Minka Jewels is a London-based jewellery business specialising in quality, hand-made heirloom jewellery, founded by British gemmologist Lucy Crowther in 2016. Each piece is designed and made in the UK, led by striking, colourful gemstones sourced from all over the world.
As a trained gemmologist, Lucy personally handpicks each gemstone for its clarity, rarity and vibrancy, as well as the feelings it evokes. Minka's focus is on making fuss-free designs with simple clean lines, modern settings and a good amount of gold - giving each exquisite gemstone the platform it deserves.
Each collection takes inspiration from Lucy’s travels and the beauty of the natural world, whether that be the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean sea, the changing seasons of Les Trois Vallées or Berlin’s jewel-like sparkle at night. Each piece tells a tale and truly emulates the beauty and meaning behind its design.
Offering modern twists on easy-to-wear, bold shapes, Minka not only creates its signature pieces, but also offers a bespoke service for those looking to reset inherited jewels, for alternative engagement rings, or custom creations designed in collaboration with the client.
Following an early career in photography working for some of the fashion industry’s leading image-makers, Lucy found her true calling at a silversmithing course in Argentina. After Argentina, Lucy went on to discover some of the rarest and most astonishing jewels whilst working under the guidance of the late Munnu Kasliwal at the globally renowned Gem Palace in Jaipur. Finding a huge amount of joy in creating exceptional jewellery that tells a story of its wearer, Lucy continued her career in the world of jewellery whilst studying gemmology at Gemmological Institute of Great Britain (Gem-A). Whilst working as a gemstone trader in London’s Hatton Garden, Lucy devised the name Minka as an amalgamation of the names of her great-grandmother, Minnie, and grandmother, Katrina, who were both ardent jewellery lovers. She is proud to be following in their stylish footsteps today in the running of Minka Jewels.
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