Makers & Designers

Strauss & Co’s decorative arts department has handled a worldly list of makers and designers specialising in furniture making, jewellery, silver, glass, porcelain and other artisanal trades.

Strauss & Co’s decorative arts department has handled a worldly list of makers and designers specialising in furniture making, jewellery, silver, glass, porcelain and other artisanal trades. This searchable database lists prominent makers and designers sold by Strauss & Co, including René Lalique, Gio Ponti, Patrick Mavros, as well as coveted houses like The Barnards and Tiffany & Co.



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Taz Watson Jewellery

Cape Town, South Africa 


As a fine jewellery designer I am totally captivated by gemstones and diamonds. My grandfather and my parents were gemologists and avid gemstone collectors, so the love of these gorgeous minerals runs deep in my blood.

Growing up in the industry I would sit for hours playing with gems and crystals. I started my collection at the age of 5 and still have my favourite fool’s gold, pyrite and amethyst crystals. As a child the highlight of my day was to visit my father’s office to examine the different gemstones under a microscope, getting lost in the little worlds deep beneath their surfaces. I was mesmerised by the stories of how gemstones are formed, their properties and why they are all different colours.

I co-designed my first collection with my father when I was only 10 years old. I well remember experiencing the thrill of seeing a piece of jewellery come to life. We made little gemstone animal charms and I was allowed to choose the colours and weigh in on the designs. I kept scrap books of all the jewellery I loved, meticulously cutting out and pasting illustrations and articles from magazines. This became my first design ‘bible’.

Although I have been a creative spirit my whole life and my love for gemstones started at such a young age, it took me a few years to find my way into the industry. Having embarked on a career in psychology initially, it was only after I qualified that I realised I was on the wrong career path. I subsequently moved to the USA to attend the esteemed Gemmological Institute of America (GIA) studying Jewellery Design (JD), Jewellery Manufacture (Graduate Jeweller GJ), Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Gemstone and Diamond grading. Since then I have co-owned a jewellery brand in Canada, been a designer and buyer for jewellery stores all over Southern Africa and the Seychelles, worked in retail doing both custom design, sales, merchandising and sales and finally, in 2018, starting my own business. I have never looked back.

My passion is to design pieces using unique gemstones and combining them in fun and surprising ways, incorporating whimsy into the pieces so that they are playful and unique. I particularly love using hand-carved gemstones – they bring so much character and depth to the pieces. I am also inspired by antique jewellery, incorporating aspects of historical jewellery making into my designs in a contemporary way. Nature is a recurrent theme in many of my designs – I love incorporating unusual colour combinations or forms that exist in nature.

I enjoy creating jewellery that is one-of-a-kind or part of a limited edition. I think it is important for the wearer to know that the piece is unique. I am very much an artist in that sense – my joy comes from designing something beautiful and unusual. I like to have fun with form and colour, designing special pieces that please both me and, hopefully, the wearer.


10 lots offered      70.00% sold      ZAR 72 695
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Ruby and 14ct gold ring, designed by Taz Watson
22 Feb 2021
Sold for ZAR 8 794
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Diamond and 18ct rose gold ring, designed by Taz Watson
19 Oct 2020
Unsold
Ruby and diamond ring, designed by Taz Watson
19 Oct 2020
Sold for ZAR 9 967
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Diamond and 18ct rose gold ring, designed by Taz Watson
19 Oct 2020
Unsold
Garnet and diamond 9ct white gold ring, designed by Taz Watson
19 Oct 2020
Unsold
Pair of tanzanite, emerald and diamond earrings, designed by Taz Watson
19 Oct 2020
Sold for ZAR 11 725
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Pair of tanzanite and emerald earrings, designed by Taz Watson
19 Oct 2020
Sold for ZAR 15 243
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Aquamarine, sapphire, tanzanite and diamond ring, designed by Taz Watson
19 Oct 2020
Sold for ZAR 8 208
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Pair of aquamarine and sapphire 14ct white gold earrings, designed by Taz Watson
19 Oct 2020
Sold for ZAR 11 725
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Aquamarine, sapphire, tanzanite and diamond pendant, designed by Taz Watson
19 Oct 2020
Sold for ZAR 7 035
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

Results in green indicate post sales.