IJL Inspired: Interview with New Designer, Anunnaki Jewels

IJL Inspired: Interview with New Designer, Anunnaki Jewels

Founded in 2016 by husband and wife duo, Philip and Kirsty, Anunnaki Jewels is a fine jewellery company who specialise in unique adornments, inspired by Earths ancient past and civilisations, that once ruled and left a significant impression in history. We caught up with them ahead of their first ever appearance at IJL, to discuss their collections and what you can expect to see from them at IJL 2019.

How long have you been designing jewellery for?

Assyrian Dangle Earrings in Gold

Philip’s interest in making jewellery started when as a schoolboy, he built his first furnace in his dads shed.  His interest quickly became an intriguing self-taught hobby, that earnt him a place at the Hatton Garden, Holts Academy, to study jewellery design and manufacturing processes.
Kirsty’s specific interest and skills lay is graphic design and illustration with 4 years’ experience prior to joining the business and a further 4 years dedicated to jewellery production designing.

How long have you been in business?

Anunnaki Jewels has operated for almost 4 years working from the ground up, developing unique design and manufacturing processes to establish a brand.

What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?

Egyptian Lotus Enamel Pendant Gold

Apart from developing an array of really technically challenging and interesting bespoke ordered jewellery, we have to say that a recent proud moment, was producing a uniquely designed logo ring for the English pop-rock band, the Hoosiers. We also made a guitar pick prop for their comedy show, Felix and the Scootermen and for their Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows.

Tell us about where you get your inspiration from?

The craftmanship of jewellery in the Ancient world is incredible, detailed and even presenting detailed stories, events and sheer beauty, whether the Assyrian, Egyptian, Roman or Greek cultures, they all have their own identifiable distinctive styles.

What can people expect to see from you at IJL 2019?

18k Gold Aztec Medallion

We are incredibly excited to present unique handcrafted jewellery presenting distant times by
walking into modern development methods, still reflecting historical beauty not widely seen in today’s jewellery market.

What are your top jewellery trend tips for the approaching season?

We both agree that an appreciation for not just historical but ancient style jewellery is trending.  This is particularly seen within the music industry and the embrace of Egyptian art.  We recognise that the music industry and celebrity groups are huge and successful promotion platform but whatever we make, customers simply adore attention to delicate details and bespoke manufacturing.

When did you first discover your love of jewellery?

Lotus Ankh Ring gold

Philip’s hobby has always focussed on metals, casting methods and jewellery patterns, so whilst studying for a foundation degree in automotive engineering, his passion and obsession for designing and manufacturing jewellery was greatly stoked as he explored the study of casting methods used in engineering industries. This has translated into our designing and casting our own jewellery, using perforated vacuum casting techniques. The inspiration for designing jewellery based on ancient civilisations came from Philips curiosity and fascination with ancient sites such as Sacsayhuamán in Peru and Puma Punku in Bolivia.

Who would you love to see wearing your jewellery?

Viking Ship Sideways

We want to see our designs appreciated by everyone but looking towards accessing a celebrity market, we would be excited about Johnny Depp wearing our jewellery, as we feel some pieces would really suit his personality and be capture his curiosity.  And who wouldn’t be proud to know the Her Majesty the Queen and Kate Middleton really appreciated our designs?   

If you had to summarise your brand in a couple of words, what would you use?

Ancient treasures sleeping in time, rebirthed.

What are you looking forward to most about IJL 2019?

Gold Greek Sphinx Wings

Meeting people who are interested in the art of jewellery, enjoying and connecting with like minded producers; developing partnerships and meeting buyers. The show is also a super prestigious event, where we will publicly unveil our brand.

Remember to book your FREE ticket to International Jewellery London, 1-3 September 2019 and pay a visit to Anunnaki Jewels on stand V46 in the Design Gallery.

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