Claudia has a fierce passion for Fine Jewellery & Design and she's used this love and acquired knowledge to create a traditional business that prides itself on 'British Made' exceptional craftsmanship from her workshop in the Heart of London.
It all started when as a teenager she would tinker with the tools in her Father’s workshop at their family home in Buckinghamshire, England.
Her Father is of one of “the World's finest Gunmakers” - Peter Nelson (formally of the famous London Gunmakers, James Purdey & Son and then under his own respected name of P.V Nelson – Gunmakers, London).
Claudia would make cufflinks, belt buckles and unusual jewellery from the raw material she found lying around his workshop and shape them into fashionable wearable pieces.
If she was lucky enough to be in the workshop at the time of her Father finishing a piece, she'd salvage real 24 carat gold leaf and precision offcuts of stainless steel.
This sparked her love of jewellery creation and planted the idea of one day creating her own brand of Jewellery under her own name, just as her Father did with his Guns.
Below is the 'Nelson Gun' built by Peter Nelson and arguably one of the most famous shotguns to have been made in Britain and above is a pair of Claudia's own branded cufflinks designs.
Her Father, Peter Nelson is known in the industry as ‘Mr Perfection’, little wonder when one of his incredible guns took approximately 800 hours to complete.
"He has a lot of patience and an eye for detail that is hard to comprehend".
Peter has now retired from Gunmaking and has taken over the quality and control within Claudia Sylvester London.
A role that he relishes due to his thirst for perfection and for the time spent with his Daughter sharing his knowledge of working in small intricate metal work detail
After Education, Claudia went into the Corporate World working her way up to Marketing Manager with the IT company, Softcat PLC for 5 years until marrying and having their first child, Zak.
She travelled the world with her Husband, then Professional cricketer Steven (now Author & Sports Psychologist), and spending a year living and working as a model in Australia for various Designers including Louis Féraud and Calvin Klein.
She then came back to London and modelled for Vivienne Westwood & Anna Sui in London Fashion Week and got to meet and work with many of the Designers she'd spent years admiring.
Still with a love of Design and Fashion, she switched from modelling to TV presenting and loved it so much, she stayed doing this for 18 years with a role as Host of QVC.
It was during this time and after the birth of their 4th child, Claudia made a bold decision to finally forge ahead with setting up her own Design brand - CS London in 2009.
Starting slowly at first with Diamond Engagement ring commissions, she very gradually via word of mouth, grew her client base through her network, making Jewellery for Footballers and Cricketers both in London and abroad.
With determination and hard work over the past 10 years, she has now formed a strong and dedicated team of world-class collaborators to create exceptional Bespoke Jewellery and Luxury Home Accessories from her central London workshop.
Her CS London Collection is now available online and will appear in selected stores and boutiques in 2020.
Visit Claudia Sylvester London on Facebook to get a behind the scenes look at some of the stunning designs Claudia and her team have created over the last decade.
Claudia has her own Hallmark at the Goldsmith's Company Assay Office in London.
(Claudia pictured above on her way into the London Assay Office where her Bespoke Jewellery Hallmark is registered)