“Sun Ring” by Sarah Herriot


18ct gold sun ring set with green beryl trillion
© Giovanni Corvaja 2012.



Born in Edinburgh, Sarah escaped with her parents to New Zealand and returned to the UK in 1984.  She acquired her bench skills from John Cass at UCL and her 3D CAD skills from Holts Academy and continues to expand her knowledge base and technical virtuosity from her workshop in Bloomsbury,  London, a stones’ throw from the Hatton Garden Jewellery quarter.
In combination with traditional hand-making skills, Sarah uses 3D CAD extensively in her work.  Having worked until 2005 as a commercial computer software designer, it comes naturally to her.  This technique has allowed her to develop her very individual and cohesive style,  attracting high praise and awards for the architectural and sculptural quality of the designs.


Sarah intends to create intelligent designs that bring aesthetic pleasure, in the form of jewelry, and also as objects in their own right as art.  Her inspiration comes from the urban environment, with her organic point of view.

In her designs, her knowledge of engineering and problem-solving play a strong part in her designs, and her solutions are as much part of each piece as the design itself.

Is a jewelry designer with the mind of an engineer doing jewelry art.


Sarah Herriot jewelry feels as the thoughtful use of empty spaces and depending in how you play with the empty space that can offer you a metal you can create a masterpiece or something that is close to chaos. Her ethics in work is clear when she explains: \”Engineering and problem solving play their part in my designs and solutions are as much of each piece as the design itself. The click as the tension bangle clasp is closed provides an ultimately satisfactory sound; this is an example of the rigor and elegance found in all my work\”. For me, her jewelry reminds me the concepts in art or photography of positive and negative spaces. \”Positive space refers to the main focus of a picture, while negative space refers to the background. When used creatively and intelligently, positive and negative space together can tell a story using visual composition alone\”. Curators explain that a good artist realizes that the space surrounding an object (positive space/ shape/mass / etc) is just as important as the object itself. Negative space helps define a subject and brings balance to a composition. It\’s very easy to understand these concepts in architecture. When you see Sara Herriot jewelry it\’s easy to appreciate that she is creating something for being part of a space, her jewelry is very sculptural, are objects with their own rights. Pablo Picasso said: \”I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them\”. It\’s clear that the empty spaces in Sarah Herriot are part of the design, it\’s not this something truly special? She founds inspiration in urban environments and buildings, BUT, the feeling that you can hold the thought in your hand is what makes a jewel part of a personal history, and again I ask: that is not all that jewelry is about? Memories, history, and feelings.

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