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Designer spotlight: Why you need to know fine jewellery designer Shaun Leane

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Designer spotlight: Why you need to know fine jewellery designer Shaun Leane

“Soft,” “light” and “playful” are not words that immediately come to mind when one considers the intricate, sculptural creations from the House of Shaun Leane—but that’s exactly how the master jeweller, who famously collaborated with Alexander McQueen as well as designed custom pieces for Sarah Jessica Parker, describes Aerial, his latest collection.

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“I wanted to create something that was light, of the air, but still had the strong silhouette I’m known for,” explains Leane. The London-based designer reimagined his signature tusk shape as the delicate frame of a wing—a swish of white gold decorated with diamonds and gemstones. “I wanted to capture the beauty of wings but in my own handwriting.”

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Leane, who began training at age 15, was immediately drawn to classic pieces. “I used to go to museums and get inspiration from the masterpieces of past jewellers,” he says, citing the Victorian and art-deco periods as his favourites. “I hoped that I, too, could one day inspire generations that come after me. The longevity of jewellery is what I love so much about being in this trade.” 


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Leane’s fascination with history is also why his favourite material to work with will always be diamonds. “The youngest diamond in the world is 900 million years old,” he says. “It’s really an honour to wear something that old—something that is so connected to the earth.”

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Designer spotlight: Why you need to know fine jewellery designer Shaun Leane

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“My line has evolved over the years, but it has always been about combining unexpected materials, such as concrete and gemstones, in an elegant and interesting way.” Yellow-gold, emeral and diamond ring ($7,500), at erintracy.com. READ MORE: How to build a dream closet in 5 steps

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Designer spotlight: Why you need to know fine jewellery designer Shaun Leane

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"My aesthetic and philosophy is jewellery with a story, passed on through generations and remaining personal to the wearer." 18K white gold and yellow sapphire ring ($9,224), at brownsfashion.com. READ MORE: 10 dresses every woman should own

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Best fine jewellery designers: Alison Lou

"Fine jewelry is something that I have always cherished or looked forward to getting, so designing something for people that holds that importance with heirloom quality is so rewarding and exciting for me!" 14 karat yellow gold match stack ring with red enamel tip ($550.00), at alisonlou.com. READ MORE: 10 beautiful brooches you need to see

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Designer spotlight: Why you need to know fine jewellery designer Shaun Leane

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Designer spotlight: Why you need to know fine jewellery designer Shaun Leane

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"The X ring was the first piece in my collection. It was important to me to create a piece that felt truly unique, and like nothing I had ever seen before. I wanted to conceive of a piece that was graphic, strong, delicate and totally symmetrical." Blackened white-gold and diamond X ring ($4.895 USD), at barneys.com. READ MORE: 10 great leather jackets for every budget

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