Having been born in the sunshine of Australia and travelled around as a naval daughter Claudianow lives in the Hampshire countryside with her journalist and author husband, Tom – the political editor for ITV, their three children aged 15, 13 and 11, and their family dogs.
Claudia’s career didn’t start in design it was spurred on by a passion for pearls and an allergy to base metal! Starting working life as an assistant to a literary agent, then training as a primary school teacher, Claudia had always loved art and creativity runs in her family – her mother is a garden designer and artist. Claudia started designing jewellery whilst living in Hong Kong and finding it difficult to find something ‘real’ between the high end of Tiffany and the low end of costume jewellery. So in 1999 the Claudia Bradby brand was born. Shortly after returning to the UK, the designs were taken on by Liberty who admired her unique use of stones and silver with the pearls.
Inspiration from Claudia’s life is what brings so much personality into her designs. Learning a lifelong love of food from her mother (with whom she remembers going to Boots to buy olive oil for salad dressing – long before it was available anywhere else) Claudia enjoys cooking enormously and is currently sharing that with her children too.Buying cookery books is a bit of an addiction and finding the time to revisit old favourites and read new ones is a great treat.Claudia’s S/S 2011 collection was inspired by her love of the Hummingbird cake book.
Many of her designs with the her signature use of pearls have an art deco influence taken from her grandmother, a very glamorous woman, who documented every aspect of her life including her travels with Claudia’s grandfather in beautiful scrapbooks which were passed down to Claudia.
Travel is also a passion of Claudia’s, she takes influences from her travels around the World and adds these to her designs, she longs to explore more of the World but family and work commitments have to date slowed this wanderlust down.
Claudia appreciates that most women have busy lives but want to look and feel their best. It is with this in mind that she creates each of her designs, passionately wanting to encourage a love of jewellery, and building a collection of styles and designs to dress your wardrobe of clothes.
About the brand
Conceived in 1999 out of a passion for beautiful, wearable, affordable real jewellery Claudia Bradby maintains these values in her designs to this day.
Her design philosophy is to create pieces that will encourage women to build their jewellery collection as thoughtfully and as devotedly as they would their clothes wardrobe.
The Claudia Bradby brand, now renowned for longevity, affordability, detail and quality, has built up a loyal clientele, including celebrity names Jilly Cooper, Katie Derham, Sophie Kinsella and Princess Catherine.
Claudia Brady jewellery is available online at www.claudiabradby.com and in over 90 stores nationwide including John Lewis department stores.
About the jewellery
Claudia’s innate love of pearls is apparent throughout her designs with her signature use of freshwater pearls, she cleverly fuses the traditional with the contemporary to create stunning pieces that transcend seasonal trends.
Each piece is lovingly handmade using real materials; A fanatic for detail Claudia personally travels around the World to source the best quality freshwater pearls semi-precious stones and Sterling silver.
Each design is unique to the Claudia Bradby brand and beautifully presented in a Claudia Bradby felt pouch, some items are often made in limited numbers so you can be sure that you are getting something special.
And most importantly about YOU
Our jewellery is worn by a wide spectrum of women from little girls to working mums and even real life princesses. We believe jewellery should make you feel special and be wearable whatever the occasion; From school runs, to business meetings, to everyday pick me ups, to special occasion wear, we think we have it covered.
We believe life is too short to save your sparkles for best so we hope you will enjoy wearing our jewellery every day, and as Jackie O famously said “Pearls are always appropriate.”
Website: Claudia Bradby