In today’s digital age, consumers are increasingly on the lookout for new brands and unique designers who stand out from the crowd. These three jewellery designers are young and gorgeous armed with an academic background at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins. Having garnered cult-like following in their respective countries, these emerging ladies are geared for exponential growth beyond the terrains of their homeland with their innovative and voluminous designs. Get the insider scoop on these upcoming talents to keep bejewelled on your radar.
Patcharavipa Bodiratnangkura first discovered gemstones and jewellery at a young age after having rummaged through her mother’s hidden safe, which sparked a lifelong obsession with all that glitters. Whilst finishing her degree at CSM, she presented and collaborated with Verney Paris and Adler Haute Joaillerie in Bangkok, which in your early twenties is no mean feat. Post-degree, Patcharavipa joined Cabinet de Curiosites de Thomas Erber, a global network of artisans who redefine luxury through design and exclusivity and presented a collection made of certified ivory which sold at the world famous concept store Colette in Paris.
Made by hand in her workshop in Bangkok, much attention is given to the texture and materials behind each piece of Patcharavipa jewellery and the end result is reminiscent of a family heirloom but with a touch of modernity. Clients have designed bespoke pieces over email and by appointment at her Bangkok showroom but come September 2016, two fine contemporary jewellery collections will be launched at Paris Fashion Week.
The eponymous brand Bea Bongiasca was launched in Milan in 2013 upon completion of the designer’s undergraduate degree at CSM and she has since exhibited her collection at Art Basel Miami followed by MiArt and Design Basel in June 2015. Most recently, Bea has collaborated with Toiletpaper Magazine to produce a capsule jewellery collection titled ‘Endless?’ that is currently being sold in 10 Corso Como, Colette and Opening Ceremony.
The inspiration behind Bea Bongiasca’s jewellery stems from her fascination with and travels around East Asia. Her jewellery incorporates oriental visual language and knowledge and modern pop culture and ‘western flair’, as exhibited in her collection ‘A Golden Lesson’ where each piece in the collection is designed around a Chinese Hanzi character and is chosen to cultivate interest in learning about a different culture and language in a light-hearted way (the character’s meaning in English is engraved on the inside of every piece). Lovingly designed and made by hand in Milan, her jewellery is available in various stores across Europe and Asia and online.
Ananya Malhotra’s Indian heritage is deeply rooted in her jewellery, with her first two collections designed around the Chakras. All the gemstones she uses in the collections promote specific healing benefits which she explains extensively to her clients. Prior to launching Naya in January 2016, Ananya was selected by Swarovski to create a piece for their fashion show and collaborated with Amrapali, a leading jewellery house in India, alongside completion of her undergraduate degree.
The designer’s fascination with crystal healing, gemstone energies and Indian philosophies together with her love for traditional Indian jewellery converges in the designs for Naya jewellery, which feature red rubies, pink tourmalines, pleochroic tanzanites and black diamonds and pearls. Pieces can be found at trunk shows across India and online.