ABOUT BOBBY WHITE
Bobby White stands out among leading British jewellery designers as being one of the few who combines craftsmanship and traditional skills, together with a flair and passion for design to create dramatic and technically complex fine jewellery.
Having entered London’s Guildhall at the age of 16 to study fine jewellery, Bobby went on to hone his craft as an apprentice in London’s Hatton Garden for a further five years. Today, Bobby is one of the few master-craftsmen on London’s fashion scene. Many high-end international brands seek out Bobby when they need a cutting-edge, individual or complex design made specifically to order, which is testament to Bobby’s craft skills.
At the age of 21, Bobby took the opportunity to acquire his own workshop in Hatton Garden enabling him to build on his growing reputation as the go-to craftsman for fine jewellery, designed with real passion. The results are technically exquisite and visually dramatic, lauded not just by his clients but, as importantly, his industry.
As Bobby’s reputation has grown, he has been approached by a roster of international stars to design and make pieces, including Prince, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Rihanna, showing Bobby’s youthful and fresh approach to design with technical perfection.
He continues to hone his skills, to the point where Bobby will frequently create a piece from the metal at his workshop bench, without a single design drawing.
At the heart of Bobby White is highly-skilled craftsmanship that goes into every piece of his jewellery but what is jewellery if it’s not paired with highly-desirable designs. This is what makes Bobby stands out among leading British jewellery designers as being one of the few who combines craftsmanship together with a flair and passion for design to create dramatic and technically complex fine jewellery.
Most designers are just that, great designers when it comes to drawings, concepts and inspirations however there comes a point where they have to collaborate with a craftsman to bring their ideas alive. Vice versa with a craftsman who takes their hand to design, being an outstanding craftsman doesn’t automatically mean you have the creative flow to produce breath-taking design.
Bobby White is different, he was gifted at both from an early stage in his career, and this combination grow his reputation to high levels. He was soon being approached by a roster of international stars to design and make pieces, including Prince, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Rihanna, showing Bobby’s youthful and fresh approach to design. It was not only the musical elite that was paying attention in his designs, Bobby has won many industry and fashion awards, including UK Young Jewellery Designer of the Year at the UK Jewellery Annual Awards. As an institute that values technical prowess as much as design creativity.
Bobby’s style is to design jewellery that are truly unique statement pieces that have real attitude. “They shouldn’t shy away from making a real impact”, Bobby explains. “Fine jewellery should be about style, glamour and individuality, the piece should shine above anything else, a glorious flurry of diamonds and gold.”
Bobby’s states that his inspiration comes from everywhere, from music, stories, history or life. “My ‘Future King’ pieces are inspired by the kings and knights of mediaeval England. My ‘Boom’ Grenade and ‘Gas Mask’ necklaces from the London street artist scene. Sometimes, its feelings that inspire me, my Motion rings are designed on feelings of power, mystery and surprise.”
In 2010 the Motion ring was included into the Goldsmiths Vault, where it will remain for the next 900 years. Only a handful of designers have the honour of being included into the historic catalogue of quality that has been produced by London master craftsmen.
Today Bobby has hone his skills, to the point where he will frequently create a piece from the metal at his workshop bench, without a single design drawing.
At the age of 16, Bobby White embarked upon his jewellery career at London Guildhall where he enrolled on a City and Guilds course in fine jewellery making. The year spent at university allowed Bobby to build a solid foundation of core skills, including traditional techniques used by master crafts-people that have been handed down over hundreds of years. Throughout the course, Bobby paid particular attention to mounting and handcrafting pieces of intricate jewellery in gold or platinum. He was also taught skills for setting, enamelling, engraving, chasing, polishing and finishing. Bobby graduated from London Guildhall with a City and Guilds in Fine Jewellery making in 2000. He graduated with the highest honours in the class.
Bobby then begins his apprenticeship in fine jewellery making under a master craftsman, within the world famous London jewellery quarter of Hatton Garden. Hatton Garden has been the centre of the London jewellery trade since medieval times and the birthplace of many of the world's best known jewellers.
Over the next five years as an apprentice, Bobby polished his skills as a high level diamond-mounter, creating beautiful bespoke pieces to the highest standards of English craftsmanship in a traditional workshop.
Fine jewellery making was not just a job to Bobby, but a true passion. Six years of intense training under the invaluable tutelage of his esteemed teachers, coupled with his talent, drive, passion and ambition set him up with exactly the right foundation and skills to push himself to become one of the finest contemporary jewellery craftsmen of today.
Every item of fine jewellery by Bobby White is made exclusively by hand from his workshop in London, England. No piece leaves the workshop unless it reaches the high expectations of a craftsman that is built from thousands of years of English jewellery tradition.