Pippa Small MBE is an ethical jewellery designer and an anthropologist, who started making jewellery as a child, using old buttons, gems and key rings. She is one of eight siblings. Born in Quebec, she moved with her family to Spain when she was five, and to a farm in Wiltshire, England, two years later. She studied anthropology at university, funding her studies by making jewellery.
She now divides her time between anthropological work–craft initiatives with indigenous communities in remote areas around the world–and her jewellery business, which has led to collaborations with Nicole Farhi, Chloé and Tom Ford at Gucci. Small finds inspiration in pieces of jewellery she collects from all over the world. She has two shops (in Notting Hill, London, and Los Angeles) and sells her designs through 26 stockists worldwide and online via her website, pippasmall.com. She lives alone in West London.