Based in St Ives, Cornwall, Ed Wilson has always felt a strong connection to the rugged Cornish coast. After working as a silversmith and making intricate objects for popular brands, he was soon bursting with his own ideas, so he took the leap and started his own brand, Ed Wilson Jewellery. In his home where he lives with his wife and greyhound Gus (who has his own piece of Ed Wilson Jewellery - the original skull and crossbones design - hanging from his collar), he makes jewellery influenced by the movement, colour and raw nature of the ocean.
Ed honours classic and contemporary designs, with an avant-garde twist, experimenting with colour, textures and shapes. Ed creates soulful and edgy collections, with precious metals, gemstones and subtle carvings. Ed Wilson Jewellery is perfect for those who love the ocean and the creatures in it. His designs are more than ‘nautical’ - he celebrates the sea, nature and pirate iconography in an up-to-date and innovative way.
How did your brand begin?
I spent years working and learning alongside a renowned Silversmith and this is where I honed my craft and worked with precise design. I made ornate objects for revered brands including Asprey and Garrards. I soon had a head bursting with so many of my own ideas I made the decision to go it alone.
When did you first fall in love with jewellery and knew you wanted to become a designer?
My love of jewellery began from my travels to Mexico. I started to create jewellery, initially for my wife and soon people began showing an interest in the pieces I was making and asked me to create pieces from them. I haven’t looked back since.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
The influence of movement, colours and raw nature of the ocean and its surroundings can be seen throughout my work. I play with subtle textures, organic shapes, symmetry and structural curves of the wild and rugged landscape that surrounds me.
Are there any specific manufacturing/crafting techniques you use?
I often find I start with a stone and this leads the journey. I hand carve my pieces in wax initially, for me this technique feels like a dance between the nature of the wax and my ideas as they emerge - ‘Trusting in the process’.
Tell us about some of your most inspiring clients, or bespoke commissions.
The 'Chrysler Ring' commissioned for a couple inspired by the Chrysler building, where the couple met and where he was going to propose. Made in 3 perfectly fitting parts in platinum and diamonds, it was unique and luxurious and moved the couple to tears when they saw it - an unforgettable moment.
How do you want someone to feel when they wear your jewellery?
I honour classic contemporary designs with an avant-garde twist. I value absolute quality of craftsmanship, to offer the wearer a sense of individuality and timeless luxury. I want my jewellery to make the wearer feel bold, unique and confident.
If you could only wear one piece from your collection, what would it be and why?
This one’s easy - it would be one of my skull rings.
What music do you play in the studio whilst you’re working?
I can be inconsistent when it comes to sound and my work. At times I revel in total silence and at other times I get my headphones on, with music at full blast and shut the world out for hours with dance music, British rap and always some soul.
What's your favourite quote?
Perfection is not attainable but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Winding down after a day in the studio is sometimes difficult for a designer. What do you do to help this process?
Without a doubt surfing and being in the elements in the ocean has always been my therapy and if conditions are perfect, there is no better way to unwind, switch off and be fully present all at the same time.