Our British Favorites
The English countryside was and still is home for two of our favorite artists, Polly Wales and Sia Taylor. Both artists have a unique style and hand-craftsmanship that has developed over the years and has made its way across the pond. Polly Wales, now residing and designing in LA, found her passion and acquired her expertise in her birthplace of London. Sia Taylor still calls the English countryside her home and is continuously perfecting her handcrafted, unique jewelry.
Intricate and poetic with a beautiful simplicity, Sia Taylor's jewelry is handcrafted from her Somerset studio, in the calm and beautiful South West England countryside. A small team of five artists work together making the jewelry by hand, with an emphasis on craftsmanship and on making unique, timeless pieces.
Drawing inspiration from the natural world, her golden interpretations of seeds, petals and insect wings combine with fine gold chains to form a unique and understated collection. The metals themselves have beautiful physical qualities - color, weight, density, shine, softness - and the designs are intended to let these qualities show through.
Sia Taylor jewelry is fabricated from 18k gold, 22k gold, 24k gold and platinum. Check out her collection online and at our Ardmore location.
"Polly Wales is the Creative Director and Founder of her eponymous brand of fine jewelry. Polly was born in London and gravitated towards the arts from a very young age. She studied sculpture in University and later taught art to juvenile offenders. However, she discovered her real passion when she began to design jewelry, making intimate wearable sculptures. She went back to school to study Jewelry Design at the Royal College of Art, where her naturally anarchic spirit combined with classical training to inspire the creation her signature “cast-not-set” process.
Casting gemstones directly into molten gold has enabled her to push the boundaries of traditional fine jewelry and produce unique collections year after year. In 2016, Polly moved the company from the rolling hills of the English countryside to the sunny grit of Downtown Los Angeles where the company is now based. She currently lives in a treasure trove of curiosities in the hills of East Los Angeles with her partner and two daughters."
“We make jewellery that lends itself to reminiscing. It feels ancient, travelled, lived in and handed down. We are the antithesis of pristine and reserved; I like to think of our pieces like an old friend and also the most intriguing person at the party – at once intimate and captivating.”