The natural world and its varied wildlife have provided inspiration to countless artists and designers, including Lux-Fix stocked jewellery designer Emma Franklin. Emma takes inspiration from the animalistic strength and beauty of wild, untamed creatures to create wonderfully sophisticated, contemporary and dynamic jewellery. Emma has been designing jewellery since her teens and set up her own brand right after graduating from Central Saint Martin’s in 2005. Each one of her pieces is lovingly handcrafted in her London studio using traditional techniques.

Emma Franklin

Her pieces consist of fantastically enigmatic representations of animals; horses, pheasants, rams and more exotic creatures such as hippos and tigers are rendered with a sense of drama and dynamism. Pheasants take flight on a pair of cufflinks, a hippo pendant roars and three horses gallop in unison on her beautiful Triple Horse Ring.  Through the use of such engaging natural imagery Emma’s designs exude confidence; this is jewellery for those strong enough to tame it.

Triple Horse Ring by Emma Franklin

Of course all this raw animal magnetism is conceived in such a quintessentially British manner.  Emma veers away from the use of colourful stones and over decoration instead focusing solely on the animal form showing typical British restraint. Another of her inspirations is the British gentry and in some respects her pieces echo the animal trophies you would see on the wall of a grand country house. In keeping with the solid grandeur of the country house the pieces posses an understated elegance and an unmistakeable sense of heritage. Such restrained elegance and grace makes Emma’s jewellery suitable for both casual day wear and eveningwear, one of her animal pendants would look equally at home as part of a daytime ensemble as it would with a stylish evening dress.

Stag Pendant by Emma Franklin

In essence Emma’s work exemplifies everything we here at Lux-Fix look for in a Great British brand; a heady combination of unique design,  references to Britain’s own heritage and environment, exciting dramatic forms yet understated elegance and sophistication. Jewellery is always a sentimental purchase, whether it is a gift for a loved one or a treat for oneself; Emma’s distinctive designs are both incredibly desirable but also delightfully romantic. Like all great jewellery Emma Franklin’s creations can take on any significance the owner wishes, her jewellery would make a perfect addition to the jewellery box of any sophisticated modern woman.

Large Ram Ring by Emma Franklin

Lux-Fix stocks a variety of Emma’s work from her iconic Ram ring (one of her personal favourites) to her striking animal pendants and chic pheasant cufflinks. Her pieces would make perfect gifts for both sexes, each piece is made to order and can even be personalised on request.

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Zoological jeweller Emma Franklin live from her workbench in the heart of Hatton Garden, London’s jewellery quarter since medieval times.

Animals are a huge influence on your work! What was the very first animal that inspired you to create a piece of jewellery?

EF: The Stag

We love the dinosaur influence! Tell us more about the Triceratops and his diamond horn…

EF: It is such a mighty beast, I wore it as a tie pin at a party last night and everyone i hugged i slightly injured, whoops! Not many can carry off a diamond encrusted horn but i think the Triceratops can do it pretty well.

You are inspired by the English countryside but you work out of Hatton Garden, what do you find interesting about the urban environment that influences your work ?

EF: I find my Clerkenwell surroundings energy building, with the combination of old crumbling London and new clean line. London constantly thrills me, with it’s movement I flit around which inspires me. I am a combination of country and city as is my jewellery.

Tell us a secret place you go to get inspired in London?

Not so secret but very quiet – the city at the weekend, where most wouldn’t dream of going especially if they work there in the week, the calm and closed off feeling if serial yet you have the freedom to roam, always looking up – London’s buildings are magical.

Which animal is haunting (stalking you in your dreams!) at the moment that you haven’t created yet?

EF. Insects and sea creatures…

Finally, which animal piece are you never without and why?

EF: The three horse ring, because i am so far the only person with one and they guard me, they are so strong.

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What are you inspired by?

Animalistic strength and British country Gentry. The animals represented in my jewellery pieces have robust forms however, they can seem to be worn with such elegance.

What are your design signatures?

Originally the Stag, then the Tiger and now the Ram.

How would you describe the Emma Franklin woman?

Elegant yet proud and extremely sexy.

And the Emma Franklin man?

Strong (in the mind sense) mysterious yet oozes desire (too sexy not to touch.)

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What’s your secret tip or recipe for the Christmas season?

EF: Hot cider, every time.

If I was a billionaire I would give my other half/mum/best friend this Christmas…

EF: Boyfriend – a gold-plated tandem bicycle so we could cycle to Paris and live there, oh and a beach in Morocco – why not, it would be amazing!

Parents – a beautiful house, they live on a boat and travel all over but i think they wouldn’t mind a home at some stage.

For a Christmas Eve extravaganza, I would want my fairy godmother to bring me the following outfit…

EF: Any of Mungo Gurney’s pieces, he’s blown me away with his first collection.

I would like to find the following person under the mistletoe…(from any time or place – LUX FIX time machine at your service).

EF: Jeff Buckley

Finally Christmas just isn’t Christmas until I hear…

EF: The rustling of the first little treat my mother puts in my string of advent stockings, she has always done this and i think will for ever, she has never missed a year even from the other side of the world.

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