10 must have items of jewellery

10 must have items of jewellery

Great pieces that you’ll wear over and over again

Having an ‘armoury’ of modern classic jewellery that will allow you to shine again and again is worth aspiring to.  

 1.  A long chain.  

However you style it it’s a jewellery box essential.  This one by Lucky Eyes is discreet enough for everyday with just enough sparkle for the evening, it can also be doubled up for a layered effect or worn with other necklaces for a touch of the bohemian. 

2.   Chain Bracelet

Do not underestimate the single chain bracelet, it is often the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.   You can also create a very polished delicate look by adding matching earrings or a necklace – or both!  This Sunray bracelet is by Rachel Jackson, the designer loved by both royalty and celebs.  

3.  Pearls

A timeless classic that can be worn as a simple string, or as contemporary styled earrings.  Combined with some sparkle they can add a dash of glamour!  Pearls have a had a resurgence in recent years and it’s easy to see why.  These fabulous earrings are by Surrey based  Pearls of the Orient who carefully and ethically choose the pearls used in their designs.  

4.  A cocktail ring

Striking and beautiful, the cocktail ring will always get attention!  This one by Bill Skinner is handmade in his Kent studios.

5.   A short pendant 

Easy to wear everyday and style with most outfits.  Choose something that has meaning to give your spirits a lift and use to create a modern layered look like this one by Muru.  The Feather is a Talisman for Positivity helping you to maintain a lighter, brighter outlook on life.  

 

 

 

 

6.  ‘Diamond’ studs

Of course you could buy real diamonds but wear these by London based designer Penny Levi and I defy anyone to tell the difference!  Understated elegance!

7.  A bracelet with sparkle!

Minimalist, elegant, sophisticated and versatile, this simple bracelet by Reeves and Reeves has it all!

8.  Stacking Rings 

Chic and versatile.  Wear these Monogram Flower rings by Lucky Eyes singly for a pretty accent or together for real impact. 

9.  Statement Cuff

Immediately add drama to your outfit and get noticed with this beautiful handmade cuff by Bill Skinner.  The honeybee is a firm favourite in jewellery design and this one is the Queen of them all!

10.  Hoops

With a pair of hoops in your collection you will look polished even on a jeans and t-shirt day.  These Serenity hoops by Rachel Jackson are the perfect size and the hexagonal shape adds extra interest.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Nature’s Influence on Jewellery Design – Part 2

Nature’s Influence on Jewellery Design – Part 2

Flora, fruit and feathers

 

Nature has always been a tremendous source of inspiration to artists of all sorts and none more so than jewellery.  Humans have,  since time immemorial,  adorned themselves using whatever was around them;  leaves, shells, feathers, bones,  stones etc.  Nowadays these components of nature are still used in various forms or represented in hugely creative and symbolic ways. 

In this blog I will illustrate some of the beautiful ways designers have interpreted the nature we see around ourselves every day, designers such as the highly acclaimed Bill Skinner, Collette Waudby and Chris Lewis amongst many others.  

 

Leaves are all around us whether on trees or flowers and of course appear in many different shapes and sizes which is reflected in the diversity of design on offer.

Collette Waudby Leaf Range, Chris Lewis Jagged Leaf Range,
Leaf & Crystal Range from White Leaf, Leaf Choker necklace

 

Vintage Tiffany Double Leaf Brooch 

Flowers & fruit provide the opportunity for the exotic and of course colour!  The renowned designer Bill Skinner excels at hand carving and combines floral with the creatures of the garden; due to its exotic origins and rarity the pineapple became a symbol of prosperity and status and is still popular with designers today but the more commonplace is also represented.  

Feather & Fern are similar in form while being infinitely variable and continually attract the attention of designers. 

Right to left: Bill Skinner Scenes of Nature Statement
Necklace & Pendant; Cinderela B Pineapple Pendant;
Bill Skinner Mushroom studs & Apple studs;
Park Lane Floral Ring.



