Inspired by the beauty of her surroundings while living in Italy in 2004, Deborah Blyth turned her creative talents to jewellery and never looked back. Creating collections that celebrate the imperfections of nature, every piece that Deborah designs has a personality of its own, partially down to her use of lost wax casting when shaping the pieces.
Never one for a straight line, Deborah recently collaborated with artist Laetitia Rouget on Wobbly Bits and has been busy working away on new creations, finding new shapes in the natural world.
The designer has become a regular at The Jewellery Cut events, and she’ll be returning this October for The Jewellery Cut Live in association with Fuli Gemstones for the third time. At the show, she will showcase her latest collection Halcyon, a colourful collection of tactile pieces. We spent a bit of time with her beforehand to learn more.
Jewellery designer Deborah Blyth
Where did your jewellery journey begin?
“My journey began whilst living in Italy where I was inspired to experiment. I’m completely self-taught and my style has developed continually over the years.“
What is the crafting process for your jewels and how do you keep your collections sustainable?
“Every piece of jewellery is created from start to finish within a small area of North London. Designs are handcrafted through the process of lost wax casting in my studio, and gold plating takes place nearby in Hatton Garden. I’m very mindful that the business should be as sustainable as possible, so I use recycled silver and brass in all of the pieces and all of our gemstones are sustainably sourced.”
How would you describe your style?
“Fluid lines and curling, tactile shapes with no hard edges. Many of my pieces are embellished with baroque pearls or semi-precious stones creating everyday luxury worn from day to night.“
Deborah Blyth gold vermeil, amethyst and sapphire Halcyon earrings, £330, shop at Deborah Blyth
What inspires you?
“I am inspired by many things and am constantly observing and making mental notes for potential designs. Art, sculpture and water in all their forms are my main influences. Even if I have a specific design in mind, the soft wax I use might sometimes develop into an unexpected form as I mould it.“
Tell us more about the Wobbly Bits collection.
“I am beyond excited to have collaborated with the wonderful artist and ceramicist, Laetitia Rouget on a collection called Wobbly Bits. The fabulous wobbly bodies are a reminder for us to love and embrace our perfect imperfections in all their glory. And, a percentage of all sales is donated to Women’s Aid.”
What will you be bringing to The Jewellery Cut Live in association with Fuli Gemstones 2021?
“I will be launching the Halcyon collection at The Jewellery Cut Live in October. The Halcyon collection is a celebration of glorious colour. In my signature style, the designs are tactile, organic and are set with a rainbow assortment of gemstones. Colour makes me happy and when I wear these pieces my spirits are lifted, I hope others will feel the same sense of fun and joy when they wear them.”
Deborah Blyth’s Halcyon collection
Why should people come and visit you at The Jewellery Cut Live?
“It will be such a happy occasion for people to at last be able to physically enjoy wonderful and diverse styles of jewellery. I love people being able to pick up and try on my designs. My pieces are designed for their tactile appeal, so are best appreciated when they’re touched.”
Do you have any fond memories of The Jewellery Cut Live?
“I have met many wonderful jewellery lovers at The Jewellery Cut Live events, but my stand out memory has to be [British Vogue contributing jewellery editor] Carol Woolton buying a pair of my earrings at the last show.“
Deborah Blyth Halcyon Collection
Deborah Blyth will be exhibiting at The Jewellery Cut Live in association with Fuli Gemstones. The show will take place on the 15th & 16th of October, 2021, at The Royal Institution in London’s Mayfair. Book your ticket here