It was around a year ago that I had the pleasure of launching the stunning Forbidden City jewellery range with its designer, John Cooney.
This is definitely one of those shows I would class as 'not to be missed'. If you didn't catch its debut then make sure you put Friday 3pm in your diary!
I caught up with John, who is delighted to be joining us once again for an hour of breathtakingly beautiful treasures.
Q. John, great to have you back. For anyone who missed the show last time can you tell us about your inspiration for the range?
I started my whole quest to the Forbidden City as a student of Asian Language and Cultures and ended up spending two years in Beijing to perfect my Chinese.
As a designer, I found truth in the elements of Asian design and a balance in Asian thought that I had not experienced anywhere else. It was from this that my Forbidden City Jewellery Collection was born.
I simply fell in love with the Forbidden City, this Palace of 9,999 rooms – the infinity of it all influenced my designs tremendously.
From imperial craftsmanship, I learned how to make jewellery truly fit for a queen and no matter where I sell my work, my quality doesn’t change. It’s luxury plain and simple.
Q. How would you describe the range?
My pieces are luxurious to the touch and they are sensuous. The quality is undying because I demand it on every square centimetre, just like the Emperors of the Chinese royal court did nearly 500 years ago.
Passion and quality were something I learned not only in Beijing but the other two cities that I currently call ‘home'.
Q. Tell me more about these cities that you call 'home', as you put it.
All three cities I’m fortunate to spend time in influence my designs. Los Angeles is fashion and style; Beijing is the root of my inspiration and the place where craftsmanship is carried out the same way it was 500 years ago; and Geneva, Switzerland, is my city of impassioned and unbeatable quality.
Q. I know your mother has been a constant source of inspiration in your life. How has she influenced your jewellery creations?
My mother always taught me that it's best to make someone happy before they even know you. My jewellery is the way I do this every day.
Make sure you tune at 3pm on Friday to meet John and see more of his exquisite jewellery.
See you then!
Love Catherine x