BA (Hons) Jewellery Design & Production Lead


Sofie Boons is a self-proclaimed Alchemical Jeweller whose research and creative practice crosses the disciplinary boundaries of science, craft, and design. She recently completed a 4-year Crafts Council Research Fellowship at the Centre for Print Research and is finalising a Ph.D. investigating lab-grown crystals and crystal growth technologies, proposing innovations whilst challenging context, terminology, and underlying assumptions. In her research she is growing her own ruby crystals and aims to challenge the classifications and underpinning authenticity debates of materials and the role humans play in the creation of the so-called synthetic. 

Sofie is a jewellery designer with a conceptual mindset. Her work is often not restricted to a certain material or technique and collaborations are a key driving force in her practice. After graduating from her second Masters at the Royal College of Art in 2013 she has continually exhibited her work domestically and internationally.  

Prior to starting her research, Sofie worked as the Head of Academy for the British Academy of Jewellery, where she remains active supporting its BA and Higher Education provision. She also currently lectures at the Royal College of Art and the University of the West of England, where she is writing an Masters in Craft and Design.

  • BA (hons) Jewellery Design & Production
  • London, Camden
  • London, Euston
  • DIY crystal growth
  • Jewellery design
  • Jewellery art
  • Goldsmithing
  • Material tinkering
  • Artistic research
  • Practice-based research
  • Creative thinking
  • Innovation
  • Design thinking
  • Prototyping
  • Art and science collaborations
  • Product development
  • 3D printing
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Emerging technologies
  • Computer-aided design (CAD)

University of the West of England (United Kingdom)

  • Funded Doctoral Studies (PhD)


Royal College of Art (United Kingdom)

  • MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery
  • MAD-Faculty Hasselt (Belgium)
  • MA Jewellery and Object


Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Belgium)

  • BA Jewellery Design and Silversmithing
  • Design Research Society (DRS)
  • Association for Contemporary Jewellers (ACJ)
  • Institute for Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Emerging Scholar Award , Design Principles and Practices , 2021
  • Highly Commended, Triple Parade Competition, 2017
  • Nominated, Arts Foundation Fellowship, 2016
  • Scouted, One To Watch – Design Council, 2014
  • Winner, Theo Fennell Overall Excellence Award, 2013
  • Winner, Place on the Innovation RCA Summer School Launchpad, 2013
  • Nominated, Helen Hamlyn Design Award, 2013
  • Nominated, South Square Trust Award, 2012
  • Nominated, Memorabilia Designing Souvenirs competition, 2012
  • Nominated, Wanatoe-price, 2011
  • Winner, Place on the MAD-Shop, 2011
  • Scholarship, Mary Somerville Lehrbeauftragtenprogramm, 2023
  • Scholarship, DAAD, 2021
  • Grant, STROOM Limburg, 2011
  • Grant, Design Vlaanderen, 2011

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