Everyone likes to think that they’re a bit of an angel, at least some of the time. Quarter Angel was established in 2010 by Jessica, who really can say that she is 25% angel by virtue of her grandmother being born Miss Angel. Jessica studied jewellery and silversmithing at London Metropolitan University, gaining five awards from The Goldsmiths’ Company and the British Jewellers’ Association along the way.
In a life before jewellery Jessica spent most of her time in the fresh air wearing muddy boots and working on environmental education and horticultural projects. A change to jewellery design happened almost by accident and it is still sometimes a surprise to her that she can be so happy doing something inside and sitting down! All Quarter Angel’s pieces have a link to the outdoors.
Living and working in one of the higher parts of north London magnificent views across the city can be seen each day. Quarter Angel’s Skyline collection is inspired by these breathtaking sights, especially those seen from Hampstead Heath. Frequent visits to the north Kent coast, particularly Whitstable, have inspired the Seaside collection.
Working in silver, pieces are photoetched by hand and details oxidised to create a striking contrast with the matt silver background. Further work uses mirror Perspex, a deceptively lightweight material that catches the light beautifully. Laser etching the Perspex creates strong, clear lines making the designs very striking. Both collections include bracelets, cuffs, pendants, earrings and cufflinks.
Image credits (from left): London Skyline Cuffs – photoetched silver (John Sunderland), St Paul’s Cathedral Pendants and Cufflinks – photoetched silver (John Sunderland), Beach Hut Bracelet – laser etched Perspex (John Sunderland)