"I love flowers that are a little bit shy, but when you get near them, have an amazing scent or a beautiful shape,” says the jeweller Sheherazade Goldsmith, as we stroll around her sun-dappled lawn, which backs onto the London Wetland Centre in Barnes. “My garden is inspired by Vita Sackville-West and a lot of the planting scheme that I put in has come from Sissinghurst, so it’s very fragrant and floral,” she says. “The local farmer uses the land at the bottom, so sometimes we even have sheep and cows wandering past.”
It is an idyllic setting in which to bring up her three children, Uma, Thyra and James, by her former husband Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative MP for Richmond Park. Her spacious double-fronted Victorian house also has an office where Goldsmith works on ideas for Loquet London, the fine jewellery brand she launched in 2013 with the model and writer Laura Bailey. The label’s signature piece is a modern keepsake locket with a clear crystal face, encased in gold, that can be opened and personalised with charms and birthstones, from a lucky horseshow to a rainbow. “Loquet is about people’s stories, their individuality, what’s important in their lives, and what makes them who they are,” she says.
Born in London, the daughter of