Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

The final piece in Hemmerle’s Hidden Treasures collection has a distinctly festive feel. This snowflake brooch is really getting us in the holiday spirit: intricately carved in bronze, the design took over a year to make, and features a sparkling yellow brown central diamond surrounded by 54 twinkling white diamonds. Who needs a white Christmas, when you have this?

Writer: Laura Hawkins

20 December

French jewellery brand Le Gramme’s preoccupation with simplicity manifests itself in pleasingly pristine pieces crafted from precious metals. Almost hypnotising in their geometric repetition, the functional and aesthetic designs are meticulously finished by French ateliers, and are currently available to view at a pop-up store in Paris. Now, a collaboration with Parisian fashion brand Maison Kitsuné gently disrupts this clean canvas, adding a stylish quirk which incorporates the latter’s Japanese roots. An emblematic Kitsuné (Japanese for fox) is emblazoned onto Le Gramme’s designs: perfectly formed, the mischievous animal is cast in dark blue lacquer and eternally strolls across cool sterling silver bracelets, or is glimpsed on smooth, polished keyrings. Additionally, the fox motif has been immortalised in a series of sterling silver objets, enticing animalistic additions for any surface.

Writer: Hannah Silver

Le Gramme x Maison Kitsuné
19 December
Magda Butrym Ash hair pin with crystals

We loved Warsaw designer Magda Butrym’s A/W 2018 collection of rodeo-tinged catwalk jewels, and her S/S 2019 collection is just as joyful - particularly this 1920s-style Ash hair pin. ‘I find vintage pins really charming and romantic. As an object the hair pin is a bit forgotten, so I thought it would be fun to revive it,’ she says. A boom time for hair accessories, the Jazz Age saw the widespread introduction of Bakelite, which in turn sparked a craze for ornate Spanish combs in eye-popping synthetic shades. Butrym’s modern version takes a simpler form: made of 24-ct gold-plated brass, the Ash pin is set with a bead of mottled, duck egg blue alabaster glass, and hung with her signature strings of crystals.

Writer: Caitlin McDonald

Magda Butrym
10 December

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