Meet The Designer:  Shaun Leane

Meet The Designer: Shaun Leane

Published by Charlotte Gatward on 11th Nov 2021

We first published this article in 2017 when Shuan came to a few in-store events. Now he's something of a celebrity with his TV appearances in All That Glitters.

Shaun Leane OBE

For lovers of fine jewellery and followers of the most famous fashion houses, Shaun Leane’s jewellery is instantly recognisable.

Best known for his sculptural pieces created for Alexander McQueen, Shaun Leane is four-time winner of the prestigious UK Jewellery Designer of the Year award. His beautiful collections of both silver and gold jewellery feature edgy designs, yet soft flowing lines.


Shaun started a seven-year apprenticeship at the age of sixteen in London where he became a classically trained goldsmith. It was there that he undertook antique restorations of Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewellery, all of which requires immense skill.

In 1992 Shaun was introduced to Lee Alexander McQueen and this was when their amazing catwalk collaborations began and continued for over seventeen years. Working with a variety of materials, Shaun’s natural flair for design, coupled with his ability as a trained goldsmith helped him to create some of the most iconic catwalk jewellery of all time. These designs have been exhibited worldwide including at the V&A in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


Each collection is beautifully designed and executed and unmistakably ‘Shaun Leane’. It is extremely difficult to choose our favourite, so here are our top three:

Hook Earrings

“Transcending time and seasons the Hook Earrings are an icon of design. A nod to the fêted Leane x McQueen partnership, the daring silhouette is both elegant and fashion-forward. Available as pairs or single earrings crafted in silver, rose and yellow gold vermeil or 18ct gold.”

As worn by Emma Watson, Cara Delavigne & Daisy Ridley.

Cherry Blossom

“Cherry blossom epitomises femininity and sophistication. From cocktail rings adorned with pearls and diamonds through to our favourite diamond pendant. Discover the Signature floral Collection in Silver, Rose Gold and Yellow Gold Vermeil.”

White Feather

“An enduring emblem of love, hope and new beginnings, White Feather is a deeply personal collection symbolising the nearby presence of loved ones lost or absent. The perfect gift, these ethereal pieces are crafted in silver, gold vermeil and are adorned with diamonds and shimmering mother of pearl.”

Shaun's work is extraordinary and we invite you to come in, try it on and experience it for yourslef. We'd be happy to tell you all about it.

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