Side saddle chic

 

As a jewelry designer Philippa Holland is based in Nottinghill, London, though she was never a city dweller.

 

“I grew up in the countryside, so when I first came here I craved nature and I would always go to the park. Likewise, my designs are always linked to nature. Now you see more of that sort of thing and that’s why I don’t want to go mainstream – I only want to make jewelry that you don’t find elsewhere,” she tells.

 

 “It’s like you’re wearing nature like an amulet to protect yourself.”

 

A favourite of the many celebrities who have endorsed her brand is an engraved silver disc with a long chain that she often wears herself. But it is insects which are her most frequent motifs and the way they’re cast is unique as it allows even the tiniest details of a beetle or a moth become visible works of art.

Handsome insects

A favourite of the designer – a moth and spider cast from life in gold and silver. As the pin is hidden when the piece is worn the predatory spider appears to be approaching the moth.

 

Philippa Holland’s collection “Nature’s Tricks” is inspired by the Darwinian world and the theories about the survival of the fittest. Various insects and animal skeletons were gathered and then electro-formed and cast in gold and silver to create an exact replica, a process reinvented from Renaissance ceramicists.

 

“It’s quite unusual to make jewelry that looks like insects. But in history, the Egyptians wore scarabees and flies, and it was very symbolic.  In my new collection I have skeletons, beetles and cicadas. It’s like you’re wearing nature like an amulet to protect yourself.”

 

The stones are sourced in Jaïpur in India while all craftsmens are English.

 

“The trick is finding the right craftsmen for the right tasks ,” tells the designer whose work spans from English folk inspired jewelry with a solid gold and tourmaline necklace in the shape of sycamore pods to a silver bumble bee with saphire stones which can be worn as a ring or a necklace.

 

The most luxurious items are made in collaboration with the famous London jeweller, David Morris and they are  literally treasures in 18ct white or rose gold and quotes such as “All you need is love”  and “I can resist anything but temptation” delicately written in diamonds and rubies.

 

Despite Philippa Holland’s love of horses, they are nowhere to be found in her designs and she’s never ridden in London.

 

“But some twenty soldiers from the Household Cavalry have come for breakfast at my house  in Nottinghill in London at seven o’ clock in the morning.

I knew some of them from hunting, and they were passing my house, anyway, so we gave them sausages and drinks,” she laughs.

 

For Philippa Holland, both nature and horses come in surprising ways.

 

Style rider

 

Philippa Holland on Tick Tock – an 11-year old Irish sports horse.  “I grew up in the countryside, so when I first came to London I craved nature and I would always go to the park,” she tells. For her jewelry brand go to philippaholland.com

 

©horse-tales.com

Previous page