The second series kicks off with Rachael Taylor, a jewellery journalist who built one of the most read jewellery magazines from scratch before choosing freedom with freelance journalism. She’s a mum of two and now writes for the likes of the Financial Times, Condé Nast magazines, and Rapaport. She also runs Jewellery Cut, a platform that showcases independent fine jewellery designers through engaging editorial, sparkling social posts and live events, including a bi-annual jewellery showcase during London Fashion Week. Learn how she and The Jewellery Cut team are changing lives.
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Rachael Taylor clearly has a passion for jewellery, but more than that she has a passion for highlighting and showcasing independent and small jewellery designers and she does this through her work as a jewellery journalist but also through the Jewellery Cut where aside from the sale of jewellery, an important aspect of the platform is the introductions and connections they are able to provide and enable.
Her legacy aside from her printed work is making jewellery a conversation in the online space, where before it was rarely covered, and now there are 3 or 4 dedicated jewellery magazines. Her vision has always been to make jewellery accessible, showcasing the independent small designers as well as the big names. Her legacy is also the connections and introductions she’s able to make for people through the Jewellery Cut.
With her line of work, Rachael has seen many wonderful pieces but one stuck her which was a gold necklace with a tiny carving of a hand clutching a heart-shaped ruby that she had seen and obsessed about but hadn’t yet bought. The story gets sweeter as she then shares how her husband gave her this same necklace at the Jewellery Cut’s first independent show to commemorate the event. It is a reminder of her achievements but also her husbands’ sweetness. She also talks about a bracelet her late grandmother passed on to her.
When asked what advice she would give, Rachael says passion. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re giving it your all. And her advice to emerging designers is to put yourself out there as much as possible. Talk about your work, wear your work and network. You don’t know what opportunities will come.
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