British Jewelry Designer Shaun Leane: An Elegant Edge

Shaun Leane Queen of the Night Necklace Worn by Actress Sonam Kapoor
Shaun Leane Queen of the Night Necklace Worn by Actress Sonam Kapoor
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The British jewelry designer Shaun Leane started his career at the tender age of 15 as an apprentice in London’s Hatton Garden jewelry district. Classically trained as a goldsmith for 13 years, he got a big break in 1994 when he was tapped to design bespoke jewelry for the runway shows of the late Alexander McQueen.

Leane enjoyed more than a decade of collaboration and friendship with the famed fashion designer, resulting in groundbreaking jewelry designs for McQueen’s dazzling collections.

Today, Leane’s eponymous fine jewelry line combines elegance and edge, including his Hook Earring, an instant classic, and his snake-motif pieces in 18K gold. When asked what inspired the reptilian collection, Leane replied: “the perfect symmetry and complex makeup of the serpent’s vertebrae.”

Left: A Bracelet with Backbone. Handcrafted in 18K gold, fusing traditional craftsmanship
with the label’s distinctive contemporary edge. $18,400
Right: Captain Hook. British jewelry designer Shaun Leane’s Large Talon 18K Earrings
$2,600, available at
British jewelry designer, Shaun Leane

“I admire the past masters who – with their style and craftsmanship – created fine jewelry that was distinctive of its time. I like to fuse elements of tradition with a contemporary design approach. We cannot look to the future of design without remembering our past.” – Shaun Leane, as told to



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