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Rock It! Ros Millar Meteor Shower II Luxe Collection

Thursday 31 October 2013


Described as 'Gothic Luxe Edge' but with an organically-inspired twist, Ros Millar certainly knows how to merge the two unlikely formulas together to create her unique signature style. The contrast of the smooth bar against the rocky meteor texture is what I would describe as gothic-chic-elegance combination. A delightfully versatile mix.

To complete the look with my treasured rose gold necklace from the Meteor Shower II Luxe collection I wore a black lace blouse and left my hair loose, not forgetting bright red lipstick. For someone who is indecisive in the mornings I was delighted the necklace assisted me in planning my outfit. My day is complete!

Check out her website www.rosmillar.com
Images: Ros Millar/My own



Linear Path with Elisha Marie Jewellery

Tuesday 22 October 2013














The thought of wearing jewellery to the beach has never entered my mind until my recent trip abroad. Not by virtue of the old wisdom that maintains "never wear jewellery to the beach" or otherwise funky tan lines, but for someone who prefers the invisible-looking jewellery ideology, I have yet to find something that goes with my personal mantra of "less is more". To wear jewellery to the beach I want it to define my low-key sense of style.

 Despite my reservations, the trend of accessorising stylishly to the beach has never been so popular in a society where innovative and trend-setting style is the desired aim for inner fashionistas consciousness. You could layer and pile everything on to create a statement multi-layering effect, or something more simplistic, contemporary and subtle. 

This is where Elisha Marie Jewellery dreamily waltzes into my life. Using sustainable materials and recycled precious metals, she has perfected that multi-dimensional versatility within her stunning minimalist collection. Her specialism in linear shapes and organic textures compliments that casual beach look, and for me it most certainly a definition of 'less is more'. Moving on from the beach, there is no hesitation in wearing her designs on a day to day basis, on those special occasions and adding something a little extra in the working environment.  

I absolutely adore the stackable trio point gold rings of varying heights and the triangular braided rope cuff, two of my favourite pieces in her collection and both are wonderfully compatible. I wore them together and left everything else to rest. By concentrating on one specific area I felt I've created a perfect balance of minimalist and casual wear.

Elisha Marie jewellery fulfils my obsession with dainty and delicate geometric jewellery. Gold jewellery is perfect for the beach and compliments the tan perfectly. With gold not being my first colour of choice initially, it is fast seeping into my consciousness as an answer for my ever interchangeable style.


About the designer



 “It takes courage to do what you love and make a career out of it.”
- Elisha Marie

The daughter of a skilled craftsman, and a Mother who loves photography and traveling, Elisha grew up with a strong sense of artistry. In 2011 after enrolling into a Jewelry design program and becoming captivated by the art, Elisha Marie Jewelry was born.

For her designs, she takes a page from nature and history, incorporating everything from arrows and sunrays to daggers and serpents. Few of Elisha’s designs start on a piece of paper. Rather, she follows her instincts, reaching for whichever materials inspire her on any given day


Check out her website for more at elishamariejewelry.com
Images: My own

 More about this etsy feature

  Elisha Marie Jewellery is the second part of my new exciting collaborative project based on etsy boutique owners concentrating solely on independent jewellery designers every fortnight. The designers I've have chosen are all unique in their own way and everything is completely made by hand.
 

Goldsmiths Fair 2013: Best Of

Wednesday 16 October 2013

 The stunning grandeur of the Grade I listed Goldsmiths Hall was home for a fortnight to the equally prestigious showstopping jewellery event, now in its 31st year. Described as an anti-thesis of mass production; this exhibition is a chance to be awed by innovative and exciting independent designer makers from 115 jewellers and 65 silversmiths (consisting of established jewellers, emerging talents and newly graduates). This event is an excellent opportunity to purchase directly from the designers, view their collections and talk about their techniques and inspirations, making the buying process all the more personal and enlightening.

Here I have composed my favourite independent designers exhibited this year. The list is sourced from my visit during the second week, consulting the Goldsmiths exhibitor list and finally the designers' website. Enjoy the feeling of awe, wonder and amazement.


Maud Traon


A truly fantastical and imaginative fairytale-esque encounter that beholds Maud Traon's wondrous ring collection. Where jewellery and art unite in an explosive mix of colours and medium, these miniature sculptures must be seen to believe. Though clearly sculpted in Troan's creatively planned vision, the collection nostalgically provides a sense of childhood experimentation with toys, art and craft, mixing it all together to form a delightfully mishmash magical artwork that only a child knows how. The collection also plays upon our psyche and internal befuddlement; our mind is a confusing network of activity. With inspirations coming from world issues, natural disasters, consumerism and post-apocalyptic landscapes, her work is not only visually pleasing but highlights current world issues.

Impractical at its best, but then again, who wants practicality? Wearable art is all about breaking trends with divided originality, Traon's has certainly achieved that. With added glitter.

 Website: www.maudtraon.com

The constant gardener
Oh toi mon Petit Poney
Precious metal
Precious metal
Oh toi mon Petit Poney


Disa Allsopp


What has first drawn me to Disa Allsopp's statement jewellery is her unique finishing of the collection. It's organic and natural aesthetics moves away from clean, minimalist and defined lines favoured by most, however this method is a personal characteristic in Allsopp's work and has a consistent theme, making her work her identity. 

