With a love of jewellery dating back to her island childhood, Lian’s foray into the jewellery industry came as a natural progression. As a bright and energetic personality, Lian’s love for people shines through!
Lian grew up on the small island of Grand Bahama, in the Bahamas. She was raised completely immersed in nature with her weekends spent at the beach. Her interest in jewellery was ignited when she inherited a piece of her father’s fine jewellery. The necklace featured a silver Spanish two reale coin, set in a gold chain. The historical coin came from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, a Spanish treasure galleon that sunk during a hurricane off the Florida keys in September 1622, on it’s way from Havana bound to Spain. Through her inheritance of the coin pendant, the emotional capacity of jewellery was realised. The pendant represented a history of the Caribbean & a tale of Lian’s lineage.
The significance of this object inspired Lian to learn more about jewellery. She moved to London in 2013 to study events management at Regents University. Upon graduating, she yearned to be creative and began to explore the craft of jewellery, undertaking a manufacturing course at the British Academy of Jewellery. After completing the course, she began working at a family-run jeweller in Hatton Garden as well as designing and crafting her own pieces. Lian joined Taylor and Hart in 2019, drawn by our mission to be at the forefront of jewellery and technology.
“As well as my father’s coin necklace, my grandmother also wore beautiful jewellery, fueling my obsession. As a kid, I loved collecting antiques and memorabilia. This infatuation with objects translated into my love for designing jewellery!”
What is your favourite gemstone?
A blue diamond.
What is your favourite stone shape?
What is your favourite metal?
How would you describe your design aesthetic in three words?
Sleek, edgy, vibrant.
Sources Of Inspiration
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Sara Beltran | Oceanic Jewellery
Sara Beltran finds inspiration for her jewellery in the ocean, much like Lian finds inspiration for her personal designs in the Bahamas. Beltran uses a mixture of precious and semi precious stones with organic materials to create her luscious pieces.
“Sara’s beautiful jewellery showcases her love of the natural world, and I find her designs to be unique and expressive. I love that she is experimental with her materials, such as ebony, coral and shells. Her pieces always remind me of home.” – Lian
Patcharavipa Bodiratnangkura | Materiality
Patcharavipa Bodiratnangkura, of her brand Patcharavipa, is based in Bangkok, Thailand. Her designs are known for bold aesthetics, and a delicate use of materiality and texture. The sweeping natural landscape of her home country provides inspiration for her carefully considered, original works.
“Patcharavipa’s visually stunning work is enhanced by her use of materials native to her country. I love that she uses materials that can only be found in Thailand–it underlines the provenance of her work” – Lian
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Contemporary Design-The 1950s
The glamorous, contemporary period of the 1950s and 60s is an era that Lian harks back to in fashion and jewellery. Chic stars like Audrey Hepburn and Marylin Monroe defined the era, and iconic fashion brands such as Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and Cristobal Balenciaga emerged as fashion powerhouses. Jewellery was both traditional and playful, with classic vintage styles leading trends for both costume and fine jewellery.
Defined by Christian Dior’s re-introduction of the hourglass figure against the boxy silhouette of the forties, the idea of “feminine perfection” came back into fashion in the 50s. Matching sets of jewellery became popular–coordination was key. Pearls enjoyed a great boom in the 1950s, often worn in layers for an added dramatic dynamic to any outfit.
“I quite like the era of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe and the unforgettable styles that they created. The aesthetic was vintage yet elegant, glamorous yet simple. The jewellery of these decades reflected this sentiment and I still love the simplicity of retro jewellery” – Lian
Lian's Favorite Design
Every ring we craft tells a story. Each of our incredibly talented design consultants are tasked with weaving this story into a fully-realised design, subtly imparting their flair and skill along the way. While each ring is designed with the utmost care and thought, our design consultants do have their favourites…
Lian’s favourite ring that she has designed is a dazzling three carat oval diamond engagement ring. The diamond is surrounded by a intertwined diamond halo, set in an 18kt yellow gold band. The customer wanted to celebrate their wedding anniversary, by reworking his wife’s engagement ring.
“I enjoyed creating this engagement ring for a few reasons. The diamond was the most beautiful oval diamond I’d ever seen. Also, the customer wanted an engagement ring that also would work as a fashion statement, presenting a unique challenge!” – Lian
Lian’s passion for raw materials and design, as well as her obsession with the natural world informs her design process. With expertise in diamonds and a strong determination for the best, Lian will work tirelessly to make sure that our customers receive an expertly crafted engagement ring, with a considered design tailored to each individual’s story.