WHITE bIRD is pleased to welcome Sarah Appleton among its designers ! Paris based jeweler, Sarah is a descendant of the Bonebakker family, with a legacy lasting over two hundred years in the silver and goldsmith business. Defined by a clean aesthetic, the silhouettes are fluid and modern, often catching the eye when the gold or a precisely placed diamond reflects the light. The namesake collections embody an easy and timeless elegance meant to be worn and loved daily. The designer agreed to share her memories and her inspirations in an interview…
What is your first jewellery memory ?
My first piece of jewelry was an original Native American Fetish Necklace given to me by my grandmother, which hung on my wall growing up and something I still have in my collection. She was also a jewelry collector and would only wear one statement piece either made for her by my uncle or a magnificent art deco ring.
What’s the first piece that you designed ?
Starting at three, I would make earring collections with my older sister out of paper and other odd materials, which I would then tape to my ears. At about twelve, I had my first experience working with metal soldering together a silver twisted ring. Then about 10 years ago in New York I started working in gold and made the Pull Through earrings as a solution to feeling unbalanced wearing any other earrings.
What is your favorite stone ? Why ?
I don’t have a single favorite stone, I absolutely love working with diamonds (especially Navettes) and natural sapphires.
Do you have a piece of jewellery that you wear all year-round ?
Double Navette Ring.
Who are your favorite jewellery designers ?
Suzanne Belperron , René Boivin , Buccellati and the Yazzie family.
What are your greatest design influences ?
The subtleties in art, architecture, nature, and our experiences.
What do you listen to in your studio ?
When I have music playing, mixes my fiancé makes for me with 90s hip hop, soul and funk. Also a little bit of Buena vista social club, la son charanga , Nina Simone, Django Reinhardt, Rhianna, Kaytranada, Disclosure, Chet Faker, The XX… Depending on my mood. Apart from music I listen to audio books and NPR radio. Other times it is just studio sounds, Paris rain and the birds chirping in the garden below.
If you were not a jewellery designer, what would you do?
Artist, or wood furniture designer.
Which famous people (living or dead) inspire you the most ?
Most importantly the people in my life, along with Lucy Dodd, Dorothea Rockburne, Ellsworth Kelly, Tadao Ando, Richard Serra, James Turrell …
What is your dream destination ?
My list is never-ending, but this year I would like to take a trip to go sapphire hunting and surfing in Sri Lanka.
Photos credits: Sarah Appleton