Interview With Jewellery Designer Rachel Boston
We had the opportunity to speak with jewellery designer Rachel Boston and find out a little more about her career and how she got to where she is.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got here.
I studied Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins and did a Diamond Grading Diploma at the Gemological Institute of America in New York afterwards. When I moved back to London, I initially thought I would find a full time position with someone else whilst I grew my business on the side, but I ended up focusing on my own work fairly quickly. As my business grew, I slowly decided to focus on fine jewellery and bespoke pieces, as I wanted to create beautiful things that would last and have a really unique meaning for the person buying it.
As a designer, where do you find your inspiration?
A lot of my designs are inspired by the Art-Deco movement. I love the combination of clean, geometric lines with intricate and interesting design details – it feels dynamic and rich, eye-catching without being too loud. That being said, I make sure that my designs always have a modern twist and are decidedly my own. All sorts of small daily things inspire me and end up being reflected in my designs.
What does a typical working day look like for you?
Half the week is usually dedicated to design work and managing our current jobs, whilst the other half is focused on taking client consultations and discussing new projects. Because we’re a small team, no two work days are exactly alike, and we all wear several hats – working on design development, sourcing beautiful stones for new pieces, liaising with our craftsmen, creating considered content for social media… it’s really nice that everything is so hands-on and different day-to-day.
Do you have an all-time favourite piece that you’ve created?
It’s hard to chose, but my favourite piece is a bespoke white shield-cut diamond solitaire with a wide-set double band set with micropavé white diamonds. It’s so architectural, unique, and bold, yet so elegant when worn. That one was hard to let go of!
What has been the most important skill in terms of your business that you have learnt?
This isn’t a skill per se, more of a mindset – I think the most important thing you can do is be kind to yourself. There are times when things aren’t going to go as fast or well as you’d like, but if you are able to be patient, carry on working, and trust in yourself and your product, you will get where you want to be!
As well as bespoke designs, you specialise in bridal jewellery which must be hugely rewarding, how do you begin understanding what each bride wants?
It is hugely rewarding! It’s lovely to know that we’ve designed a unique piece for someone, that will be treasured for a lifetime and maybe even handed down as a heirloom. The most important thing for me to understand what each client wants is to make sure I listen! I’m here to gently guide the process, not to be at the forefront of it. My role is to be attentive, and to suggest considered alternatives that might not be immediately obvious to my clients, but that I have a hunch they might like. I love the dialogue and the creative exchange that goes on when creating a bespoke piece.
Do you have any advice to give someone interested in starting out in the jewellery design business?
Don’t be afraid to do your own thing, research, reach out, put in the work, believe in your product, don’t beat yourself up if things are a bit up and down at first – be kind to yourself, kind to the people you work with, and take pride in the work you do.
What upcoming trends are you seeing in the jewellery design industry?
I definitely see people investing in more timeless, quality pieces, versus over the top fashion jewellery that might come at a lower price point. As a society, we are thankfully more concerned with provenance and sustainability than ever before – our clients want beautifully crafted pieces that are made to last, and will look as chic ten or twenty years down the line as they do now, and I think this will be reflected throughout the industry.
How do you organise your jewellery at home?
I keep a jewellery box with all my pieces separated to make sure there’s no scratching or tangling of necklaces!
Thank you so much to Rachel for taking the time to answer our questions and sharing your advice. Take a look at more of their stunning bespoke jewellery and give them a follow them on Instagram to stay up to date with their latest designs and news.