Claudia’s journey as a designer began while living in Hong Kong, when she was given a diamond necklace by her husband. He wanted her to have something that she would wear every day, but Claudia just felt it wasn’t quite her style. She loved the idea of this generous gift, but thought that the piece itself was a bit too generic.
As a friend came to stay, Claudia went exploring the pearl markets of Hong Kong and made a necklace as a gift, stringing pearls on to knotted leather. Reacting to her entourage’s enthusiasm for her creations, when Claudia was next in the UK, she did some research on pearl jewellery and couldn’t find anything beyond the classic twinset and pearls. All of her friends had pearls, but none of them were wearing them as they were too ‘old fashioned’. She felt there was something interesting to do with that space in the market and wanted to create a collection that could bring back the oldest known gemstone to life through interesting contemporary designs. All her designs are made to complement one another and our customers are generally collectors. Claudia didn’t want to be defined by one piece of jewellery, she ended up designing a range to fit all occasions and moods.
Considering all the iconic women who have worn pearls through the ages, Claudia is consistently inspired by them. Her long standing favourite pieces are:
The Biography pearl necklace, first inspired by Sarah Jessica Parker wearing a long pearl necklace over a grey t-shirt and jeans. This necklace has a special meaning to Claudia as she wore it for a milestone event; on the red carpet to the film of her husband’s book.
The Cirque silver and pearl lariat, this necklace is glamorous and versatile; she likes to wear it in the office over a shirt as well as over a chic outfit for a special occasion. Claudia wore this necklace to Harry and Meghan’s wedding; which reminds her of so much happiness – someone also asked her if the necklace was from Tiffany’s!
The Geo silver hoop earrings, with their clean modern lines and the lovely hidden pearl detail are Claudia’s go to piece to complement any outfit.
The World is your oyster necklace, very close to Claudia’s heart; is a touchstone piece as it links back to her mother. She likes to wear it as a reminder that everything is possible.
Since the beginning, Claudia’s moto remains the same, creating beautiful yet contemporary pearl designs for every occasion and every woman. She continues to be inspired by women around her.