Behind The Scenes with Jewellery Designer Merle O’ Grady

What are you inspired by?

Slim Aarons’ images of 1960s jet set lifestyle, particularly one image called ‘Poolside Gossip’. The combination of angular mid-century architecture against the lilac mountains of Palm Springs, the bright blue pool, whites and yellows bathed in sunshine captures a very manicured apparently pristine lifestyle, but you just know there’s more going on than meets the eye.

What are your design signatures?

Laser-cut geometric shapes, spiked pearls and pointed semi-precious stones with large Swarovski crystals – an industrial, slightly futuristic yet luxurious aesthetic for necklaces, earrings – all my jewellery.

How would you describe the Merle O’Grady woman?

She’s someone who can really make my pieces her own. She’s elegant yet not afraid to make a statement.

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