Thursday 16 August 2012

Irish jewellery designer :: Daniela Cardillo


Jewelry made from horse hair and rodent bones by Daniela Cardillo.

Horse hair and rodent bones are the eco-friendly materials behind Irish jewellery designer Daniela Cardillo’s delicate accessories. Her jewellery, which includes necklaces, rings, bangles and pins, is made using hair shed from her own horses and rodent bones she has collected or sourced online.

The horse hair is dyed a variety of shades, including pastel pink, before being weaved and trimmed with gold accessories. She electroforms the ‘small and delicate’ rodent bones in metal before plating them in 22 carat gold, a process Cardillo says enables the bones to become ‘actual relics of previous lives’.

Source ~ Lost at E Minor.

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Sunday 10 June 2012

Princess Elizabeth


Regal and beautiful ~ these black and white photos capture a younger Queen ELizabeth II.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. Born April 21, 1926 at 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, to Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Dutchess of York.

The family called her Lilibet.

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Sunday 3 June 2012

Bedecked in jewels, Queen Elizabeth 11


Jewellery and Gown :: Her Majesty arrived for State Opening of British Parliament wearing a silver gown with crystal embellishments, and a stunning white fur coats.

The Crown :: The Queen wears the King George IV State Diadem crown.

Made by Rundell, Bridge & Rundell in 1820, the diadem features a set of 4 crosses pattée alternating with 4 bouquets of roses, thistles, and shamrocks. The motifs are set on a band of diamond scrollwork between two bands of pearls. The front cross is set with a 4 carat yellow diamond, and the piece features 1,333 diamonds in all.

The crown was made for King George IV. George was a flamboyant man with an extravagant sense of style. The 57-year-old waited a long time to become king, and he wanted his coronation to be the most extravagant one in history. He redesigned costumes and planned for changes and additions to the Crown regalia. To commemorate the relatively recent creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, George came up with a new motif: a bouquet of Scotland’s thistle, England’s rose, and Ireland’s shamrock.

Queen Elizabeth II started wearing the diadem after her accession in 1952. She wears it to and from each State Opening of Parliament and for official portraits. That combination of uses has made it one of the most recognizable symbols of her reign ~ it adorns stamps, money, and official images.

The Festoon Necklace :: the three strand diamond necklace was commissioned in 1947 by King George VI to find a use to some of the loose diamonds he had inherited. The necklace consists of three rows of diamonds suspended between two diamond triangles, containing over 150 brilliant cut diamonds. The minimum weight of the necklace is estimated to be 175 carats. Matching diamond earrings were worn.

After arriving, she puts on the Parliament Robe of State and the insignia of the Order of Garter. As is the custom, the Monarch doesn’t put on the Imperial State Crown (which arrives separately) until after she enters the Palace of Westminster.

{Source: Order of Splendor}

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Wednesday 11 January 2012

Bois De Rose ♥ Dior


I must remember to pack my stunning Dior jewllery.

A gal has gotta dream… but it’s not Straddie beach style anyway!

{Images: Dior}

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Sunday 2 October 2011

Enchanted by the glittering diamonds, aquamarines, sapphires, amethysts and other precious stones


Amazing jeweleries :: Dior Diorette on avenue Royale, Paris as captured by Cherry Blossom Girl.

Garden flowers have inspired this adorable collection. Butterflies, flowers as well as ladybug designs are fabulously put together so the rings and earrings look like a they are just natural flower bouquets gathered from nature.

The rings are huge, bold, chunky.

It’s like wearing a little forest on your finger.

Victoire de Castellane has designed the Dior Diorette collection. She is the queen of enamel and jewels.

Dior Joaillerie has been creating fabulous and luxurious jewelry designs for decades and the hard work, talent and soul which has been put into each and every jewelry piece has helped Christian Dior’s name be carried on even after his death.

{Images via Cherry Blossom Girl}

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Wednesday 17 August 2011

say it with flowers


Oroton Jewellery inspired by flowers for Spring.

 David Jones celebrated Spring with a night of fashion and old style pink lemonades….

