New York City. June 2, 2020. Sia Taylor combined her passion for sculpture (she has a master’s degree in it from the Royal College of Fine Art) with adornment to debut her eponymous jewelry design firm in 2007.
“I was always slightly uncomfortable throughout my studies,” she explains. “I knew I needed to make things, but the scale was wrong; my sculptures could be large, but always involved minutely tiny details.”
So she started taking jewelry classes and realized she could better express herself through accessories. Her developing signature style aimed to capture the essence of clouds, sunbursts, and night skies. She refined it from her present-day home base of Somerset, England, where she now executes a graceful design DNA of fleeting moments like rainfall and blowing winds in ombre colors of repeating gold patterns that shimmer and sway.
“My jewelry is part of a natural progression from my training in fine art,” she explains. “I use the same ideas and processes, just on a more intimate scale.”
Finished jewels show multiples of dots, leaves, fringe, and other movements that reflect thoughtful study of live forms. Taylor captures the sensations of these natural occurrences in an effortless way. “I don’t want stiff leaves or shapes that don’t move,” she adds.
To achieve this goal, Taylor cuts and hammers each tiny component out of metal sheet. For multicolor bangles and bands in her Rainbow Gold collection, each small facet is individually soldered on. For sure, there are no shortcuts. “Every element on my pieces is handmade,” she says. “It is painstaking, slow work, but I think that gives the jewelry a soul.”
Taylor’s jewelry is made in 18k and 24k gold and platinum. To date, gemstones are not featured in designs. “I think because I didn’t train in jewelry, it has never been my thinking to add a stone,” she explains. Retail prices start at about $375, and the jewelry can be found in fine stores like Egan Day in Philadelphia and August in Los Angeles as well as on her own website.
Rainbow Gold Bangle bracelet in 18k yellow gold with rainbow-hued facets in 18k and 24k gold and platinum, $3,750; available at Twist Online
Mermaid earrings in 18k yellow, white, and rose gold, $5,760; available online at Von Bargens
Rainbow Leaf Full necklace in 18k yellow, white, and rose gold; 24k gold; and platinum, £6,265; available online at Sia Taylor
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