Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

Hemmerle

20 December

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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

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

Le Gramme x Maison Kitsuné

19 December

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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

Magda Butrym Ash hair pin with crystals

Magda Butrym

10 December

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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

Saskia Diez chainmail bag stainless steel

Saskia Diez

5 December

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Saskia Diez is renowned for experimenting with lengths of chainmail, which hang from the ear in long fluid lengths, or twist as a second skin around the body. Now, in an exclusive collaboration, the German jeweller has teamed up with Net-a-Porter on a range of mesh accessories, from bracelets which swathe the wrist, to a bag formed from a fabric of metal links. This party piece nods to the futuristic 1960s fashion of Paco Rabanne, the Spanish designer who pioneered the use of unusual fabrications like metal and plastic. Slip your wrists into the bag's circular handles, and it will jingle jangle with you wherever you go.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Dina Kamal Beirut

Dina Kamal

4 December

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It’s all Greek to Dina Kamal – the Beirut jeweller’s new Archery rings take inspiration from the pantheon of Grecian deities, in particular those gods and goddesses known for their superior hunting skills. Each ring is modelled on traditional thumb braces worn by archers to protect their knuckles as they sling their arrows, taking an elongated form that slopes slightly inwards as it extends, hugging the finger. The curving, pared-back lines have a more organic feel than Kamal’s recent geometric pieces, and we love the muted finish of the Artemis ring in raw 18-ct gold.

Writer: Caitlin McDonald

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

 Tomfoolery

3rd December

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Cult North London boutique Tomfoolery commissioned 30 of its jewellers, including Jo Hayes Ward and Daphne Krinos, to craft one-of-a-kind statement rings that steer away from their usual design language. From the resulting treasure trove, the Balthus ring by Scottish jeweller Fraser Hamilton caught our eye - two miniature hands in yellow gold hold up an untreated orange sapphire as though presenting it to the wearer, held on a twisting band. ‘I wanted the gold to appear as though it was a basket for carrying the stone, so I looked into bushcraft weaving for the texture, adapting it into wax before casting,' says Hamilton. ‘I also wanted to use the sapphire’s transparency to show the weaving gold through the stone, creating more depth. The hands are somewhat uncanny and not stylistically designed - they are strange, rather than pretty.'

Writer: Caitlin McDonald

Wald Berlin jewellery

Wald Berlin

30 November

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Wald Berlin’s nomadic founders Joyce Binneboese and Dana Roski, a former model and a fashion stylist respectively, stock their Mitte concept store with a treasure trove of under-the-radar labels and charms collected on their travels. Now the pair has launched their own free-spirited collection of seaside-style trinkets, with an emphasis on lettered beads and gem-set, gold-plated shells. All made by hand in Germany, it was the Vision of Love earring that caught our eye – threaded with misshapen pearls in shades of aquamarine and turquoise, it’s designed to be worn singly, held onto a gold hoop by a tangled twist of wire.

Writer: Caitlin McDonald

Alex Orso gold pendant

Alex Orso

29 November

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure: London studio Alex Orso’s modern talismans take the form of everything from discarded ring pulls to streamlined nuts and bolts. This bottle top pendant in brass plated with 22-ct gold has a brushed satin finish on one side, contrasting with a brightly polished shine on the other. The metal gently folds into a dent in the middle, giving the impression that the pendant has been deftly popped off a fizzing bottle of soda – almost the real thing.

Writer: Caitlin McDonald

Malaika Carr London Royal Opera House Stanton Williams

Chalk Jewellery x The Royal Opera House

28 November

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The glass and wrought-iron tracery of London’s Royal Opera House provides geometric inspiration for jeweller Malaika Carr, whose structural pieces take their cues from her day job as an architect. Designing for her own label, Chalk, the arching facade of EM Barry’s Hamlyn Hall – recently regenerated by Stanton Williams – is miniaturised in Carr’s walnut earrings, inlaid with strips of mirrored acrylic. Clean, bold lines mean these aren’t just for opera buffs.

