JEWELLERY FOR THE HARRY POTTER FILMS
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Entertainment for Harry Potter
I’ve been fortunate to be the jewellery designer for the blockbuster Harry Potter films of J. K. Rowling’s phenomenal series of books. Jewellery from my collection has been worn in the Harry Potter films and I’ve also been commissioned to make a number of pieces.
Creating the jewellery for the Harry Potter films will forever be a career highlight. I still get butterflies in my stomach when I think about the first time I was approached and then seeing the pieces I’d crafted in my Tunbridge Wells jewellery shop on the big screen.
Most of the jewellery I made for the Harry Potter films was bespoke, but while I was making pieces for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, the costume designer popped in to visit me and chose my textured pod drop earrings to be worn by Mafalda Hopkirk (played by Sophie Thompson) and by Hermione Granger (played by Emma Watson) when she ambushed Mafalda in the Ministry of Magic.
HARRY POTTER SLYTHERIN JEWELLERY
My first Harry Potter jewellery commission was back in 2003, when I was asked to make ‘Slytherin Ring 1’ and ‘Slytherin Tie-Pins’ for Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, released in 2004. These were worn by the Slytherin boys, including Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, Pike and Gregory Goyle. The Slytherin jewellery was then worn in all the subsequent films: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). In 2005 I was asked by Warner Brothers to make ‘Slytherin Ring 2’.
I was also asked to make ‘Slytherin Buttons’ for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which were worn by the Malfoys. Lucius Malfoy’s cloak featuring the ‘Slytherin Buttons’ can be seen on display at the Warner Brothers Museum in LA.
I wanted to photograph my Harry Potter Slytherin ring 2 in a way that felt fitting for the story but also expressed my personal style. I get an uneasy feeling looking at the pointing finger, which felt right for Slytherin.
Discover more about the story behind the Slytherin jewellery here
Get the look with my Serpent Signet Ring, which was inspired by the Harry Potter Slytherin rings, tie-pins and buttons.
HARRY POTTER LUNA LOVEGOOD RADISH
In 2006 I taught myself French beading when I was asked by Warner Brothers to make French-beaded ‘Radish Earrings’ for Luna Lovegood, played by Evanna Lynch. They were worn by Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and subsequent films.
The sterling silver and coloured glass bead earrings worn by Luna Lovegood can be seen on display at ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in Watford.
Discover more of the story behind Luna Lovegood’s earrings here.
HARRY POTTER CROSS RING WORN BY ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
In 2003 I was also commissioned to make the ‘Cross Ring’ worn by Albus Dumbledore. Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, was played first by Richard Harris and
then by Michael Gambon.
HARRY POTTER GREEK
LEAF NECKLACE WORN BY THE FAT LADY
One of my highlights was seeing the marvelous Dawn French wearing the ‘Greek Leak Necklace’ I was commissioned to make in 2003 from gold-plated silver for her character The Fat Lady in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.