Since 1998 Andrew Geoghegan has been garnering a reputation for precision – designed chic; for pieces that unify sometimes seemingly contradictory elements – angular facets and soft curves, warm shades and metallic coldness. Unity is an ever-present theme and inspiration – of people and personalities as much as gems, precious metals, iridescent colour and striking form. Today’s collections show the power of intricate design and detailing to fuse these elements into exquisite, timeless jewellery.
Andrew’s early endeavours were not in fine jewellery design, but were vital to igniting that affinity with metals and his pursuit of crafted perfection. As a young sculptor, his experiments with metal would allow him to understand the characteristics and potential of this most elemental of materials. He learned how to manipulate and direct it, and how to marry it with other precious materials.
This unorthodox background is part of what makes an Andrew Geoghegan piece distinctive – there’s clear empathy for the relationships between materials, his work unifying the practice of art and manufacturing craft. His own story, that past life comes through. Pieces take a sculptural form, and flights of imaginations could easily rescale and place them in the courtyard of the Royal Academy or the lobby of Le Louvre. Art is always part of the process and final piece – a unique ‘artful engineering’ that yields seductive beauty, endurance and distinction.
It’s a uniqueness that has not gone unnoticed. There are plenty of awards and accolades, including the British Jewellery Association’s 2014 Designer of the Year Award, and Editor’s Choice at International Jewellery London 2015. This collection, inspired and created in a studio nestled amongst Yorkshire’s lush rolling hills is now winning friends and followers around the world.
The unity of things will always be a driving force –collections are a marriage of quirky bohemian Britishness and classic Gallic romance; it’s the joining of artistic flourish and precision manufacturing, sealed with the glue of beautifully clever, intricate design. But the most important union of all, the one that inspires the work most, is the one between jewellery and its wearer. The spirit and ambition of each creation is to enhance and illuminate beauty, never to eclipse it; to complement and invigorate it. Andrew Geoghegan makes jewellery for you to make your own – a quietly striking addition, your own work of art.