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Rock It! Diaboli Kill Lilith Gold Bar Ring

Wednesday 23 November 2016

 Diaboli Kill is a definition of luxe-noir, revealing the darker side of luxury to a niche audience. Her source of inspiration is rather unique and diverse, channeling her Egyptian ancestry, interest in occult movies and the spirits of old Hollywood into her contemporary line, and throw in the influences of art deco and archeology and you'll get an intriguing and opulence signature pieces in the making that are clearly identifable as Diaboli Kill. The 14k Lilith gold bar ring is inspired by minimalism and sculpture that elegantly suspends over the hand with a bezel set white diamond that adds a touch of subtle glamour and sophistication. The piece hangs in a perfect balance, both conceptually and figuratively. 

But why hang in a balance when you can tip over to your inner darker side?

/Jewellery Crush/ Sorelle Aria earrings

Thursday 17 November 2016


  Inspiration: Relationship between classical material and modern forms

Style: Contemporary elegance, timeless, single earring trend

Earring: Dropped hoop wire earring 


Rock It! Elizabeth Humble Fragile Landscape Ring

Monday 7 November 2016

 Inspired by the incredible filmic scenery of the rugged landscape in the west coast of Scotland, Elizabeth Humble's Fragile Landscape ring features fragmented linear structures influenced by coastal erosion and natural rock formations hidden beneath the surface of the land, evoking the ever changing qualities of the natural landscape. The designer create intricate structures in precious metal to capture the natural elements by developing a unique technique of layering silver wires together, giving them a contemporary twist and resulting in a futuristic luxe aesthetics as well as a sophisticated edge. 


/Jewellery Crush/ Sophie Thomas Corian Ring

Monday 31 October 2016

 Inspiration: Technology, flaws underneath beauty, architecture, imperfections
Style: Contrast, contemporary, geometric, bold forms,
Ring: Corian ring

Rock It! Aphra Ellen Block Ring

Tuesday 25 October 2016

 Aphra Ellen's creative abilities in a variety of other mediums such as painting and sculpture enables ideas to spark that will ultimately be channelled through her contemporary jewellery designs. Inspired by organic forms and unique shapes, she is drawn by the unpredictability of nature as well as the fascination of macro-photography and observing objects on a cellular level. She finds irregularity and imperfection far more appealing and versatile, emphasising on the character and story of the piece as opposed to the conventional beauty of jewellery. By focusing on the concept of jewellery as wearable art, it allows her to broaden the playfulness and intrigue of jewellery design.

/Jewellery Crush/ Alexandra Dodds When the Earth Moves Ring

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Inspiration: Sculpture, drawing, geometry, shapes, textures, natural world, art
Style: Nature, contemporary, sculptural
Ring: Sterling silver rock formation hand carved ring

Tap | Todd Pownell

Thursday 13 October 2016

Todd Pownell use jewellery as a form of conceptual communication to express a thousand words that cannot be articulated verbally. By focusing on the meticulous attention to the craft, a dialogue is established between the designer and the wearer, forging a sense of intimacy and secrecy. The Tap collection evolves from an emotional experience to an aesthetic form, using the intrinsic properties of gems, metal and construction to create an exquisite collection that is raw, rugged as well as precised and sophisticated. For Pownell it is a vehicle for freely expressed desires and nomadic thoughts, focusing on the heavy influence of the romanticism period in the 18th century

I am awed by the designer's captivating method of embedding diamonds in reverse and the deliberate randomised scattering across designs in multiples or individually. With these inverted settings the diamonds captures the reflection of light in a succession of broad flashes from oblique angles, creating a feeling of serene twilight or in contrast, a gathering storm in the night's sky.

Pownell uses the contrast of light and dark metals in concoction with diamonds conjures a sense of unpredictability and mystery. I am fascinated by the way the inverted diamonds emerges from the metal as if naturally occurring.

If jewellery was an organic material in nature, then Todd Pownell's designs are exactly how I would imagine it would be.


Rock It! Tara 4779 Arc Choker

Friday 30 September 2016

“One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art”
— Oscar Wilde
Influenced by the minimalist movement in art and architecture, Tara Elwin utilised her creative background in visual art to conceptualise her wonderfully chic and understated jewellery line Tara 4779, with the brand name alluding to the atomic number of silver and gold. Tara is also inspired by negative space, geometry and dualism which are subtlety implemented in her aesthetically stunning designs.

