Friday, 18 February 2011

A little something: Katie Rowland's Satori collection

Katie Rowland is best known for her fashion-forward, triple finger St.Tropez knuckledusters of 2010 - giant gold plated rings set with hunks of neutral hued quartz. These amazing rings caught many an eye and placed Katie firmly on the fashion jewels map. 

For 2011 she's released her debut fine jewellery collection, made in 18ct rose gold and set with unusual diamonds which glitter with a 'cracked glass' appearance. The Satori collection has been designed with a particular Japanese teaching in mind: finding beauty in objects which don't fit the notion of perfection. For many, where a diamond should be inclusion-free, of the rarest white colour and well cut, Katie is turning both that idea and the diamonds themselves on their head, creating alternative fine diamond rings suitable for any savvy jewellery lover.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Poolside Palm Springs jewels on Adorn London

This fortnight's Adorn London feature is all about poolside jewels inspired by 1950s Palm Springs. I've got my own little write-up on there, focused on a contemporary Plam Springs look heralded by (you know I love her) Merle O'Grady, Lucy Hutchings and Alexis Bittar this spring/summer. Take a look here... wishing away these wintry months!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

A little something: EC One take us around Pebble London

Just a quick one tonight - and a chance to see behind the scenes at the treasure trove that is Pebble London. Peter Adler, the gent behind the gorgeous trinkets, necklaces, bangles, earrings and sculptures that make Pebble London what it is, takes EC One's Basia behind-the-scenes, letting his charismatic personality shine through - but of course, not beyond the walls of gemstone necklaces, stacks of abalone shell bangles and tribal jewellery. Un-be-lievable.

Monday, 14 February 2011

A little something: Katie Hillier paperclip necklaces

I first spotted these playful necklaces about a year or so ago, following the launch of the now ubiquitous paperclip rabbit necklace. Katie Hillier's irreverent style has seen her designing accessories for everyone from Marc Jacobs to Luella. She's even been involved in Victoria Beckham's new handbag collection (yes, please). I love the little sausage dog pendant, being a huge fan of those little dogs. Now available in silver and with new designs including the tortoise and the hedgehog, I've fallen very much head over heels! <3

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Katie Hillier
Silver and blue topaz hound necklace
18ct gold and champagne diamond bumblebee necklace
18ct gold and navy diamond tortoise necklace

Saturday, 5 February 2011

A little something: Disaya SS11 rings

Just stumbled across these little beauties on ASOS. Disaya's new collection of jewellery, including this cute, very aptly timed enamelled swan ring and a colourful mosaic-style enamel ring that has me yearning for warmer evenings and a pastel-coloured sun dress. Love the real azure greens and blues... Check out the British soldier hat ring, too. Little beauties!

Multicolour enamel jewel ring and white enamel swan ring, both by Disaya

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

A little something: Dior Joaillerie - Making of a Milly Carnivora ring

J'adore the Diorette rings by Dior, but the Milly Carnivora is something else. Victoire de Castellane, the designer behind Dior's jewellery collections, is fun and silly and you can see it in the bright colours and whimiscal style of her jewellery designs... Despite the fact they cost thousands.

Check out the making of one of the Milly Carnivora rings (worth it for the rose-cut diamonds alone, aaaaah!) which packs four months of work into three and a half minutes. Et voila indeed!

P.S. Sorry, still on a video roll it seems!

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

A little something: Tina Lilienthal's 'Little Rogues'

I'm really quite surprised that I've never written about Tina Lilienthal's jewellery here before, having been a fan for sometime... Her jewellery is a cute mix of tiny skull and rabbit pendants, with some beetles, strawberries and cherries thrown in for good kitsch measure. Lots of colour makes Tina's work really eye-catching, and her silk thread necklaces are a must-have for their £20 or so price tag...

Her gorgeous Little Rogues are a new collection, taking her classic Little Skulls as their base, and adding some personality with moustaches (very Salvador Dali), arrows, antlers and tropical flowers. Love, love, love. What's more, Tina has now added rose gold plating to her collections, which gives an even better meaning to her 'dead cute' tag line. Rose gold is so lovely and gives everything that girly blush - here its juxtaposition with the skulls and horror (awww) of her pieces is what makes it. And I love the little tropical-looking flowers too - just in time for summer. Better go and find that Hawaiian shirt of mine...