This month's designer spotlight is on Osylia - co-designed by Laura and Cemal - I love their simplistic geometric minimal designs, given a feminine edge with Swarovski crystal embellishment. The new Asymmetry and Cage collection pieces are perfect for that 'demi-fine jewellery' look this autumn and are a great timeless design, ideal for gifting. Here we asked Laura a few questions about her influences as a designer and inspiration behind the latest collections...
What sparked your desire to be a jeweller?
Luxury and art are the main reasons for me to be a jewellery designer. I studied design at university and I always wanted to use my creative side in the luxury world. Jewellery is perfect for this. The sparkling world of different gemstones and the shining structure of precious material give me a great freedom to create.
What do you want Osylia to be known for?
I’d like OSYLIA to be known for the combination of art and design in our brand’s simplicity.
What inspired your latest collection?
Geometry and modern architecture. We created some designs for our Cage Collection using some gemstones and 3d printing technology (Hexa Necklace pictured, £125). The simple structure of modern buildings around us and the unique geometry in life gave me lots of inspiration.
Which other jewellery designers do you admire?
I follow and admire lots of different jewellery designers. Especially in London, you have a chance to see lots of them. I like the Georg Jensen style. They have amazing pieces in silver. Polly Wales is another one; her way of using different colours and unique stone settings are really inspirational (pictured).
Name your favourite gemstone/metal and why
I love all types of gemstones with different colours because it means I am not limited in my design. If I personally buy jewellery pieces with gemstones, I tend to choose the blue ones such as aquamarine, tanzanite and blue topaz.
In terms of the metal, I prefer silver. It is shiny and affordable for everyone. We use recycled silver for our brand because we're conscious of the environmental damage that can be done in the metal mining process.
If you could offer one jewellery style tip, what would it be?
Your personal style is really important when it comes to jewellery pieces. The right jewellery always makes a simple outfit into something special. The jewellery should make the statement. If you wear something really bold then small pieces of jewellery are good as subtle highlights. If you wear something simple, then you can go for bold jewellery to catch the eye.