The own name label Maya Magal, may only be a year old, but the jeweller has fifty stockists spanning Europe and Asia. Based in Hatton Garden, the renowned jewellery quarter, Maya has steadily built a following that have a love for her classic shapes, and hidden surprise flourishes. I met up with the designer at her London studio to see the collection first hand, and get an insight into her brand.
What was your pathway into Jewellery design?
“I did Textile design at Chelsea college of arts, and I started an apprenticeship in jewellery on the side, and fell in love with it, I rented a bench from another jewellery designer, and my friends bought my jewellery. I worked with a costume jewellery brand and travelled the world, and after a year, I thought I really want to do this for myself. I have had lots of support from my family, friends and my boyfriend. I am very lucky to have found such a great studio space, where I make my pieces by hand, and where I can provide a bespoke service for my customers.”
Although your brand is quite new do you have a signature piece?
“The first season I was finding myself, but I am now in my third with the fourth being put into production. I like a mix of metals, with gold and silver and moving parts, for example the Paisley spinning ring is a loose band with a spin centre piece. I like multi-use things, if you are spending £200 on a necklace, I like that you can change it up and be able to wear it with lots of different outfits. My heavy chain choker has adjustable multi chains, that transform how you can wear it. I also like the idea of the hidden, and subtle my silver pendant features a single fresh-water pearl which sits on top of a hammered bar.
This is an exciting new designer that is already making waves, fully understanding her USP and commercial viableness. Prices start from £25 for a sterling silver charm to £295 for the Inglot solid silver pendant plated in 18ct gold.