We also wanted to help prove how deserving it is of the designation ‘wearable art’. Just because something is associated with tradition and antiquated techniques doesn’t mean it has to be stagnant and uninteresting.
Award-winning Danish designer Mikkel Brogger, perhaps best known for his bohemian Bijoux Art collection, is a designer who doubles as an artisan. Each of his intricate pieces is handcrafted in a cluttered atelier in the buzzing Diamond District of Brooklyn, New York City. Photographs of models and elegant pencil sketches dangle from the walls. The room is bathed in natural light and crowded with sprawling plant life. At the centre of this calm atmosphere Mikkel sits, rendering the designs, carefully carving the models in wax and manipulating his treasures by hand. Take this Gatsby-esque bespoke Oval-cut Peridot cocktail ring, accentuated with yellow-gold setting and an abstract arrangement of clustered diamonds.
The classically trained designer Daniel Greenberg is a seasoned mounter and goldsmith who specialises in bespoke jewellery. He works in an unpolished industrial workshop situated in Hatton Garden, one of London’s most lavish areas. Mostly he utilises the traditional tools and old-fashioned skills that he inherited from his father, who he still calls the ‘master craftsman’. A fine example of his work is this radiant-cut Diamond and Platinum Ring with a tension setting.
When Daniel Mitchell, another London-based designer, sits down to work he does so with the wind of ten years’ experience in his creative sails. His designs are characterised by a sleek mixture of personal touches and traditional motifs. A high standard of quality pervades everything he makes, like this Damien Hirst inspired Diamond Skull Ring encrusted with 3.5 carats worth of diamonds and a gothic skull with an upturned heart for a nose.