Julia Georgallis and Jess Jones have been firm friends since they met in 2007 while studying Product & Furniture Design at Kingston University. Their first collection, TIME, was designed as a response to a brief which set the task of combining the ancient process of lost wax casting with the relatively new process of rapid prototyping, or 3D printing as it’s more commonly known.
They quickly realised that 3D printing lent itself to making bespoke pieces and, although jewellery wasn’t a common outcome for students on their course, it was obvious that a bespoke jewellery system was a perfect answer to the brief. Jewellery often marks a significant moment or memory and by creating custom-made pieces where the shape is influenced by a customer’s personal data, each piece holds greater significance to its owner.
After graduating the pair exhibited expanded their range and sold jewellery for a couple of years, until, as often happens, life got in the way and Julia and Jess went on to have separate careers. In 2019, ten years after first designing together, they decided to relaunch their jewellery as part of a wider studio concept, with more ideas on how to create thoughtful, bespoke pieces. Meta Studio is forged with friendship and a joint understanding of what jewellery should not only look like, but also feel like to wear.
COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
Meta is a slow jewellery brand. We make bespoke pieces that are made to order, which means that we don’t produce any waste or unnecessary stock. All of our pieces are produced in Birmingham’s prestigious jewellery quarter by skilled, heritage artisans and technologists. We do not invest in unsustainable materials or work practices.