Georgie Lane-Godfrey meets Maya Magal, the contemporary jeweller bringing her signature style to Coal Drops Yard.
When you’re the granddaughter of a renowned jeweller in Cairo, it’s no surprise that a love of jewellery runs in the blood. But for Maya Magal, that passion extends even further, to changing the way we traditionally wear jewellery. “I go for a clean, minimalist look which involves mixing metals and layering it up,” she explains. “The aim is to make affordable, handmade jewellery that’s wearable every day rather than pieces which are only brought out for special occasions.”
The 30-year-old jeweller who hails from Kensal Rise, is best known for her signature look of combining gold and silver. “If you only ever wear one metal, our two-tone pieces are a good way to start mixing it up,” she says. “I love the look because you’re wearing different metals on buckles, zips and eyelets across your outfit anyway, so it brings everything together.”
With two stores now open in London and a third launching at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross later this year, it comes as no surprise that much of Magal’s client base is in the capital. “The woman who wears Maya Magal jewellery is usually a London professional looking for unfussy jewellery they can wear any time of day,” she says. “They’re effortlessly chic and aren’t bothered by designer names — they’d rather discover their own independent brands which reflect their style.”
It’s that same air of independence which motivated Magal to open her third store. “It’s exciting to be one of the first ones to open here at Coal Drops Yard,” she says. “King’s Cross has grown so much in the last five years, and has a cool edge thanks to Central Saint Martins and all the independent restaurants and shops. It’s a community I want my brand to be a part of.” We say welcome to the gang, Maya!
Nº 1 · Stripe Ring · £104 · Maya Magal’s best-selling ring features three striking parallel stripes made from sterling silver and gold plate. Best of all? It’s completely adjustable, so it’ll still fit when the temperature soars.
Nº 2 · Adjustable Two-Tone Bangle · £296 ·Taking inspiration from Maya Magal’s best-selling Parallel ring, the clean, contemporary graphic lines are understated enough to work with any outfit. Try pairing with a little black dress.
Nº 3 · Alphabet necklace · £70 each · Perfect for giving your jewellery a personalised touch, these alphabet necklace charms have a cool modern edge to them. Wear a couple together for an easy way to start mixing your metals.
Nº 4 · Faceted End Choker · £220 · “With a distinctly nostalgic 1990s vibe, this statement necklace looks equally cool paired with a T-shirt and jeans as it does with an evening dress,” says Magal.
Nº 5 · Oversized Alyssa Earrings · £280 · “These statement earrings are large yet lightweight and super wearable,” says Magal. “They look just as good dressed up or down, making them a hard-working addition to your jewellery collection.”
Nº 6 · Multi Mini Faceted Necklace · £213 · Showcasing how well mixed metals work together, this necklace features three semi-precious white topaz stones for added sparkle. Prefer something chunkier? It’s also available with fewer but larger faceted charms too.
This article first appeared in the summer 2018 edition of King’s Cross Quarterly magazine. Read more about the people and stories that make King’s Cross, or find out where you can pick up the latest copy of King’s Cross Quarterly below.