We caught up with Renee, designer of Billy Bride whose crystal rings have our heart in a flutter.
Where did you get the inspiration for your collection?
The 'Apollo Collection' represents a journey of creation, with raw immemorial earthly elements molded into wearable contemporary structures. Precious metals encase the dynamic crystal frames, juxtaposing hard-edged natural elements with the fragility and spirituality of metaphysical minerals.
What are the different crystals you use?
The crystal selection is sourced from different areas of Australia and is ever changing according to the nature of my travels. Some of my favorite stones are Lapis Lazuli, Emerald, and Golden Citrine.
How long have you been making them for and what is the process that goes into creating each individual ring?
Billy Bride launched in July of this year, it's a growing brand so the process is continually evolving. Each piece of the Apollo Collection is created using a unique customised casting method, the bespoke settings are molded individually by hand and worked over a period of 3 to 6 weeks to form the final delicate and resilient structures.
Have you always wanted to be a designer?
Absolutely! It took me while to find my true compass, I studied Design at COFA and majored in Printmaking thinking a career in the art world was for me, but I was soon lured away by a future in fashion and went on to study Fashion Technology at TAFE. I've spent the next 8 years working in fashion, with some amazing inspirational people at Sass & Bide, Willow, Colette Dinnigan, Akira Isogawa, Ellery, and now Ksubi, but it was only in the last year that I realised jewellery design was equally (if not more!) creatively challenging and rewarding.
Who is the Billy Bride girl?
My girl is someone with eclectic taste. She is discerning and knows what she likes, but doesn't adhere to a particular formula or direction.
How would you describe your style?
Lace! Layers and layers of it, from head to toe. I also love wearing my boyfriend’s clothes, which is a bit of a contradiction I suppose.
What is your favourite... book? movie? song?
I worship Danzig, and I've been dropping some pretty heavy hints that I'd like his book 'Hidden Lyrics Of The Left Hand' for Christmas. I also love the 1973 film 'Badlands' - a lonesome story about the moral disruption of two young runaways in the South Dakota desert.