WESTERN HO!: Jessica and Victoria Blake, founders of Notting Hill jeweler Jessie Western, are known for turquoise pieces inspired by the natural world. Now, they are launching their first diamond collection, Star Chaser.
The Blake sisters have been designing jewelry and working with stones for 23 years, and have had a shop on Portobello Road for more than a decade. They count Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson, Kate Hudson and Minnie Driver among their clients, and in the autumn, their jewelry will appear on Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt in the upcoming Ridley Scott film “The Counselor.”
They are also set to relaunch their Web site, and aim to expand into wholesale for select clients.
Their latest collection features diamonds in various shapes, sizes and colors, as well as other precious gems mounted on gold and silver jewelry shaped like wolves, snakes, thunderbirds, feathers and leaves. Prices start at 129 pounds, or $200, for an 18-karat gold and silver diamond charm, and 399 pounds, or $621, for a white, yellow, or oxidized gold diamond band. One of the highest price points is 3,500 pounds, or $5,449, for a turtle bracelet made of diamonds.
The sisters are British, but spent much of their youth on a Seminole reservation in the Florida Everglades, have lived and traveled extensively in the American Southwest and forged close relationships with Native American artists over the years. Their designs reflect their awe of the natural world. Jessica describes a rough-cut, double blue aquamarine stone as the color of a “high mountain lake,” and jewelry designs show running foxes or swimming turtles, with moving legs.
“As artists, we have an unusual viewpoint, with a passion for the unique and for gem-quality stones,” said Jessica, who draws each piece in detail and sources all of the stones and materials with Victoria, an abstract artist.
— SAMANTHA CONTI
82B Portobello Road, W11 2QD
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