IJL Inspired: Interview with New Designer, Ning Art Jewellery

IJL Inspired: Interview with New Designer, Ning Art Jewellery

How long have you been designing jewellery for?

I have been designing jewellery for five years since I studied in Birmingham School of Jewellery with a MA degree in Jewellery, silversmithing and Related Products.

How long have you been in business?

I was self employed since 2018 and I registered my brand as a company in January 2019 in the UK.

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

I think it would be that I have been selected of “Getting Started” programme in The Goldsmiths’ Centre and “One Year In”- the New Designer 2019.

Tell us about where you get your inspiration from?

I’m inspired by Italy Renaissance based on my living experience in Florence for three years. I still go back to Florence every year.

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

People can have a sneak peek for my new collection at IJL 2019 which I have been making and preparing for three months.

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

I don’t really follow the trend since the main spirit of my jewellery brand is to celebrate the ancient technique – Florentine hand-engraving. It is quite a rare technique in this country, and I wanted to promote this ancient craft and combine it with contemporary design. Because somehow the hand-engraving is personalised and private interests, most customers want a bespoke design, like an engraving of their initials or something can symbolise themselves on a piece of jewellery. Therefore I would like to see my jewellery can be worn in any season and it wont go out of style because of the fashion trend.

When did you first discover your love of jewellery?

I found my passion of making jewellery is from my part time job a in jewellery shop when I studied in BA. My job is to repair jewellery and help customers to find their perfect match. During the time in the jewellery shop, I was eager to know how these beautiful jewellery are made. And I decide to make my own jewellery after I couldn’t find the jewellery the customer wish to purchase in store. This is how my incredible jewellery journey started.

Who would you love to see wearing your jewellery?

I would love to see people who appreciate the craftsmanship and interested in hand engraving to wear my jewellery. I would like to get in touch with people who is looking for something unique and one-off. The attraction of hand engraving is “What is perfect about it is that it’s not perfect.” It shows its nature of engraving by a living engraver rather than a machine. From the angle of the curve to the depth of the metal. Each of the hand-engraved jewellery is different and special.

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

Florentine; hand-engraved; renaissance.

What are you looking forward to most about IJL 2019?

IJL 2019 could not only gives me a perfect platform to release my new collection and increase the awareness of my brand, but also help me expand my connections within the industry. Furthermore, it is the great opportunity to meet more buyers and potential
customers.

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