Canadian designer, goldsmith and artist, Chelsea Skelly launched L. Skelly Jewellery and Designs after studying at Vancouver Metal Art School. An accomplished metalsmith, she has an appreciation for traditional techniques and a passion and respect for handcrafted art. She works primarily with hand tools and uses ethically-sourced and conflict-free materials like fine silver and gold.
Her sharp angles, organic curves and oxidised silver forges her unique rings, creating a distinctive, creative and modern style. At JewelStreet, we are proud to sell Chelsea’s Anticuus Collection, featuring edgy, rough and cracked textured rings, perfect for the modern man.
How did your brand begin?
My brand started while I was still studying at Vancouver Metal Art School. I knew then I wanted to start my own business. I decided to name it after my Grandmother, Lyla Skelly. She was very supportive of my budding jewellery career and loved all things fashion and jewellery, so it felt only fitting.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
At the moment I'm very intrigued by ancient designs, the type of jewellery that could be found during an archaeological dig of some sort. I love the look that time and erosion gives to metal and the way it patinas naturally - it’s beautiful.
How do you want someone to feel when they wear your jewellery?
Confident. I want my customers to feel they have found the perfect piece to express their personality and accent their style.
If you could only wear one piece from your collection, what would it be and why?
Only one?!?!? I normally wear at least 3, but I never leave the house without my Paganus Ring on.
If you hadn't become a designer, what would you be doing?
It's hard to say - I've always been drawn to design and creative projects. I did consider wedding planning at one point, so maybe that.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given? (And have you actually used it?)
The best piece of advice I've been given is "trust your gut instinct." I do and it seldom steers me wrong.