Meta- is a thoughtful jewellery studio run by designers Jess Jones and Julia Georgallis. The studio combines old with new, fast with slow and digital with analogue, working with high tech production processes and artisanal makers to create meaningful, bespoke jewellery collections.
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 in 2009 in response to a university 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 made it possible to cast unique 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 an individual’s special date, this sentimentality is enhanced. With a specially designed algorithm to translate data to dimensions, the first object in the collection was created – TIME rings. After graduating the pair exhibited the rings during London Design Festival 2010 and went on to expand the range and sell jewellery for a couple of years.
Then, as often happens, life got in the way - Jess went on to have a successful career in marketing for London based design brands Skandium, Richard Brendon Studio and SCP and Julia freelanced as a product designer, graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2014, before retraining as a baker and starting a career in the food and hospitality industry.
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.