Inspiration

Petra’s designs draw from a diverse range of cultural influences, from the Middle East to London, born of Egyptian and Syrian parents in Bahrain, Petra’s family came to London in the 1960s. Growing up in South East London, Petra has always drawn upon her cultural heritage and London upbringing. After completing her studies in Jewellery at Epsom School of Art and Design, she went on to set up her own jewellery design business in 1995 and opened her own studio at Cockpit Art in the same year. She combines teaching with running her own practice and taught and ran courses at Kensington & Chelsea College until 2017. Petra has participated in talks in London & Europe and continues to conduct workshops and courses for children and adults at the V&A.

Her interest in design and jewellery grew during her childhood, her father designed jewellery for her mother, including amongst other beautiful pieces, her engagement ring, a truly romantic gesture that inspired Petra to create her own pieces. Her early introduction to the design process gives her an intrinsic understanding of what is required to make jewellery beautiful to look at while at the same time easy to wear.

Striking and bold, Petra’s designs make a statement; they are both provocative and sensual. Each piece is superbly crafted to create jewellery that is distinctive either for every day or statement pieces for special occasions.