A luxurious, yet intriguingly edgy addition to the world of jewellery, 'Violet Darkling' is a clever combination of wit, imagination and sophistication.
Violet Darkling is the alter ego of New Zealand born designer Louisa Richwhite. Inspired by the 'darkness' and all things nocturnal, her outdoor roots and quirky humor, along with a desire to make life a little more magical, have created a cutting-edge first collection.
Growing up on a secluded island off the coast of New Zealand allowed 'Violets' creativity & imagination to run free. Indulging in painting, reading and studying art, her nights staying up late telling ghost stories around the fire influenced her imagination and experimentation as an
artist from a young age.
Her family then relocated to Switzerland & then England. The English countryside with its woodland creatures and its historical heritage combined with the classic style of Swiss high-end luxury has had an influence on her avant-garde designs.
Her enthusiasm for fashion led her to study in London where she now resides and has her studio. She also worked with New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker.
Richwhite's unique ability to transport us back to our childhood is told through her first collection, where she reminds us of the fears, the magic, and fascination with 'creatures of the night'. The skull of a wide-eyed Tarsier & the unfamiliar Fossa are adorned with colorful gemstones.
Rings, necklaces, bracelets and cufflinks, all sculpted in silver and plated in gold, dripping in sapphires and tourmalines are key statement pieces that are collective items in their own right.
Fierce, dark yet delicately feminine, her designs create something truly magical.