Theo Fennell is a renowned British jeweller and silversmith known for his extraordinary and unique designs. His work encompasses a wide range of inspirations, from music halls and literature to pop art and Greek classicism. With unparalleled craftsmanship, Fennell creates jewellery and silverware that are both elegant and theatrical, always beautifully made. His creations reflect a quintessentially British sensibility and have earned him a prominent place in the world of fine jewellery.
“I have no favourite stone. I just like individual stones, of any colour or cut, for their uniqueness and life.”
What is your first jewellery memory?
Of my father pointing out a very simple but large and perfect emerald on a beautifully dressed and handsome woman’s finger on the table next to us in a restaurant. I was about eleven.
What is your favourite stone?
I have no favourite stone. I just like individual stones, of any colour or cut, for their uniqueness and life.
What is your favourite smell?
Linseed oil and new mown grass; the beginning of the cricket season.
What did you have for breakfast today?
Peach yoghurt and a cup of tea.
What qualities do you look for in a stone?
As I said, uniqueness of spirit – it should talk to you and flirt.
What’s your most treasured possession?
An uncorrected copy proof of William Boyd’s ‘Any Human Heart’
Do you have a motto?
A family motto – Semper Fidelis.
What’s your death row dinner?
Lobster soup, a thin steak and chips and crème brulée
What’s your theme tune?
La Mer, Charles Trenet
If you were God for a day…
I would show people that it is not money that makes you happy.
What makes a house a home?
What jewellery do you wear?
A watch and a gold bangle – other pieces occasionally.
I would hate to gild the lily!
What do you most dislike about yourself?
Short temper and occasional lack of willpower.
Describe yourself in 3 words
Over the top.
What’s your perfect Sunday?
A lie-in with newspapers, lunch with family and friends, sport in the afternoon and a quiet evening with the family in front of the telly.
What’s the secret to wearing jewellery well?
Choosing well in the first place, and courage.
What sets a piece of jewellery apart?
A great design carried out with uncompromising craftsmanship in the very best materials.
Who would you ask to your fantasy dinner party?
My wife and family, Kay Kendall, Noel Coward, Oscar Wilde, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and Nelson.
Who do you most admire?
Horatio Nelson and my wife.
What makes you get up in the morning?
The alarm clock and hope.