Meet a jewellery designer whose move from London took her work to a new level...
‘When I moved here, I could put my tools in a suitcase and go anywhere,’ says Natasha Collis, a jewellery designer who left behind the tumult of London for a hamlet in the Ibizan hills six years ago. Now Collis shows her organic, nature-inspired fine jewellery from a combined studio-shop in a 400-plus-year-old building in Sant Miguel.
The designs, like the jeweller herself, exude serenity. Gold nuggets twinkle with tiny diamonds on necklaces, bracelets and rings, the most delicate of which are designed for stacking. It’s these slight bands of silver and gold that Collis’s loyal clients return for year after year, keen to augment their collections.
Collis, a lifelong Londoner (and granddaughter of Browns fashion queen Joan Burstein) until her move, chose Ibiza more as an ideal home for her partner and son than a perfect base for her business. But the island has enhanced and informed her design work by providing room for reflection as well.
‘Ibiza does give you that space to be able to create,’ Collis says. ‘In London, I felt it was a lot of pressure to make new things without thinking about what I was wanting to do, or having the time to think about it.’