IJL 2013: MY FAVOURITE GEMS

The IJL was amazing, the design talent in the arena blew my mind.  It was so difficult to narrow down my favourite gems to just 4 designers but here they are. Beginning with another Kickstarter;  Amanda Gerbasi and her label Kattri.

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‘ Cool’. That’s how you feel when you slip on a ring from Kattri.  Crazy sexy cool and fresh.

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The silhouette of each piece from Kattri is clean, sharp and contemporary.  & the Brazilian jewels set in each item sparkle magnificently.

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Image: Kattri

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I meet gem that is Claire English on my final morning of IJL. Her stand had caught my eye over the course of the week,  but it wasn’t until that morning I was drawn to go over. At first I thought it was because of the amazing flower bonnet she was wearing & then when the first piece she told me about was her magpie claw ring I realised, the magpie in me had heard call of the magpie in her .

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& so off we went, two Magpie’s in flight on a a journey through her collection of (and I quote;) “ordinary and insignificant things transformed into special pieces of jewellery”.  Such as the Matchstick collection and the pieces inspired by a bird ‘s skull.

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After the Magpie ring my next favourite item from Claire’s collection would have to been this 24K Yellow Gold Vermeil Bubble necklace. Which  much to my delight actually works!

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I haven’t been able to get this double arrow necklace out of my head since I saw it.  I’m sure you have seen pictures of this treasure popping up all over the blog.   Though, its probably about time I introduced you to the rest of the Tina Lilienthal Jewellery range.  Which features more bejewelled statement arrows in the ‘Pow Wow’ collection and orbing planets in the ‘Astral’ collection.

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bugI love how the Bug range moves from playful, to surreal to structured. For her IJL debut Ellie Ingram or head bug as she is known to you and I brought with her 3 collections;   La La Land which features borrower sized tea cups and saucers. Tiny  appliances.  & Ellie definitely  puts the the “petit” in Le Petit Dejeunewith the mini toast and toaster necklaces and rings.

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If you’re a songbird you’ll love the ‘La Discotheque’ collection which celebrates Ingram’s passion for music.

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Featuring caged rings, oxidised metals and boho belly chains and headpieces. Bug’s ‘Chained’ collection was one of my favorite collections from the entire IJL.    The Le Lac Armour ring is a sheer work of art.  It goes with out saying that it has been added to my wish list.

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