While Jade Jagger andher hippie-deluxe lifestyle are often the subject of style and party pages, itis easy to overlook her status as a well-respected jewellery designer. Fairlyearly in her career she was employed to bring an edge of quirky design andgilded London youth to establishment jewellers Garrard. What she learnt there aboutprecious stones and metals made a strong impression and has stood her in goodstead for developing her own brand.
As she matures, her handwriting increasingly displays a distinct style thatmixes boho chic with rock-chick elements such as skulls or arrows. She alsoemploys the traditional techniques of Jaipur, India’s jewellery craft centre,where she spends a lot of time and has a permanent team. In recent collectionsJagger has been working with large, Indian-sourced precious and semi-precious stones set ingold to make spectacular cocktail rings, and the production part of her rangehas been a regular among the fine-jewellery showcases at Joseph’s BromptonCross flagship.Now she has moved the gem and design content up a notch, working with largeslices of ruby, emerald and sapphire, together with pavé diamonds, to create aseries of one-off pieces that have just arrived in store. Shehas not used the clear, deep stones that are normally cut into great gems;hers are often milky and have inclusions, but they possess the advantages of greatcharacter and attractive prices. The colours and imperfections suit the organicshapes she prefers, and contrast with the tiny diamonds around them and theyellow or blackened gold settings. Jagger is also working with gem beads(including pretty but less exalted stones such as labradorite) for tassellednecklaces featuring tiny, brown diamond-set “disco balls”, andmulti-strand bracelets. Prices range from £700 to over £13,000, and the styles canbe made to order with different stones.
First picture: gold Hex earrings with rubies and diamonds, £8,575. Second picture: white gold Skull cocktail ring with aquamarine, diamonds and sapphires, £13,680. Third picture: white gold Skull earrings with aquamarine, diamonds and sapphires, £13,200.