Spirit of Summer: Jessica Cole, jewellery maker

 

Roccia Jewellery is the brainchild of Jessica Cole, a self-taught jeweller who creates handmade pbracelets, necklaces, earrings, anklets and waistbeads inspired by African culture.

Jessica is part of The Glades Local Showcase, which celebrates artists and makers from Bromley and the surrounding area.

What does the Spirit of Summer mean to you?

To me the Spirit of Summer is spending time with friends and family members I don’t get to see often. Summer parties, get togethers and of course BBQs. It’s a time where I can enjoy the outdoors and become better acquainted with nature. Go for long walks or just sit in the park. It’s also a time for going on holidays and exploring and experiencing different surroundings and cultures.

What are your top tips for enjoying Bromley and the surrounding area in the summer?

There are so many great things to do in Bromley, particularly during the summer. I prefer visiting Bromley Park on a good day and especially the pond. There are also so many amazing shops, markets and restaurants for days out with friends/family or just to have some me time!

Tell us a bit about your work as a jewellery maker…

I started making jewellery while at school, but only decided to turn it into a business in the past couple of years and that was when Roccia Jewellery was born!

Roccia Jewellery is a company created by me, a self-taught jeweller, and specialises in jewellery inspired by African culture. It aims to use the collection to educate and expose the world to African culture and history. The jewellery pieces are inclusive to all, and allows individuals to wear their heritage with pride. The collection features handmade pieces and includes bracelets, necklaces, earrings, anklets and waistbeads.

What did it mean to you to be part of the Local Showcase at The Glades?

I was so happy and excited to be a part of the Local Showcase. As I live not far from the Glades, I often go there on the weekends for some shopping or just for a day out and would never have thought my jewellery pieces would be displayed inside the shopping centre for people to see. I absolutely love the idea, particularly as it gives small businesses some exposure and a chance to be seen by potential customers. It was also really nice to connect with some of the other local makers.

 

 

Get the look

Jacket: Masculine Oversize Blazer, Zara, £59.99; Bag: Rainbow Kensington Shoulder Bag, Kurt Geiger London, £94.00; Shirt: Victoria Cotton Blend Shirt, Hobbs, £69.00




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