When you first look at her jewellery, it's easy to see why Polly Wales has already become such an awarded designer, having won the 2007 Crafts Council Development, the coveted Goldsmiths Craft & Design Award in 2005, the ?Goldsmiths award for Outstanding Body of Work in 2002, and those are just a few. Having studied at Wimbledon, London Guildhall and the Royal College of Art, her innovative use of precious stones and metals has ensured that each of her pieces bears the truly unique hallmark of her craftsmanship, and the beginning of what one hopes will be a legacy for the British designer.
As seen in her Archipelago and Crystal collections, the wondrous nature of her work derives from the way in which she has worked metals to feel a part, or similar to, the stones themselves, resulting in a finish that makes the jewellery feel as if they were some marvelous wonder hewn from the earth itself. This has become her trademark style, the handcrafted quality giving way to vibrantly alive colours, that give a sense or raw beauty, but as in her Archipelago collection, with pieces that also echo jewellery of the Byzantine and Baroque periods. Her beginnings in sculpture are evident throughout her collections, with each and every piece displaying the fingerprint of exquisitely worked craftsmanship.
Her jewllery can be breathtaking to behold: one need only see the combinations she dreams up when setting rubies and sapphires directly into gold, or the complex settings of the Bismarck, Solomon and Archipelago rings to understand why. Having gained recognition worldwide with her pieces also available in the US, it's a pleasure to know that Polly's handcrafted artistry also extends to private commissions, so like the elegant rock formations these are so reminiscent of, you too can have your own one-of-a-kind piece from the supremely talented mind of Polly Wales.