Tell us about your new venture - Gold Park?
I am so happy to be working on a project with such a straightforward intent. Making simple, well made beautiful objects using recycled, heirloom and Fairtrade gold.
Why work with recycled and Fairtrade gold?
Why not?! Gold is such a delicious material to work with. Using recycled and Fairtrade gold I am comfortable about the impact I am making on the environment and on other people. The fashion industry is currently being asked questions about traceability and provenance. As a jeweller, I feel the responsibility to be transparent and to know the source of my gold too. I try to make ethical choices every day as a consumer, for example choosing Fairtrade coffee to drink. I feel good about using Fairtrade gold or recycling heirloom gold. When you educate yourself about the alternatives, it seems like the only sensible option.
What do you mean by Heirloom gold?
Heirloom gold is the old jewellery that is held on to. It is precious to people because of the sentimental stories attached to it. It is often unworn and locked away for safe keeping. I enjoy working with people's heirloom gold and turning it into something that can be loved and worn again.
What is the inspiration behind your range of jewellery?
There is a simplicity of line and rationality of form in our jewellery. With no unnecessary embellishment or decoration we create classic pieces that represent a modest, almost everydayness. Using heirloom gold there is a private opulence to the jewellery that holds the wearer's history captured inside.