Jacqueline Cullen is a designer I discovered at Couture. Her booth was in the Rock Vault (a curated group of designers by Stephen Webster), but I actually ended up there because I sat next to her assistant at lunch and we began chatting. I am so glad she invited me over to see the designs, because they are unique and so stunning. Black and gold is a favorite combination of mine and Jacqueline does it in a very cool way. She specializes in Whitby jet which is a prehistoric black fossil most often associated with Victorian jewelry. It became a trend when Queen Victoria went into mourning for Prince Albert - now, the material is rare.
Jacqueline is inspired by nature - a common theme in her work is the breaking up of a bold, fluid form. Lightning slashing through a dark sky, a big wave crashing on a calm ocean, a volcano erupting, the jagged edge of a cliff formed by erosion - all of these things inspire the designs. This jewelry speaks to me because it is simple, yet so intricate. At first glance you may not see all of they detail - the black diamonds, the granulated gold, the hidden in plain view white diamonds set in gold.
I had the privilege of trying on one of Jacqueline’s rings - it felt so good on my finger. A piece of hers is now on my wish list and I hope to meet her one day (she wasn’t at the booth any of the times I stopped by). It would be so great to see more of her process, but for now I will just admire from afar.
Visit Jacqueline Cullen’s website to see more designs!