When I was a young girl I loved to spend time with my glamorous Jamaican, grandma Merl. Endless hours were spent watching classic Hollywood movies and listening to Elvis Presley records. I would sit at my grandmother’s dressing table, which seemed to be at least a mile long. It was filled with the most beautiful costume jewellery, there were art deco style earrings, gold and tiger eye rings, beautiful perfume bottles from Paris, sweet smelling powder puffs, huge feather boas and an array of trinkets and pearls. I loved to play dress-up and would adorn myself with as much accessories as I how could. Grandma Merl would look at me and smile and I would climb onto her lap and kiss her fuchsia pink lips so that the lipstick would transfer on to my mouth. The two of us would laugh; it was a magical time.
Growing up in South London I learnt how to maneuver within the concrete city where fairytales were few and far between. I missed the glamorous times with Grandma Merl. One day whilst working as a sales assistant I took a spontaneous trip to John Lewis’s haberdashery department on Oxford Street during my lunch break. Entering the department I was in awe of all the beautiful beads, buttons and bows and that same feeling of excitement enveloped me as when I was a small girl.
I bought several gems and jewellery findings excited to get home and create my first piece of jewellery. The moment I started I was hooked. I loaned books from my local library, enrolled onto several short courses, sold my creations at summer fairs and craft markets and finally completed a jewellery design degree with 1st class honors in July 2013 at Sir John Cass in London.
Today jewellery is as much a part of my life as the air I breathe, each stone, crystal or pearl I use, fills me with great excitement and joy. I am a committed jewellery addict and I know my grandma Merl would be proud.
I design jewellery to make you feel glamorous and empowered, stylish and chic: welcome to my world of body adornment…