Royalty and celebrities love this Suffolk jewellery brand
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Either as a gift for someone else or for yourself, jewellery is hugely personal and often its greatest value is sentimental.
For Emily Foskett, founder of Woodbridge-based Emily Mortimer Jewellery, it has been a lifelong love and becoming a jewellery designer is the fulfilment of "a childhood dream that turned into reality."
Since launching in 2015, her stylish designs have been worn by a host of celebrities including the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Love Island host Laura Whitmore.
And earlier this year, Emily opened her first store, on Deben Wharf in Woodbridge.
"Jewellery means everything to me," she says.
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"It has been something I have loved since I was a child and I am so lucky to still love now.
"There is no better feeling than designing jewellery for family, friends and customers and knowing how happy that piece has made them," she says.
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Founding Emily Mortimer Jewellery was something she'd spent years working towards.
"I completed a degree in jewellery and studied gemmology and I worked for Aspens Jewellers in Woodbridge and Kiki McDonough in London," she says.
"In 2015 I started Emily Mortimer Jewellery after finding an incredible workshop in India and I haven’t looked back.
"Five years later, big decisions are still tough but my dad taught me to always take the risk and to work hard and I am now very clear of the direction I want to take Emily Mortimer Jewellery in."
The brand's celebrity fans also include Made In Chelsea’s Binky Felstead, Antiques Roadshow presenter and newsreader Fiona Bruce, model Vogue Williams and singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding.
When it comes to inspiration for Emily's designs, it's about "colour, shapes, what people are wearing and what I want to be wearing," she says.
"I have just designed my new collection which will launch in October and is predominantly a gold and white topaz collection with a twist – Emily Mortimer Jewellery is made for wearing and not leaving in your jewellery box." she says, adding that her Suffolk home also influences her work.
"My new shop is right next to the river in Woodbridge," she says.
"I am surrounded by colour in this gorgeous countryside and I just love to people watch and see the kind of styles that everyone is wearing.
"If my three sisters and mum are wearing something, that’s a style I need to be on board with ASAP," she adds.
Making sure that gemstones are responsibly sourced and that her jewellery is responsibly manufactured is clearly at the heart of what Emily does and she takes a number of steps to ensure this.
"I think today it is really important to be aware of what is going on in the world.
"Quality gemstones are key for my designs," says Emily.
"But I also need to know I am paying the correct labour on every piece that is made.
"Any of my bespoke designs that incorporate diamonds are all GIA certified which is a system used around the whole world."
Reflecting on the last six years, what have been Emily's highlights so far?
"My highlights include launching my first Emily Mortimer Jewellery shop, Emily Mortimer Jewellery being worn by The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle multiple times throughout 2019 and being stocked in John Lewis in 2020.
"It really has been a rollercoaster," says Emily.
Emily Mortimer Jewellery is available at its store at Deben Wharf, Woodbridge, or online at emilymortimer.co.uk.
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