Writer: Caitlin McDonald

Dauphin Paolo Roversi book spread

Dauphin

22 November

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It’s been five years since Charlotte Dauphin de la Rochefoucauld launched her jewellery maison Dauphin, one that has become synonymous with a contemporary take on fine jewellery. Dauphin’s designs play on fluidity, empty space and champion an interchangeable aesthetic, and now the history of the house has been captured in a new book lensed in collaboration with Paolo Roversi. The publication explores the signature pieces in Dauphin’s canon, and also features portraits of muse Saskia De Brauw, Guinevere Van Seenus (pictured) and Paolo’s daughter Stella, with the maison's architectural sensibility enhanced by stylist Hannes Hetta and hair and make up artist Julien d'Ys. Consider it bejewelled bounty for your bookcase.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Aeyde earrings

aeyde

20 November

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We’ve been hot on the heels of Berlin-based footwear label aeyde since it launched in 2015. Now, in addition to the brand’s sublime footwear offering – which includes sleek slip on mules, square-toed flats and architecturally-inclined heels – the brand has released its first nine piece jewellery collection. The 18-ct gold plated pieces include oversized earrings which unfurl like leaves, distorted hoops and asymmetric graphic studs which can be mixed and matched at will. We’ll be trying these curved metal pieces out for size, alongside our latest pair of aeyde shoes, naturally.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

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Last spring, we enlisted Rebus to create a signet ring bearing the seal of Wallpaper* Handmade 2017’s motif. We’ve been a fan of the traditional goldsmiths’ studio and signet ring specialist’s designs for some time, and its latest ‘Kournas’ silhouette really gets our seal of approval. Its unusual and asymmetric shape nods to the outline of Lake Kournas in Crete, a favourite visiting spot of Emmet Smith, Rebus director and master engraver. The design brings a modern take on the signature signet ring silhouette, whether you favour a seal of your family crest, initials or portrait.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Aquazzura net a porter

Aquazzura

15 November

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Increasingly, designers have been incorporating jewellery-inspired elements into their footwear pieces, like beaded anklets which detach from a heel or gems which clip onto the upper of a shoe. Now, Net-a-Porter and footwear aficionado Aquazzura, have stepped further into this glinting world, with a footwear collection created in collaboration with five jewellery designers. Anissa Kermiche, Sabine Getty, Noor Fares, Venyx World and Ana Khouri have all proposed bejewelled designs. We’ve been keen to try Kermiche’s Triple Rondeur earring for some time – a piece conceived as three stacked gold hoops with floating freshwater pearls. This design has been translated into the graphic heel of a high stiletto. Talk about getting off on the right foot.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

 Spinelli Kilcollin 

7 November

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LA-based brand Spinelli Kilcollin has bought new meaning to the term globetrotting. The jewellery’s latest 19-piece Zodiac collection is comprised of spherical pendants, single earrings and bracelets resembling miniature planets. This Galina Gold Pavé Drop Earring is really sending us into orbit. Half of its dangling orb has been covered in micro-pavé white diamonds, making for a truly starry eyed experience.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Tessa Packard ‘Alphabet Bracelet’

Tessa Packard

29 October

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London-based jeweller Tessa Packard has got the design of her latest ‘Alphabet Bracelet’ down to a T. The piece has been created in collaboration with the National Osteoporosis Society, and features a delicate 18-ct yellow gold vermeil and sterling silver chain, completed with a mother-of-pearl letter charm of choice. This personalised-focused design will be available for one year, and 20 percent of the proceeds of each sale will go to the National Osteoporosis Society. A eye-catching and altruistic design from the word go.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Le Gramme silver medallion

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We’ve got a mathematical monomania for Le Gramme’s designs. The Paris-based jewellery house is renowned for its pared-back rings, cuffs and keyrings, which created in different sizes, are declined arithmetically according to weight. This year, we invited Le Gramme to be part of our Handmade exhibition, and the label worked with Viennese crystal maker Lobmeyr on a range of cylindrical containers, each sharing the same diameter, but ranging in terms of height and use. Now, Le Gramme has teamed up with Mr Porter on an exclusive collection of medallions. Three interchangeable and concentric pendants, in polished and brushed sterling silver, can be passed through a cable chain and worn together or independently. Each piece is named according to its weight in terms of tenths of a gram, and they fit together like a graphic jigsaw puzzle.

