OBJETS D'ART JEWELLERY is the inspiration of Sheila Pickles, a creative entrepreneur with a long career in the arts.
Sheila began her career working for Franco Zeffirelli in the worlds of theatre, film and opera in Italy in the 60s. "He was my education," says Sheila. "He was the first one to open my eyes to the whole world of the Arts. In Rome beauty was all around me." At Zeffirelli's suggestion she took over the dying business of Penhaligon's - the historic perfume house making colognes and special preparations for discerning gentlemen - and spent the next two decades brilliantly bringing the business back to International life. Starting with the launch of several exquisite new scents, her creativity took her into designing original luxury gifts and finally into publishing. Sixteen unique scented anthologies of verse and prose redefined the giftbook market including the international bestseller, The Language of Flowers. Two million copies sold!
With the Objets d'Art Jewellery website, Sheila has created a 21st century version of her books, now on line for the next generation. Showing the inspiration and provenance of the jewellery gives a special meaning to which everyone can immediately relate. "Working in the Uffizzi Gallery in Florence with Zeffirelli during the Florence Flood in 1966 was a cathartic time for me", says Sheila. "This was when I realised for the first time the full value of the past and what it can offer us in the future."
Sheila’s creative spark and enormous energy are taking her into a new world, mastering website technology and new marketing techniques in a different direction close to her heart - the beauty of jewellery.
Sheila has two children, James who works in film and Charlotte who is a make-up artist. Charlotte has lent us her beautiful face and is one of the jewellery models.
Objets d'Art Jewellery was conceived through my desire to sell quality jewellery inspired by my love of the great masters of art, literary classics and cultural icons. These have stimulated me to create collections of beautiful jewellery using only covetable gemstones and skilled craftsmanship. I use only quality materials - 925 silver, 18 carat goldplate and several Art Nouveau copper designs.
The great Masters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet and Klimt have inspired my impressive collections of necklaces, rings, brooches, bangles, bracelets and earrings. Such 20th Century Arts and Craft Creators, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald have influenced sets of copper, silver and goldplated jewellery. Such William Shakespeare's heroines, as Titania, Cleopatra, and Portia amongst others have inspired my contemporary classical jewellery. My modern pieces have each been inspired by the Heavens, the Earth, the Sea, Flora and Fauna.
I am also offering a wide range of pearl jewellery including classical and illusion pearl necklaces, large fashion pearls and long ropes of pearls in different colours. Beautiful gifts for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or treats for yourself.