Hollie Bonneville Barden

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Hollie Bonneville Barden


Attaining the enviable position of head designer at De Beers at the age of 29, Hollie Bonneville Barden has made great strides in one of the world’s best-known diamond houses. We speak to Hollie about her rapid rise to the top, her design vision for De Beers, and what makes diamonds the most precious gems in the world.

You graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2009 with a First Class Honours in jewellery design and are now in charge of the design department at De Beers. How does it feel to be one of the youngest heads of design in the business?

These have been really defining years for me as a designer. I was 24 when I started working with De Beers and 25 when I launched my first collection, Imaginary Nature. It’s certainly been an inspiring and challenging journey to become head designer and a unique environment in which to develop my own creative language. I can only be grateful that such a house as De Beers wants to invest in young talent and is able to recognise this beyond age and hierarchy. In that way I’ve been very lucky that my age has not prevented me from achieving this. If anything, it has been my unique difference.



When did you set your heart on becoming a jewellery designer?

I first realised I wanted to become a jewellery designer after completing my art foundation at Wimbledon School of Art. It was my first opportunity to explore and experiment with different mediums, and my curiosity led me to the workshop and metalwork. I soon realised that jewellery fulfilled all of my passions, so went on to specialise and further my studies at Central Saint Martins.



How much creative freedom are you given?

I find a sense of creative freedom in everything I do. As a brand, we have been really exploring our creative voice over the past four years, pushing the boundaries of jewellery design while nurturing the values of craftsmanship. However, there is a classic nature to De Beers, and I love the challenge in exploring classic signatures through new, contemporary interpretation.

The couture high jewellery collection provides a moment in the year to really express the creativity of the brand. I get a lot of energy from working on our high jewellery stories, and although I oversee all collections, this is where I get to focus a lot of my power and enjoyment. …read more at thejewelleryeditor.com


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