There is something about fine jewellery that feels so much more 'worth it' than comparably priced luxury fashion. The sheer weightiness of 18k gold, its durability, the fact that it will still be here in centuries to come if looked after gently. The sparkle and shine that can be rejuvenated a million times with polish and a cloth makes the combination of metal and gemstones feel indestructible, precious, substantial.
It's for these reasons, amongst many, why I feel that precious, fine jewellery should be a serious purchase. It's not just that larger pieces usually accompany life's big moments; engagements, celebrations, new life, and even death. I have clients who hold the same gemstone that their great-grandmother would have held, feeling the unbelievable connection and meaning imbued in such a tiny piece of material as they turn it over in their hands.
Hattie Rickards is a designer who understands both the meaning and power of fine jewellery, but also the joy. Her work is relentlessly original; with each iteration of an engagement ring she creates for a new client there are new details, new silhouettes, new colour combinations, gemstones cuts, setting styles. But yet her style is instantly recognisable to those in the know and who have done their research - her signature channel-set lines of diamonds or gemstones, modern bombé style cocktail rings, soft geometry and colourful kinetic details each make an appearance to varying degrees throughout all her work. Her style subtly morphs and develops for every piece she makes.
Taking the process and responsibility of the pieces she designs very seriously, Hattie fills her clients with a confidence in ideas they never knew they had, carefully extracting the essence of what they're looking for and creating vibrant, original and - most importantly - wearable pieces. Whether it's a sleek line of baguette diamonds (a personal favourite), wide bands with trademark channels of gemstones, or refined and effortless solitaire rings with a subtle yet unexpected detail, Hattie's work will be on the hands of many a stylish jewellery lover for centuries to come.
Portrait of Hattie Rickards by Emma Hare.