Rachael Colley is a Lecturer in Jewellery Design and Related Products at Birmingham City University. She is a member of the Research Centre for Creative Making (S.T.U.F.F), and holds a BA in 3D Design (Silversmithing and Jewellery) from Loughborough University and an MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery from the Royal College of Art.

Her practice-based research explores the fleeting and complex nature of human existence, using predominantly jewellery and regalia as modes of expression. Her current research seeks to defamiliarise everyday organic materials, to resemble precious gemstones and objects of value. The outcomes aim to undercut status and class, re-presenting historic social signifiers in a satirical and narrative way.