Jewellery is reduced to essential forms in the hands of Dina Kamal

Dina Kamal’s clean jewellery in beige gold works with the contours of the body

Image of ‘Tube Torc’ necklace
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Jewellery takes on essential silhouettes that skim the contours of the body in pieces by London-based design studio Dina Kamal. Its eponymous founder is driven by a desire for architectural forms in her designs, which draw curves in 18ct gold, punctuating broken loops with diamonds or sinking pearls into puffed quilts of beige gold.

‘All our pieces start with what I refer to as “objects of fascination”, says the designer. ‘They can vary from nature to history, stories and characters, like the Michelin Man (or Bibendum), sea urchins and tribal jewellery – or our clients commission the works. It is about selecting an object of fascination, a thought or a feeling, and recreating it in a new form.’

Image of ‘Venus Pinky’ ring.

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The smooth loop of the ‘Tube Torc’ necklace is inspired by the neck rings historically worn by men as a marker of strength – this piece encourages an awareness of form and posture. In the ‘Falling Water’ earrings, baguette diamonds in rivers of beige gold bring a fluidity to the stones. A grey South Sea pearl perches on the fluid curve of the precious metal in the ‘Venus Pinky’ ring.

‘My goal is always to create a piece that is structured yet sensual, masculine and feminine. I feel this gives a powerful balance and allows it to be subtle yet bold,’ Kamal adds. ‘I love to define the character of the piece. To expose its “soul”. There is a balance that I aim to reach so that the work is bold yet understated. Also, there is a balance to be found between the structural and architectural, and the delicate and sensual. I feel when I give attention to these factors, the works tend to be stronger and more timeless.’

Kamal prefers to work in 18ct beige gold, otherwise known as raw white gold – ‘It is 18ct gold without copper, the true white gold,’ she says – with its understated sheen making it an elegant foil for the punctuations of diamonds. ‘Being an architect I always consider form, proportion, context, structure and beauty in everything I do. Most of all I consider how a piece or design can impact us emotionally. My goal is always to find the right balance for each piece, in order for it to feel part of you and to give you the edge to be in your element.’

Pearl and gold ring by Dina Kamal

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Diamond earrings by Dina Kamal

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Image of silver ring

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Image of diamond earring

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Gold and diamond ring

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Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.