As well as sharing our love of Jaipur, celebrating craft and supporting artisans, Damasia Ball, co-founder of Daphine Jewellery, is a lifelong fan of gingham and timeless design. We spent the morning gushing over her new jewellery range, filled with vintage-inspired treasures and pretty pearl details. We caught up on everything from her favourite Pink City Prints Spring pick, to how her business has adapted and grown over the years.
Daphine was really born from a need. We couldn’t find the classic jewellery we wanted to wear at accessible prices! We were at a stage in our lives where we wanted our jewellery to reflect our personal styles, something that was confident and elegant and wouldn’t necessarily go out of trend in a matter of months. Pieces similar to the ones we grew up seeing our mothers and grandmothers wear.
Ethics is always on our minds and we are very proud of the relationships we have developed with the artisans that produce our pieces. We are involved in every stage of the production cycle and regularly visit our loving team in Jaipur who make all our pieces by hand using recycled materials.
Less really is more for us, always. We’re passionate about encouraging conscious consumption as this is something we personally adapt in our daily lives. We only want our customers to buy pieces that truly bring them joy.
We have also recently launched our Vintage Edit, which is a monthly drop of vintage jewellery we have lovingly sourced throughout the years.
Like all small businesses, the pandemic was really difficult for us at first. We had experienced rapid growth in the first three two years of business but 2020 really forced us to take the time to slow down not only from a personal point of view, but also as a small business. We had to re-evaluate what Daphine was, how we can do better as a company and as individuals, what the real vision for the company is. It was a bit like hitting the reset button for us.
There is a wonderful community of women entrepreneurs out there who are going through similar journeys and hardships. So reach out! Share ideas, share contacts, share experiences. You can get very lost in your own head when you are starting a business. But it is key to network and creates your support circle with other like-minded entrepreneurs who are cheering you on.
Silver is definitely back! We have just released a collection of our Daphine favourites in sterling silver and have not taken them off. After years of being gold obsessed, there is a certain freshness that comes with wearing silver. It really modernises your outfit in a very subtle and elegant way.
At our London home with my family. There is nothing like a lazy Sunday morning in pajamas with my husband and two boys.
I am such a gingham fan and will not be taking off my Sky Gingham Palermo Dress! I love that it can be dressed up or down and it is such a lovely base to layer my Daphine jewellery. I can see myself wearing it for years to come.