Partners in craft, Luke Shimell and Emma Madden meld their ideas and expertise to create their inimitable jewellery style. As Shimell and Madden they fuse the worlds of contemporary design and traditional goldsmithing. Their designs and making methods are inspired by their mutual love of mathematics and science.
Their journey started in a small Devon jewellers where they worked alongside each other as goldsmiths. From the very beginning Luke and Emma shared their knowledge and ideas on art, design, science and jewellery making techniques.
To further and foster their interest and skill in designing and making, Luke advanced to working as a high-end diamond mounter in Mayfair London. Emma went on to complete her fellowship at Bishopsland Education Trust after completing her degree in Three-dimensional design – metalwork and jewellery at UCA, Farnham.
In 2010 they established Shimell and Madden, to realise their ambition to craft contemporary jewellery using technically advanced hand-making techniques. Their pieces are made to mathematical precision and designed using a shared language of structural systems.