Theodora Warre, the great granddaughter of Harry Garrard, the former Crown Jeweller, studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design and London College of Fashion, before she joined Russian Vogue and Glamour. In 2014 set up her namesake jewellery line, which is stocked at GOOP at Harvey Nichols, Liberty London and MATCHESFASHION. To celebrate her collaboration with Anthropologie with a brand new jewellery collection which was released this week, Warre talks to us about her influences, her top London bar and her favourite piece of jewellery.
Where do you find inspiration for your jewellery collections?
I am always incredibly inspired when I travel: I think there is something about changing the environment that is one’s normality that triggers inspiration. India is a huge source of inspiration to me I think because when I am there I am surrounded by all of the raw and uncut stones and crystals that I use in my designs; feeling them and holding them brings new elements to my designs.
Whose style do you find you are influenced by?
That tends to vary from collection to collection: last season I was fascinated by Victorian jewellery and design. More recently, I have been influenced by geometry and shape.
Lapis Lazuli earrings, £180
You work with 4th generation stone makers in Jaipur – how did you find them?
I studied and worked in Jaipur for a period in my early twenties. It was then, through a process of working and experimenting with many different workshops through trial and error, that I found the ones I work with today.
Tell us more about why you chose the talismanic theme for your collaboration with Anthropologie?
I liked the idea of the birthstone element to the collaboration to make the earrings more personal, whether you are buying them for yourself or as a gift.
Multistone necklace, £320
Who are your top 3 people to follow on Instagram?
Sarah Royce-Greensill (@srgjewel), the Jewellery and Watches Editor for The Telegraph, has a beautifully curated jewellery instagram feed.
Janebirkindaily – I love her whole aesthetic and style; it is so natural and uncontrived.
Archdigest for fabulous eclectic interiors inspiration.
Where do you like to shop and why?
I love Matches Fashion – I think they always have the best edit for both designer and smaller independent brands like myself. I buy a lot of vintage: I still think at Portobello on Friday mornings you can find some real gems – look for Lucinda’s stand. ‘The Flowered Corner’ on Ladbroke Road (below) is a great and very reasonable florist that I like to visit weekly – there is nothing nicer than fresh flowers in one’s home.
Where do you live in London and why?
There really is no place like London, I feel very lucky to call it home. I live in South Kensington which is wonderfully international and we have lots of small French patisseries and Italian delis.
Please can you tell us some of your favourite restaurants and bars?
I love Casa Cruz in Holland Park – there is always a great vibe and a friendly face. The River Cafe for special occasions and Sunday lunch is a firm favourite. The Tractor Shed at Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone has the best cocktails and always top of my list for a post or pre dinner drink.
What is your favourite piece of jewellery that you own?
Easy: my diamond engagement ring which my husband proposed to me with two years ago. It is not only my favourite piece of jewellery but my most precious thing.
Can you tell us about any other upcoming plans for your jewellery line?
I am about to launch my newest collection ‘Shapeshifter’ and some of the pieces will be available on my website soon. Unlike most of my collections there is no talismanic element to this collection but I have played with different shapes, stones and cuttings of the stones.