Charlotte De Syllas is widely considered to be one of the finest artist jewellers working in Britain today. Acclaimed for its daring design and technical bravura, her work is also admired for its inspired use of colour and the sculptural elegance of its spectacular forms.
Created mostly to commission, each piece evolves from her own free ideas to reflect the individuality of the client. Her distinctive and highly intricate combinations of gemstone and metal are meanwhile achieved through an ingenious and innovative three dimensional approach to fine carving whereby the complexity of the structures is integrated into the deceptive simplicity of the design.
Charlotte De Syllas delights in the bright colours and natural qualities of gemstones and minerals whilst her fascination with organic forms or all kinds – a curling leaf, knotted stern, feathers, wings, shells and all things aquatic – is expressed through an exceptional technical mastery and a willingness to push materials to extremes in pursuit of a desired effect. Her unique handling of the intricate form gives the long tradition of fine carved jewellery a fresh and remarkable, and remarkably modern idiom.
Charlotte De Syllas is well represented in the permanent collection of the V&A Museum, London. She won the Goldsmiths Company Arard in 2007, the Jerwood Prize for Jewellery in 1995 and was awarded a scholarship by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust in 1999.
- 2007 Goldsmiths’ Company Award
- 1999 Queen Elizabeth Award for research
- 1995 Goldsmiths’ Craft Council Award
- 1995 Jerwood Prize for the Applied Arts – Jewellery
Victoria & Albert Museum
The Goldsmiths’ Company
Crafts Council, London
Many private collections
Her work is also in many private collections