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
I talked about rings back in July and I'm so relieved that they weren't just a summer fling. Rings are here to stay, and there is nothing more uplifting than dash of colour to take you through to autumn.
Again, the bigger the better when it comes to rings with clashing shades and sparkling stones. But don't think that these fabulous cocktail rings have to be reserved solely for the hands. Scarves - fine knitted or silk, rather than the thick chunky wool variety - are huge for this autumn/winter, whether they're tucked into our coat belts or draped around the neck. However, I LOVE wearing mine with a chunky cocktail ring, it's sophisticated and yet practical too. The perfect solution if you're not used to wearing large rings.
So whether it's your favourite Hermes scarf or a vintage find, you can't go wrong with these stunning rings from Philippe Ferrandis's new collections 'Copacabana' and 'Calipso'. The large clusters of sparkling Swarovski crystals in shades of pink, turquoise, red, green and yellow are just too tempting. Or for something a little more delicate I also adore, Ferrandis's 'Flower Power' rings with Swarovski crystals and pretty perspex flowers in pinks and reds or blue and lime green.
For the first time in as long as we can remember, we're having a FABULOUS summer! It's hot, the sun is shining (most of the time) and we can enjoy wonderful spur-of-the-moment picnics in the park, days by the sea, even just simple time in the garden. And doesn't it make life seem, well, just so much better? It's amazing what a bit of warmth and sunshine can do.
Here at Alexandra May, we're celebrating with Philippe Ferrandis' stunning 'Flower Power' collection, which couldn't be more summery if it tried. Hot shades of orange, tangerine, pink, red, turquoise, lime green and blue, burst with flowers, Swarovski crystals, and glass and perspex stones.
So let's make the most of this glorious summer while it lasts!