Writer: Laura Hawkins 

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

Noor Fares

18 October

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There’s a spiritual sophistication behind Noor Fares’ latest Prana collection. The jeweller’s latest offering takes inspiration from the ancient meditative concept of the body’s seven chakras - wheels which spin energy through the body, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. These Sahasrara Earrings – featuring hand-carved curving points of amethyst – evoke the violet shade associated with the seventh primary chakra found in the head, one which is associated with pure consciousness. There’s a symmetrical and diamond encrusted harmony behind the designs, which hang from the ear in line with the chakra’s bodily location, whether or not you believe in the power of spiritual healing.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Santoni by Zani Shield ring in pink and blue enamel

Santo by Zani

16 October

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Santo by Zani’s designs unfold to reveal inner surprises. Founder Zani Gugelmann's transformable aesthetic has culminated in her brand’s latest line of Shield rings, which take inspiration from the mechanical designs of masonic orb pendants of the Victoria era. Her designs have a more exuberant and pop-colour focus, like this colourful yellow gold and blue enamel ring set with light pink sapphire, which opens to reveal an inlayed diamond nestled inside a fuchsia enamel shell.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

All Blues

15 October

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Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

Foundrae

12 October

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Foundrae founder Beth Bugdaycay creates jewellery designs boasting a host of mystical symbols. Her inspiration also draws from more everyday elements, and her idiosyncratic cigar ring looks to the designs of paper cigar bands. Now, in a nod both symbology and smoking paraphernalia, Bugdaycay has teamed up with Zippo on a collection of windproof sterling silver and 18-ct gold lighters, animated with magical symbols. The four limited edition styles are available to buy from Browns, and we think they’re a sure-fire accessory addition, whether you favour a cigarette, cigar or simply the allure of an illuminating accessory.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

Chaumet

12 October

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Chaumet has created jewellery for a host of illustrious clientele across history, but it is Empress Joséphine who is most renowned for wearing the Parisian maison’s designs. Chaumet’s evolving Joséphine collection celebrates the style of Napoleon’s famed wife, one which has been reinvented with a new range of earrings, stackable rings and necklaces, which play with empty space and bright colour. The styles encourage individuality, and V-shape rings encrusted with diamonds and cultured pearls can be layered onto the finger at will, or earrings glistening with rhodolite garnets, aquamarines and peridots can be worn asymmetrically, making for unusual and personalised colour combinations. We think Empress Joséphine would approve.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Annoushka Seeds Conkers

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Nature buffs will find that Annoushka’s new Seeds collection of miniature talismans appeals: smoky quartz acorns are capped with white diamonds, 18ct yellow gold sycamore seeds look ready to spiral away through the air, and freshwater white pearls are a savvy stand-in for growing olives. However, it was the shiny horse chestnut charm that caught our attention, with a hidden surprise inside: two halves of spiky gold skin, edged with pavé diamonds, part to reveal a polished ebony conker. A symbol of prevention and foresight, marking the arrival of autumn, it has a particular back-to-school spirit.

Writer: Caitlin McDonald

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

Richard Mille x Kongo at Frieze Masters

5 October

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French graffiti artist Kongo’s 2011 graffiti scarf for Hermes is now a collectors’ piece. When Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille asked the artist to hand-paint a watch movement for the RM 68-01 in 2016, collectors were placing their orders before it was made. It’s hard to explain the impact of this spray-painted miniature work of art without seeing it. Good thing it’s on show at Frieze Masters this weekend. As a new partner of the fair, Richard Mille – a watch brand known for materials and process R&D – has curated a selection of rare timepieces from its 17-year archive of designs. Most have been lent for the occasion by the brand’s collectors – the Kongo RM 68-01 is one of them. The graffiti artist individually painted the mechanical components of each, using a microscopic lens, specially developed gloss spray and miniaturised spray-painting tools. The single version on show at Frieze is a prime example. Only 30 pieces were made. All have been sold, including this one.

Writer: Caragh McKay

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

Paris Fashion Week

4 October

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At Givenchy’s S/S 2019 show earlier this week, guests entered the maison’s dark show space at the Île de la Cité’s Palais de Justice following the beam of a laser trail, which bounced from mirrored walled surfaces. The reflective runway set was a symbol of the show’s theme, one in which the men’s and women’s collections were mirrored within each other, in a silhouette evoking dual sexuality. Reflection was also a key theme in the brand’s XL catwalk jewellery. These included huge chandelier earrings which dangled from the earlobe to the décolleté, or glasses with dangling embellishments twinkling from their frames. These earrings resemble mini mobiles. Their flat metal fragments are suspended in the air like raindrops or icy snowflakes, and their twinkling surfaces also act a reflection of the mirroring theme of the S/S 2019 show.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

Paris Fashion Week

28 September

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From a live cockatoo atop a model’s shoulder to colourful cat head pendants, Micky Mouse shape bowling bags to snake bracelets coiling around the wrist, there were a veritable zoo of animal references on the Gucci S/S 2019 catwalk. But our favourite piece had more of a farmyard-meets-fairytale feel. These marbled acetate pig brooches were pinned to cropped women’s jackets, with their wings flapping across the folds of fabric for fantastical animal farm effect.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Francisco Rossi’s miniature figurative sculptures earrings for Marni

