June Showcase: Alexandra Cordon
Alexandra Cordon jewellery is designed and made in Hackney by Gemma Champ, a former fashion journalist and artist.
Her work is largely derived from a decades-long fascination with the votive animals and jewels that are common to most ancient civilisations. After a childhood spent staring longingly at tiny Roman or Saxon bronzes in museums, history of art studies at university, and travels in the Middle East seeing Assyrian, Phoenician and Bedouin relics, Gemma now finds herself instinctively creating compelling, covetable creatures that act as a comfort, a reassurance, a precious talisman for their owners.
As well as using traditional goldsmithing skills, Gemma loves working with the ancient lost wax process, hand-carving tactile pieces that are cast in recycled gold and silver. Where possible, she uses reclaimed gems, and all other gemstones and pearls are bought from trusted suppliers with strong ethical policies.
Oh, and Alexandra Cordon? They’re her middle names – another way to reuse and reclaim a forgotten thing.