About The Paula Bolton Collection
Paula Bolton is a UK based jewellery designer inspired by the Impressionism, Symbolism, Art Nouveau and Secessionist movements. Because much of her work involves the Museum world, Paula researches many different periods and styles from Etruscan and Roman through to Art Deco.
Descended from a long line of intrepid travellers, Paula's great grandfather was an adventurous entrepreneur and her father and grandfather were both born in Japan. Her mother's ancestors were Dutch merchants who sailed to the East in the 18th century. The influence of her family history and her own world-wide travels can be clearly seen in her jewellery collections today.
Inspired by Art
When the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam commissioned her to design a Rembrandt collection, Paula studied the famous Jewish Bride painting so the colours of the gemstones echoed those in the painting. The brushstrokes were so indistinct that she turned to Holbein’s pencil sketches of jewellery for further insight.
While working on Charles Rennie Mackintosh designs she found one of his sketches in the Hunterian Museum which inspired her CRM garnet collection.
Sketching is always the beginning of Paula's own designs though these days she uses a graphic tablet not a pencil.
Influenced by Nature
Paula lives with her husband and two cavalier king charles spaniels in a 16th century cottage in an idyllic village in rural Kent.
A self-taught designer with very original ideas, Paula is influenced by her extensive travels, art, and especially by nature. Her rapidly overflowing walled garden is another passion. A haven for plant life and wildlife, a favourite subject for her jewellery designs alongside her art motivated pieces.
The Paula Bolton Collection is a business run by one family in the UK in partnership with another in Bali. Together they are the Paula Bolton family. Two families working in harmony thousands of miles apart, combining skills to create and craft unique silver jewellery.
This family partnership spans multiple generations. It is more than just business, it is a special bond based upon shared values and a passion for design and jewellery making.
Hand made in Bali
Paula's jewellery is handcrafted in silver on the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali.
She was conscious of Ethical Trading over 25 years ago, long before it became an important part of our culture. Workers have always been treated with kindness and fairness and indeed as part of the family itself.
The silver jewellery featured throughout The Paula Bolton Collection is made from 925 sterling silver. It is often highlighted by 18 carat gold plate and we sometimes produce copper designs embellished with silver.
A variety of semi-precious gemstones have been specially selected for their vibrant colours and delicate hues, including amethyst, garnet, peridot, iolite and citrine. These colourful gemstone embellishments help capture the essence of Paula's inspirations.