Each month we highlight one of our regular makers, to give you an insight into their work, and to direct you to more information about them.
Julia Lloyd George – Jeweller
London-based jeweller Julia Lloyd George pursued her passion for jewellery from an early age.
After completing her training at Sir John Cass School of Art in London, she apprenticed with a Hatton Garden manufacturer. At a time when there were few women in the trade, Julia learnt traditional craftsmanship at its highest level.
Initially, she designed for Garrard & Co, later producing collections for them under her own name. In 1985 she set up as an independent jewellery designer and maker.
Julia’s strong distinctive style is eminently wearable. The designs are clean and simple, utterly contemporary yet with an ancient feel. Her love of coloured stones and her natural eye for setting these stones in the right coloured gold produces irresistible pieces. Using unpolished and hand finished yellow gold to set cabochon stones, her pieces take on a tactile quality.
Julia selects gemstones of exceptional colour; is bold in blending together different coloured stones, and has established a special reputation for her work with Paraiba tourmalines amongst others. She travels extensively to source her many unique stones.
Her inspiration comes from nature, form, and colour and often from the stone itself where the design begins. For her, inspiration is all around. She never knows where the next idea will come from. By designing in her head or directly with the stones, she is able to develop a fluid style.
Julia has a loyal and longstanding client list who are avid collectors of her work and admire her high level of craftsmanship. Much of Julia’s work comprises bespoke commissions, and clients benefit from her 40 years’ experience as a designer. With this experience, Julia has the skill to interpret what the customer truly wants. She offers bespoke design services, as well as taking on restoration and alteration work.
Her studio in Earls Court continues to witness the creation of exciting new designs as well as hosting an annual exhibition of her work.
Julia will be exhibiting with Craft In Focus at the Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair being held at Chelsea Old Town Hall from 8-10 March.
For more information and exhibition dates please visit www.julialloydgeorge.com