By The Gem Monarchy
Jewellery is an art form that explores the innumerable facets of not only gemstones, but of the individual, creative attributes of each and every jeweller. This month, we learn about Kidson Jewellery and the hardworking prowess of Emma Kidson, who has managed to encompass two of her greatest passions when creating jewellery. This includes floral design, as well as the beauty of Japanese culture.
Emma Kidson grew up in NSW, around the rural communities of Orange and Molong. After finishing school, Emma was faced with what many call the most difficult decision in a young adult’s life, deciding on the future of her career.
Emma explored the pathway of jewellery and gold and silversmithing degrees as it was “a great middle-ground”. She was able to both become an artist, and have a stable and fulfilling trade to support her. After just one year learning the ropes in the industry, she launched her own business. In September of 2008, she launched what we know today, as Kidson Jewellery.
One of the major features which we noticed with Emma’s designs, in particular, was the regular influence of both Japanese culture and floral designs. We discovered that there were many reasons behind this stylistic choice. Emma’s love for Japanese art and design style originated when she was just 16 years old. She explored how in Japanese design, there are “elements that disappear beyond the frame”, “block colours” and “minimalist details”. All of these elements play a role in Emma’s jewellery today and act as a nod to the life changing experiences she had while in Japan.
Emma Kidson’s jewellery style fluidly encompasses modern jewellery making techniques, as well as themes of Japanese culture. She works in order to produce quality jewellery, perfect for a wide variety of individuals. This feature of her work is especially noticeable when considering the stones with which she works.
Even in the earlier stages of her career, Emma faced many challenges. This included her exposure to clients, and how she spread her name in the industry. To overcome this challenge, Emma would “connect with clients through designer markets”, and eventually build up a strong “online following on social media platforms”.
Emma has exhibited her stunning pieces at events like Jewellery Week in Milan, Italy. She continues to push the boundaries of her jewellery and find passion and inspiration through other avenues such as Australian flora and her love for botanical themes and motifs.
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