Emily Richard Jewellery’s new Phoenix Collection revives the traditional art of engine turning, using an antique machine in a new way to create striking engraved patterns which give a dazzling optical effect when worn. This collection, in 18ct gold and diamond, has been awarded the Jewellery Quarter Association Prize for Craftsmanship (chosen this year by Ross Bellamy) and is now on show at New Designers.
The pieces were developed through investigation into geometric patterns and exploration into engine turning and the opportunities this rare, specialist technique provided. Bringing old-fashioned technology into the present day, Emily’s innovative and intriguing jewellery provides something different, new and beautiful to the high-end jewellery customer.
Emily Richard studied for five years at Birmingham City University’s famous School of Jewellery. She launched Emily Richard Jewellery in 2008, specialising in creating stylish, unique yet very wearable jewellery in precious metals, often using simple geometric shapes to form an intricate pattern. Emily’s work is constantly evolving to embrace new technologies such as wire erosion and CAD/CAM, which are used alongside traditional hand skills and ancient techniques such as engine turning to produce truly original pieces of jewellery.