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Heritage – Barbara Tipple is a multi-award winning Jewellery designer, renowned for her artistic fine jewellery. Her work consistently pushes the boundaries of jewellery design earning her the Diamonds Natures Miracle Award and the prestigious Diamonds International Awards three times. Barbara Tipple and Andrew Grima are the only British Designers to have won the award three times in the history of the competition. These achievements gained her membership of the Diamonds International Academy, Freedom of the city of London and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Portsmouth.
Barbara works alongside her husband, Master Goldsmith, David Ward. David is one of Britain’s most gifted craftsman and it is his artistic approach that gave him early recognition. He has been awarded the Freedom of the city of London for his outstanding contribution to the British Jewellery industry. David hand makes pieces in the workshop below the showroom in Mayfair London. His flair to recognize a concept in a seemingly incongruous blend of materials at the highest standard of workmanship makes him the ideal craftsman to realise Barbara’s vision.
All of Barbara Tipple’s jewellery is designed and handmade in London using only the highest quality precious gemstones, most are extremely rare. Barbara and David travel the world looking for the perfect stones for her designs. It is the quality and rarity of these natural elements which help to make many of Barbara’s jewellery precious, timeless and unique.
This British Award winning partnership of design and hand craftsmanship not only create outstanding individual and artistic jewellery. Commissions and bespoke jewellery but also vibrant core collections which are on show at Mayfair and Southsea. Barbara prides herself on providing a bespoke jewellery design service where she works closely alongside her clients, who wish to have a piece of jewellery designed and handmade exclusively for them.
‘Barbara’s work – it is made of the finest, most precious materials and is intended to last forever. She works with metals both precious and semi-precious, bronze and all manner of stones from the most precious of all, such as Sandawana Emeralds and the finest diamonds to semi-precious tourmaline and rock crystal. She loves combining metals such as steel and 22ct gold and then adding the finest engraving or inlaid work most of her pieces are strong and bold and one or two are almost monumental with a primitive feeling which is counterpointed by the extremely high quality of finishes and workman ship’ Financial Times Lucia Van De Post