Pippa Small was described by the Sunday Times in December 2012 as “the glamorous bohemian’s rock purveyor of choice”. By wearing one of Pippa’s pieces – whether radiant tourmaline earrings or a ring of chunky amethyst nestling in a warm gold setting – you are carrying with you a story, a culture from afar and, perhaps, an example of the ancient skills handed on to an indigenous or tribal crafts-person. Jewelry that is different, organic, ethnic, and ethical.
London-based jewellery designer Pippa has worked for more than 20 years to pioneer a style of jewellery that respects the shape of the stones she uses. She works around their natural contours, rather than cutting, polishing and reworking them. It is this determination to retain the natural organic feel to her jewelry that sets her apart from others.
When you own a necklace, ring or earrings from Pippa, you know that she has personally chosen the stones, taken inspiration from them to work on their setting and had long conversations with crafts-persons to produce a piece that is beautiful, clean and close to nature.
Behind the production of Pippa’s jewelry is a belief that her work must be both ethical and bring benefits to her collaborators. It has led her to be one of the first jewelers working with clean gold – gold mined without impacting the environment, respecting labor rights and often produced by community cooperatives.
But Pippa’s work is not only appreciated by her clients, it is recognized by some of the most influential designers including Tom Ford, Nicole Farhi, Phoebe Philo and Christina Kim, with whom she has collaborated. She has worked with the fairtrade company MADE in Kenya and continues to work with the charity Turquoise Mountain in Afghanistan to strengthen the skills of local people. Her work with indigenous peoples was honored in 2008 by the human rights organization Survival International which named her as its Ambassador, and in 2013 she was recognized for her extensive work by getting an MBE in Ethical Jewellery.