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
Continental style by way of the Pacific Islands: my latest shipment from Philippe Ferrandis's Paris workshop draws its inspiration all the way from the shores of Hawaii. Philippe's celebrated skill with colourways sees the collection's soft blues, teals and sea greens contrasted and complemented with flashes of warm coral, pale lilacs and vivid limes to create a hazy, Hawaiian-postcard colour scheme.
The earrings in the collection, though simple and unfussy, are expertly designed: a milky, opaque glass stone sits atop a glistening, intricately cut swarovski and an extra-long iridescent resin teardrop with a textured surface completes the piece.
This gorgeous, glowing jewellery deserves to shimmer in strong summer sunlight, whether at home in the city or on holiday at the beach. It's wonderfully light to wear, so the hook fittings will not weigh heavily on pierced ears, and the clip-on earrings feature rubber pads to ensure hours of comfortable wear.
This statement necklace, with its tessellating ovals, triangles and oblongs, is a perfect piece of colourful summer jewellery, with softened neons sitting alongside perennially-fashionable pastel shades. My personal favourite, though, is this bold collar, which Philippe has given a sharp, modern edge with the addition of a chunky silver chain.
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.