Polly Wales never ceases to be amazed by the alchemy that happens when a piece of her jewellery first takes shape. “It’s magical, it’s mysterious, it’s in the lap of the gods,” says the London-born jeweller who today, creates exquisite pieces from her LA studio.
The award-winning British jeweller studied fine art sculpture before retraining as a jeweller at the Royal College of Art. She launched her eponymous jewellery brand in 2010, with the premise of developing pieces that spoke to those seeking an alternative to “perfect, shiny things.” Not one for following traditional jewellery rules, Wales prefers an element of imperfect beauty, which occurs naturally in each of her gem-encrusted pieces. This also fits with her love of ancient jewellery and the inspiration it continues to provide.
Wale’s signature style is the result of a unique jewellery-making process she devised herself. Known as the cast-not-set method, it is based on the unpredictability of setting colourful gemstones directly into metal at the same time. This ensures that tiny little stones such as Princess Cut rainbow sapphires will reveal themselves to the wearer over time. By adding an element of wonder to each colourful and expressive piece, the curious jeweller demonstrates where true beauty lies.