Milan Fashion Week 

27 September

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There were references to classical art aplenty on the S/S 2019 Marni catwalk. Just look to the distorted photo prints of busts and shapely torsos which were printed across skirts and asymmetric dresses. Francesco Risso's catwalk jewellery had an equally artful flair, as the creative director constructed miniature figurative sculptures which swung as single earrings or dangled from the neck as long pendants, in gold or glinting blue metal. Swapping museum marble for metallic shades, the pieces had a futuristic feel.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

Milan Fashion Week

22 September

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There’s always an artful element behind Arthur Arbesser’s collections. For S/S 2019, the Viennese designer looked to the works of Italian sculptor Fausto Melotti for inspiration, leaving small ceramic sculptures on the seats of his show guests. There was a sculptural sensibility behind Arbesser’s catwalk jewellery pieces too, as the designer collaborated with Milan-based architect and jeweller Nathalie Jean for the second time. Long asymmetric earrings hung from model’s ears, and swung like graphic mobiles or small pendulums, with some designs covered with a net-like layer of gold chainmail.

Photography: Henrik Blomqvist. Writer: Laura Hawkins

David Knowles winner at 2018 UK Rado Star Prize

2018 UK Rado Star Prize

21 September

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A table informed by the natural beauty of the Giant’s Causeway, the strange landscape of Basalt columns that fringes the coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has scooped its designer the 2018 UK Rado Star Prize. David Knowles, a 3D-design student from Northumbria University picked up £5,000 for his ‘tactile and intriguing’ work at the award ceremony in London this week. The theme of this year’s brief was ‘On Time/Time Off’, prompting the 10 finalists to explore designs that focus awareness of where time is spent. Could Knowles’ response be the answer for those of us unable to hotfoot it to Northern Ireland’s awe-inspiring shores to contemplate that perennial question?

Writer: Caragh McKay

Jil Sander’s S/S 2019 bracelet-come-coin purse

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When designing the jewellery for Jil Sander’s S/S 2019 collection, creative directors Luke and Lucie Meier delved into the German house’s archives for inspiration. They looked to a sleek gold bangle design by Sander herself, and transformed the piece into a bracelet-come-coin purse which hangs delicately from the wrist. Uniform silhouettes inspired the brand’s ready-to-wear offering, encompassed in shapes riffing on workwear, surgeon’s scrubs and ballet dancer costumes. This utility is translated into jewellery which gels pure shapes with loose change-carrying comfort.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Crystal ear cuff by RÄTHEL & WOLF for Paula Knorr

London Fashion Week

18 September 

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London-based jewellery label RÄTHEL & WOLF delights in exploring the contours of the body through adornment, an enquiry the brand has extended in its continued collaboration with Cologne-based label Paula Knorr on an sculptural and oversized array of S/S 2019 catwalk jewels. For spring, Knorr continues her partnership with Swarovski in both her ready-to-wear and jewellery design. This Swarovski crystal ear cuff is a hyperbolic riff on twinkling costume jewellery, and features alongside a sculptural graphic cuff with a crystal hoop detail, and an finger-covering ring which resembles a carved hunk of ice.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

Ingy Stockholm

12 September

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Now in its third season, Matchesfashion’s Innovators programme supports and incubates emerging talent. One the roster for this season’s initiative are a series of burgeoning sustainable labels: upcycling-meets-couture brand Germanier, footwear label Petersonstoop which reworks shoe shapes using offcuts of trainers, customisation-focused fashion brand Noki, and jewellery label Ingy Stockholm. Founded by fashion photography duo Ingela Klemetz Farago & Peter Farago, the label creates chunky earrings using wood which has fallen from trees, and their twisted silhouettes have been naturally distorted by the changing weather. The styles have been imagined in metallic shades and bold hues which represent elements of the earth. This bright pair – which launches today –  really has us seeing red. The pair not only evoke curving chunks of wood, but a twisting trails of magma too.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

Miansai

11 September

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There’s an industrial edge behind Miansai’s jewellery designs. Take the brand’s sleek signature cuff, secured using a pavé diamond screw, or its braided leather choker, which secures with a gold plated hook closure. We’re going nuts and bolts over this washer-inspired 14-ct gold ring, with half of its linear form sprinkled with pavé diamonds. An exquisite take on industry.