The amazing Anna Plunkett + Luke Sales from Romance Was Born,

adorned each look with OROTON jewellery pieces, creating tribal warrior fashion warfare on the catwalk.

And I adore these pretty keyrings.

{Images via Oroton blog}

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Sunday 10 July 2011

Daphne Guinness + her diamond glove armour


Contra Mundum ~ Latin for “Against the World” is a 5 year bespoke ‘glove’ project. A magnificent diamond glove by the creative spirit of a fashion icon and jewellery designer.

Over five years, Daphne Guinness in collaboration with Shaun Leane, created a white gold and platinum glove, studded with over 5,000 pavé white diamonds, set in the shape of a bird formation, and weighing over a thousand grams in 18ct white gold.

The Glove :: A diamond set armour-inspired piece

Striking diamond birds cascade around the arm, as though caught in mid-flight.

The hand is protected with a bold metal cuff, hand-forged and beautifully engraved.

Made in two parts, the cuff can be worn alone as a hand glove, or extended into an evening glove. Every detail in the piece, including the chainmail, has been carefully constructed by hand to ensure a perfect fit to Daphne’s arm. The glove was molded from Guinness’ own hand, and is a stylized armour made of precious metals, studded with gems.Delicate chainmail forms the foundation of this highly fantastical gauntlet; each ring looped in one by one to create an exact formation tailored to the individual. Striking diamond birds cascade around the arm, as though caught in mid-flight. Skilfully supporting the framework is a shimmering diamond branch that elegantly wraps around the upper arm. The hand is protected with a bold metal cuff, hand-forged and beautifully engraved. Birds are layered on the surface of the cuff amongst the sculpted branches. Carved in gold and set with diamonds, they soar among the delicate engraving as though liberated by the blowing wind. Made in two parts, the cuff can be worn alone as a hand glove, or extended into an evening glove. {Fashion Telegraph}

Five people worked on this piece, including Shaun – each craftsman was handpicked according to their fields of expertise. So it meant that, for example, the stone setter picked would have to hand set all of the 5000 pave diamonds. One craftsman looped each jump-ring by hand, one by one, to ensure a perfect fit to Daphne’s arm – this process has taken over half of the 5 years. {Fashion Telegraph}

Jay Jopling hosted an intimate evening in celebration of the completion of ‘Contra Mundum’ at White Cube Gallery. The exclusive launch was attended by Tom Ford, Suzy Menkes, Lily Cole, Livia Firth and Alexander McQueen’s Creative Director Sarah Burton.

Guests watched Daphne’s beautiful presentation of the piece

~ dressed in the bespoke glove and shrouded in white silk tulle, her lie-in state as her gloved hand lay over the tulle and rested on her upper-body and symbolised the concept of the objet d’art;

Sir Thomas Malory’s compilation of the legendary tales of the Knights of the Round Table.

As the evening drew to a close, guests were presented with a gift bag containing a solitaire diamond and a beautiful message signed by Shaun and Daphne as a remembrance of a beautiful summer evening. PR Web

Daphne Guinness was “laid in state” by Gareth Pugh to celebrate her collaboration with British jeweler, Shaun Leane. Daphne is no stranger to theatrical installations, but she outdid herself this time. In typical Guinness fashion she was laid out in a sheer Alexander McQueen bodysuit with an antique veil. The only exposed body part was her arm in a one-of-a-kind chain mail glove made of gold and diamonds.

This piece is for sale for 1.7 million dollars and is made of 18-carat white gold.

The background story {Fashion Telegraph}

In recent years, Guinness has developed a fascination with armour, and it was while she was out one night with McQueen and Leane that she decided to create some of her own.

‘We were at one of those enormous events where we were huddled in a corner going, “What are we doing here?” Anyway, I said, “Wouldn’t it be great to have some armour?” And so Shaun said, “All right, then.” And two or three weeks later, there I was, with my arm in a bucket.’

Once a cast had been taken of her arm, it took four years and many fittings to create the glove they have just completed. It started out as a straightforward commission, a bespoke piece of silver jewellery that Leane would create to fit Guinness’s arm exactly. But silver turned out to be too soft so they went for white gold, and as they added more and more to the piece – chain mail handmade to fit her arm completely, intricate articulated fingers, more than 5,000 diamonds creating decorative birds along the arm – it became a collaboration, funded and owned jointly by the two of them. Now that it is complete, it will be exhibited, then offered for sale.

