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Rescued, Rethought and Reworked ~ The new AW10-11 jewellery ranges

November 4, 2010

I hinted in a previous post that I’d had a bit of a rethink regarding the content of my ranges. While I liked using the vintage brass components, I really wanted to move the ranges up a notch and make them more precious. I get a real kick out of precious metals and stones; and there’s just something about the quality of silver and gold that really appeals to me. I also felt that in order to move the collection forward I really needed to get back to basics and use all my skills as a designer, making all my own components in precious metals rather than simply relying on what vintage base metal pieces I could find.

Now I’ve reworked pieces from my extensive collection of vintage accoutrements (ie, stuff!) in sterling silver and 22ct vermeil; using some pieces as they are and altering and combining other pieces together to create something entirely new. This means that the collection retains the essence and authenticity of the vintage pieces used, while emphasising the essential elements of my own handwriting. The versatility of this way of working enables me to push the designs forward in a way that I wasn’t able to do before and create a more personal collection.

Objet Trouvé, the often fanciful, frequently enchanting and beautiful mainline range is fashion led and indulges every whim and fancy as the mood takes me. This season I’ve been inspired by L’Oiseau Bleu, a darkly romantic 16th Century French fairytale by Madame d’Aulnoy and have created a collection dripping with flowers, birds and mythological creatures, combined with White Topaz, Cape Amethyst, Blue Topaz and a sprinkling of Cubic Zirconia for a dash of sparkle.

 Trousseau is a celebration of marriage. All brides should possess a collection of wonderful things to make up their trousseau and this season, I was charmed by the eponymous spirited heroine of the Georgian novelette Evelina by Frances Burney, and have created a beautifully romantic collection ornamented with flowers, bows and ribbons, embellished with White Topaz, Rainbow Moonstone and Freshwater pearls.

As collector from birth and growing up in a veritable treasure trove, I adore the delicacy, attention to detail and often, sheer quirkiness of vintage and antique geegaws, bibelots and curios, and was determined to celebrate the beauty of these trinkets and trifles by transforming them into contemporary pieces of jewellery. Often whimsical, frequently amusing and consistently beautiful, my designs remain always very feminine.

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