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5 Minutes With A Jewel

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The London based A Jewel brand was established by Award-winning designer Akvile Cenkyte in 2015. Using traditional fine jewelry making techniques, Akvile designs and develops distinctive precious metal jewelry inspired by industrialism, city life, urban movements, and music.


“I want to bring my own interpretation of traditional fine jewelry craftsmanship and create a new language, and then express that language through my pieces.”

How did A Jewel begin?
A Jewel was established in 2015 while Akvile was studying a Jewelry Manufacture and Design at Holts Academy of Jewelry. "I want to correlate traditional fine jewelry craftsmanship with my own interpretation, to create a new language and to express that language through a piece of jewelry.


Values are really important to us at JewelStreet. What are your core brand values?
Handmade contemporary precious metal jewelry for the style conscious person.

Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
A Jewel inspirations and influences comes from industrialism, city life, urban movements and music which corrugates with ideas from individual interpretation of symbols and archetypes.

How is your jewelry made?
I love to work with precious metal by soldering, shaping, hammering, filling, finishing and polishing it in my workshop. I also have a good wax carving skills, I use a lost wax casting technique to produce the jewels.


Are there any specific manufacturing/crafting techniques you use?
Traditional handmade jewelry making skills combined with other techniques: engraving, enamelling, cuttlefish casting, wax carving, lost wax casting, stone carving etc. My creative journey begins with the design idea and develops to the final piece.

 


How do you ensure your jewelry is ethical and sustainable?
I support the local trade community, recycling all precious metal waste, sourcing materials from trusted suppliers and I am registered as a Fairtrade Goldsmith.


Are there any celebrities you would love to see wearing your designs?
Jeff Mills, Surgeon, Miss Kittin, Chris Liebing, Goldie - oh, I just mentioned some of my favorite DJ's and producers names. Really it makes me happy when any person is wearing my jewelry.


How do you want someone to feel when they wear your jewelry?
Like it is a part of their identity, an expression of yourself through a piece of jewelry.


What has been the highest point of your career so far?
The biggest my achievement in Jewelry Industry is the Gold Prize from GIA Applied Jewelry Professional (AJP) at the annual prestigious UK Goldsmith’s Design and Craft Council Competition 2017.


If you could only wear one piece from your collection, what would it be and why?
Rose Gold Electric Flowers Ring, because I love the shape, the look, the color, it suits my style and I never want to take it off.

 


If you could travel to one place in the world right now, where would it be and why?
I would love to go to gemmology expedition to Sri Lanka - colored gemstone destination. It would be incredible to visit mines, see gem cutters and buy beautiful gemstones.


Are there any other designers whose work you particularly admire, and what jewelry is on your current wishlist?
Rene Lalique, Hemmerle, Faberge, Charlotte De Syllas, Wendy Ramshaw, Andrew Lamb, Shaun Leane, Alex Sepkus - the names of just some jewelry houses and designers I admire.


What music do you play in the studio whilst you’re working?
Techno or other electronic music out loud!


How do you ensure you’ve got a good work/life balance?
To relax and get inspiration for my jewelry I like to go to exhibitions, theatre, gallery's, party's, read books, do yoga.


What's your favorite quote?
The proverb “He who does not risk, does not drink champagne.”


Winding down after a day in the studio is sometimes difficult for a designer, what do you do to help this process?
Going for a walk after the long day in a workshop refreshes me.

 

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