British jewellery designer Alex Monroe grew up in Suffolk surrounded by fields, rivers and the plants and creatures which inhabit them. He trained at Sir John Cass School Of Art in London, and uses nature to inspire his whimsical, intricately beautiful jewellery. Established in 1986, his core aspirations remain unchanged; to make great quality, wearable jewellery, which is originally designed and well priced. In addition to producing four collections of jewellery every year, Alex also finds time to work on other exciting projects, with establishments such as the luminary Victoria & Albert Museum, who asked Alex to design a limited edition locket to commemorate the unveiling of their new Jewellery Gallery. All of the collaborations have been completely diverse and include designing a solid gold Poppy for The British Legion, a 250th anniversary collection for Kew – of course inspired by visits to the gardens themselves, a bottle for the classic British perfumiers Penhaligon’s and a collection of sensual and erotic pieces for Coco De Mer. Nature has always been Alex’s greatest inspiration. Whether from travels in Pakistan, walks along the hedgerows of Suffolk or even the Tuscan hills, his designs always remain inherently English. Alex always makes the original by hand in sterling silver, which gives his work its distinctive signature of such exquisite detail. He uses his skills to craft jewellery that is slightly quirky, sometimes cute, but always very feminine. The jewellery is both pretty and humorous, but consistently wearable. Kate Moss, Thandie Newton, Britney Spears, Lisa Snowdon, Amy Winehouse, Sienna Miller, Laura Bailey, Emilia Fox, Ashley Jensen, Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh, Rock Chicks Jo Whiley
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