Annoushka

Founded in 2009, Annoushka designs fine jewellery in 18ct gold, using an array of precious and semi-precious stones.

Annoushka occupies a largely uninhabited position in a market presently polarised between High Jewellery and traditional jewellery.

Annoushka

Annoushka was founded in 2009 by Annoushka Ducas and John Ayton (formerly of Links of London) and brings a new dimension of freedom and self-expression to the world of fine jewellery. It occupies a largely uninhabited position in a market presently polarised between High Jewellery and the traditional jeweller.

Annoushka offers the jewellery world a new concept in fine jewellery, combining a design-driven, informal approach with a strong spirit. Since the element of choice is vital, Annoushka offers clients a selection of very different collections and styles, as well as a unique “Wardrobe” concept, helping women to build their own collection – their personal “parure” – and giving them an understanding of how to choose, wear and, most of all, indulge in the joy of jewellery.

Annoushka offers the jewellery world a new concept in fine jewellery, combining a design-driven, informal approach with a strong spirit.

Annoushka instinctively understands the needs of the market and the dreams and desires of the client and is dedicated to continual innovation and ingenuity, from design and manufacture through to marketing, packaging and communications.

The Annoushka collections are the culmination of Annoushka Ducas’ lifelong obsession with the timeless romance and sensual magic of jewels, brought together in designs which exude an irreverent sense of fun. Almost all of the collections are designed in 18ct gold, using an array of precious and semi-precious stones.

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BUSINESS LEADERS

  • Annoushka Ducas
    Founder, Annoushka & Links of London
    Annoushka Ducas
    Founder, Annoushka & Links of London

    Annoushka has strong Russian heritage and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris in the 1980s after which she followed inspirational travel opportunities, stopping to spend time in Hong Kong where she first began to design jewellery. In 1990, together with her husband, John Ayton, Annoushka founded Links of London, a pioneering venture that became a global luxury jewellery brand. It became of the great success stories of the 90s and the new millennium, a pioneering venture that spearheaded the democratisation of luxury and design in jewellery and silver.

    They built Links of London to sales of over £50 million before selling the company to Folli Follie SA in late 2006. Annoushka is currently the Creative Director of the new jeweller that takes her name occupying a largely uninhabited position in a market presently polarised between High Jewellery and the traditional jeweller. She is the driving force behind this exciting new concept that perfectly captures the mood of the moment by bringing a new dimension of fun, freedom and self-expression to the world of fine jewellery and one that reflects her own background, experiences, tastes and travels. Annoushka is known for her energy and enthusiasm in her pursuit of endless creativity and her exploration of new ideas.

    With her gift for instinctively understanding the needs of the market and dreams and desires of the client Annoushka is dedicated to continual innovation and ingenuity, from design and manufacture, through to marketing, packaging and communications. She takes an active role in searching out and nurturing young creative talent, instigating and overseeing a very successful annual jewellery design project with students at Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design. Annoushka’s work has been widely recognised and rewarded with various awards and accolades; amongst others she was winner of several prestigious jewellery industry awards, including Jewellery Designer of the Year, Gift Designer of the Year, Brand of the Year (twice), and she was short-listed for the Veuve Cliquot Businesswoman of the Year.

  • John Ayton
    Chairman, Annoushka & Bremont
    John Ayton
    Chairman, Annoushka & Bremont

    John graduated in Modern History from Oxford University in 1983, subsequently practicing corporate law in London and Hong Kong. Leaving the legal profession in 1995 he served on the Board of Halston Borghese Inc., a U.S. based Cosmetics Company, and was responsible for restructuring their Japanese and German operation. John is an established player in the world of luxury goods, having founded Links of London with his wife, Annoushka Ducas, in 1990, one of the great success stories of the 90s and the new millennium, a pioneering venture that spearheaded the democratisation of luxury and design in jewellery and silver.

    With his gift for instinctively understanding the needs of the market and dreams and desires of the client John is dedicated to continual innovation and ingenuity, from design and manufacture, through to marketing, packaging and communications. They built Links of London to sales of over £50 million before selling the company to Folli Follie SA in late 2006. John stepped down from the company in October 2007. Upon leaving Links of London, John invested in a new-start up business, Bremont Watch Company alongside Nick & Giles English, subsequently becoming Chairman of the Company. In under 18 months Bremont has become a key player in the luxury watch industry, recently expanding into the United States and Asia. In July 2009 he and Annoushka Ducas launched “Annoushka” a fine jewellery brand.

    Annoushka’s designs are sold exclusively through its own boutiques in Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty and Harvey Nichols. The brand recently opened a design studio and flagship store at 42 Cadogan Gardens, adjacent to Sloane Square. John is a director of Walpole, the organisation and community aimed at serving and promoting British luxury brands, and founder of Walpole Brands of Tomorrow, mentoring and supporting the best of emerging British talent in the luxury sector. Launched in 2007 the bespoke mentorship and coaching programme helps aspiring British luxury brands of the future to fulfil their potential. These include the jewellery brands Astley Clark, Shawn Leane and Maui. John is also Chairman of the Pallant House Gallery Development Board – winner of the Museum of the Year Gulbenkian Prize for museums and galleries in 2007 and nominated for European Museum of the Year 2009.