Who is Aquila Jewellery?
Aquila Jewellery is an independent jewellery brand located in the colourful lanes of Brighton, UK. It’s a small business that started when the Founder (Stacey) discovered her love of unique handmade jewellery. Whenever she travelled, she collected jewellery pieces and admired the contrast in designs and techniques from around the world.
With a fondness for mixed metal, gold and silver jewellery, she adored looking at local markets, watching the artisans work as they used skills and generational techniques to produce beautifully intricate designs. Admiring the incredible precision of the artisans' handheld tools, just as much as the finished products.
Many of their pieces were made using a traditional handmade jewellery technique called “Jawan” where tiny beads of silver were placed on a base metal to create intricate and often symmetrical designs.
We quickly knew that “Jawan” would be at the heart of our jewellery designs; and that this was an opportunity to blend two passions together; travel and jewellery.
And so, Aquila Jewellery was born!
Who are our Artisans?
We’ve always had a great relationship with our Indonesian silversmiths and we love going to see them in their studio to both watch them at work and collaborate with them on new designs.
We became more acquainted with our team on a recent visit to Indonesia. Whilst speaking to Sidem, one of our very talented mixed metalsmiths, we learnt more about who he was and how he became a silversmith.
Born in Karangasem Regency, the eastern part of Bali, Sidem is a father of two and a keen singer and walker in his spare time. He loves eating the local delicacies of lawar (mixture of vegetables, coconut and minced meat) and babi guling kas bali (a Balinese roasted pork dish).
He started working with jewellery nearly 30 years ago. His brother invited him to become a silversmith and taught him all of the skills and techniques he now knows today. This is common practice in Indonesia where the masters of jewellery-making pass down their skills to the next generation, keeping the art of silversmithing alive.
We also caught up with Dhea, another member of the team who has been working with jewellery for four years. Born in Gianyar, Bali, she appreciates the simple things in life like walking and finding a quiet spot to take in nature and collect her thoughts. Her favourite local food is babi guling kas bali.
Dhea really loves her job. She enjoys in particular meeting her clients face to face and seeing their reactions to the jewellery that has been made for them.
Our Indonesian team is modest, humble and very welcoming. We look forward to many more years working together with them.
For more about the Aquila family, Meet the Team.