Nicola has a life-long fascination with jewellery and its ability to excite, intrigue, protect, empower and bring joy. She is returning to her passion following a long and distinguished career in law, one which highlighted her innate skill in understanding and articulating what clients want, consistently exceeding their expectations. This skill is also highly important to her jewellery design. Throughout her legal career she undertook jewellery design commissions for friends and colleagues.
Nicola now creates bespoke jewellery and redesigns old jewellery. She started by giving and later designing for friends delicate ‘magic’ bracelets to help chase away self-doubt some have now been worn for over 10 years. She creates jewellery she hopes will provide self-confidence, or demonstrate it, in a special and unique piece.
As well as creating the new she transforms the old. Its so sad to think of all those old and forgotten pieces with fabulous stones that never see the light of day, she loves releasing them. Her most popular commission is to take a traditional engagement ring never worn and transformed it into a stylish necklace worn every day.
Madeleine Albright, the former U.S. Secretary of State, always wore a brooch or a pin to convey her messages Nicola’s favourite quote of hers is “There is a special place in Hell for women who don’t help other women”. In her life as a lawyer she mentored and supported women and still does but now feel particularly privileged to be able to create jewellery that makes that process a little more bearable for those women and even fun.
Her style is colourful, mixing unusual palettes within intricate designs and she has an obsession with pieces being comfortable – her tearhug bracelet in the Fortuna collection really does hug the wearer. The results are unique and instantly classic, lustrous and shimmering gemstones in beautiful settings, reinforcing the Fabergé axiom that jewels should load women in colour and light, but adding to this statement an organic, under-stated caveat of simplicity and quality.