Hello, I’m Amanda Mansell and I’m a jeweller
working in Hatton Garden London’s jewellery quarter. Well, initially I thought I was going in to textiles, fell in love with metal. After my degree I then spent a year on a jewellery fellowship scheme in Birmingham. Then went on to the Royal College of Art to do my MA. Worked with recognised stylists, Isabella Blow was one of them, with Sean Ellis, one of the top fashion photographers. I then I met somebody who worked in Hatton Garden, who liked what I was doing. I was offered bench space free of charge, to start learning the skills and little tricks of the trade. So, I’d say my jewellery career has really been serious in the last ten years. Well, Hatton Garden is the jewellery quarter, London’s jewellery quarter. There are certain things like stone setting that I will ask someone that’s been doing that
all their life. I use top quality polishers and setters, engravers and they’re all based here and it’s got a
really strong history something for us to be proud of and I’m really proud to be working in the same vicinity. Clients will probably see my work online. I might spend up to an hour just talking ideas through. Romantic men are quite nervous and quite often I’m the first person they’ve even mentioned the word engagement to. I’ll try and build up a bit of a picture of the lucky lady that’s gonna be receiving the
ring. Once I’ve had an idea I then draw it up in a three-dimensional, 3D drawing program, and this allows customers to be able to visualise the design
much easier. I would then make the ring up and
as a model in silver, so at the end we make a really nice piece of jewellery together, and its nice be part of that story, and they have a nice story that goes with their with a piece of jewellery as well.