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Rock It! Vibe Harsløf's Modern Hybrid Handbrace

Tuesday 26 November 2013

A modern and edgier alternative to the bracelet-ring chain combination; this Vibe Harsløf's gold plated handbrace from her Vespertine collection highlights the current non-existent correlation between jewellery, art and sculpture, morphing all three into a truly innovative, defined and playful piece.

Whereas the widely popular bracelet-ring chain; or otherwise known as hand panja, is described as traditional and delicate whilst verging on decoratively elaborate, this rare and rebellious version intentionally rewrites the rule book on existing body adornment and challenges a universally accepted preconceptions on jewellery being just pretty, normal and sparkly.

With Vibe Harsløf, it is better.

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MADE LONDON Highlights 2013

Wednesday 20 November 2013

I've visited some truly wonderful events and fairs in the past year and they never disappoint. New discoveries and original creations are always anticipated and realised. With International Jewellery Week in Earls Court and Goldsmiths Fair in Goldsmiths Hall, the historical landmarks are befitting locations for these truly prestigious and important events, and with MADE LONDON being held at the stunning Holy Trinity Church built by Sir John Soane in One Marylebone, the significance continues.

Independent jewellery designers made a great turnout for this year's event. Here are my highlights:

Helen Noakes

Quirky, fun and humorous, Helen Noakes uses tiny miniatures consisting of animals, figures and objects. Upon closer inspection I was awestrucked by her whimsical and irresistibly adorable designs. My favourite pieces are the Beside the Seaside bracelet, which cheekily plays upon conformist activities on the beach, and the penguin drop earrings for its realistic glacier created in resin.  

Becky Crow

Becky Crow uses silver, copper, gold and cut-out effects to create her beautifully handmade and versatile 3D illustrations that are mysterious, pensive and mildly gothic. The Campfire brooch/pendant from the Stories and Eternity collection (above image) is contemplative and thoughtful; allowing the wearer to conceive their own story.

Lesley Strickland

Inspired by weathered natural forms and sculptors of the 1950s, I was drawn to Lesley Strickland's use of cellulose acetate for her jewellery collection. These almost-translucent materials creates fluid and natural curving effects like no other.

Emily Nixon

Emily Nixon's visually appealing pieces are inspired from her hometown in West Cornwall where the coastline is her main source of inspiration. She sees intricate details in everything; the fabric-like twists and folds of seaweeds, the varying contours of pebbles and objects washed up to the shore everyday. Her collection pays tribute to the wonders of our British coastlines that we haphazardly take for granted.

 Henrietta Fernandez

Pretty, elegant and bold; Henrietta is influenced by patterns and simple organic forms. Her collection is clean, precise and ultra- modern; a positively non-fuss jewellery. A subtle statement for the wearer who wants to keep things simply minimalistic.

Sarah Straussberg

Sarah Straussberg's collection pays tribute to cubism and its emphasis on angles, shapes and clean lines; a sculptural-inspired collection that wouldn't look out of place in an art gallery. She uses black resin encased with brushed matt surface on the gold for added texture and individuality. My favourite is the multiple Bella ring above; why waste time stacking rings when you can have one made earlier?

Yuki Sasakura

Yuki's background in metal welding has inspired her inventive and mechanical designs. She is inspired by the Japanese technological advancement and the English historical culture and applied these elements into a positive spin.

Mark Nuell

Mark Nuell's stunning variety of sapphires is not something I've come across often. The lack of facets on the gemstones reveals their translucent beauty. Using 18ct gold and silver with a brushed textured finish; romantic decadence comes to mind.

Sophie Stamp

Described as an interactive jewellery experience; Sophie Stamp focuses on the beauty and movement of hidden mechanical components thus creating wearable pieces to interact with. We tend to subconsciously fiddle with our jewellery and Sophie made it even more of a temptation by creating movements. She sees the beauty of what is normally perceived as mundanely functional and convenient.

Rock It! Slither and Ballin' with Paula Mendoza Jewellery

Friday 15 November 2013

I absolutely adore this modernised eastern mystic-inspired collection that has a blending richness of South American influences. Paula Mendoza's signature bubble jewellery is an unforgettable discovery of cutting edge appeal with attention-grabbing aesthetics. These little balls of 24ct gold plated collection slithers up and around your body that can adapt to any shapes and sizes. 

An ultimate outfit transformer.

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Instagram Highlights: Ring Edition

Tuesday 12 November 2013

 As an avid follower of independent jewellery designers on various social media platforms I find instagram to be the best source for instantaneous news and behind the scenes visuals. We get a sneak peek of new collections, the making processes, emerging discoveries, their inspirations and also to get acquainted with the designers themselves. For me, pictures taken personally by the designers are much more signifcant than professionally taken images. We absorb their stories and what inspires them, creating an understanding and communication between the customer and the creator. Here I present my top 10 visuals from jewellery designers via instagram: the ring edition.

Mirlo New York 

Elegant and minimalist 14k gold plated rings. Wear them individually for a subtle statement or stack them up and pile them high. Wearable and affordable everyday. mirlonewyork


I WILL NOT WEAR ANYMORE BORING RINGS is their reverberating motto and a clear statement of intent. Adoring this gorgeous Quadrant ring. Big, bold and beautiful. 

Michelle Oh

Michelle creates visually stunning and awe-inspiring handmade jewellery that are highly textured, intricate and deeply precious. Featuring a gold twig baguette and coral inspired ring; I could easily just stare dreamily at these for hours a day.

Cpt Jewellery

Inspired by her watch and clock maker father; this triple winding wheel gold & white sapphire ring demysifiy an otherwise masculine and mundane mechanical object. Glamorous, delicate and oh so stackable.


Completely spolit for choice with her wide variety of rings in different styles, shapes and textures. So dainty to the point of stacking requirement is essential yet good enough to be worn on its own as an invisible and subtle ring for casual days. A must see collection.


Geometric themed jewellery at its best. These Aaron triangle and Artie square rings looks fantastically edgy when stacked together. Check out her instagram page for varying stacking combinations and her ever-changing wild nails decor!

Ros Millar

'Rock chic edge' is what I would describe this Meteor Shower II Luxe Ring in charcoal with an oval pale green amethyst in the centre. Would go well with my rose gold Meteor Shower Luxe necklace in my post

 Another Feather

 I'm a huge admirer of its creator Hannah Ferrara's wonderful stacking rings collection. Its varying shapes and styles allows the wearer to create an individual look and its versatility means you have a newer ring(s) to show off everyday.


How uber cute are these? Enough said.

 Laura Lee Jewellery

Beautiful and delicate stacking collection with different textures and forms. Amongst all these wonderful rings the dainty gold textured ring sitting alongside the rope ring is a winner for me.


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