This month I've been hard at work getting a very exciting new collection online: the exotic, natural 'La Maitresse' range by Konplott. Below are some photographs from the shoot, along with artists' depictions of wild nature that fit with the theme of this jewellery.
This vibrant creeping vine ring is fitted with an adjustable band to fit any size finger. The whole range seems to be modelled on plants that are beautiful but deadly, like the venus flytrap...... only with rows of Swarovski crystals in place of spiked borders.
Designer Miranda Konstaninidou created on-trend ear cuff design for the range. The earring can be gently manipulated to fit any ear and stays in place thanks to two gentle clips. Looks edgy, feels incredibly comfy!
The jewellery is very sturdy, fitted with high-quality Swarovski crystals and glass stones, and is crafted by hand in a Philippines studio that employs only women. Head designer Miranda personally trains each of her employees, passing on her expert knowledge and equipping them with the skills to make a good living from jewellery-making.
Recently a very chic Frenchwoman wandered into my shop and I couldn't help but comment on her fabulous, oversized clip-ons: they were unlike anything I'd seen before. Later on she returned with a jewellery pouch and showed me her holiday capsule earring collection: every pair was the work of Parisian jeweller Jean-Louis Blin. She put me in touch with the designer and, after streamlining a selection of pieces (this was really hard: I loved everything I saw) I'm now able to count myself among the lucky few who stock his wonderful work.
Although superior craftmanship and artistry can be seen in each pair of his earrings, Blin's jewellery is anything but uniform - every design looks markedly different from the last. While other designers often find a style that sells and stay with it, Blin takes risks with every piece of jewellery: so much so that costumiers at Moulin Rouge recognised his exceptional talent for innovation and commissioned him to create bejewelled accessories for their dancers.
Blin and wife Claudine run a shop in Paris dedicated exclusively to his designs. Besides this, they supply only a small number of external stockists, so these designs are well worth coveting when you find them!
All the jewellery is handmade by the Blins plus a three-person team of talented artisans. This commitment to hands-on craft is evident in the quality and intricacy of each piece.
Blin infuses his Art Nouveau-inspired designs with a bold, modern aesthetic and decorates them with splashes of colour. His palette is muted: bright colours are offset by cooler, gentler shades, making these oversized earrings tasteful and wearable. The comfortable clip-on fittings can be worn on pierced and unpierced ears: they're well made and don't pinch.