CARA TONKIN

cara tonkin

"The Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements believe that art should be a way of life"

Cara Tonkin in her Brighton Studio where everything is made

Cara Tonkin in her Brighton Studio where everything is made

Cara Tonkin designs beautiful, elegant and bold jewellery for stylish and strong-minded women. Her work marries classic and contemporary design to create unique, timeless pieces. It is jewellery that comes to life when worn, intricate, playful and tactile yet expressing glamour and elegance. The daughter of two artists, Cara grew up surrounded by creativity both at home and in the inspiring city of Brighton. After training at world-famous art school Central St Martins and achieving a First Class Honours degree in jewellery design, she returned to Brighton to establish her studio where every piece in her collections is made. 

The stylized and symbolic organic forms of Art Nouveau and the streamlined, sculptural and decadent aspects of Art Deco provide endless inspiration. Cara mostly works with silver but employs a variety of finishes such as oxidizing and 18ct gold plating. Often the pieces are constructed using a number of repeated elements, which gives them their incredibly tactile quality. Combining contrasting metal tones adds a dynamic feel and completely transforms a piece. In 2015 Cara was nominated for the New Designer of the Year award at the UK Jewellery Awards.