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Celebrating 10 Years with Tessa Niles

Meet Tessa, everyone needs someone like Tessa, she's magnetically warm and upbeat, with an incredible perspective on life. After just a few minutes, you feel like you've known her forever. Tessa is a professional singer and has sang with the likes of Tina Turner, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pet Shop Boys and Robbie Williams - to name a few!

How long have you been wearing MV?

I have been wearing Monica Vinader's designs for approximately 6 years.

Where do you live?

I live in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

What are you reading?

David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and The Power by Naomi Alderman.

What are you listening to?

I am currently crushing on some classic Steely Dan

What's your top holiday destination?


Tell us a fun fact about you.

At 16 I left school and had a job making dog collars for vicars!

I had tea with Nelson Mandela - twice.

What's your favourite childhood memory?

Singing harmonies with my brother.

What/who inspires you?

People who run towards danger inspire me. I have a friend who is an award-winning journalist. Alex Crawford risks her life to bring important stories to the world, I'm in awe of her courage and the fact she's a mum to four kids. Respect!

What are you most proud of in your life so far?

My beautiful twin daughters, Mikaela & Fallon. Oh and writing my autobiography.

What is the best life advice you have ever received?

Always aim to be the best version of yourself rather than a second rate version of someone else. #BeAuthentic.

What is your biggest dream or ambition in life?

My ambition is for whatever I pursue to be executed authentically with heart, soul and integrity.

What is your favourite inspirational quote?

"Life isn't perfect but your jewellery can be!"

Describe your style in three words.

Eclectic, divergent and largely unpredictable.

Which gemstone meaning do you feel most represents you and why?

Turquoise! There's nothing in life that doesn't require 'strength' of some kind. Legend has it that Native American Indians celebrated when the rains came - their tears of joy mixed with the rain and seeped into the earth to become Turquoise. For me, Turquoise has a timeless quality and I wear it throughout the seasons. Harnessing some of that ancient strength in my daily life.

Do you prefer a minimal or statement jewellery look?


What do you love about Monica Vinader jewellery?

Monica Vinader designs are as unique as the women who wear them. At a recent Monica Vinader event I was stunned at how many different ways women found to elevate their looks. Some wore a singular sophisticated piece, whilst others rocked a fully stacked vibe. Edgy or classic, the permutations are endless. I love to mix it up. Gems with jeans, rocks with frocks. Having ogled and drooled over the entire MV collection, online and in the flesh, hand on heart, I would happily wear every perfect piece.

If you could have anything engraved on a Monica Vinader piece what would it be and which piece would you engrave?

My engraving would read 'My hearts' 10.02.1998. Up until aged 35 I had been a fast-living, success-driven kind of girl. When I had my babies I embodied and embraced so many of my parent's values that were seemingly just waiting for the right moment to reveal themselves. I felt more alive and connections to music, art and writing intensified. My journey as a mother continues to challenge me everyday. Emotions run high and sometimes low but with every phase my heart grows.

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Tessa wears a selection of vibrant gemstone pieces from our iconic Siren collection stacked with our Nura and Signature collections. Shop her look below!

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