Katie Kova, the London-based creative director and founder of Kova Jewels, possesses a compelling architectural vision.
Using geometry, juxtaposition and colour blocking she expertly creates negative space, which she says allows her jewellery to “come to life and breathe”. In her work, convention is turned on its head with custom-cut stones cast as subordinate to the structure in which they sit. The axis of each piece is not the stone but an abstract, precious metal framework that contrasts different shades of gold.
The designer’s Russian heritage helped to shape her novel approach to jewellery. Kazimir Malevich’s Russian Suprematist movement of the early 20th century, the work of Kandinsky and Popova, plus the graphic art of Alexander Rodchenko have also inspired her unique vision.