Writer: Laura Hawkins 

Olivia Creber ring in 18ct gold and raw diamond and smaller diamonds

Olivia Creber

6 September

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Jeweller Olivia Creber is fascinated by natural forms, like the rugged landscape of the Australian Outback or the jagged outcrops of the Sussex Downs. Her designs convey an organic rawness, enhanced by Creber’s use of clusters of uncut stones. Now, she has turned to the realm of engagement ring design, hand carving an unconventional piece ‘inspired by a breaking storm, and its dramatic light glowing over the natural formations, and irregulations of our awe-inspiring landscapes’. This ring boasts a raw diamond, appearing to burst forth from undulations of 18-ct gold, circled by smaller diamonds. Happy ever after with an extreme weather twist.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Saskia Diez’s disco-centric hair accessories

Saskia Diez

3 September

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Saskia Diez’s disco-centric earrings have been high on our accessory list for some time. Take her stiff, graphic drop designs which resemble lengths of chain, or her slinky extra-long lengths of metal discs which evoke twinkling sequins. Now, the German jeweller has gone to new design lengths, reimagining her signature styles as hair accessories. These paillette-inspired barrettes will ensure your hair catches the light of the nearest disco ball.

Writer: Laura Hawkins 

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

H Stern

29 August

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H Stern has looked to the intense physicality of contemporary ballet for its latest collaboration, translating productions from Belo Horizonte company Grupo Corpo into jewels of striking volume. The Brazilian jeweller’s Breu cuff rises off the wrist in three latticed planes of yellow gold, joining and splitting apart in sinuous waves that play on the tension between the dancers’ geometric-patterned costumes and the curves of their honed muscles. We think it’s completely en pointe. 

Writer: Caitlin McDonald

Charlotte Valkeniers gold and silver cuff

Charlotte Valkeniers

21 August

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During the mid 1970’s, Vivienne Westwood’s Chelsea punk mecca Sex was swarming with punks wearing not just safety pins and chains on their clothing, but also using them to festoon their bodies. London jeweller Charlotte Valkeniers has looked to the DIY aesthetic of punk for her latest collection, offering a more refined take on link and chain designs. This interlinked chain cuff is imagined in a blend of metals, and appears as if spray painted for rebellious effect.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Jemma Wynne 18-ct rose gold and diamond earrings

Jemma Wynne 

17 August

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New York-based jewellery label Jemma Wynne’s latest collection is not just music to our ears, but our eyes too. When designing and concepting the latest fine jewellery offering, the brand’s founders Jenny Klatt and Stephanie Wynne Lalin were listening to the sounds of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Sade in their studio. These spiralling 18-ct gold and diamond earrings are an aesthetic ode to the smooth melodic repetition of the Neo soul genre; we can’t think of a finer way to get in tune.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

‘Shaped Objects’ earrings

Chalk

August 10

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London-based Malaika Carr of Chalk practises both architecture and jewellery design, so it’s fitting that her latest ‘Shaped Objects’ collection takes inspiration from the Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. Bofill is renowned for his interlocking and pastel hued buildings, like the housing project La Muralla Rosa in Spain or the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco. These earrings evoke the geometric and colour-focused elements behind Bofill’s designs, and are crafted from walnut, mirrored acrylic and Formica.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Marco Bicego ring in 18-ct hand engraved gold and diamondsFormica

Marco Bicego

7 August

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Italian jewellery label Marco Bicego is renowned for its signature ‘Bulino' technique, which sees 18-ct gold engraved by hand for a raw, scratched effect. For its latest designs, the brand looked to the twinkling skies illuminating the African savanna. These constellations are evoked in this orb-like engraved ring, handset with diamonds.

Writer: Laura Hawkins 

‘Cat’ ring with white diamonds and emerald

Ara Vartanian

26 July

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Jeweller Ara Vartanian is renowned for his use of vibrant gemstones, which evoke the high energy of his native Brazil. Now, the jeweller has brought a feline quality to this flamboyance. The structure of this ‘Cat’ ring recalls the face of a domesticated kitty, with one pointed ear encrusted with white diamonds and an emerald. We think it’s the cat’s whiskers.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Cornelia Webb pavé set ring engagement ring

