MANDANA'S JEWELLERY STORY
Originally a dual business degree graduate, Mandana decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a designer in her early 20s after returning from some time out travelling to the mediterranean.
She learnt her craft at Kensington and Chelsea College (now part of Morley College) over three years of further full-time education finishing in 2006, when she was awarded a first-class triple grade distinction for her diploma and also received a group award for outstanding work .
Since, Mandana has been selected to participate in several of the UK's best exhibitions and invited to show her work both around the country and abroad. In 2007, she was selected as one of only 16 new ‘up-and-coming jewellery design stars’ from across the UK to showcase her collection at the highly respected ‘One Year On’ section of New Designers. Five years later in 2012 she was one of only 10 jewellery designers selected for 'KickStart' at International Jewellery London; an initiative highlighting directly to the Jewellery Industry designers viewed as 'talent of the future'.
She has also worked with the iconic British Museum during their major 'Vikings: Life and Legend' exhibition, and was chosen to represented UK jewellery talent at 'Inhorgenta' in Munich, Germany by the NAJ/BJGF.
ARTIST STATEMENT - ABOUT THE FORMATIONS COLLECTION
Inspired by the diverse formations, sequences and architectures found in minerals and rocks, Mandana utilises traditional jewellery making techniques to fabricate limited edition and one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery alongside her ready-to-wear items.
Built and finished by hand, precious metal strands of varying carat and colour are immaculately prepared and soldered together to re-create patterns and structures corresponding to those found in nature. Shimmering gemstones and lustrous pearls are specially sourced and incorporated into her designs for added sparkle and depth.
Her highly alluring sculptural pieces have an original style, capturing the essence of negative space through their three-dimensional quality while reflecting light with movement. Her alterable pieces have been designed specifically to suit different occasions from day-to-night.
Composition, scale, and arrangement are integral parts of her designs making each item unique.
Creativity and innovation: Having been successful in establishing, and being recognised for, her own distinctive linear style, Mandana constantly strives to be innovative in her designs concepts. Her primary focus started with making standard components such as clasps a feature in her necklace and bracelet designs. "Why should clasps only serve a function when they can be beautiful too?", she asked herself.
She then went on to developed her idea further and expanded it to the multi-wear concepts of jewellery. Her ‘Day-to-Night Earrings’ fall under this category, allowing the wearer to create multiple looks from one piece.
Meticulous craftsmanship: Each piece of jewellery is skillfully crafted by Mandana, by hand, and created to last. Every strand of precious metal immaculately cut to specific lengths and accurately soldered together to re-create a pattern found in nature.
Transparency and integrity: All materials used in the creation of her collections are sourced from reputable suppliers to the jewellery trade. Priority is given to the use of recycled precious metals whenever possible and the ethical sourcing of gemstones is always adhered to.