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.
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.
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
The variety in Philippe Ferrandis's work is amazing: his new 'Polynesia' range is completely different in style and and feel to all his other collections. There's no hint of sparkle in this line, and no faceted glass: instead, the jewellery is entirely made up of smooth, entirely opaque beads with a gently polished finish. The 20th century influences are immediately recognisable: the rounded, simple daisy shapes are very reminiscent of the 1960s flower-child movement, while the strings of uniform, outsized beads are pure '50s. The corals and salmon shades featured, meanwhile, are very 1940s - It's impossible to associate this brilliantly designed jewellery with just one era.
The smooth glass beads in this piece's central flower pendant are fixed into a metal setting, meaning the necklace sits flat and keeps its shape. These pieces are clearly inspired by the pop-it beads of the 1950s (below).