Jeweller, Architect and TV Presenter
Shaun Leane has a breadth of knowledge and experience in the Jewellery industry which spans over 35 years. Celebrated world-wide for his modern romantic jewels that push the boundaries of contemporary design, Shaun Leane began his career training at the bench in London’s jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden. This grounding enabled him to break entrenched traditions, and bring a fresh dynamic spirit to exquisitely crafted, fine jewellery. While working as a goldsmith, Leane began a long-standing collaboration with the late Alexander McQueen, creating provocative catwalk jewels that have become iconic milestones in the art of couture jewellery. This high-profile collaboration acted as a catalyst to Leane’s burgeoning desire to blend technical perfection with creative freedom, and in 1999 he launched the first collections of Shaun Leane Jewellery.
Since then, Leane has been responsible for creating a new genre of jewellery; precious, poetic, with a sense of eternity, yet relevant to today’s world. The powerful, emotive and often poignant beauty of Shaun Leane jewellery is underlined with sentiment, stories and meaning, tapping into the history and heritage of jewellery.
>Shaun Leane’s ability to work across various mediums has seen him succeed in Jewellery, Fashion, Architecture and Broadcast – in 2013 the jeweller presented The BBC4 Documentary The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard and 2021 saw him as an expert judge on BBC2’s primetime jewellery competition format: All That Glitters, the second series of which is currently filming.
Alongside his award-winning collections, Shaun Leane has worked on one-of-a-kind projects with, amongst others, artist Sam Taylor-Wood, Givenchy and Parisian master jeweller Boucheron. Described by Sotheby’s as “antiques of the future”, Leane has received recognition across the globe including Winner of U.K. Jewellery Designer of the Year, on four occasions, Walpole Best British Luxury Craftsmanship and most recently, Harper’s Bazaar Jewelry International Jewellery Designer of the Year.
In December 2018, Sotheby’s New York held the auction of Leane’s archive, which included over 40 works created by Leane. The bespoke pieces were produced for beacons of the fashion industry, including legendary houses Alexander McQueen and Givenchy, as well as style icons the Honourable Daphne Guinness, Isabella Blow, Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker. The auction was hugely successful for the jewellery House and fetched over £2million.
July 2018 saw Leane’s first move into the architecture and public art realms, with the opening of the 21 Young Street apartment building in Kensington. Leane was commissioned to design the building’s exterior metalwork by FutureCity and Grainger plc and it has become the largest scale commission in the UK to be undertaken by a jewellery designer. In recognition of the ground-breaking nature of the project, the metalwork will also be on permanent display at the V&A Museum. This means Leane will now be on display across three of the gallery’s collections; jewellery, fashion and metalwork.
Leane also thoroughly enjoys giving lectures and talks at museums worldwide.
As his themes, inspirations and impeccable hand-crafting skills are continually evolving, liberating creativity, so Shaun Leane Jewellery is evolving from an individual artist-jeweller into one of the world’s most exciting and trailblazing luxury jewellery houses as well as individuals.
Date: 2021Production (role): The Making of Us - ContributorCompany: Clear Story for BBC2
Date: 2021Production (role): All That Glitters S1 - Expert JudgeCompany: Twenty Twenty for BBC2
Date: 2013Production (role): The hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard (Host)Company: BBC4