Using high quality stones, unique lapidary and rich metals, Flora’s jewels combine Eastern art with Western design. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar, The Times, Telegraph Luxury and The Jewellery Editor and she has exhibited at Paris and New York Fashion Weeks. Flora has won a number of accolades from Professional Jeweller Hot 100 NexGem, to selection for IJL’s KickStart, EC One Unsigned competition, New Designers One Year On and a number of Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Awards.
“I fell in love with jewellery early, playing with my mother’s Tibetan carved beads and my grandmother’s heirloom treasures. The first piece of jewellery that I was given as a child was an ancient carved bird handed to me at the archaeological site in Taxila. I still have that bird - it encapsulates my passion for jewellery and for antiquity. Initially I took a degree in history, but ultimately I was drawn to train in fine jewellery, completing a BA at KIAD Medway and working for a number of British jewellery houses and galleries."
It was studying for an MA at St Martins that clarified Flora’s design direction. "I began to explore my family’s links with Asia and the East India Company and to unite my passion for history with my love of pattern, exotic precious stones and opulent pearls. My family story and my ancestor’s travels, drew me into a world of Indian mythology, Hindu Goddesses and tales of feminine mystique, power and passion."
"My design draws on Asian history, art and mythology, evoking strong women from the past and celebrating the accomplishments of the women I meet today. My designs balance femininity with strength and often contain inner symbolism – to embolden and inspire the wearer.”
Flora is available for consultations by appointment at the Goldsmiths Centre in Hatton Garden, Clerkenwell.