very sadly had been lost and which I’d always longed to recreate.
10) When you're not busy creating, where can you be found?
Strolling through Richmond Park with my two daughters and dashunds in tow. Taking in a new collection at the Tate Modern or soaking up the buzz at Soho House. I’m a London woman through and through.
To find out more about Louise Sinclair and to shop the collections online, please click here.