Edge Only

Edge Only is a new jewellery brand from Jenny Huston launched earlier this month. Jenny is most well known as a radio DJ and author and this is her first foray into designing. She explains her reasons for this new career direction:

‘I created Edge Only out of frustration. While out shopping, I would find a cool piece of jewellery that was gold or silver coloured, and then after wearing it for a while, the plating would wear off and the ugly base metal started to show through. That great ‘bargain find’ now just looked cheap and had to be thrown out or sent to the charity shop. So I decided to stop wasting my money on disposable costume jewellery and started looking for real, solid silver and gold replacements. Disappointingly, I found that most jewellers had luxury pieces that were suitable for black tie events and very large wallets, or the same old conservative, delicate, pieces. Where was the edge?! Where were the affordable cool contemporary pieces for everyday wear?’

As you can see from the pictures below and from the website, Edge Only is a brand that focusses on contemporary design; clean lines, both matt and polished finishes, rock and roll inspired items, and geometric statement pieces. Every aspect of production takes place in Ireland by highly skilled Goldsmiths and members of the jewellery trade and each piece is hallmarked, which is a guarantee of precious metal content; you won’t find gold plate, vermeil or gold fill in Edge Only pieces.

Edge Only collections are made with sterling silver, 14 carat gold and 18 carat gold as standard, but they can custom-make pieces in rose gold, white gold or platinum. Some of my favourites from the collection below. As always, click on the pics to be taken to the items on the original site.

Plectrum Pendant - €125.00
Plectrum Pendant – €125.00
ROCK pendant - €125.00
ROCK pendant – €125.00
Pointed Lightning Bolt Earrings - €80.00
Pointed Lightning Bolt Earrings – €80.00
Parallel Ring - €120.00
Parallel Ring – €120.00

2014 Birthday Wishlist*

It’s that time of year again. As is my tradition I’m posting a birthday wishlist (for a reminder of previous years, check here and here). If I come into a lot of money between now and Sunday, I’ll buy all of this myself. Otherwise, the items I have chosen below would find a very happy home in my wardrobe so get those credit cards out and start gifting, people!

*(Clearly this list is a total pisstake. For anyone who doesn’t have the GDP of a small prosperous nation to spend on my birthday present, a card would be very welcome!)

Saint Laurent hand-pleated silk-georgette gown from Net-A-Porter, €6,950
Saint Laurent hand-pleated silk-georgette gown from Net-A-Porter, €6,950
Saint Laurent Biker Jacket from Net-A-Porter, €3,698
Saint Laurent biker jacket from Matches Fashion, €3,698
Striped Sneakers by Pierre Hardy at Net-A-Porter, €700
Striped sneakers by Pierre Hardy at Net-A-Porter, €700
Cabochon Sapphire Diamond Ring from 1stdibs
Cabochon sapphire diamond ring from 1stdibs, €30,146
Collier de Chien bracelet by Hermes, €2,000
Collier de Chien bracelet by Hermes, €2,000

 

The Great Frog

Even though I posted about wanting a skull ring waaaaaaaaaay back in 2009, I still haven’t managed to get my hands (fnar!) on one. It’s been so long now that I think I’ll just save up a small bit of cash and fulfill my desire in The Great Frog, otherwise known as Mecca for Skull Rings!

The Great Frog is located just off Carnaby Street in London and has been in existence since 1972. Their original clientele were bikers and “those on the edge of the mainstream” (as their site says) and over the years this has grown to include famous rockers like Slash and members of Metallica and Aerosmith, to Kate Moss and Lady Gaga (check out the full list of famous customers here).

I was in the shop about six or seven years ago and I can attest to the quality of the pieces; all handmade from sterling silver with great attention to detail and beautiful work. The staff are also lovely and know their stock very well.

My favourites are below and next time I’m in London I’m determined to make this particular jewellery dream come true!

Medium Anatomical Skull Ring
Medium Anatomical Skull Ring
Skull and Crossbones with Rose Gold Banner
Skull and Crossbones with Rose Gold Banner
Small Skulls Band
Small Skulls Band
Star Eyed Skull
Star Eyed Skull
Thin Skulls Bangle
Thin Skulls Bangle
Small Skulls Bracelet
Small Skulls Bracelet

Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Watch Collection

Look, it’s not like I have tens of thousands of pounds to spend on a watch of all things. I don’t even wear a watch and haven’t for years. But sometimes on a grey and miserable Tuesday afternoon, a girl wants to dream of owning beautiful things; being able to adorn herself with diamonds, slipping her foot into a pair of buttery soft leather boots, and fastening a luxurious timepiece on her wrist!

Chanel is a brand synonymous with luxury; from classic tailoring to fine jewellery and even make-up packaging, everything is designed with the highest quality in mind. The brand launched their Mademoiselle Privé watch collection in 2012 and it takes its theme from the inspirations that Coco Chanel returned to throughout her career; camellias, astrology and the stars, and chinoiserie. The watches are put together by a team of artisans and feature precious stones, enamel, and white gold. They range in price from £20k to over £100k and are therefore designed for collectors as investment pieces.

