Selvedge Fair: Emma Chapman
This March, Selvedge is hosting one of our popular artisan fairs in the beautiful city of Bath. Today, Jessica Edney speaks to Emma from the jewellery brand Emma Chapman, who will be exhibiting at the fair.
What is different about Emma Chapman Jewels?
What is unusual about Emma Chapman jewels, is that I live and work between Somerset and Jaipur, India, where I have family-run workshops, goldsmiths and stone cutters making my jewellery. I am passionate about keeping the old jewellery traditions alive, such as jaali and filigree work, enamel work, stone carving and engraving. I incorporate all these old couture techniques into my jewellery and then give it a modern twist, making it wearable in the west. Every piece of my jewellery is handmade which I believe gives it soul and is known for having some kind of ornate detail on it. Much of it is inspired by sacred geometry, which also gives it a spiritual dimension.
Do you have a personal favourite item of jewellery?
One of my favourite pieces is my Lakshmi Rose Cut Crystal Pendant, it is inspired by Lakshmi Goddess of Beauty, Wealth and Power and each stone is cut in the shape of the sun, moon and stars. This pendant seems to be a best seller and has brought me a lot of luck. It is one of my talisman. I also have several one of a kind rings, including an emerald and ruby one which I love. I always have to wear a ring, even if I am just walking my dog.
What can visitors expect to see on your stall at Bath?
Visitors can expect to see a mix of one of a kind pieces of jewellery, using precious gemstones, 18ct gold and silver work, many of which have intricate and exquisite hand engraving work on them using Mughal floral motifs. Alongside these unique pieces, there will be a more commercial range, but all of the pieces have the trademark ornate detail and use gemstones, many of which have been cut especially for the individual pieces of jewellery and are limited editions.