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Jewellery & Metal (MA)

Ildar Wafin

Ildar Wafin creates one of a kind jewellery pieces in his Helsinki based studio. Before the Royal College of Art Wafin studied for his Bachelor’s degree in Jewellery Design at the Lahti Institute Of Design. During his bachelor’s studies he successfully took part in the prestigious Hyéres Festival Of Fashion and enjoyed a residency at the Villa Noailles in the heart of the French Riviera amongst ten other finalists in the accessories category.

Wafin has had the honor of collaborating with the First Lady Of Finland Jenni Haukio for the annual high profile independency day reception in which she wore handcrafted jewellery by him.

Before embarking on his final year of studies at the Royal College of Art Wafin completed an internship at Louis Vuitton in 2021.

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesJewellery & Metal (MA)

Show Location: Battersea campus: Dyson & Woo Buildings, Third floor

Wafin’s body of work is influenced by the rural landscape of Finland. The haute jewellery pieces that he creates embed a sense of narrativity transforming the themes of identity, cultural heritage, diaspora & folklore into a tangible form of jewellery. Combining aspects from his cultural heritage to natural elements he believes in creating a means of documenting his roots and ancestry in a conversation with the present. Wafin is a part of a very small minority of Tatar people living in Finland.

In his research Wafin has focused on the ancient folklore tales of the Tatar people. These tales from his childhood sparked an inspiration and evolved in to creating a collection of handcrafted jewellery pieces. Mysticism and unprecedented natural forces are strongly represented in these folklore stories which have magical creatures that dwell in the forests. These stories often have hidden messages in them which question the morality of the human mind and the interaction we have with the surrounding nature.

Wafin has handcrafted all of his pieces in sterling silver using the technique of wax casting and combining it with traditional goldsmithing techniques.   

Ekiyet is a handcrafted necklace in silver, tourmaline & citrine stone settings.


Silver, Tourmaline, Citrine

Agaç is a pair of earrings handcrafted in silver.



Tabiät is a pendant handcrafted in silver.



The Griffin Scholarship

Wafin has had the honor of receiving the financial support from the Griffin Scholarship during his studies at the Royal College of Art.