Cornelia Webb

23 July

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There’s an off-kilter aesthetic to Cornelia Webb’s designs. Take the Swedish jeweller’s ear cuffs which appear moulded to the inside of the ear, or earrings and cuffs crafted from metal imprinted with finger marks. Now, in an extension of two successful bridal collections, Webb has bought an alternative edge to the world of engagement rings, with a made-to-order service centred around timeless yet unusual designs. Like this pavé set ring, featuring a textured surface and an off-centre claw set gemstone. The design can be personalised according to gemstone and size; we’ll be searching for suitors in no time.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Nadine Aysoy jade, tsavorite and diamond drop earrings

Nadine Aysoy

20 July

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Nadine Aysoy is feeling particularly fortunate this summer, having taking inspiration from Chinese lucky coins for her latest fine jewellery collection. Discs of white jade are the central element in oversized rings, earrings and pendant necklaces, including these circular drop earrings, set with a halo of tsavorites and diamonds. We're feeling luckier already.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Ekria laser-cut ring

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Istanbul-based Esra Karadeniz founded her jewellery label Ekria in 2013, and her designs include rings which swirl and zigzag around the finger. Now, the label has looked to more fluid shapes for inspiration, its latest ‘Timeless’ collection featuring laser-cut rings and necklaces which appear as drips of paint or trickles of molten metal. This ring can be delicately worn towards the top of the finger, like droplets of water splashed across the skin.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Tiffany & Co. Covent garden pop-up boutique

Tiffany & Co

16 July

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Tiffany & Co is appealing to the next generation of fine jewellery lovers with its new Style Studio in London’s Covent Garden. A first for the brand, the 2,160 sq ft store is recognisably Tiffany & Co, with walls painted signature robin’s egg blue, but the house has injected the space with more than a touch of playfulness. Richard Moore, vice-president and creative director of store design and creative and visual merchandising at the New York jeweller explains, 'With this new store concept, Tiffany & Co is embracing the spirit of modern luxury and jewellery buying. The Covent Garden location is a place of creativity, not bound by rules of formality.' Collections including the clean-cut Tiffany 'T' are displayed atop wooden crates and trestle-style tables, ready to be engraved at the #MakeItTiffany personalisation bar, and the 'T' pops up elsewhere as a graphic wallpaper. There’s even a tongue-in-cheek vending machine stocked with Tiffany & Co perfumes – all in turquoise, of course.

Writer: Caitlin McDonald

Sarah & Sebastian freshwater pearl-lined ring

Sarah & Sebastian

10 July

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Australian jewellers Sarah & Sebastian take inspiration from a diverse range of references, from the signs of the zodiac to deep sea diving. Now, co-founder and creative director Sarah Gittoes, has delved into her mother’s jewellery collection, with vintage-inspired pieces embellished with pearls and coins. ‘Heirloom’ also features a series of curving earrings and rings which hug fingers and earlobes. Take this dainty freshwater pearl-lined ring, which can be slipped onto different areas of the finger, or, for added individuality, stacked with a range of bands from your own personal collection.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Erdem Moralioglu encrusted drop earrings

Erdem

9 July

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For his Pre Fall 2018 collection, Erdem Moralioglu was fascinated by an imaginary meeting between the English textile behemoth Laura Ashley and the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. The Edo period ukiyo-e painter and printmaker is renowned for his wood block print 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa', which features a wave cresting over a snow-topped Mount Fuji. For Pre Fall 2018, Moralioglu fuses Ashley’s Victoriana floral prints with Japonist motifs, including these encrusted drop earrings, with miniature Koi carps diving over colourful gems and pearls.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Under the loupe: our 2018 watch and jewellery finds

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For his Pre Fall 2018 collection, Erdem Moralioglu was fascinated by an imaginary meeting between the English textile behemoth Laura Ashley and the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. The Edo period ukiyo-e painter and printmaker is renowned for his wood block print 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa', which features a wave cresting over a snow-topped Mount Fuji. For Pre Fall 2018, Moralioglu fuses Ashley’s Victoriana floral prints with Japonist motifs, including these encrusted drop earrings, with miniature Koi carps diving over colourful gems and pearls.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Loveness Lee hoop earrings

Loveness Lee

27 June

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London-based jeweller Loveness Lee, who launched her eponymous brand in 2016, has a fascination with natural forms. For her label’s latest ‘Trans-natural’ collection, Lee looked particularly to the process of decay, finding beauty in the withering of a tree branch or the erosion of a rock. These oversized earrings, made using a mix of gold and silver, evoke gnarling branches or a surface worn over time. When reimagined in precious metals, the designs bring new life to the inevitable process of decay.

Writer: Laura Hawkins