Rachel London is the type of artist that the phrase ‘triple threat’ was coined for. Not only is she an accomplished actress, appearing in TV shows including Scandal and Lethal Weapon, the Los Angeles-based creative also creates magic-infused artworks that have given renowned gallery Saatchi Art cause to refer to her as an emerging artist to watch.
Her latest creative venture, taking that power tally up to three, is music. London has created her very own pop persona, recording and performing under the moniker Londyn.
“While I do love several forms of creative expression, juggling all of them in a professional capacity has been challenging,” says London of splitting her time between acting, painting and music. “I try to find a balance between creating structure to encourage productivity and proactivity and really paying attention to what’s currently exciting me. I keep busy, I can tell you that much.”
That busy schedule has included the launch of a new website for her art, Rachellondon.gallery, and a travel schedule that will take her around the world to promote her music. Her latest Londyn release, Love Me Harder, boasts a controversial video, which documents the star breaking into her ex-boyfriend’s house to use it as a set – and the necklace she wears is just as symbolic.
“The most important piece of jewellery [in the video] is the necklace I am wearing and I love that I have an opportunity to talk about it here, because otherwise it’d remain a subtle nuance no one would know,” says London. “It’s a white gold, emerald and diamond necklace from my ex-boyfriend. So not only did I film the video in his house, I also wore the necklace he’d given me while we were together. These were emotional elements for me to incorporate but it’s important to me to really give myself to my art in this way.”
Emotion and sentimentality are key facets of London’s jewellery style, as we found out when we pitched her some quick-fire questions about what’s inside her jewellery box.
How would you describe your jewellery style? RL: I’m very sentimental, so I love wearing pieces that mean something to me and have a story associated. Most of my favourites are heirlooms from my grandmother or pieces that commemorate a memory or moment in time, which is what people often say they love so much about music and art. What catches my eye can range from extravagant to classically simple, but I love bold and edgy too. I often feel like a chameleon as a multidimensional artist and I love that the right jewellery can accentuate a particular mood or energy.
Are there any jewellery brands or designers out there you really like? If so, what attracts you to them? RL: One of my favourites is Jennifer Fisher. I love the edgy spin she brings to timeless pieces. I’ve had a rose gold choker from her that I’ve worn for years and cherish. Another brand that’s catching my eye lately is Little Rooms by Ester Delug who boasts ‘jewellery and accessories inspired by this strange world’. I’m very interested in the esoteric and occult, which is why these pieces speak to me as I feel they’re an extension of me.
Do you consider jewellery when crafting your outfits to wear on stage? RL: I’m such a girly girl at heart that I love playing dress up, especially when my stylist brings me sparkly, amazing things to wear. I’d love to find emerging designers to collaborate with to incorporate this more for live performances and not just events and shoots.
Has jewellery ever played a role in any of your acting roles? RL: I worked on a show called Pitch on Fox, playing the fiancé of one of the Padres players and I got to wear a gorgeous – and giant – engagement ring. Wardrobe presented me with a stunning assortment of diamond rings to choose from and I felt nearly as giddy as if I’d actually been proposed to.
Can you tell us about your striking, shoulder-grazing earrings you wore to the Golden Globes? RL: Thank you for the compliment. My wonderful stylist, Ashley Allen, brought over a gorgeous Dalia Macphee jumpsuit and these rose gold triple hoop earrings. I’ve never worn hoops before, so it was fun to switch things up.
Is there a particularly sentimental piece in your own jewellery collection? RL: My paternal grandmother had quite the collection of jewellery and one of my favourite pieces she left me is a golden lioness necklace with emerald eyes. It reminds me of my strength and the strength of all the women who have come before me in my ancestral lineage.
What else would we find in your jewellery box? RL: I have a bold boho necklace I got from Hugette Montesinos, who is the editor of Disfunkshion Magazine, that I swear has magical powers. Every time I wear it amazing, synchronistic things happen and wonderful people are drawn into my sphere. I think of it like a little vortex, much like my art.
If you had a limitless budget to buy just one piece of jewellery, what would you go for? RL: The piece of jewellery I want the most is an engagement ring, which is less about budget and more about symbolising that I’ve found and been claimed by a man worthy of my heart who can receive my love in return. Call me a sap, but I did preface this interview by confiding my sentimental sensibilities.
Rachel London's art is inspired by spirituality
Rachel London is also a successful artist with her own gallery
Bold and colourful jewels by Little Rooms
My paternal grandmother had quite the collection of jewellery and one of my favourite pieces she left me is a golden lioness necklace with emerald eyes. It reminds me of my strength and the strength of all the women who have come before me in my ancestral lineage
Rachel London at the Amazon Prime Golden Globes after party with acting coach Natalie Lymor
Gold necklace charms by Jennifer Fisher>
Little Rooms uses Art Deco and Victorian elements in its jewels