2 Designers Join British Rock Vault Jewelry Initiative

Frances Wadsworth Jones Smallworker Ring in 18K Gold
Frances Wadsworth Jones Smallworker Ring in 18K Gold. Photo Courtesy of FrancesWadsworthJones.com

Some of the most innovative Fine Jewelry designers on the scene today live and work in London. For the past few seasons we’ve been keeping track of them for you, specifically the members of the British Rock Vault jewelry initiative. Last month, Daou Jewellery and Frances Wadsworth Jones became the newest members of the British Fashion Council’s prestigious Rock Vault jewelry group.

Curated by superstar designer Stephen Webster, the Rock Vault supports and showcases emerging British designers and brands. Daou and Wadsworth Jones join The Completedworks, Lily Kamper, Rachel Boston, and Shimell and Madden to round out the current Rock Vault roster.

Daou Jewellery Star Collection Necklace and Matching Earrings
Daou Jewellery Star Collection Necklace and Matching Earrings. Photo Courtesy of daoujewellery.com

About Dalia Daou

Dalia Daou
Dalia Daou photo courtesy of daoujewellery.com

 

Dalia Daou, owner of Daou Jewellery, was named 2016 New Designer of the Year at the U.K. Jewellery Awards. A third-generation jeweler, Daou focuses on colorful gemstone combinations and bold, asymmetric shapes.

In a recent interview in National Jeweler, Daou said she is looking forward to displaying her work in the United States. Typically, members of the Rock Vault initiative accompany Webster to the annual Couture jewelry trade show in Las Vegas.

Dalia Daou Morning Bright Ring and Morning Long Earrings
Dalia Daou Morning Bright Ring and Morning Long Earrings. Photo Courtesy of DaouJewellery.com
Frances Wadsworth Jones Jewellery Clockwise:  Thieves Collection Ring, Cheeky Little Ants Star from Thieves Collection, Pearl Ring in Honour of Month of Pearls, Small Worker Ring in 18K Gold
Frances Wadsworth Jones Jewellery Clockwise: Thieves Collection Ring, Cheeky Little Ants Star from Thieves Collection,
Pearl Ring in Honour of Month of Pearls, Small Worker Ring in 18K Gold

About Frances Wadsworth Jones

Portrait of Frances Wadsworth Jones
Frances Wadsworth Jones. Photo Courtesy of LondonFashionWeek.co.uk

 
 
A 2008 graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, Wadsworth Jones is known for her distinctly British quirkiness and sense of humor. “Each piece combines preciousness, narrative and detail in an attempt to find some unexpected comic relief in the serious world of fine jewelry,” she explained in NJ.

Distinguished Alumni

This month Ana Costa, Beth Gilmour, Jacqueline Cullen, Ornella Iannuzzi, Ruifier, and Yunus and Eliza are graduating from the Rock Vault, having received a big leg-up from Webster’s newcomer’s showcase.

Several recent Rock Vault alumni have achieved retail success as well as an international following, including Fernando Jorge, Imogen Belfield and Tomasz Donocik.

Remember Their Names

Daou Jewellery and Frances Wadsworth Jones will show their Rock Vault designs during London Fashion Week (September 16 to 20) in the Designer Showrooms at Brewer Street Car Park.

Look for their names in fashion magazines and blogs you follow. They’re on their way!

 

Sources: NationalJeweler.com; British Fashion Council

 

 

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