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There’s a bold magnetism to jeweller Tomasz Donocik’s work, whose hallmarks are strong, figurative shapes and dazzling, coloured stones. The designer, who was born in Poland and grew up in Vienna, Austria, honed his aesthetic at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art in London, earning his master’s degree at the latter.
Launching his eponymous label in 2008 – after a spell working for jeweller Stephen Webster – Tomasz has quickly gained a following for his statement-making pieces. Working in yellow, white, and rose gold and palladium, the designer creates couture pieces such as a cocktail ring that resembles a dragonfly mid-flight, set with a green beryl, or his Phoenix ring, with wings that cling to the wearer’s finger, and set with a sparkling, spessartine garnet.
Based in east London’s creative Shoreditch neighbourhood, Tomasz’s collections have drawn influence from everything from a garden of good and evil, to Soviet-era uniforms, to – in the case of his new “Electric Nights” collection – the film “Blade Runner,” and Art Deco silhouettes. As to his creative process, the designer painstakingly hand-draws all his designs, then renders them digitally in 3D, before carving the shapes to be cast in wax. Tomasz makes a point of sourcing his stones ethically, from countries such as Brazil, Australia, and Thailand, and works with a rainbow of colours. In the case of his latest collections alone, Tomasz spotlights blue sapphires, emeralds, white diamonds, amethysts, and blue topaz in the “Electric Nights,” line, along with rubies, pink opals, white agate, and hematite in his “Stellar” collection.