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

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