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More is more, layer it up Delta!

Sunday 30 June 2013

Image from DailyMail

There is no such thing as too much. I adore how Delta Goodrem layered her jewellery here and it hits the spot when it comes to the layered jewellery trend.

 Without running the risk of looking too overburden, the only statement piece of jewellery that stood out immediately is her long dangling multi-layered earring (as opposed to two) and that is despite seeing at least 17 different combinations of jewellery here. She kept the necklaces dainty, consistent and at different lengths so it doesn't interfere with the earring. Additionally, the monochrome outfit is brightened up by the textured, colourful bracelets and chunky rings, altering the look from work smart to photographically stylish.

For tips on how to layer jewellery, I found this website to be quite useful: click TrendSeeder
Image from DailyMail

Light up my Life: Allumer-esque

Wednesday 26 June 2013

Inspire. Stack. Collect. Create.

Natasha Leith-Smith's humble beginnings is certainly one to inspire and depicts an untold story of love, friendship and sharing. 

What originally started off as a handmade bracelet gift to a best friend (with a little help from a friend of a friend who ended up blogging about the bracelet in fashion bible Vogue) turned the brand into a wildfire of worldwide recognition and award winning-triumph,  and right there and then, Allumer was born...

    The classic friendship cord bracelets is one of Allumer's earliest creations and my absolute favourite. Delicate, dainty and playful, the ability to select and create your own combinations allows you to cater for your own personality types and personal preferences. Allumer's clever interchangeable charms and a wide variety of colour cords makes each bracelet unique, original and entirely your own. And also, obsessively collectable.

What first drawn me to Allumer is the versatility of all the collections available on her website. You can turn the necklace into a bracelet, take the charms off from the bracelet and layer it on to your necklace and vice versa, layer or wear it on its own depending on your mood. The feeling is that you are buying not just one piece but of several. 

The cords comes in a rainbow of colours, my particular favourite are black, brown and royal blue as it suits everyday outfits and occasions. You can choose a cut-out of your charms (flame, heart or plain) in either 9ct rose, white or yellow gold and a pendant shape (in pill, rectangle, oval and flame). The matchbox packaging is original and appropriately symbolic to the definition of Allumer, meaning to light up in French... As for the match...that's another blog post and another story.  

Ahh options aplenty, I'll be playing with the combinations before deciding with a purchase. The choices are limitless.

Please visit her website and take advantage of the 10% discount when you first sign up 

9ct rose gold heart cut out charm in rectangle with pink and brown classic cord
9ct yellow gold flame shape with flame cutout in black classic cord

9ct yellow gold pill shape charm in black classic cord

9ct white gold rectangle charm in red classic cord

Image from, who called it 'a Rolls Royce of friendship bracelet'
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The shape of all things: Shimell and Madden Cuboid Collection

Sunday 16 June 2013

 Starting a first ever blog post is notoriously difficult for most bloggers. I was looking for something that will inspire me to get the ball rolling and was finding it extremely hard to come by as there are so many options available to me in the world of contemporary jewellery design. I spent weeks if not months contemplating different topics, deleting posts, editing topics, countless of tea consumed and finally heading to bed late at night with thoughts and ideas still running through my head. 

     I religiously read magazines, blog posts and websites about jewellery (I do feel blogs about jewellery is underrepresented) and it was one particular jewellery website that I've encountered Shimell & Madden's Cuboid Collection, which has been around for a while. My personal taste in jewellery involves contemporary shapes and the ability to layer and this collection of necklaces caught my eyes with immediate effect. 

"Shimell and Madden occupy the space where craft, art and fashion intersect. Makers of jewellery and objects, they explore ideas of science, nature and time"  
The symbolic and mathematical driven duo from Shoreditch, East London created geometric pieces that involves intrigue, mystery and simplicity and I am curious to find out more. As an arts graduate we naturally have an inquisitive mind and the collection is similar to visiting an art exhibition and finding out the concept behind the piece, both factually and forming our own opinions. The press images of the necklaces suspended in air certainly do not look out of place in an art gallery. 

What's curious to me is that the necklaces evoke distance memories of me being in a math class, doodling images of a wonky cube in my notebook (I have to admit, drawing more than once to get the cuboid dimension and proportion right). The combination of math, science and art in jewellery is a collaboration that requires in depth exploration and excitable musings. 

The 3D-looking necklaces comes in oxidised silver, sterling silver and gold with long matching chain. The necklace can easily be layered with different geometric shapes available, creating an optical illusion of congruent stacked cubes. The pendant is worn at chest to mid-level, a position that makes perfect sense as this is the part of our body with the biggest surface area, hypnotically drawing attention to the perspective-inspired necklace.  

Geometric themes in jewellery has been around for a while and with Shimell and Madden at the helm there is no stopping the trend now.

Please visit their website

Aluna Francis from electronic duo Aluna George wearing Shimell & Madden necklace in her music video Your Drums, Your Love

Images from Shimell & Madden


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