Carol Cole is the owner and designer of Darcy & Jazz Jewellery. Her background started out in a completely different sector. Working as PA to board level TV and Radio MD and VPs, she felt that something was missing and felt her creative urges needed a platform. Enrolling on a course at Lambeth College in Vauxhall in 2006-07 she completed the NCFE Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate in Creative Craft in Jewellery. This gave her the foundation to continue her new passion to continue learning and develop and hone her craft. Carol went on to become a student at Flux Jewellery School in Camberwell, a thriving creative community where she continued to develop her skills. The desire to own something more exclusive and bespoke continues that passion in Darcy & Jazz Jewellery. Everything is handmade by Carol in her home studio with access to a studio space in south London. Working mostly in sterling silver and precious/semi-precious stones.
Carol is inspired by her African and Jamaican culture, fashion, music, nature, art and what it means to be a black woman in this world.
"As a designer I create jewellery that is accessible and modern. The collections are designed to bring a bit of a statement to your everyday life, to celebrate and embrace individuality. Hand-crafted fine and bespoke jewellery inspired by bold culture and design".
WHATS THE IDEA?
Those that know Carol well, know she is a lover of cats. Named after two of her old cats! “There could only be one Jazz, the smartest cat ever and Darcy, well let’s just say she was a complete Diva!”
WHY DARCY & JAZZ?
My mother's jewellery box is probably where my incite began. Around age 5, I would secretly go into her jewellery box and play dress up. Pearls, gold and silver bangles, dressing rings, gate bracelet. Gold creole earrings, which in my teenage years, I would sneak them out the house and wear them to my nights out clubbing - Nightmoves, Shanolas, Podium and sound system Dances’ Nasty Love, King Tubbys, Saxon, Sir Lloyd, Romance, Mistri to name just a few! I always wanted to wear clothes and jewellery that were stylish and different. As young woman shopping for a night out clubbing was serious business and could involve visiting a local seamstress to run something up. The culture of getting ready for a night out was a huge deal. You came out dressed to impress!