Interview with Designer Sophie Breitmeyer
November 14, 2012
Launching three new ranges of jewellery this Autumn is Sophie Breitmeyer, an award-winning designer that we were delighted to be able to collaborate with last year. It has been a busy year for Sophie, with a move to a studio at the Goldsmiths Centre, her bespoke jewellery business, and being nominated for Retail Jeweller's Catwalk Jeweller of the Year 2012 for her collaboration with design house Fyodor Golan.
Sophie tells us about her new collections for next Spring/Summer 2013.
What was the inspiration for the new Serpentina range?
The collection was inspired by The Rainbow Portrait, a historic painting of Elizabeth I, in which Elizabeth's dress is heavily embellished with pearls and a serpent knotted around her arm. This English Heritage inspired collection combines snake like twists with classic freshwater pearls to show two different angles of the jewellery. With a selection of earrings, necklaces and entwined rings, the collection is traditional with an empowered modern style.
What makes a piece of jewellery unique?
Whilst designing, I try to accomplish three things in the jewellery: to make it classic, unique and desirable. I believe that these three things are essential to women when buying jewellery for longevity. Unique to me means being original and different, for example manipulating the shape of fabric into an intricately handmade piece of metal, as with my Miniature Ruffle collection.
What style direction is jewellery moving in at the moment?
There are so many trends with jewellery at the moment, with one being the use of alternate materials such as palladium and colourful semi-precious stones to make fine jewellery more affordable. I try to design with classic looks in mind, to make a piece that will be timeless and will always stay in fashion. Of course these need to be desirable....what girl isn't happy when her friends want her clothes and jewellery?
What are you looking forward to in 2013?
I have a lot of exciting plans for next year, including new collections and making these available through my new website and other stockists.