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Five minutes with Alexandra Jacoumis

The Rapunzel of the jewellery world, this designer spends up to a week hand sewing a cotton form that she then transforms into a solid gold jewel

January 25, 2020 By Sarah Stockley


 

Jewellery designer Alexandra Jacoumis is of Greek origin, and this has inspired much of her work. Particularly the country’s traditional and ancient crafts, and her own travels through Greece.

 

Alexandra Jacoumis jewellery brings together intricate designs with the softness of textiles. She makes hand-embroidered designs that are then transformed into solid 18ct gold jewellery. Each piece retains the exact intricate detail of the thread.

 

The jewellery is perfectly finished with gemstones, such as black diamonds and sapphires. The collections are reminiscent of the centuries-old technique of hand-sewing and yet they are modern and wearable.

 

We grabbed five minutes with Jacoumis to find out more about her textiles-inspired jewellery.

 

Tell us a little bit about your brand.

“It seeks to unite the intricate designs and softness of textiles with the illuminating quality of gold. Laboriously and beautifully handcrafted, it’s reminiscent of classic techniques and, yet, modern and easy to wear.”

 

What inspires your designs?

“Being of Greek origin, I’ve always been inspired by traditional and ancient crafts; especially the textures, patterns and storytelling of hand embroidery.”

 

What made you want to become a jewellery designer?

“It was always something I remember wanting to do. As a child, I used to string anything I could find together: shells, feathers, beads. This love led me to do a BA in Jewellery Design & Practice, after which I went on to work for some prominent designers and makers in the business, here [in the UK] and abroad. After gaining some valuable experience and perfecting my craft, I went on to set up my own brand.”

 

Tell us a bit more about how your jewels are made?

“My jewellery all starts out as intricately hand-sewn cotton forms, some of which can take me up to a week to create. Once finished, I then transform them into solid 18ct gold, retaining the exact detail of the thread and creating them into finished ready-to-wear pieces. I then might add precious and semi-precious stones.”

 

Tell us about your latest collection.

“I’m continually adding to the core collection in different ways. Currently, I’m focusing on the black and yellow colour play of my original brand aesthetic.”

 

Do you have any exciting projects in the pipeline this year?

“Yes. I have some exciting plans and projects in Greece, but I can’t say more just yet.”

 

What can people expect to see from Alexandra Jacoumis at The Jewellery Cut Live?

“A collection of delicate and distinctive, intricately handmade, fine jewellery. Lots of hoop earrings and stacking rings, beautifully and originally displayed, telling their story from conception.”

 

 

Meet Alexandra Jacoumis and her jewels at The Jewellery Cut Live on February 16th & 17th, 2020, at The Royal Institution during London Fashion Week. Click here for tickets and get more information on the show here

 

Jewellery designer Alexandra Jacoumis

Alexandra Jacoumis 18ct yellow gold Straight Stitch hoop earrings

Alexandra Jacoumis 18ct gold rings and bracelet

My jewellery all starts out as intricately hand-sewn cotton forms, some of which can take me up to a week to create. Once finished, I then transform them into solid 18ct gold, retaining the exact detail of the thread and creating them into finished ready-to-wear pieces

Alexandra Jacoumis 18ct yellow gold Crown hoop earrings

Alexandra Jacoumis rhodium-plated 18ct gold Black Circle earrings

Alexandra Jacoumis 18ct yellow gold jewels