The delicate choker is created to be adorned as well as to be observed as an art object. The gentle asymmetrical arc is accentuated by a hanging white diamond to create a mathematical balance of opposites.  

/Jewellery Crush/ Contour Studio Wes Necklace

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Inspiration: City landscapes, architecture,
Style: Geometric, minimalist, abstract clean lines, sophisticated, casual 
Necklace: Sterling silver plated brass necklace

Rock It! C6 By Anne Cohen Supernova Ring

Monday 19 September 2016

 With a passion for design and material, Anne Cohen combined the two to create one of the most unique jewellery brands yet. C6 derives from the designer's love for the element carbon due to its simplicity as an atom and scientific complexity as an element. By combining with precious gemstones and diamonds the dream of making a ring of pure carbon is realised; the ring is essentially a narration of her life.

By combining science and aesthetics, C6 brings gemstones to the forefront and away from the overcompensated 'couture' design trend. Against the carbon canvas it allows the gemstones to captivate the wearer or blown away by the fact that carbon and diamond are essentially identical yet aesthetically different. C6 core philosophy is to create a design that is minimalist as well as authentic, resulting in an innovative and timeless piece.     

The Supernova ring plays with an idea of time, space and being. You can't help but compare it to gazing at the stars during the darkest of nights, still in utter wonderment by the universal intrigue of space and living. 

At least with the ring, you have one within a touchable distance. 

Rock It! Lisa Roet Gibbon Hand Bangle

Monday 22 August 2016

 At the briefest of glance the bangle depicts a beckoning hand of a Homo sapien but at closer inspection the hand is curiously long and slender, frail yet strong and with a subtle embodiment of complexity and inferiority. The Gibbon Hand bangle is part of renowned jewelry artist and sculpture Lisa Roet's Humanzee collection, a powerful investigative art project that explores the intense connection between humans and our closest animal relatives.

With the ape as her prevailing subject matter, Roet provides a unique and in depth examination of humans' supposed superiority over these magnificent primates whilst delving into our angst and internally conflicted role in the use of apes for scientific and entertainment purposes and the embedded uneasiness with our ancestry past. Humanzee is not in any sense of a political or societal statement but to emphasise how harmoniously linked humans and primates are biologically, naturally and culturally.

The Gibbon hand bangle wraps itself around the arm of a human wearer as if playfully hanging from a branch in their natural environment. Skin on skin and hand on arm, the human and primate begins to merge as one, symbolising the close similarities between the two yet simultaneously indicating the unequal balance between humans and our closest simian relatives that will inevitably remain.

/Jewellery Crush/ Welfe Bridge Ring

Monday 8 August 2016

Inspiration: Androgynous, architecture, materiality, texture
Style: Unisex, masculine, contemporary
Ring: Oxidised sterling silver crevasse ring

Curiously Obsessed | In Conversation with Emma Mckimmie

Thursday 4 August 2016

Australian Jewellery Designer Emma Mckimmie's inspiration behind her label Curiously Obsessed explores her innate curiosity of the world and the unconditional intrigue of the beautiful and the unique. But beneath these influences is a rarely told narrative that is incredibly touching. For her first major jewellery assignment at university Emma placed her core focus in helping young children with dyslexia by observing the way they write on paper and how they tell their stories, with the objective of turning their individual work into beautiful jewellery pieces and the profits donated to the Australian Dyslexia Association. This assignment inspires her very first collection that reminisce of crinkled sweet wrapper foils at first sight, but the story behind the work makes it profoundly special.

Here I speak to Emma about what inspired her to become a jewellery designer, the influence of her first collection in greater detail and the creative and technical process of creating her designs.

1. What inspired you to become a jewellery designer? 

Having always had a passion for design, my interest in working and thinking creatively came at a young age.  Growing up I always thought I would be a fashion designer, but my first taste of jewellery design was when I went on a family cruise around the Pacific Islands. They had a jewellery making class as one of their onboard activities, so mum, my sister and I all went down to participate. I made a pair of beaded earrings and thought the process was so exciting. When we got home I started making my own jewellery. I made a collection of earrings, bracelets and necklaces and showed them to all my family. My Pa was my very first customer. He bought 3 necklaces for a lot more than what they were worth and I knew he would definitely not be wearing them, but he saw something in me and wanted me to pursue my dreams. I started making more pieces and began doing a few little markets here and there with my mum.     

