Paul Preston originally practised architecture before becoming a self-taught jeweller. His combination of fine workmanship and imaginative ideas make him one of Britain’s most distinctive contemporary jewellers. His work is based on themes from nature, especially birds and fish, and has a strong element of fantasy, influenced by cartoons, story books, and poetry.
Born in Leeds, Paul Preston originally practised architecture, practicing for just two years before retiring to dive the waters round Lands End for crawfish and the recovery of non-ferrous metals from wrecks. His interest in jewellery began after seeing the work of artist and sculptor Breon O’Casey. Paul now works from his studio in West Wales. His work is in many public and private collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.