Heart & Noble is a label that seeks to experiment with the way that we see jewellery, and bring a modernisation to the world of jewellery. The founder Cristina Gabriele released her latest collection in November 2012, which is inspired by industrial design and the genius of everyday things, she’s experimented with arrangement, form and repetition, to create a beautiful set of unique jewellery.
-Can you give us a bit of background on your brand, when you started it and why?
I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to venture into creative entrepreneurship, and I was certain about jewellery as I felt (and still feel) it’s a fairly untapped art form. While its historic roots run deep, it’s still undergoing huge modernisation. I suppose I’m fascinated by the concept of Avante Garde jewellery as the industry tends to lean towards tradition. Heart & Noble was founded to unite the best of both worlds: the classic and the neoteric. While Heart & Noble as a concept has existed for much longer, the brand was really born towards the end of May 2012.
- What is the most difficult aspect of running your own label?
The best parts of running a label can also be the most difficult. Being a director is an incredible experience as everything has your mark on it, from the font your company uses, to the jewels you produce. Best & worst part: you are the wheel.
- Which part of the creative process do you enjoy most and least?
Most: the brilliant moment when you realize you’ve hit gold. When the hot wiring in your head materializes within a fraction of a second into a solid concept, which you are blissfully certain of, and madly in love with all at the same time. Least: When there is not movement, when you feel stuck in the gluey bogs of the mind and can’t see the way forward.
-Is music important in your working day, what is on repeat at the moment?
Music is crucial. Music is a driving force, it can lay the foundations for a day in addition to providing enormous inspiration and energy. It allows me tot maintain a steady rhythm. It is a friend. Currently on repeat: Tune Yards: Whokill, PJ Harvey, let England shake, Reptar, Body Faucet, Galactic, Ya-ka – May, David Byrne & St Vincent, Love this Giant, Tame Impala, Apocalypse Dreams, bat for Lashes, All your Gold.
Listen: Tune Yards – ‘Bizness’
- If you had a chance to do it all again, what advice would you give to a younger you?
I am the younger me, and this is still all pleasantly new. Stick to your guns, believe in yourself and always seek advice. Ask questions, if you’re doing things right you will always be learning, have no regrets, keep no prisoners and be selective.
- What is your guilty pleasure?
Lime green. It’s guilty because I feel compulsory to buy anything lime green. My obsession comes from its ‘Jolt’ factor. Sort of like touching an electrical outlet when your pinky finger is slightly damp. Oh and office supplies.
- Where is your favorite city/place?
Favourite city? Impossible question, I haven’t seen all the cities. Perhaps I can answer this better when I’m 90. London is truly remarkable, and she certainly feels like home.
- Who inspires you?
My Parents, my Brother, my Grandfathers, and these…
- Wolf or Badger?
Wolger? Historically I would have said wolf, without a doubt, but the age of 26 has brought about this strange desire for a thing called ‘balance’. I’m working on becoming a bit more ‘badger’, even though I’ve always found wolves more attractive.