All things wild and wonderful: Emilie Thomas jewellery
A girl can never have too many pieces of quirky jewellery. If you’re anything like me who has a mild obsession with jewellery that looks like a charming piece of sculpture, then designer Emilie Thomas is a name to reckon with.
London-based Thomas is the creative energy behind the Emilie Thomas jewellery line and makes contemporary designs inspired from old buildings, anatomy, taxidermy, stone carvings, wildlife and antique jewellery. After getting her Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art, Thomas set out to study silver jewellery manufacturing using the old school of silversmithing in mind.
Her love affair with unique jewellery started early on when her grandmother’s silver charm bracelet caught her fancy. A much prized object in her vast collection; Thomas believes that each piece of jewellery should be able to stand the test of time, be known for its uniqueness and should be timeless enough to be passed down for generations. Her passion and skills have given her a reputation for creating lifelike designs and carving out interesting anatomical pieces. Thomas has worked with and created wax carvings for well-known names such as ace silver jewellery designer Stephen Webster, artistic jewellery designer Elizabeth Gage and well-known silversmith Grant Macdonald.
Thomas believes her ideal muse is someone who has a strong sense of style, is quirky, unique and not afraid to be a little sentimental. Thomas wanted to be a marine biologist or safari zookeeper, but fell into the world of jewellery making quite accidently. She was helping a friend who was teaching evening classes; Thomas carried a piece of equipment for her when she saw a piercing hit by metal. The delicious crunching sound got her hooked to the art of jewellery making.
One can only thank her friend for giving us a designer who makes statement pieces from the most unusual things.
Click here to see how she does it.