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Jewellery & Metal (MA)

Lois Lo

Lois Lo is a jewellery maker, who continually strives to challenge traditional stone-setting methods while exploring the potential of non-precious metals. After a Foundation course at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon College of Art and Design (UAL), a BA in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design (UAL) and ongoing MA studies in Jewellery & Metal at the Royal College of Art, she is dedicated to improving her craft. She has been awarded the Graduate Prize for Outstanding Design, Annoushska, UK, 2020 and an award for Excellence in Non-Precious Metalwork, The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers, alias Wire Workers company. 


Cabret, Munich Jewellery Week, Munich, March 2023 

WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2021

Central Saint Martin’s BA Jewellery Graduation Show, London, UK, Sep 2020


Fabricate, Vitsoe, Munich Jewellery Week, Munich, Germany, March 2019



L'Orafo Italiano magazine, Nov - Dec 2020

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesJewellery & Metal (MA)RCA2023 at Truman Brewery

Truman Brewery, F Block, Ground, first and second floors

Streamline earrings close up.

Driven by the belief that there are no set rules in the art of making, Lois seeks inspiration from various fields of construction, from cabinetmaking to building. She wonders if the techniques used to construct larger objects can be applied to her jewellery, pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

Inspired by the installation of windows in buildings, Lois sees parallels between this process and stone setting. Just as windows require the right frame to secure them, she understands the delicate dance between the stone and its setting structure. Meticulous attention to detail, a deep understanding of materials, and an aesthetic eye are necessary to achieve a perfect equilibrium, where the stone shines while the setting complements and elevates its presence.

Drawing from contemporary architecture, Lois explores unconventional angles, shapes, and structures in her stone settings. Stones need not always face upward; they can be displayed from the side or underneath and set at different angles. Rejecting traditional rules, Lois carves into the stone itself to create the fitting structure, considering it an integral part of the design.

In her collection, Lois incorporates elements reminiscent of scaffolding, beams, and industrial structures to set stones at varying angles. By utilising the unique properties of smoky quartz, she achieves a gradient effect resembling dawn. The geometric cuts of baguette stones enhance their shine, supported by stainless steel structures that benefit the wearer.

In a world dominated by mass production, Lois is dedicated to preserving the artistry of handmade jewellery. Each piece she creates is infused with intention, skill, and a profound appreciation for the art form.

33 smokey quartz necklace all set on it's side, with handmade box clasp

Panorama (Necklace)

A collarbone-length necklace beaded with baguette cut smokey quartz, hand carved and set to show appreciation of the side of the stones.

Hand carved 33 smokey quartz, sizes : 12x6mm, 14x7mm, 16x8mm

Stainless steel tube 0.9mm

20 inch Stainless steel wire 0.7mm 

Hand made box clasp

A pendent with stones set on the back, side and on the corner

Angles (Necklace)

A pendant focused necklace, showing appreciation to different parts of the stone. 

Hand carved heat treated square Smokey quartz, size 12x12mm

4 White baguette cut Cubic Zirconia set on it’s side, size 12x6mm

4 White square princess cut Cubic Zirconia set on it’s corners, size 7x7mm

22 inch Stainless steel wire 5x 0.4mm

Stainless steel tube accents 0.9mm

Bayonet clasp

brooch inspired by bricks, 10 white cubic zirconia stones set

Bricks (Brooch)

Imagining gemstones as bricks, highlighting the sides of the stone and achieving maximising shine. 

10 Hand carved white baguette cut Cubic Zirconia, size 12x6mm

Stainless steel wire 0.9mm, 0.7mm

Blinds brooch, gradient smokey quartz brooch

Blinds (Brooch)

Setting stones at an unusual angle.

7 Hand carved baguette cut Smokey Quartz, size 16x8mm

Stainless steel wire 1.25mm, 1.0mm, 0.7mm

Stainless steel tube 0.9mm 

Necklace and earring studs from the collection By the Window
necklace inspired by windows. Utilise the transparent characteristics of white cz to overlap the stone in this setting.
Earring studs from the By The Window collection

By The Window (set)

Necklace and earring studs inspired windows, earrings come with specially designed earring backs.

Necklace :

4 Hand carved white baguette cut Cubic Zirconia, size 12x6mm 

16 inch, Stainless steel wire 0.7mm, 0.4mm 

Bayonet Clasp (Stainless steel)


Earring stud : 

4 Hand carved white baguette cut Cubic Zirconia, size 12x6mm

Stainless steel wire 1.0mm, 0.7mm

Stainless steel tube 0.9mm

Earrings with two white stone set on each end.

Streamline (Earrings)

Elegant and sleek earrings for a special occasion. 

4 Hand carved white baguette cut Cubic Zirconia, size 12x6mm

Stainless steel wire 1.25mm, 0.9mm, 0.7mm

earrings inspired by chandelier, three stones set on each side.
Model wearing chandelier earrings.

Chandelier (Earrings)

A design that celebrates the metal structure, in balance with the radiant stones. 

6 Hand carved white baguette cut Cubic Zirconia, size 12x6mm

Stainless steel wire 0.7mm

Stainless steel tube 1.2mm 

earrings with 3 stones stacked on top of each other.

Suspended (Earrings)

Inspired by cranes from construction sites, with a slight swing motion, finished with a specialised earring back. 

6 Hand carved white baguette cut Cubic Zirconia, size 12x6mm

Stainless steel wire 1.0mm, 0.7mm

Stainless steel tube 0.9mm

single ring with a white stone set on its side.
stacking 2 rings differently, white stones
Duo (White)
stacking 2 red rings together
Duo (Red)
stacking 3 rings together, white colour

Stacking Rings

Solo, Duo, Triple ring, however you like it.

Stackable rings can be made in different colours upon request. 

Hand carved white Cubic Zirconia, possible in varied colours, size 12x6mm 

Stainless steel wire 1.5mm, 1.0mm, 0.7mm