Charmed: Annina Vogel
The jewellery designer talks turning lost heirlooms into modern works of artRead more
Reimaging vintage jewellery as future heirlooms, Annina Vogel has made her name breathing new life into lost treasures. And, with an unfaltering eye for antique charms, sourced across the UK, her collections suggest the beauty of the search is where the magic lies. Here, she tells us how she got started, and why there’s one moment in British design she holds above all others.
How did you get into jewellery?
I always played around with jewellery as a hobby. After my mother passed away, I went through a massive life change and decided to follow my creative pursuits more seriously.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
The more ornate the better.
What inspired you to use vintage jewellery as a starting point?
My mother was an antique jewellery dealer, so I grew up surrounded by inspiration.
What’s your favourite jewellery era?
I love everything Victorian. They combined exceptional craftsmanship with clever symbolism.
"I love everything Victorian. They combined exceptional craftsmanship with clever symbolism."
Which historic motifs are you most drawn to?
Anchors and arrows.
How do you go about building your collections?
I’m always hunting for the holy grail of Victorian jewellery, looking for unique and whimsical pieces that I can incorporate into my work.
What’s your favourite diamond cut - and why?
Rose cuts, they were faceted to sparkle in candlelight, and I love how subtle they are.
"Rose cuts were faceted to sparkle in candlelight, I love how subtle they are"
What’s the first piece of jewellery you owned?
I bought my first charm when I was eight years old. A gold dachshund charm which ultimately became part of a very full and chunky charm bracelet.
What are the key things to look out for when buying vintage jewellery?
Go with your gut and buy what you love!
Where are your go-to spots for antiques in London?
What role does sustainability play in your process?
Recycling is at the core of my business.