The Duchess of Windsor was an American divorcee, who became a part of the British establishment and took society by storm, rising straight to the top by marrying the Kingof England. This caused a constitutional crisis ultimately resulting in the abdication of King Edward VIII.
Since the Duchess was a leading socialite, the major jewellery design houses such as Cartier strived to create outstanding original pieces for her. So in truth, my interest in her collection became more focused as I saw a commercial opportunity and ultimately decided to emulate her style.
Instead of diamonds, gold and platinum I wanted to design a collection using silver and semi-precious stones so it was not limited to only the most affluent.
Her jewellery collection inspired the creation of the Ari D. Norman Duchess of Windsor Collection, which reflects the original elegance and richness but at more affordable prices and brought to life in sterling silver and marcasite panther jewellery UK manufactured.