It’s officially party season (can I get a woop woop) which means we want to look as sparkly as humanly possible. And what’s the best way to add a touch of festive glam to any outfit? Gorgeous jewellery, of course.
CARAT* London is one of our fave brands out there atm, and as our christmas pressie to you, we’re giving away a stunning pair of earrings, as worn by dancing queen Alesha Dixon herself! Simply scroll down and enter by filling in the form below.
And what’s more, Creative Director of CARAT* London, Heidi Thompson, has given us an insight into how she became the designer of one of the world’s leading jewellery brands.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I studied Art & Design in school and met my husband Scott in Hong Kong; we started working together after we got married. We launched CARAT* London’s fashion collections after one of our first trips together to NYC where we found inspiration at the historic Chelsea Market. Since then CARAT* has greatly expanded its fashion jewellery offering and we now have over 200 points of sale in the UK with numerous boutiques throughout Asia including Hong Kong and China.
What piece of jewellery are you most proud of designing, and what made it so special?
Our heritage lies in costume jewellery, using created gems that are indistinguishable from naturals to the naked eye. One of my favourite pieces was a grand necklace that was inspired by the 1920’s Art Deco period. I imagined a necklace that Daisy would wear from The Great Gatsby. We used faceted cuts on small stones that comprised the tassels and stunning oval centre stones made with the highest quality of black cubic zirconia. It was worn at the BAFTAs that year.
What jewellery trends should we look out for in 2019?
I feel strongly that pearls are coming back, as well as chunky bracelets and bangles. The asymmetric earring look still appears to be strong as well. I’m a big fan of versatile pieces that can be easily dressed up or down.
What advice would you give to someone interested in getting into the business?
Don’t be afraid to reach out for internships, ask as many questions as you can while you are still a student. This is the prime time to acquire knowledge first hand. Know the different types of jewellery in the market: from costume, fine or fashion. There are so many categories that jewellery encompasses, it’s important to know who your customer is and who you are designing for.