Posted March 2017
Photo Credit Jhy Turley
British jewellery designer and trained phycologist Rosalie creates inspirational luxury jewellery with cutting edge sophistication and a clean aesthetic. Contemporary and hand made, every piece has a deeper beauty. Her striking designs are influenced by the materials she works with as well as geometric pattern and form she finds in nature. Her most recent collection, Java Ore, incorporates a unique material derived from recycled coffee grounds collected in London, transformed into a durable material with a remarkable beauty. Rosalie believes the way jewellery makes you feel is just as important as the way that it looks and hopes to inspire our own sense of creativity and potential.
1. Tell us how your jewellery adventure begin?
I’ve always had a fascination for accessories and had hours of amusement playing with my mother’s jewellery whilst growing up. I got hooked on making jewellery after some travels to India in my early 20s, inspired by all the stones I came across there and have been making ever since.
2. Whats the best piece of advice about launching your brand that you’ve ever been given?
I’ve benefited from a huge amount of advice over the years, but the best advice has always been focused on ensuring that my work keeps its integrity and authenticity. That means constantly going back to the core values – quality, innovation.
3. As a trained phycologist do you feel this has any influence on your designs?
Absolutely! Psychology is all about understanding our behavior through experimentation, and my jewellery aims to tap into people’s emotions to give people extra enthusiasm and confidence. I work primarily with unusual and overlooked materials and, as I transform and reinvent those materials I hope to inspire their wearers to unleash their own potential, whilst also encouraging a dialogue about the material value.
4. Who or what was the inspiration behind your current collection?
My java ore collection was inspired by my love for coffee – both the taste and the aesthetic of the granules themselves. The coffee granules have a beautiful quality and when blown up look rather like uncut precious gems. I play with the idea of coffee being like a gemstone, combining the recycled coffee grounds with recycled precious metals and stones.
5. How important is it for you to use sustainable products or fair-trade materials?
For me, sustainable materials are part and parcel of the design process and are fundamental to all design. As designers across all disciplines we have the responsibility to consider where the materials we source come from.
6. Who would you most love to see wearing a piece from your collection?
I don’t have a specific person in mind, more a person who sees beauty both inside and out.
7. What is your personal jewellery style?
I design what I love to wear myself, so I wear all of my collections – minimalist but striking pieces with clean lines and often asymmetric harmony.
8. Who is the Rosalie McMillan customer?
A lot of designers like wearing my jewellery – people who are looking for unusual jewellery with focus on the details, and those who have a curiosity for where products come from and their narrative.
9. Which Alice in wonderland would suit your style of jewellery and why?
Alice – she’s full of imagination and curiosity. My jewellery is all about imagining possibilities.
10. Last but not least where do you see the brand evolving?
I’d certainly like to start working with other reimagined materials, and not solely confined to jewellery…..
WNDRLND would like to say a big thank you to Rosalie for allowing us to interrupt her creative flow with 10 questions allowing us to step inside the Rosalie McMillan brand Looking Glass! To discover the full collection click HERE