After training with Nina Gilbey at the London Jewellery Workshop, East London, I started silverskin jewellery in Spring 2017, working out of my own studio in Kent. In September 2018, I was approached by Vogue/Conde Naste, requesting a number of pieces from my then newest collection 'Awakenings', to feature in the cover shoot for the January 2019 edition of Vogue magazine. A selection of pieces is also featured in the recent book by jewellers Nina Gilbey and Bekki Cheeseman, 'Colours and Textures in Jewellery, published by The Crowood Press Ltd.
Combining simple geometry with classic design and urban textures, each handmade piece has a contemporary boldness to be noticed and admired.
Using EcoSilver (100% recycled .925 sterling silver), silverskin jewellery is both ethical and ecological, attuned to the various environmental responsibilities we all now share whilst providing bold, clean, statement jewellery for every style and occasion. (I also make wedding rings (commissioned) in silver, yellow/white/rose gold). Nearly all tools are used/reconditioned and the bench is handmade, FSC certified. The studio runs off gas/electricity supplied by OVO, the UK's primary supplier of green energy from renewable sources. Packaging, provided by Tiny Box Company, is 100% recycled and CO2 neutral.
Jewellery is Hallmarked, in accordance with the UK Hallmarking Act (1973), at the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, London. This consists of Maker's mark, Traditional Fineness mark, Millesimal Fineness mark, Assay Office mark and Date Letter mark.
Pieces from the debut collection 'Simply Silver' are currently available in the Shop, along with the second collection 'Awakenings'. A third collection 'Night Walking' will be available end of summer 2019. To see updated photos of current/ongoing work and further musings you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook and join the silverskin mailing list for regular updates.
Joseph Monk – maker and designer, getting older. Obsessive tattoo collector. Loves dogs and cities and rambling open spaces. Favourite city Madrid, favourite drink black coffee. Unashamed fan of all things country music and electronica.
Paco – JRT/Collie rescue pooch and jewellery dog. Not as young as he looks and bonkers. Loves cheese, socks, gravy bones, tripe sticks and sleep. Favourite place Home, favourite drink pond water. Guilty pleasures, cake, sausage, ice-cream.