Her collection is inspired by the ancient jewellery of Etruscans, Egyptians and Greek and Roman civilisations. Despite these historical references her work has a contemporary and timeless feel, thoroughly enhanced by the vibrancy of the gemstones. A new discovery, I will definitely be following her progress.

Website: www.disaallsopp.com 

Green tourmaline ring
Oval citrine ring
Rectangular citrine ring


Mariko Sumioka

Bamboo brooch

I finally get the chance to meet Mariko after writing a group feature on geometric jewellery perspective here (which happens to be the most read post since I've started my blogging venture) Her current collection is even more inspiring than the last, nostalgically maintaining her theme of Japanese culture and tradition. Along with architecture and environment that forms a part of her collection, there is a silent yet significant concept that completes the formula; respect.

Respect is an etiquette that is an essential part of Japanese culture and taken very seriously. Mariko's collection evokes that expression with its orderly neatness and attention to detail, reflecting honourable reality.    


Pray for Japan brooch

Rokusyo no yane earrings


 Hee Young Kim


 Hee Young Kim's 'A Constructed way' collection reminds me of luxurious and minimalist living arrangements of a city penthouse floor plan. She explores inner hidden spaces and intriguing secrecy that innately applies to all human beings. She went further by constructing multi-layering of different shapes and sizes to refer to the complexity of the human psyche.

Clean, defined and geometric, Hee Young Kim went for a controlled and organised appearance. Wearing her piece will definitely spark intrigue for the wearer, arousing curiosity of the sense of space.





 

Kristjan Eyjolfsson


A visually stunning spectacular is how I would describe Eyjolfsson beautifully bespoke collection. An excellent alternative to a traditional engagement ring that will most certainly draw utmost attention to the wearer, the exquisite detail and its mysterious regal drama will see to that. Endless inspiration comes from his Icelandic background where its natural beauty and scenic environment forms a vital element in his collection. In terms of architecture, which is an additional source of influence, he uses the eras of Gothic, Renaissance and Art Nouveau to complete his design.

In 2012, the Queen wore his specially-commissioned Chelsea Iris brooch during the Chelsea Flower Show on the Diamond Jubilee celebratory tour.


Cathedral Trefoil ring
Embrace

Gullfoss ring
Regal ring


De Anna Kiernan

Curve necklace

From just looking at her work you could immediately sense she has an architectural background. The distinction between architecture and jewellery is no longer blurred; in fact, architecture is a vital discipline in jewellery design due to the favoured resurgence of geometric shapes and clean lines. In her Curve collection, Kiernan uses the female form to create jewellery with soft sweeping motions to elegantly frame the gentle curves of the body. 

The Curve necklace as seen above works with the contours of the neck, it appears ever so natural, as if it belongs to the body. What's great about her design is that it goes with everything and can be worn frequently or for those special occasions. I would personally buy outfits to work around the necklace.

 Website: deannakiernan.co.uk 

Shard earrings
Shard earrings



Ornella Iannuzzi

L'Exceptionnelle Emeraude cuff

I've been a huge admirer of Iannuzzi's one-of-a-kind jewellery for a while now. Befittingly described as an 'artist jeweller', she uses the beauty of nature and its ever-changing climatic landscape to create immortalised sculptural art, highlighting its beauty in a most revolutionary way. My favourite pieces are two rings from the Les Exceptionnelle collection as seen below. I find it fascinating how she uses a gemstone's texture and composition that is nonetheless blended in into the metal, replicating its structure and formation. It is almost like nature is adapting to its surrounding environment, or blend in to avoid detection. 

Note the way the precious gemstones are set in all her jewellery pieces, unusual settings are her forte.

Website: ornella-iannuzzi.com       

Les Exceptionnelle Emeraude ring


Les Exceptionnelle Sur la C├┤te d'Azur ring

Coralline Reef ring


 Milly Swire
Audrey ring

Milly Swire's jewellery evokes lyrical poetry and intriguing drama when it comes to the influences of her collection. She is inspired by the harmonious movement within nature such as the waves in the sea and imprints left on a sandy beach. Like Swire's jewellery, these naturally occurring imprints are never the same, making each and every one of them unique. 

    The Audrey ring has a precious stone with such stunning depth that I can't help but stare and absorb into memory, with the metal matching the rough yet fluid texture of the stone. However the dark sapphire ring is my absolute favourite. The blue reminds me of the sea deep into the night, where sometimes blue can be mistaken for the depth of darkness. The undulating roughness of the precious gemstone creates waves that mother nature can only enforce. It's like a dream/nightmare right on your fingertip.

Augusta bracelet

Lily ring

Rough sapphire ring


Angela Cork

Oxidised sterling silver frame vase

I can't help but fall in love with Angela's vases of minimalist functionality. I like the idea of the unconventional and varying ways of controlling the positioning of the flowers.

Vases? That's almost...offensive. More like a piece of contemporary art that demands attention, not a background decoration.


Gold plated sterling silver oval vase
Sterling silver outline vase
Leaning wedge vase
Gold plated sterling silver rectangle vase

Sterling silver slim vase

Oval waterline vase

 

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