For them it has become less a fashion item, more a work of art, something that pushes the boundaries of fine jewellery and symbolises their friendships with each other, and with Blow and McQueen, who was to design a spectacular dress to go with the glove. They have called it Contra Mundum: ‘It’s sort of us against the world. It’s about wanting to watch, but not wanting to be seen. I feel it’s a pact, if that makes any sense. And I’m not sure I could wear it to go out now, because it means too much.’

{Images 1. & 9. Photographer Nick Knight; 2-4 via Fashion Telegraph; 6-8 via Vitalic Noise}

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Tuesday 14 December 2010

Diamonds are forever


Actress Anne Hathaway gets all glammed up inside the November issue of Vogue, A Breath of Fresh Air editorial with a “Holly Golightly” look, diamonds galore, and evening gowns to the floor.

    True love is ever sure, ever lasting and ever strong.

    Oscar-winning costume designer, William Travilla,

    created the pink satin gown for Monroe’s performance of

    Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend in the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

    The porcelain elegance, faraway expression and sparkle of diamonds of Emma Watson say Grace Kelly.

    Nicole Kidman wears a L’Wren Scott diamond necklace at the 80th annual Academy Award.

    $2 million dollar diamond shoes, designed by Stuart Weitzman, worn by singer Alison Krauss as she arrives for the 76th Academy Awards.

    Christie’s in Geneva presents a Spanish Ducal diamond crown to be auctioned, November 2007.

    A very beautiful enamel and diamond cocktail watch made by Cartier in 1924

    A 26.62 carat diamond

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    Sunday 12 December 2010

    lost + found


    Once a year at Christmas, jeweller Barbara Heath opens her studio to friends

    ~ for me this another Christmas ritual that is always special.

    "When tin fuses to the copper, there's this painterly surface, like a patina, which is extraordinary," says Barbara Heath. Photo: Lyndon Mechielsen, The Australian

    Barbara and her husband (and collaborator) Malcolm Enrightplus the team welcome you to a world of treasures, hidden underneath an old Queenslander. The studio, feels a part of the rainforest that is the backyard. Jewellers equipment are on show, and a cabinet of found objects and curiosities that provide both inspiration and materials for the signature pieces created is beautifully curated, along with the jewellery  that takes centre stage.

    And this year,

    the stunning vintage french glass button earrings that came home with me

    will be worn with love,

    as is the black button pendant.

    with smokey quartz bauble necklace that was a splurge two years ago.

    Since 1990 she has increasingly worked on bespoke or commissioned jewellery, calling herself

    Jeweller to the Lost

    She uses the term ‘Lost’ in its highest sense:

    “If we are lost – then we know we are searching. I like to make jewellery for people who are searching . . .”

    . . . . we collude, we conspire, 1 + 1 = good alchemy.

    Barbara has been an artist/jeweller for over 30 years, working on diverse projects from large scale sculptural work to intimate jewelled client commissions. Her recurring conceptual themes translate easily between these physical scales. Notions of the public vs the private, the veil, the sensuous, the precious and that which is concealed has always intrigued her. Barbara says that the work attempts to reveal something of ‘the jewel’ in the architectural and an architectural sensibility should be revealed in the structure of her jewellery.

    Barbara’s work as a jeweller began early, with an apprenticeship at the age of 17 to Laslo Puzsar a high profile diamond jeweller in Melbourne, and participation in the Gold and Silversmithing program at RMIT. The insights gained from this combination of the practical and theoretical training have led to a diverse career that includes working on an intimate scale with her jewellery, as well as large scale sculptural and architectural works and public artwork.

    In both her jewellery and larger projects similar themes and motifs recur. She often uses the device of the lattice screen- an architectural detail that is a shelter as well as a barrier. It is just one way that she explores her abiding fascination with notions of the public versus the private, the veil, and things which is concealed and therefore precious.

    a passion for tin

    this year, Artisan exhibited

    Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance

    Rosemary Sorensen, The Australian writes:

    THOSE fortunate enough to commission a piece of jewellery from Barbara Heath may be invited to fossick through her collection of sapphires and diamonds, opals and pearls, and to talk about which precious metals will best respond to their personal story.

