Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The Eye of the Tiger

* My necklace was gifted by Astley Clarke but my opinions are independent*

Though my jewellery style is understated and a little minimalist now, I definitely used to embrace the more-is-more stance. In the early days of my blog, I was a jewellery magpie and alternated between stacking on rings, heaping on bracelets and piling on necklaces. I think it must hark back to my childhood. I have very vivid memories of walking over to my mum's wardrobe as a child, pulling out a huge bag of necklaces and layering one on top of the other until I resembled my idol. Mr T in case you were wondering...it was the Eighties! 

Thankfully, my magpie eye has gotten more refined over the years. My approach to jewellery is now carefully curated. I don't buy often but when I do add a new piece to my collection, it's meaningful to me and treasured. I don't really follow jewellery trends as I prefer my pieces to be timeless and classic rather than disposable.

The one aspect of jewellery which still catches my eye is the use of crystals. I'm a huge fan of Ayurveda and have been studying it for the past year - it's an ancient science of life which focuses on mind, body and wellness. Modern day 'healing crystals' have their roots in the Vedic sciences, which state that each type of crystal is endowed with its own frequency which influences humans in different ways. 

This choker from Astley Clarke initially caught my eye because of its beautifully simple design. When I realised the deep amber stone was a tiger's eye crystal, I needed to find out more about it. In Ayurveda, it is used to attract more luck into your life. It is connected to the Solar Plexus Chakra, Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra - essentially linking your 'gut feeling' to the vision your third eye sees. The result is stability, focus, confidence and courage. It challenges anxiety, fear and negative emotions while having a positive, grounding energy. It also looks really pretty and glows like a sunset when I wear it. 

For the last couple of months, I've worn my tiger's eye choker nearly every day. Whether you believe in the healing power of crystals and the Vedic sciences or not, it's a gorgeous piece of jewellery which I absolutely adore. Every time I put it on, I feel special and for me, that's what jewellery is all about. Do you have a piece of jewellery which has a story behind it? 

Necklace - Astley Clarke *gifted* 

Photography by Adorngirl

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Objet du lust: J Dauphin's Lightening Rosario bracelet

Carrie Bradshaw knows good sex and Johanna Dauphin knows good jewellery. The Swedish-French designer has previously worked for Fendi and Tod's before setting up her own line - J Dauphin - 6 years when she was living in Rome. Joanna was awarded the best accessory designer of the year at the 2010 Swedish Elle awards for her collection which reflects her spiritual journey through life and serves as a very visual diary. The Lightening Rosario bracelet features an iconographical charm depicting the Virgin Mary and is clearly influenced by her time living in Rome. I absolutely love rosary beads and this is the prettiest one I've seen. 


Monday, 1 October 2012

Now obsessed with ankle cuffs

I've been secretly coveting ankle cuffs after seeing the metal and floral ones in Prada's spring/summer 2012 campaign images. I absolutely adore them and I've been scouring the internet for them for months. A few days ago I found this rose gold pair on Nelly.com and ordered them immediately, of course. I think they'll actually work a lot better in winter over tights leggings and maybe even skinny jeans than in summer. I've opted for the rose gold colour but know that I'm going to invest in silver and gold as soon as I try them on. What do you think of ankle cuffs? 


Thursday, 6 October 2011

Introducing Kyle Hopkins

Regular readers of this little blog will know that I appreciate a nice piece of jewellery, especially big, statement pieces with a bit of an edge. My Joomi Lim spike bracelet is practically super glued onto my arm and I have a number of knuckleduster rings which always draw admiring glances. It’s fairly difficult to describe the sort of aesthetic I like in pieces, I don’t think there’s one overarching theme or word to describe the style but think Pamela Love,  Anton Heunis, TomTom, Dominic Jones and Eastern Mystic. Finding a new designer to add to my niche list is pretty hard work but I think I’ve discovered my latest jewellery lust label – Kyle Hopkins.

