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Trained in Hatton Garden, London's Jewellery Quarter, Shaun Leane is a Freeman of the City of London and a fellow of the Institue of Professional Goldsmiths. He has been awarded Jewellery Designer of the Year and is internationally celebrated for pushing the boundaries of jewellery design.
From the age of 15 Shaun Leane apprenticed in the finest techniques of traditional craftsmanship. He perfected the art of high end diamond jewellery mounting and antique restoration in an environment where skill was paramount and perfection was the only acceptable standard.
This foundation of technical excellence and classic artistry is now the pre-requisite for Leane’s discerning philosophy. The House of Shaun Leane atelier comprises of a team of highly-skilled artisans, designers and technicians, all trained in the delicate yet innovative art of goldsmithing.
Passionate about innovative design, particularly in fashion, Shaun Leane draws inspiration from all aspects of his city surroundings – street culture, urban life and the club scenes are all values and themes he aims to incorporate in every aspect of his design process. He goes above and beyond to ensure that his designs not only function as striking and fun accessories, but say something about the individual. His expressive pieces are vivid, art forms that simply demand to be worn.
His work has been described by Sotheby's, London's Prestigious auction house as "Antiques of the Future".
Leane Fact File
Savage Beauty highlights the designer’s 17-year collaboration with jeweller Shaun Leane as the duo pushed creative boundaries to dazzling effect.
Shaun Leane was hand picked to create a one-of-a kind necklace for Boucheron. This unique and inspiring objet d’art to commemorate its 150th anniversary, melds the designer’s darkly romantic style with the savoir-faire and heritage of Boucheron.
Inspired by the idea of being 'Bound to Beauty', Leane created 'Belle a Lier', a piece of stunning body jewellery, incorporating silver vines, pierced with shaded red-crystal flowers. Other contributors included Scott Wilson and Johnny Rocket.
Shaun Leane exhibited alongside Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Burberry Prorsum, Hussein Chalayan and Phillip Treacy.
Winner of the UK Jewellery Designer of the Year 2009 and 2010. Winner in Luxury & Creation Talent Awards 2010. Winner of International Jewellery Designer of the Year 2015
Invited by Forevermark to design this masterpiece, ‘White Light' is a one-of-a kind diamond brooch hand set with more than 2,477 exceptionally rare Forevermark diamonds. With a total weight of 40.68 carats; it is Shaun Leane's largest diamond piece to date.
The piece is made up of more than a thousand grams of gold and is set with over 5,000 pavé white diamonds. Striking diamond birds cascade around the arm, as though caught in mid-flight.
Justice and Shaun Leane get together every year just before Christmas for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, to showcase Shaun Leane's latest collections. See our 2014 event
Shaun Leane's darkly romantice style is always highlighted with a refined edginess and features his signature hooks and tusks.
Shaun Leane was one of eight world-class jewellers that were hand-picked to create a unique emerald jewel to raise funds for international conservation charity The World Land Trust.
For more than a decade Shaun Leane worked with the late Alexander McQueen to create a series of provocative jewels that have become iconic symbols of catwalk jewellery.
First introduced in 1994, Leane and McQueen found themselves united by a shared passion for craftsmanship. Leane was working as a goldsmith in London’s Hatton Garden when McQueen asked him to create his first collaborative piece: a large silver tusk earring for his second show ‘Hunger’ in 1995.
It was a collaboration that drove Shaun Leane to push boundaries with new materials and scale, resulting in some of the most influential catwalk imagery of the last decade.
"I admire the past masters who - with their style and craftsmanship - created fine jewellery that was distinctive of its time. I like to fuse elements of tradition with a contemporary design approach. We cannot look to the future of design without remembering our past." - Shaun Leane.
Despite having a growing business,Leane's passion still lies in the designing and making. His level of involvement and acute design instincts are reflected in the stunning jewellery he produces.
The unique distinctiveness, technical innovation and convention-defying influence have resulted in a new chapter in the story of conceptual jewellery, celebrated across renowned museums and galleries worldwide.