After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Silversmithing and Jewellery from Loughborough University and making bespoke jewellery for individual clients, Hannah Smith went on to launch her own line of jewellery. After tweaking her name slightly, Hannah Silversmith was born - a line of conceptual jewellery that sees each range based around a theme or idea.
Featuring fine metals and precious stones, Hannah’s work takes inspiration from the world around her and is individually handcrafted to create one-of-a-kind designs you won’t find anywhere else. We chat with Hannah her natural inclination towards shiny objects, making concepts a reality and why her favourite piece of jewellery is always the one she’s currently making.
When did you fall in love with jewellery?
“I have always made ‘things’ and have consistently had a propensity towards shiny, intricate objects. Jewellery has always been special to me. It holds a fascination and I attributed powerful, ancient and magical properties to it as a child.”
How did your brand begin?
“Hannah Silversmith began as a twinkle in my eye and the tweak of a serendipitous surname. After years of teaching and making bespoke pieces for individual clients I decided to create my own brand, website and boutique with JewelStreet. My brand portrays high quality original handmade jewellery.”
"After years of teaching and making bespoke pieces for individual clients I decided to create my own brand"
How is your jewellery made?
“My jewellery is completely handmade. There is no blueprint for the Geode Crystal range, they are created as they are constructed so no two are alike. I enjoy the idiosyncrasy of nature and try to convey that in my work, building each piece up a layer at a time.”
What inspires your designs?
“Every range has a story. Nature is a constant inspiration - rock formations, plants, planets, shadows at dusk, a chance encounter or a gust of wind in Autumn. There’s not a point in the day that natural surroundings don't inspire me.”
"There’s not a point in the day that natural surroundings don't inspire me."
What do you love most about making jewellery?
“I enjoy making bespoke pieces for customers, making their concept a reality whilst adding my own touch and feel. Guiding the customers through the possibilities and pitfalls of designs, whilst listening to their stories and the reasons for having the work made is always interesting.”
How do you want someone to feel when they wear a piece of Hannah Silversmith jewellery?
“When people wear my jewellery, I want them to feel as though they are adorned by a precious piece that was made just for them. A unique article they connect and identify with.”
If you could only wear one piece from your collection, which would it be?
“My favourite piece of jewellery is always the one I am currently making - possibly because it is still throwing up challenges. But it ensures I can always model my latest designs!”
"Relaxation for me ranges from doodling new ideas, reading, roaming the countryside and watching motor racing."
If you weren’t designing jewellery, what would you be doing?
“I have always made adornments and metal is the medium for me - I honestly can’t imagine thinking of anything else I would be doing.”
What music do you listen to when you’re in the studio?
“Whilst working my musical taste depends on what I’m doing. Hammering means a faster pace and constructing complicated elements call for a gentler rhythm. Although, I only ever seem to remember hearing the first song.”
How do you wind down after a long day?
“Relaxation for me ranges from doodling new ideas, reading, roaming the countryside and watching motor racing. I also enjoy writing stories and poems, which occasionally become part of my work.”