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Dinny Hall: A Shining Star

SEEN had the privilege recently, of hearing iconic jeweller Dinny Hall speak about her life and career in jewellery and design. She started off in the seventies when jewellery didn’t have the profile it has now, so in that sense she was very much a pioneer. She hung out with the cool musicians of the day: The Sex Pistols, the Damned and other punk rock royalty. She made jewellery for them and that was how she started, but she began to see that her design practice was going to have to change over time as there were pieces she made that were unique and idiosyncratic, made from non-precious materials that reflected the style of the wearer who had commissioned the piece. So she then started to make a more commercial range that sold out at Liberty’s, and thus the brand as we know it now was born.

Her ‘Chateleine’ collection is a delight. A lovely charm pendant consisting of a locket with stars, and stones in precious metals that can also be adapted in a moment to be a handbag charm. A larger bracelet is planned for the future. DInny Hall is, of course, the doyenne of hoops. The curve version is a classic and a design staple. She very much favours multiple hoops in decreasing sizes going up the ear, not an opinion you’d associate with her necessarily, had you not known of her early association with punk. She is also fascinated by the snake emblem and its origins in Thailand and Burma, valuing her experiences when she travels as it all feeds into her own practice.

There is something timeless about traditional jewellery techniques and SEEN imagines Dinny Hall’s own methods have hardly changed since she set up her bench in the Soho studio of milliner, Stephen Jones. There’s a new shop planned for Marylebone to join the branches already open in Seven Dials, Hampstead and Notting Hill. SEEN is saving up for a pair of hoops.

Dinny Hall
61 Monmouth Street