    In the future, those personal stories may take shape in Heath and her client’s imagining in a surprisingly different medium: tin. Although she hasn’t made jewellery out of tin so far, “I think I’m ready to,” Heath says.

    The jeweller’s passion for tin began not with a coup de foudre but via a series of nudges towards the metal that used to be called “white gold”. Read more

    For insights into Barbara Heath and her jewellery, visit the blog,

    {Sources and images via galleries: handmark gallerystudio ingot}

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    Sunday 28 November 2010

    Frozen Charlotte Jewellery Treasures


    In a spontaneous shopping browse I discovered a gorgeous Frozen Charlotte necklace that had to come home with me! And I love the story.

    Danni Townsend O’Neil creates these quirky hand crafted pendants from antique ”Frozen Charlotte” dolls that she rescued from a demolition site in Russia. Their hats are made from a combination of antique sterling silver salt & pepper shakers, thimbles, vintage ceramic lids etc.

    Danni lives in Melbourne and you can see more of her work here.  My keepsake has black hair and a sugar shaker hat. She’s gorgeous and always draws a comment.

    Frozen Charlottes are a type of unjointed china doll popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    The name came from Fair Charlotte, a well-known American folk ballad

    attributed to William Lorenzo Carter.

    This is the story of Frozen Charlotte:

    The ballad tells the tale of a beautiful young woman who set out in a sleigh with her lover, Charles, on a bitterly cold night to attend a ball fifteen miles away. Her mother warned her to wrap herself in a blanket to keep warm, but:

    “No, no, no,” fair Charlotte said

    And she laughed like a gypsy queen

    “To ride in blankets muffled up,

    I never can be seen.”

    Charlotte froze to death. Her parents were very sad.  Charles was very upset, and died of a broken heart.


    While I was online discovering the story of Frozen Charlottes I found this beautiful assemblage from Altered Bits on Etsy. And yes, I wanted more Charolottes and was delighted when my little package arrived from America.

    Four small Charlottes are nestled cozily in an old tin on a bed of aged fabric, sweetly next to them are an arrangement of vintage mother of pearl buttons from the ’40s.

    These antique Frozen Charlotte Dolls were dug up from abandoned/ruined doll factories in Germany.

    Over one hundred years ago in a doll factory located in Thuringia, Germany, Frozen Charlotte dolls were manufactured. These hard to find treasured bisque dolls, broken and not, become trophies when found and are coveted by mixed media and jewelry artists making them highly collectable.

    A frozen Charlotte doll was found in one of the carpenter’s toolboxes, wrapped in a woollen sock.

    The doll had no clothes on, except for a bonnet and mittens,

    because the children would make the clothes for the doll.

    Buried Alive – Gothic Lolita Necklace

    The coffin hangs from a lush black velvet cord with a chain and lobster clasp closure.

    Sterling Silver Coffin Pendant opens to reveal an Antique Mini Frozen Charlotte Doll inside.

    There is also a small skull and crossbones charm hanging at the end of the extender chain.

    Natalie Merchant – Frozen Charlotte

    Blue like the winter snow in the full moon

    Black like the silhouettes of the trees

    Late blooming flowers lie frozen underneath the stars

    I want you to remember me that way

    Far away… I’ll be gone, will you wait for me here
    How long… I don’t know, will you wait for me here

    Still as the river grows in December

    Silent and perfect blinding ice

    Spring keeps her promisesNo cold can keep her back

    I want you to remember me that way

    Far away… I’ll be gone, will you wait for me here
    How long… I don’t know, but wait for me here

    Follow… don’t follow me
    To where
    To where I go

    Far away… I’ll be gone, will you wait for me here
    How long… I don’t know, will you wait for me here
    Follow… don’t follow me, to where I have gone
    Follow… don’t follow me, to where I have gone

    Someday you’ll take my place
    And I’ll wait
    For you there

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