When school was coming to a finish it was time to choose my next adventure. I knew that I still wanted to be a designer, but was undecided about what field I wanted to specialise in. I studied a Bachelor of Design and in my first year it gave me an insight into all areas of design from interior, fashion, graphic and jewellery. 
After my first class in jewellery design I knew I found my passion. Working with my hands and designing new pieces ingnited a fire in me. I found it to be an escape and it didn’t feel like work. When uni finished I was making jewellery pieces for myself before deciding to pursue it further. I began making more pieces and in 2014 Curiously Obsessed was born. 

2. You majored in Jewellery and Graphics at University of New South Wales, how did you combine the two together to create your pieces? 
For my major assessment at uni I had to create an integrated project that combined both jewellery and graphics. The focus of my project was on dyslexia and in particular those children who struggle with this learning difficulty. It took a look into the symptoms experienced by these children and how specialised teacher training courses can be implemented to help these children have a better chance of learning how to read, write and spell more successfully.

As the final outcome was to help the children with dyslexia, I involved them in the process of creating this project. A4 stories were written by a group of primary school students with the youngest being 6. I was interested in seeing the way they write and how they view type differently. The stories were unedited and showed the symptoms people with dyslexia experience. 

 The stories were then manipulated in Photoshop, laser cut from paper, formed into rings and using a specialised plating process coated with copper to create jewellery pieces. The hope was that these pieces would then be sold with the profits going towards the Australian Dyslexia Association where they could train and qualify teachers in how to identify dyslexia and to effectively teach individuals with dyslexia giving them a better chance of overcoming this learning difficulty.
Paper was used for the pieces, as it is a dominant material in reading, writing and spelling. I left the pieces uncoated, and as they oxidised they all had a different finish and a look of imperfection, which I felt reflected the children’s stories. I wanted to express that even though their writing and reading isn’t perfect their stories could be taken and transformed into something beautiful.

The ideas and technique used in this project inspired my collection today. 

3. What is the inspiration behind your collection? 
My collection is inspired by the beautiful and unique found in the every day. It is about taking found objects and giving them another life.

4. Describe the creative and technical stages of making your jewellery collection. What is the hardest and most enjoyable part of the process?

I find that my pieces come to me quite naturally. I don’t have a preplanned finished result of what my pieces are going to look like and instead they develop and evolve during the making process. 

The most enjoyable part of the process is seeing the found objects (often things that are going to be thrown away like paper and foil) transforming into something beautiful and wearable.     

The pieces are all created using a specialised technique to apply a layer of metal over the found objects. The experimentation and time put into finding the perfect technique was probably the hardest part of the process. 

5. Do you have a piece/s from your collection you wear all the time?

I love all the rings I make and want to keep them all! Obviously I can’t so I have to be strict on myself and only keep a handful. I have a small rectangular copper ring that rarely leaves my finger and then on the weekends I generally wear my larger rings. I have a large copper piece made from foil and a 24k gold stick piece that I alternate between. 
I’m in the process of working on earrings to add to the collection so I’m sure I’ll be keeping a lot of those too!

6. How do you relax when you're not making jewellery?

Jewellery making is actually quite relaxing for me. I also run my own letterpress studio so when I have spare time to relax I find myself making jewellery. 
When I’m not working on either I love to be out on the water whether that be paddle boarding, waterskiing or wake boarding.  

7.  What is your favourite social media platform? How do you utilise it to your advantage?

I’m a big fan of instagram! It’s such a visual platform which is perfect for my jewellery pieces. It makes is easy to connect and interact with followers and other creatives within the industry. 

8. Describe the person wearing your collection.

The person wearing my collection is someone who likes to do things a little differently than most.

9. Is there a jewellery designer or influential public figure you look up to the most?

I admire the work of Swedish contemporary jewellery and object designer Hanna Hedman. She uses beauty to seize the viewers attention, but her pieces are not just simply jewels. Behind the attractive facade they are a symbolic representation of our feelings and our inner emotional fights. 
Her sculptural pieces, composed by thin layered metal sheets, are both delicate and strong. Hedman develops each piece organically and with limited predefined planning. All the fragments are created individually and then combined in a similar way as stories develop over time. 

10. Is there a brand or person you would love to collaborate with?
I would love to do a collaboration with sass and bide. Their label is ‘dedicated to the strong, the obscure and the beautiful’ and I feel that these are qualities that my label also possesses. I admire Sarah-Jane and Heidi’s story and drive to establish their brand to what it is today. I am a big fan of local design and to work with another Australian designer would be a dream. 

11. 5 words to describe your jewellery.

Handmade, unique, one of a kind (that counts as one right!), beautiful and bold.      


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