Here’s a Q&A I did with the lovely Nina Flash Gordon of Flash Jewellery and images of her amazing stacker ring collection, which she’s launched just in time for Christmas! I was already a fan of Flash, but knowing that my absolute all time favourite musician Erykah Badu loves it too, makes me love it that much more. Available in Dunedin at Belle Bird Boutique
Where are you from originally and where are you based now?
I am originally from Nelson but have spent most of my life in Wellington and now are back in Nelson for the summer and some Vitamin D!! Then we are making the move to Melbs next year.
2. When did you discover your interest in jewellery? What’s your earliest memory of creating it?
I have always loved jewellery but this love sky-rocked when I was at the age I was aloud an item of ‘real jewellery’ – I was that kid that would lose things, I use to go through shoes crazy lol.
My earliest memory would be me and my sister stringing together beads – my ‘thing’ was really long dangly earrings, they were hilarious!
3. Did you study silversmithing, if so where did you study and when?
I am mostly self taught – but I did do some humble night courses with my mum when I was 16 – 17. I loved doing them so much I did the course 5 times over and became that regular gal at the workshop using all the equipment. I learnt most of my base skills here.
4. When and why did you decide to start your jewellery label?
I started Flash in 2012 ish ..I never intentionally started the label, it naturally just happened. I was working for a metal design firm at the time and had made some rings at home in sterling silver, one day I brought them into work and put them in the production line to be cast and that’s how Flash was born.
5. How would you describe your jewellery and who’s it aimed at?
Flash is about attitude and confidence as much it is about silver and gold.
I would describe it as golden, heavy, playful and bad ass.
6. What materials do you use and why do you use them?
I use brass with gold plaiting – as I am such a golden gal I would love to use solid gold but I also want Flash to be accessible.
I also make everything in sterling silver – I love mixing them together!
7. How often do you release new collections/pieces? What’s coming up for flash?
I don’t really have a formula and or time line for releasing collections, I love that jewellery isn’t just for one season so it can be released whenever.
What’s next for Flash….. Good question. I am working towards getting overseas next year & hopefully locking in some international stockist and really wanna release a cool chain collection.