Oxfam x Lima Lima: An Interview with ethical jewellery designer Rhiannon Hart

Meet Rhiannon Hart, founder of Lima Lima; a minimalist jewellery brand based in Bristol. Rhi hand-makes everything from her home studio and aims to use recycled materials wherever possible. We are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with her for an exclusive OxfamxLimaLima jewellery collection, so I met with her in her home studio to get to know her a bit better over a coffee!

So how did you get into jewellery making?

I studied surface pattern at uni and made some acrylic wearable jewellery as part of my final piece. This later led me to do a beginner’s course in Silversmithing – I was hooked from the very first class. A second course later and I now have my own Jewellery Business! I have taught myself a lot from Youtube videos – Soham Harrison’s videos are amazing. I’m continually learning and challenging myself – next I want to take an advanced course on jewellery casting.

What inspires you?

Everything – sculptures, paintings, architecture! In particular, I love Art Deco, Bauhaus and The Memphis Group.  I am drawn to bold, geometric shapes but like to translate that into subtle, minimalist jewellery. I get inspiration wherever I go; I’m always taking photos of buildings and even weird things like drain covers! I’m forever looking at the ground!

Who is your favourite jewellery designer?

I absolutely love Annie Costello Brown. Her pieces are stunning, and the way she handcrafts each piece herself means they have an amazing textured quality to them.

Rhi working on designs in her home studio

Rhi working on designs in her home studio

Are you excited about collaborating with Oxfam?

Absolutely – I am so excited to be partnering with a company who share my values and ethics. I try to make conscious decisions at every stage of my business; part of my range is made using eco silver and my packaging is all made from recycled card. The silver is made using recycled silver jewellery and medical equipment. There really isn’t an impact on quality so really, why wouldn’t you?! I think sustainability and transparency are really on customers’ radar at the moment. People are starting to ask “What’s this made of” and
“Where is this made?”. That’s great and I want to focus on this further. Next, I’m planning to switch my brass to using factory off cuts.

Talk me through your design process.

I initially start looking at trends and art for inspiration. I then create moodboards and spend time sketching out shapes before making prototypes. Sometimes the best things come from just going straight to bending some wire and seeing what happens though!

Are you an Oxfam customer?

Yes – I  love a good Oxfam find! I have a pair of black and white checked trousers I absolutely treasure.

Do you have a go-to accessory?

I have a ring from my first collection that fits on every finger and takes me from day to night. I never leave the house without it. I also love the monstera leaf earrings from my new OxfamxLimaLima range. They’re such a great simple statement and were inspired by all my lovely houseplants!

Rhi polishing her favourite Monstera leaf earrings.


Rhi polishing her favourite Monstera leaf earrings.

Article by Annabel New, Online Category Buyer for Oxfam GB

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Rhi works on her designs in her home studio
Rhi works on her designs in her home studio

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