‘Structural, soft grunge’ jewellery brand SweetLimeJuice on its eclectic inspirations

Discover the new jewellery collection from SweetLimeJuice

silver jewellery on hand and ears, by SweetLimeJuice
(Image credit: Jeff Hahn)

‘This season we want to celebrate togetherness,’ say the team behind SweetLimeJuice jewellery, who have built on a signature chunky aesthetic with bold new pieces.

‘We investigated elements associated with family, religion, and tribe, including the symbolic objects from different cultures, such as the Japanese family crest –「家紋」Kamon, the Lingam casket worn by the Hindus, and the Islamic relic The Black Stone in Mecca. These meaningful things evoke a sense of connection, closeness, and belief. This collection was also inspired by sculptors Isamu Noguchi and Wendell Castle – the shape of their fluid yet symmetrical and geometrical sculptures.’

silver jewellery by SweetLimeJuice hanging from model's neck

(Image credit: Jeff Hahn)

These eclectic inspirations are translated into chains composed of thickly drawn links and intricately embellished silver accentuating the curve of the fingertip. ‘We look thoroughly into what has already been done and then see how far we can go to push the existing boundaries, in terms of how we can manipulate traditional materials with innovative methods, or combine them with uniquely shaped structures or uncommon materials such as fabric and eco-resin,’ the team add. ‘For instance, we have created a claw setting with a chunky hollow base for the freshwater pearl beads to link the pearls together.’

model's bare chest, with SweetLimeJuice necklaces and finger jewellery in view

(Image credit: Jeff Hahn)

Freshwater black pearls meet distinctive elements such as the split crucifix in a modern take on traditional jewellery design. In other pieces, classic stone setting is eschewed for a swaddling method, where an octagonal gemstone is covered completely in hand-carved silver. ‘Most of our products are developed in-house, including the clasp and chain,’ the team tell us. ‘The most challenging part would be making sure the durability and if the same mechanism works in different sizes.’

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silver jewellery by SweetLimeJuice worn around waist and on fingers

(Image credit: Jeff Hahn)

Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.