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Midnight in Paris

by Alexandra May | November 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Jean Louis Blin Kaleidascope

Receiving new stock from Jean-Louis Blin is so exciting - there are no catalogues, no websites, no order forms to create a bespoke list; so the very first time I see the jewellery is when it arrives in the shop. With every shipment, Jean-Louis seems to become more innovative and more experimental; always injecting freshness and creativity into his offbeat vintage-style range.

Jean-Louis Blin Nouveau Floral Eau de Nil Long Clip-on Earrings (JLB6218)

This pair feature a couple of beautiful, upcycled pastel glass stones, rescued from an old piece of jewellery and given a new lease of life in Blin's glamorous gothic mounts. 

Taking influence from the Art Nouveau scene that dominated Western Europe, Blin stays true to the Paris of the past by incorporating curvilinear shapes, Edwardian flourishes and fin-de-siecle butterfly motifs into his handcrafted pieces. These traditional elements are effectively blended with edgier components such as carved beetles, hanging curb-chain curtains and ghostly iridescent crystals.

He doesn't skimp on detail or size, meaning his earrings work perfectly paired with minimal accessories, or no accessories at all.

I adore the work of this truly singular designer: someone who has been honing his craft for over forty years and stayed faithful to his own vision of what makes jewellery beautiful.

Jean-Louis Blin Edwardian Style Honey & Cream Drop Earrings (JLB6931)

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Alexandra

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A Flash of Neon

by Alexandra May | August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Philippe Ferrandis has provided us with the perfect way to bring summer warmth through to the colder seasons: his ultra-bright neon 'Bounty' range. These simple designs stand out due to his masterful use of distinct shapes, bold colour pops, and subtly contrasting finishes that see smooth opalescent crystal pieces paired with reflective faceted glass. The neutralising white stones are key: they prevent the pieces from looking too gaudy.

Their understated design means these bright pieces are surprisingly versatile. They look great against clothing in muted tones, monochrome outfits or perennially-stylish grey shades. To avoid overkill, stick to a just a few neon accents per outfit.

For a different look, innovative Spanish jeweller Anton Heunis makes these pretty neons, embellished with a frame of minute crystals:

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Alexandra

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Aloha from Hawaii

by Alexandra May | July 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

Continental style by way of the Pacific Islands: my latest shipment from Philippe Ferrandis's Paris workshop draws its inspiration all the way from the shores of Hawaii. Philippe's celebrated skill with colourways sees the collection's soft blues, teals and sea greens contrasted and complemented with flashes of warm coral, pale lilacs and vivid limes to create a hazy, Hawaiian-postcard colour scheme.

The earrings in the collection, though simple and unfussy, are expertly designed: a milky, opaque glass stone sits atop a glistening, intricately cut swarovski and an extra-long iridescent resin teardrop with a textured surface completes the piece. 

This gorgeous, glowing jewellery deserves to shimmer in strong summer sunlight, whether at home in the city or on holiday at the beach. It's wonderfully light to wear, so the hook fittings will not weigh heavily on pierced ears, and the clip-on earrings feature rubber pads to ensure hours of comfortable wear.

This statement necklace, with its tessellating ovals, triangles and oblongs, is a perfect piece of colourful summer jewellery, with softened neons sitting alongside perennially-fashionable pastel shades. My personal favourite, though, is this bold collar, which Philippe has given a sharp, modern edge with the addition of a chunky silver chain. 

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Alexandra

 

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