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/Jewellery Crush/ Susan Snyder Intersection Diamond Ring

Friday, 6 October 2017


Inspiration: Architecture, modern architecture, art, geometry
Style: Sleek simplicity, bold lines, elegant minimalism, sculptural beauty
Ring: Brushed matte sterling silver with diamonds ring



 

Slaves to Jewellery | Akiko Kurihara

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


 By applying humour and wit, Akiko Kurihara uses everyday items; the unconsciously forgotten and taken for granted, to connect with people adorning her pieces, creating an intimate link between the artist and the wearer. What is so fascinating about Akiko's body of work stems from seeing everyday objects as something particularly intriguing and of importance, for example, a safety pin, sink plug and spoon, asking inquisitive questions such as 'is a safety pin really safe?', or delving into the consumer mistrust within the jewellery industry by using one piece of genuine high quality Akoya pearl in a strand of imitation pearls. I marveled at the way where she attached a cigarette made of silver onto a long disc-shaped black chain, when worn it seems innocuous, quirky even, but when laid on a flat surface the shape of the chain is transformed into a cigarette smoke. Akiko's work force us to question, ponder, hesitate and think analytically, aiming to challenge herself as well as her audience to explore the possibility of jewellery being above and beyond its given identity and function, and to uncover what we consistently believed to be mundane and forgettable is actually an eye opener to our universal train of thoughts. I mean, who would compare the ball chain typically used in jewellery to a chain attached to the plug in the bathroom sink? Only Akiko.
 










Rock It! Conor Joseph Oricula Ear Piece

Wednesday, 23 August 2017



 Dark and obscure, Second Skin is a raw collection laid bare. Paying homage to the human body, it reveres the often-uncelebrated imperfections of the ultra delicate skin such as wrinkles, freckles and scars, provoking feelings of intimacy and exposure. In a society where we strive for unrealistic and unattainable goal of perfection, it is now a norm to camouflage so-called 'flaws' with strategically placed clothing, contouring makeup, identikit cosmetic surgery and, in the social media era, photoshop and filter apps. 

One of my favourite pieces from Second Skin is the Oricula earplug which fits perfectly inside the inner ear as well as the outer ear, like a second protective shell. It is an aesthetically sleek and unique ear piece that creates a sense of comfort between the wearer and the jewellery, symbolically blocking out criticism, judgement and unwanted opinion on our appearances, where we can finally be comfortable in our own skin and embrace our individuality and imperfections, if only temporarily.



 

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