During a quick whistle-stop tour of the exhibitions at London Fashion Week, my inner fashion magpie spotted some interesting jewels glinting in yonder distance. Mesmerised, I walked straight past several stands to investigate. Kyle’s collection was made up of 5-6 mini collections which are breathtaking statement pieces but begin as a concept rather than the design. Heavily inspired by the books Kyle is reading, the collections have various influences but are equally eyecatching. His bones collection is an exploration into fashion tribes, urban dystopia and cultural diffusion, the botanical collection is inspired by Derrida and the concept of idealised beauty and even the Fibonacci sequence is referenced. Proving that style and substance can go hand in hand, his collections provoke thought and pose questions whilst making a design statement.

You can purchase limited pieces from his collection on Bengt


Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Jersey Pearl's Fiore Della Notte collection

Settling down for afternoon tea at sublimely decadent The Dorchester was the perfect setting for checking out the stunning new collection from Jersey Pearl. Established 25 years ago, the family run business is one of the UK's leading pearl jewellery specialists. More than just beautiful, timeless pearls, Jersey Pearl have developed close relationships with their pearl farmers to offer CarbonNeutral pearls by offsetting the carbon footprint of pearl farming through renewable energy projects.

The Fiore Della Notte collection is a collaboration with ethical jewellery designer Annaloucha, using recycled 18ct blackened gold from Hoover & Strong, CarbonNeutral Akoya pearls and fairly mined Tanzanian rubies which were sourced by Ruby Fair. The collection is super exclusive and limited edition, each piece is made on request and engraved with it's own serial number so you can be sure you're one of a select few with that piece. 


Monday, 22 August 2011

A right royal jewellery collection

One of the brands which never fails to catch my eye at the fabulous Push PR press days is Regal Rose. Their collections are heavily inspired by current fashion and street style, it's no wonder their pieces are real conversation starters. Twins Rebecca and Louisa Warwick have a knack for capturing the mode du jour of style blogs, where each piece is visually interesting. Whether you're a Woodstock Hippy, Green Goddess or Rock Chick, they have a collection full to the brim with covetable pieces. I love the bold turquoise stones and feathery dreamcatcher details of the hippy collection, the gilt golden pieces in the Greek collection and pretty much everything in the Rock Chick collection. As regular readers will know, I have a thing for quirky jewellery, knuckledusters and crucifixes. Luckily, the price points are low enough so you don't have to choose your favourite piece...


Thursday, 30 June 2011

QVC Jewellery Event

Last week, I popped along to the cute and quirky Soho Hotel to meet up with QVC’s jewellery buyers and two of the hottest new designers on their impressive roaster – Lauren Adriana and Ana De Costa. Lauren is a qualified gemmologist and explained that she works with precious stones to create really special pieces for one collection a year, similar to Ana who also has one collection a year and creates bespoke pieces in silver. Partnering with QVC allows them to create larger diffusion collections and reach a larger audience, while retaining their design integrity and aesthetic.

As an absolute jewellery addict, I was in my element checking out pieces from both of these talented ladies as well as Tomasz Donocik and SHO who also have collections with QVC. I think Lauren's big, bold 70s inspired collection was probably my favourite , unfortunately it didn't photograph very well in the lighting. Ana's collection was very light and girly while Tomasz's collection was clearly inspired by architecture and surrealism, making for some very distinctive designs. 

Tomasz Donocik

Ana De Costa

Lauren Adriana


Wednesday, 16 February 2011

H.Stern by Oscar Niemeyer jewels

It doesn’t sound like the most obvious of partnerships but the H.Stern collaboration with Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer really works. As one of the most influential names in international modern architecture, he has created many iconic buildings across the world from Brazil to New York. His passion for curves is evident in his designs and their beauty and grace really lend themselves well to the pieces in the collection. The collection was based on Niemeyer’s sketches with several pieces being inspired by the female form. The collection is composed of six different lines and named after some of his famous works and projects. 

“It's not the right angle that attracts me,

nor is the straight line, hard, inflexible,
created by man.

What attracts me is the free and sensual curve,
the curve I find in my country's mountains,
in the sinuous course of its rivers,
in the ocean waves, in a woman's body.

The whole universe is made of curves,

the curved universe of Einstein.”
Oscar Niemeyer

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