Fiona Deffenbaugh is the designer behind Black Pearl. Of Scottish/American heritage, she was born in Cairo but grew up in Glasgow, before moving to London to study. What started as a hobby collecting, making and selling jewellery at London’s vibrant markets became a full time job and inspired Fiona to design her own range.
The collection takes inspiration from a wide range sources – from ancient history and mythology to modern street culture. To emphasise individuality pendants and chains can be bought individually or combined to make your own personalised necklace.
All Black Pearl jewellery is made of 925 Sterling Silver or 22ct Gold Vermeil (a long lasting gold plating on Sterling Silver). Everything is made either in London or within the UK.
‘I wanted to design jewellery that was easy to wear, that had a sense of history, but was modern at the same time. I didn’t want it to be too feminine or masculine, it could just be worn by anyone who related to it. I’ve seen first hand through selling at markets in East London how people like to make their own personalised combinations, which is why all of the pendants and chains are sold separately and come in a variety of sizes and finishes, and earrings are sold singly or in a pair, it just makes sense.’
You can find Fiona most weekends at the Backyard Market, 146 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL (part of the Truman Breweries complex). Drop by and say hello!