Bespoke Diamonds for the Jet Set Available at the House

Rihanna, Madonna and Carine Roitfeld love New Zealand-born designer Jessica McCormack. But there’s only one way to buy her show-stopping jewels, the Telegraph explains, and that’s the old-fashioned way: visit her shop.

Popstar Rihanna bought McCormack’s first ever piece of jewellery – which isn’t a bad way to start your career. It was a single earring, a big wash of diamonds that swoops up the ear, called the Wing of Desire.

Dover Street Market and Luisa via Roma started stocking her pieces. Madonna and Roitfeld were spotted wearing them. Top department stores came knocking. So far, so good, right? Er, wrong, according to McCormack.

“I realised that what I loved the most was interacting with my clients who came in for bespoke commissions,” she says.

The House, as she calls it, opposite the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair’s Carlos Place, is now the only place in the world where you can buy Jessica McCormack jewellery. “I want the ‘House’ to be that place that people make sure they travel to when they come to London,” she says.

McCormack has no formal training. The 33-year-old was planning to follow in her father’s footsteps and work in an auction house. While travelling in Morocco in her early twenties, she met a girl whose father worked at Sotheby’s and “badgered her” until she convinced her father to give McCormack a work experience placement. He put her in the jewellery department, and that was that.

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