Saskia Frost was inspired by her parents, who set up a graphic design company as she was growing up. Mum Marianne was born and raised in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and Saskia was inspired by what she found there. She saw a gap in the UK jewellery market and together with Marianne she set up Frost + Dutch.
Once Saskia finished University her parents retired from their graphic design business. “I’ve always wanted to have my own company (probably from seeing my parents with theirs) so I asked mum if she wanted to go into business with me.” Saskia explains. Graduating from Newcastle University with a BA in Fine Art she began designing cushion covers and prints inspired by nature and the whimsical. Following this Saskia was contacted by notonthehighstreet.com to go into partnership and have since appeared in some of their TV ads. She continues explaining: “Six months after joining the website I decided to introduce jewellery into the company. I have always had a great passion for jewellery and have felt dissatisfied with what I could afford in the UK. I set out wanting to offer something different yet affordable and ended up with the designs I have today.”
Over the last six months the popularity of the jewellery has just taken off, especially after Frost + Dutch’s appearance in British Vogue.
“Next year we hope to introduce new pieces and prints to keep the products looking fresh and people as excited as I am! I absolutely love my work, though it is pretty busy right now! I spend my days and evenings making jewellery, tassels, designing new prints and drawing some gorgeous pets (I do charcoal portraits too!). I’m also proud to say mum and I have done everything ourselves- photography, marketing, website, packaging etc so this company really is a great achievement for us.”
Frost + Dutch are an exciting company- one to watch! Who knows what else this duo will venture into…
A little more about these gems:
Each gemstone pendant comes on a fine gold filled chain complete with gold filled findings. Gemstones are capped or covered in 24k electroplated gold. Gemstones include Quartz, solar Quartz, obsidian, kyanite and Aqua aura. Due to popular demand we have recently introduced a small silver range with sterling silver chain and findings. Each necklace comes complete with a handmade cotton tassel of your choosing to make each necklace a bit more personal! Necklaces can be layered on request or made to different lengths.
The bracelets are designed to compliment the necklaces or stack for colourful arm candy! Bracelets, like the necklaces, are all handmade. The bracelets come with a matching handmade cotton tassel. Gemstones include lapis lazuli, Aqua jade, white jade, hematite, goldstone, carnelian, coral and moss agate.