Dinny Hall Notting Hill is a jewel box of a store, situated between Parisian brand The Kooples and glamorous breakfast hotspot 202 Café on Westbourne Grove. Step inside this treasure trove and you discover Shai, the store manager. Yummy mummy and always stylish, she can often be found wearing her Talitha Statement earrings.
Dinny Hall continues to design all the jewellery for the brand, with help from her long-term goldsmith Clare Goddard, and she still takes a hands-on approach to every creative aspect of the company. She is best known for her strong silver designs and simple elegant creations in gold, diamonds and beautiful precious stones. The distinctiveness of her talent lies in an effortless classic modernity which has kept her at the top of her field for more than 27 years, still influencing many designers in the jewellery industry. Dinny Hall has been called the ‘little British Tiffany’, but above all it’s a quintessentially British jewellery brand in a class of its own. We managed to steal Dinny away from her busy schedule to find out a little more about the innovative gemologist…
So Dinny, what’s the idea behind Dinny Hall?
It’s all about intelligent, wearable jewellery design with one eye on fashion but with a true British heritage.
How did Dinny Hall come about?
I love designing and couldn't have done anything else – I was born to do this! I studied jewellery design at Central St Martins and wanted to go it alone.
What’s the best aspect of having your own company?
Are you a big team at Dinny Hall?
We’re a small family but with a new CEO, so we’re about to grow.
Were you involved with the design of the stores?
Yes, but they need updating now. Munkenbeck and Marshall designed the Notting Hill store in 1992.
Why did you open on Westbourne Grove?
It’s my stomping ground.
Where else can we find Dinny Hall?
I have another store in Islington and a concession in Liberty. We’ll soon be in Europe and global!
What’s the most popular piece you sell at the moment?
A three-stone cocktail ring in two colours of gem stone.
Is there anything new coming out that you’re excited about?
Gorgeous 18k gold stacking rings in the Sheba collection in amazing gemstones, spinels, tourmalines, zircons and sapphires.
What piece of jewellery can’t you live without?
My entire ring collection...
What’s your favourite piece right now?
My tanzanite ring set in rose and white gold, and my Talitha Statement earrings.
What do you love about Bayswater/Notting Hill?
It’s a smart village. You can buy everything and anything here and I especially love Portobello. I feel part of the community.
What’s your favourite local eaterie?
202 Café and Santo’s.
Your favourite hang-out after work?
Your drink of choice?
A Raspberry Margarita at Santo’s.
What are you reading?
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
Do you live locally?
I live in West Hampstead, though I used to live in Clanricarde Gardens.
Describe yourself in three words.
Creative, fun-loving, stubborn.
What can’t you live without?
Lorcan (my son), Piers (my partner) and Bo (my miniature schnauzer).
Do you have a holiday planned?
Todos Santos in Baja California, Mexico.
What piece of jewellery should every girl have?
Hoops – small, medium or large – and a diamond pendant.
Dinny Hall, 200 Westbourne Grove, London W11; dinnyhall.com