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 nearly Black Friday! The date got its peculiar name in early sixties, when U.S. shoppers, heading out in their droves to begin Christmas shopping post-Thanksgiving, brought traffic to a standstill in cities. The phenomenon caught on in Britain in recent years when shops began to offer enormous 24-hour discounts on the last Friday in November. As an independent retailer, I struggle to compete with chain store deals, but as a thank you to my shop customers I'll be offering a saving of 20% on purchases of £50 or more made on the day. We're expecting to be busy, so do make sure to pay us a visit and grab what you want before it's gone!
Those who subscribe to my e-newsletter can also enjoy a special Black Friday discount of 20% off the total of their online shop. This only applies if you're on my newsletter mailing list, so add your email here (the newsletters I send are occasional and revelant, no spam!)
We've been busy decorating the shop with lights and glitter and, with the drop in temperature outside, it now feels like Christmas has arrived at Margaret's Buildings. Have a peek at my Instagram page to see how festive the shop's looking! With Bath's famous Christmas market opening tomorrow for three weeks of madness, we're expecting an influx of customers. Come and join the frenzy! I put up plenty of jewellery here on the site, but there's lots more available in the shop, plus a selection of men's gifts, baubles, stocking fillers and crockery. If you've never been, pay us a visit - the Royal Crescent looks beautiful in winter weather and Bath has a lovely atmosphere during the festive season.