It's here! The shop recently received a bounty of Trousseau jewellery, 25 pieces of which are now available to buy online in the New Arrivals section.
Trousseau is the creation of young Indian jeweller and entrepreneur Urvi Vora. The company's archaic French name (translated: 'the bundle of possessions that a bride assembles for her marriage') refers to a series of events that inspired Urvi to set up the company: a realisation she had, whilst helping a friend shop for her wedding, that few of the products available to buy were personalised or remotely unique. This led to her decision to make all Trousseau creations either bespoke or in small quantities, thereby retaining the work's individuality.
The Trousseau range's nod to traditional Indian jewellery is clear, but Urvi's designs are neater and cleaner than their predecessors. Bold shapes and sharp lines give her pieces a modern feel, and their simplicity means they're very wearable - my customers tell me they're able to match their Trousseau jewellery with plenty of different outfits.
Hurry as they're selling fast! Alexandra x
Lately, I've been on the lookout for examples of wonderful costume and material from East Asia. I've always been drawn to jewellers who, through use of ornately detailed settings and splashes of vivid colour, incorporate an Oriental influence into their work. Shots of stunning embroidery from Japan (among other places) can be found on my Textiles Pinterest board, whilst this collection features pictures of modern Japanese women who've carried the traditional Geisha style into the 21st century, giving it some modern tweaks on the way.
Geishas used their bouffant hairdos as pinboards for ornate decorations. Ricardo Douahi's hairclips are perfect for dressing up a similarly dramatic upsweep hairstyle.
These handmade patchwork pouches, made from pieces of vintage kimono silk, are available in my store. Each design is completely unique in both the layout of the fabric used and the combination of materials. Perfect for keeping your jewellery safe!
In celebration of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 this week, and the fact that the peonies are out and are stunning, we're going pink with some exquisite new pieces from Anton Heunis.
We adore his special edition '10 Year Anniversary' Fuchsia Pink Fan Crystal Earrings, set with fuchsia pink, lilac and clear Swarovski crystals, or Fuchsia Pink Crystal Bow Earrings, with pretty fuchsia, purple and clear Swarovski crystals. If you prefer something a little smaller, yet by no means less stunning, Anton Heunis's 'Les Demoiselles' Vintage Heart Crystal Drop Earrings, are set with a dark burgundy original vintage crystal heart, along with lemon and fuchsia pink Swarovski crystals.