Vintage Christian Dior Fruit Earrings


Bill Skinner Fern earrings &Floral ring
Nour Fern ring, Bill SkinnerFlower studs





Christian Lacroix Vintage
Flower Earrings
We are all nature lovers

 

Through the centuries nature has inspired the designers,  been loved by the wearers and will continue to do so.  Whether it is the exotic, the elegant, the playful, the colourful, there is something for everyone’s taste, style and personality.   

Nature’s Influence on Jewellery Design – Part 1

Nature’s Influence on Jewellery Design – Part 1

Creatures

 

Nature is bountiful! Many artists take inspiration from nature but the best example of this is jewellery.  Jewellery and nature have gone together since prehistoric times when the very stuff that jewellery was made from came directly from things easily found – shells, bones, leaves, feathers, stones etc.  and then later,  animals themselves became the inspiration.

Believe it or not even live insects were used in jewellery until not so long ago.  The Ancient  Egyptians are believed to have been the first to have worn insects as jewellery; their soldiers commonly wore scarab beetles into battle as they were considered to have  supernatural powers of protection against enemies.

In modern times Mexico and Madagascar have both used beetles,  decorated with gold and semi precious gemstones they are attached to a decorative safety pin by a chain.   Not surprisingly Animal Rights organisations have been opposing this practice for some time and it is now very rare.

In this blog I am looking particularly at the influence of creatures in the world of jewellery.  

 

 

 

Today the honeybee is one of the most popular influences on jewellery design, unsurprisingly perhaps as it plays such an important part in all our lives and its own life holds such a fascination for us.  They are also part of symbolism.  The hexagon, the shape of the honeycomb, has 6 sides, #6 is symbolic of love (it was a sacred number for the goddess Venus).  In some cultures, the bee is also representative of fertility, beauty and wisdom.   Bill Skinner is a designer based in Kent whose Honeybee designs have become iconic.  He has produced designs for some of the most famous Jewellers such as Asprey, Garrards, Van Clef and Arpels as well as the legendary  fashion designer Vivienne Westwood but he is one among many that have been attracted by this busy little insect!

Bill Skinner Honeycomb & Bee Cuff, Honeycomb & Bee Orb, 
Baby Bee Pendant & Bee Studs; Cinderela B Honeybee Bracelet
Chaumet Abeille Bee - White Opal, Sapphires, Citrine, 
Mandarin Garnets,
18th Century - Jeweller to
Napoleon Bonaparte who
adopted the bee
as as his emblem.

Butterflies are often very beautiful but they do of course start life as a caterpillar.  Not surprising perhaps then that butterflies are symbolic of new beginnings; often connected to the Law of Attraction they represent potential and transformation.  Where the caterpillar inches along, the butterfly soars!  The designs from brands Muru and Lucky Eyes are always meaningful, indeed Phil Barnes of Muru brings us a variety of Talismans of which the butterfly is just one that comes from nature.  

A selection of butterflies from Muru and Lucky Eyes

Birds are another popular source of inspiration and symbolism.  Owls, unsurprisingly, are symbols of wisdom; the Hummingbird a symbol of love and the Swallow a symbol of freedom but more generally birds are associated with grace and beauty.

Bill Skinner Night Owl Pendant, Muru Swallow Pendant,
Muru Hummingbird Earrings, Bill Skinner Double Bird Pendant
Boucheron (19th Century 
Jeweller)
Peacock Ring,
White Gold, Blue Sapphires
& Diamonds

All sorts of other animals  have been represented in jewellery throughout history and continue to charm us often reflecting cultures, lifestyles and our fondness for pets.

Reeves & Reeves Hare and Fox Pendants, Bill Skinner Horse,
Muru Elephant stretch bracelet, Bill Skinner Kittens.

Iconic Chanel Lion Ring.  
Coco Chanel became a
pioneer for Costume
Jewellery in the 1920's
using 'faux' pearls,
gemstones and metals.

Vintage Tiffany Cat Brooch

Fun,  creativity and symbolism – all there in nature!

 

These are just a few examples of the creativity shown by jewellery designers over the centuries that continue to this day.  Jewellery has always been symbolic and meaningful as well as enormously decorative.    The choice offered by these craftspeople is amazing and with nature as their inspiration, boundless!  You are always assured of finding something that speaks of your personality and your loves.