Meet The London-Based Fine Jewellery Designer, Tessa Packard

Tessa Packard | © Kit and Ace
Tessa Packard | © Kit and Ace
Photo of Ashiana Pradhan
25 January 2016

With a background in the art world, self-taught British jewellery designer Tessa Packard tells stories through the aesthetics of her stunning designs. Based in London, her eponymous label provides bespoke services and consultations for her clients in which individualistic ideas flourish. This initiates a creative process that consists of Tessa herself hand-drawing her entrancing pieces, and administering the strictly British craftsmanship to completion.

Tessa Packard | © Kit and Ace

What is the most unusual request you’ve had?

A request from a man in America to re-plate a set of teeth he had in 18-carat rose gold. Although at the time I thought that was particularly unusual, I have subsequently been approached by a mother who wanted to design a piece of jewellery incorporating her children’s baby teeth, as well as a client who wanted to set these tiny animal teeth she found into a necklace…

What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the business?

Rome wasn’t built in a day (which is ironic, as it’s the one piece of advice I know to be the truest, and yet the one I find the hardest to personally accept).

Jewellery by Tessa Packard | Courtesy of Tessa Packard London

What’s next?

This spring sees the launch of our fifth collection, Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining, inspired by the quintessential British obsession with the weather.

What is the most memorable moment from your career?

My first sale to a complete stranger – someone who had no affiliation to the brand, no loyalty to me and no reason to buy the jewellery apart from just really liking it.

Jewellery by Tessa Packard | Courtesy of Tessa Packard London

How would you like to be remembered?

As a designer who challenged the narrative rhetoric of fine jewellery and brought a little pop-playfulness into the arena.

How would you describe your jewellery in 80 characters?

Contemporary fine jewellery celebrating individuality and storytelling.

Designs by Tessa Packard | Courtesy of Tessa Packard London

Gold or Silver? Gold.

Hong Kong or Rome? Both, for different reasons.

Botticelli or Picasso? Picasso.

Musicals or Plays? Neither, TV please!

Street Food or Fine Dining? Somewhere in between.

Mayfair or Notting Hill? Mayfair.

Interview conducted by Ashiana Pradhan

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