Exquisite engagement and wedding rings by Emily Nixon

Article Published: Wednesday 3rd May, 2017 - 12:19pm

It is fitting that Emily Nixon’s atmospheric Hayle studio is located within touching distance of the water. “I create one-off pieces in response to the textures and forms of the seascape surrounding me. Inspired by a passion for fluid form and the simplicity of a hand-drawn line, I approach each piece of jewellery as a sculpture,” explains the west Cornwall-based jeweller.

Having studied textiles at Goldsmith’s College followed by a postgraduate year at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Art in Poland where she focussed on tapestry, sculpture and conceptual art, Emily’s artistic career continued with curating at her own gallery in Edinburgh and, later, as director of Newlyn Art Gallery. She began producing her own work in 2000, which gradually morphed into smaller, wearable pieces of “deliberate, artful imperfection.”

Taking the textures of the coastline as her muse, Emily’s jewellery is a fusion of simplicity and statement style. “I love the fabric-like twists and folds of seaweed, the diversity in the contours of pebbles and the weathered character of flotsam I see washed up every day. The dichotomy of the precious and the organic – special stones encircled by sea-worn fragments of silver – characterises much of my inspiration.”

Emily’s training as an artist informs both her creative process and the unique quality of her finished pieces. “I approach each piece much like a drawing, striving to capture an essence of spontaneity,” she explains. “I want to see the hand of the artist in each piece – for me, this makes them unique.”

Her inimitable designs take a number of forms, from solitaire bands boasting unusual ‘wrapped’ settings, frilly seaweed stackable rings, and diamonds, sapphires and emeralds set into sculpted rings: “pools of colour in pieces that have a sea-worn quality.” Emily’s passion for different textures creates the most stunning aesthetic when her rings are stacked together, particularly when utilising gold in different colours.

Couples may arrange an appointment at Emily’s studio and pore over her sublime collections of his and her wedding bands, which are available in a range of metals, widths and weights, as well as textures entitled rocks, ripples, cockle and urchin. Then there are her dazzling engagement rings, inspired by the folds and frills of seaweed, and artfully set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, topaz and tourmalines for a distinctive, organic aesthetic. Alternatively, opt for a bespoke commission for a mini masterpiece you’ll be lucky enough to don day after day as a stylish signifier of the Cornish seascape – and your love.

Emily’s sculptural wedding bands cost from £260, while her stone encrusted bands start from £615. Call 01736 887599 or visit emilynixon.com for more information.

Bob Berry
Bob Berry

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