This summer contemporary jewellery designer Stephanie Ray launches her new sumptuous Paisley collection. The designs have been created with inspiration from the patterns of Indian textiles, henna paintings and art.
Through the use of gold leaf and ebony alongside oxidised silver elements, the collection has a more rustic glamour. The ebony has been rough-cut creating an additional layer of texture whilst the new addition of coloured gemstones add rich tones and warmth.
"My favourite piece from the collection is the triple garnet brooch. I love the mix of materials, colours and shapes. The rustic geometry of the rectangular frame and paisley inspired detail alongside the rough ebony surface and gold leaf. The ebony shows through the gold in patches and matches the oxidised silver surface of the rest of the brooch. The front of the ebony is rough-cut on the band saw so every piece has a slightly different outcome to the next, and the gold adheres in a different way changing the surface quality."
Paisley first became popular in the UK in the early 17th century when the East India Company started importing beautiful Kashmir shawls in silk and wool. The design has lasted the test of time and not only does the Scottish town of Paisley owe its name to the design but it has been an inspiration to artists such as the Beatles and Prince.
Working in both silver and oxidised silver the collection has something to suit all tastes. This latest range of jewellery includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets and cufflinks.