Jessica Aggrey’s inspiration comes from a real passion for jewels and gems. “Growing up in Ghana, West Africa was the start of my lifelong obsession in the way people adorn themselves,” she says, “My paternal grandmother was a gold trader on the coast, its in my blood, I was surrounded by women with great style and an appreciation of jewellery.” Several of the women in my life are my muse and I really think about what suits and defines them as individuals.
Aggrey has been designing and creating her unique jewellery pieces in New Zealand since the early 90’s. After a Diploma at Auckland’s MIT, she set up her first jewellery studio, Tempietto, on Queen St while in her early twenties and stocked her wares at the likes of Zambesi Karen Walker and World to name a few. She later opened her well-loved store Mettle 22 in Ponsonby where she traded for several years.
There was a break raising three children and a vocational re invention as a costume designer and stylist for TV and TVC. The tools never got stored away. These days, you can find her in the city in the Lister building by appointment.