LONDON--Fashionista by birth, painter by training, jeweler at heart: Natasha Collis is a soft-spoken brunette who seems she will forever be 23. The daughter of creative director of Browns, Caroline Burstein, and granddaughter of boutique founder, the legendary Mrs. B., Natasha has quite a reputation to live up to.
Yet the petite jewelry maker has found her own path: tucked away on the Northern end of Ibiza, in a 400 year old studio, she spends day and night making tiny, one-off jewelry pieces. Based in St Miguel, a village full of artisans, her lifestyle is light-years away from the reputation the Spanish Island has for all-night boozing.
And her jewelry reflects this: no bling, no loud nonsense nor flashy logo. Only intimate, delicate arrangements.
Her trademark is hand-melted gold nuggets that she then often encrusts with diamonds.
“Before starting to make a piece, I’ll think about it, even write down my thoughts about it, but then allow the jewelry guide me,” she said when we met her in London this week.
Yet she didn’t always envision a life as a designer: She trained in fine arts at Slate school, London, and worked as a painter for years before accidentally falling into jewelry.
It is only once she found herself sharing a studio with jewelry makers, that she tried her hand at it and felt surprisingly at ease.
“I guess I just found my medium,” she said, explaining that “with art, I only took everything so personally, but with fashion, especially having grown up around it, I can take it as a business.”
She is sold at Browns, but highly recommends jewelry fans to come up to her store in Ibiza for a chat (Conde Nast’s travel magazine also recommended her shop as a key location in the area). We hope to be saying hola asap.