Though Jon Dibben, as a company, began at Smithbrook Kilns in 1990, the seeds for its foundation were sown far earlier, on a beach on the Greek island of Naxos.
At the culmination of his teenage travels around Europe, Jon lived there, in a hut, for two years. With such a minimal existence, it may be unsurprising that a natural talent for creative design found its outlet in the making of simple jewellery from shells and beads. The experience encouraged his value for the natural world around him, as well as an instinct to be as thoughtful and precise as the luxuries of time and patience allowed. This philosophy formed the basis of Jon's inspiration and career, which crystallised on his return to the UK, with refinement of his skills and materials, and increasing demand for his work.
Jon Dibben was one of the first twenty designers licenced to make jewellery using the world's first certified Fairtrade & Fairmined gold and platinum. Jon's debut FTFM design was recognised by the British Jewellers' Association as a landmark piece of the past 125 years within the industry, and was selected for their Anniversary Exhibition, representing 2011- the year Fairtrade & Fairmined gold was launched and the ring was designed and made.
Jon Dibben has been peer voted as an 'Inspiring Independent' by the trade's 'Retail Jeweller' magazine for two consecutive years, and by 'Professional Jeweller' magazine as a 'Trend Setter' in their 'Hot 100'.
Jon's designs are now exclusively available from Jon Dibben at Smithbrook Kilns, exhibitions or by appointment in central London.
Watch our video diary by local film maker and friend of Jon, Mark Hammett.
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