Meet Jacqui, the creator of the stunning diamond ring featured on @lindencook and one of the talented artisan jewellers here at Linden Cook Jewellery. Jacqui began working for us in July 2020 and quickly became a special part of our work family.
What did you study
I initially completed a BA in communications design (graphic design) but after a year or so into the industry - I realised creating digitally was not as rewarding or fulfilling as I hoped it would be.
How did you get into jewellery / why did you choose it
When thinking about my next step - I wanted to combine my knowledge in design and interest in fashion and this resulted in me choosing to do a 2 year course in jewellery and object design and have never looked back since.
If you were not a jeweller, what would you be doing?
I’ve always known that I want to be in a creative role and to be working with my hands, so if it was not for my love for all things shiny and sparkly - I would have probably gone down the route of pottery/ceramics as I love collecting different ceramics. That’s probably my retirement plan when I get old!!
Favourite thing about working with Linden Cook
Working as a jeweller can often be solitary so being able to work in a team with other jewellers has been extremely rewarding, collaborating together and learning from one another but most of all - having a laugh everyday!!
Favourite piece you have ever created
Ellie (our studio manager) commissioned me to make a bespoke ring for her 30th birthday as a present to herself using a family diamond that was passed down to her. It’s always very special when working with gemstones that have sentimental value and I always feel very honoured giving old jewellery/gemstones a new life for it’s owner.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
As cliché as it sounds - do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.
What inspires you?
Right now I am obsessed with ancient Egyptian and Estruscan jewellery! The craftsmanship and detail that jewellers were able to accomplish back then is nothing short of amazing.
To discover more of Jacqui's work head to @jacquelinenguyenjewellery while her website is being developed.