Briony Raymond is the jeweler who supplies celebrities with zodiac medallions, diamonds and rare vintage finds
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Before becoming a household name in jewelry, Raymond worked in finance in his early twenties. “The super close relationship I cultivated with clients back then was very, very similar to the relationship I have now with my [jewellery] customers,” she says. She entered the world of fine jewelry through a stint at Van Cleef & Arpels in New York, where she had “the chance to learn from the best”. Her years at home, during which she studied gemology and traveled the world, gave her the confidence to start her own business, she says.
The career move was also influenced by her personal passion for jewelery – something Raymond attributes to her “very fabulous” British grandmother and mother. She vividly remembers family visits to Thorpeness, where her grandmother was bedecked in diamonds. “I gravitated towards things that gave me visceral and sensory pleasure, and I found that in jewelry,” she says. “It’s something you can touch and feel where it’s on your skin, it’s against your body.”
These days, Raymond is busy acquiring collections under the estate jewelry branch of her brand. Her first piece of advice for those looking to spend on jewelry? “Don’t buy something because someone says it’s a great investment. Obviously, some people buy jewelry for investment, but my personal doctrine of acquisition and collection would be [to ask yourself]: Do you like it? And does that make you happy?