My favourite is pictured below: The Moon and Comet watch in 18k white gold and featuring 60 brilliant-cut diamonds in the case and a man in the moon second hand. But what I really wanted to share today are a couple of the videos (there are more on the Chanel Youtube channel) showing the process by which the watches are created. They are beautifully filmed and show the painstaking artistry and quest for perfection that results in such a unique watch.

Chanel Mademoiselle Prive
Chanel Mademoiselle Prive

 

 

 

V Jewellery

Valentine’s Day is just days away and while I usually post about lingerie at this time of year (in part to help the boys out with pressie ideas and in part just because I adore undies) for a change I decided to do a jewellery post.

Founded in England in April last year, V Jewellery is the brainchild of Laura Vann who noticed a gap in the market for affordable quality jewellery. She explains: “I often saw friends wearing incredible pieces that were either one-offs found on the Portobello Road, or designer pieces with a price tag to match. I saw no brands in the jewellery market that were accessible in terms of availability or price to young women like myself. When I began working for my father I persistently asked him if we could fill this gap in the market by creating our own affordable, vintage inspired brand.”

I reckon lots of women would love this range. Made from silver with CZ and synthetic stones, the pieces are beautifully designed and well priced, with a decidedly feminine feel. So boys, if your girlfriend would rather wear a dress than leathers, if she’s in love with vintage, if Audrey Hepburn is her style icon, then this is the pressie to go for!

As for me? While the rings are a lot more delicate than the huge ones I tend to wear, the Spine Ring is a definite winner and the Fly necklace would integrate well into my existing collection. (Click on the pics below to be taken to the items on the V Jewellery site.)

DECO COLUMN PENDANT - £100
DECO COLUMN PENDANT – £100
MYTHOS FLY PENDANT - £80
MYTHOS FLY PENDANT – £80
DECO CHRYSLER RING - £100
DECO CHRYSLER RING – £100
SIMPLICITY SPINE RING - £100
SIMPLICITY SPINE RING – £100
DECO APOLLO LOBE EARRINGS- £105
DECO APOLLO LOBE EARRINGS- £105

Ruby Jewels by Emma Taylor

I was in Dundrum Town Centre a couple of weekends ago, DJing at their “Fall for Fashion” catwalk shows. A member of the Dundrum team was wearing a gorgeous ring and, being the magpie that I am when I comes to jewellery, I immediately wanted to know where she bought it. She directed me to Ruby Jewels, a range designed by Emma Taylor.

Emma Taylor is an Irish jewellery designer with over fifteen years of experience and she is registered with the Crafts Council of Ireland (where I had my summer job throughout school and college, trivia fans!). Her jewellery is limited edition and handmade and she also offers a commission service, which is pretty wonderful if you’ve ever dreamed of a piece of jewellery you just can’t seem to find.

The ring I first fell in love with was the Poppy ring, pictured below, a ring comprised of silver wire secured with a rose gold bar. This ring has now made it to the top of my lust list and I hope to buy it in the New Year (once the bonanza of buying pressies is over!). There are tons of other lovely pieces on the site from necklaces to cuffs and Emma also offers a Bridal range.

My only criticism of the site is that some of the photography doesn’t do justice to the quality and design of the pieces. Given that they are in precious metals and therefore aren’t exactly cheap, a range of detailed photographs, especially showing the pieces on a model so the customer can see the scale of the piece, would be very helpful. There doesn’t seem to be a showroom where you can see the pieces in person so I guess you would be taking bit of a punt if you ordered something but the customer service seems to be good so hopefully if you weren’t happy, a return would be no problem.

Click on the pic to be taken to the items on the site and have a look at the Ruby Jewels Facebook Page here.

"Poppy" ring
“Poppy” ring
Ruby Jewels Lily Ring web size
“Lily” ring
Poppy Red Horse Leather cuff
Poppy Red Horse Leather cuff
Zebra cuff
Zebra cuff
"The Shirt Collar" rhinestone and silver neckpiece
“The Shirt Collar” rhinestone and silver neckpiece

Elise Dray

As regular readers know I am a magpie when it comes to jewellery, but in almost four years of the blog I have never featured earrings. Why? Because I don’t have my ears pierced. It might seem strange for such a big jewellery fan but I just never got around to it. However I would definitely change my mind for French designer Elise Dray’s gorgeous earrings. Given that they’re precious stones, they’re a bit out of my price range (at the moment, but I live in hope) but nonetheless it’s worth posting things we can all drool over and dream about, no?

Made from black, yellow or rose gold and featuring white, brown and black diamonds, these are statement pieces that also manage to retain an element of delicacy and fragility. I particularly like the fact that many of the sets have a different earring for each ear: one stud and one drop. Elise also makes beautiful rings including delicate thumb rings and double rings.

You can buy her work (should you be in the money!) at Matches and have a look at the full collection on Elise’s website.

Diamond & pink gold clip feather earring
Diamond & pink gold clip feather earring
White diamond & gold dragon wing earrings
White diamond & gold dragon wing earrings
Grey & white diamond shark teeth earrings
Grey & white diamond shark teeth earrings
Diamond & black gold muse earrings
Diamond & black gold muse earrings
Diamond & pink gold single maxi-bar earring
Diamond & pink gold single maxi-bar earring
Diamond & white gold single tiger earring
Diamond & white gold single tiger earring