We continue our 4 part series on our visiting the jewelry exhibition at the Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Hotel.

On seeing Shaun’s talon pendant creations at the jewelry exhibition, the first thought that hit me was, “Raw beauty.”  Shaun Leane draws inspiration from avian (birds) and reptilian forms, especially from the jagged beauty of the curves and scales of the avian feet.

I had the opportunity chatting with Leane himself. He wore a stunning earring stud which had sharp talons that are characteristic of his designs.  His collection roused precious memories of my sketching reptilian and avian forms in my zoology course at university.

© Shaune Leane

I must admit, Leane’s jewelry collections are not for the faint-hearted. So if you have a wild adventure streak in you and are bold to face danger in all its forms, Leane’s jewelry may be the right one to stir up such emotions. He uses diamonds, opals, silverwork, red topaz, enamel, freshwater pearls, purple gemstones, onyx stones, grey moonstones, garnets and rubies profusely in his exquisite earrings, necklaces and bracelets.


© Shaun Leane

© Shaune Leane

Leane is renowned for his romantically crafted jewelry and catwalk collaboration with the late Alexander McQueen lasting fifteen years which brought him critical acclaim. He is a three-time winner of the UK Jewellery Designer of the Year Award. He fuses fashion with tradition, taking jewellery design to a new level of style that is refined and elegant and yet, strong.

Starting at the young age of 16, he apprenticed at Hatton Garden at the heart of London’s jewelry district. Much of his rare skill combining antiques and jewelry comes from his long training at a traditional English workshop learning diamond mounting and antique restoration before he started designing fashion jewellery.

© Shaune Leane

Taking inspiration from nature, Leane has crafted the Cherry Blossom collection after the cherry blossom flowers of Japan; the tribal collection using onyx stones and large opals based on tribal societies and their art; and the Luna collection based on the contours of the moon. How awesome is that?

Visit Shaun Leane here.

You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here.


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