HGR | My goal for 2016 is to have my new collection ready to take to new stockists and available to buy from my website in time for Christmas. I’ve decided not to rush things, and to make sure that every new product I introduce to customers is unique and beautifully made. My goal for 2017 is to get a place at Goldsmiths’ Fair, which will require a pretty amazing application. I’m confident that I can put together a strong body of work, but I also know that the standard is incredibly high and that i’ll be surrounded by a lot of my jewellery idols. In terms of The Garnet Collective, i’d like to see us go from strength to strength and secure more exhibiting opportunities together.
VI | What’s your favourite piece you have created?
HGR | I made a series of rings for my degree show in 2014 called the ‘Sun King & Moon King’ rings. They were inspired by the story of the Bavarian monarch, King Ludwig II’s obsession with Louis XIV of France. Louis was known as the Sun King, while, due to his melancholia, Ludwig decided he suited the title of Moon King. Each ring was really heavy, encrusted with highly polished silver granulation, and were crowned with gold-plated “halos”. I think they were the pieces that most people commented on and wrote about, so they soon became my favourites. They were the product of my tutor telling me to “really push it” and “think outside the box”, and although I was hesitant at first, they definitely became more interesting designs because of his advice.