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.
I've just added my last ever collection of Au Bout Des Reves brooches and pins to the website. I'm sad to report that brand Au Bout Des Reves formally known as Catherine Popescu is closing after twenty-three years spent meticulously replicating the beautiful accessories of the Late Victorian and early 20th Century periods. As her creations have been so admired in the years I've stocked them I picked out a big, eclectic final range for the shop!
Popescu established the company after discovering a job lot of original turn-of-the-century brooch stampings at the Paris Flea Market. The moulds, dating from 1880-1920, covered a period of dynamism, experimentation and innovation in design which saw the birth of the baroque and rococo revivals as well as the Art Deco and Nouveau periods.
By adding jewel-coloured translucent enamels and minute Swarovski crystals to ornate frameworks cast from the moulds, Popescu restored these forgotten designs to their original glory. While surviving pieces from early 1900s tend to be fragile and faded, Au Bout Des Reves' designs are fitted with sturdy pin fastenings, coloured in strong stained-glass shades and painted with clear resin to secure their inset crystals.
These highly collectible pieces will only increase in value now that the company are ceasing production. The quality of the work and timeless nature of the designs mean that they'll continue to be loved for decades - real heirlooms!
In keeping with Vogue's instruction to inject the longstanding floral trend with 'attitude and verve', Konplott designer Miranda Konstantidou has introduced a line of bold, eye-catching flower-power pieces to her range. The aptly-named 'Psychodahlia' collection sets a scattering of pretty swarovski crystals against a backdrop of vivid, enamelled petal pieces in exotic colour combinations, proving that flower jewellery doesn't have to be simple in design or wishy-washy in colour.
Loyal visitors to my shop and site have come to love Konplott jewellery for its distinctive design, excellent quality and level of detail. The intuitive Miranda only employs women to help her make the pieces - she believes only women can truly understand women's jewellery - and she trains each of her employees personally, passing on several decades' worth of crafting expertise to every jeweller. As always, this particular selection of jewellery was custom-made for my shop and is available for a limited time only, since the ever-innovative Miranda completely refreshes her range with new collections twice a year.
Now that the sun's (finally!) shining, I think it's the perfect time to accessorise with a flowering burst of colour! The range can be found under the New Arrivals section of the website, and you can browse Miranda's entire collection here.