We are love, love, loving costume jewellery this season. Welcome to our new friend Pieter Louis Erasmus from St Erasmus who is all about crystals, sparkle and colour. He was born in Pretoria, is based in London, has a degree in fine art and painting but we particularly love that he has worked on one off pieces for runway shows for Dries van Noten, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Matthew Williamson. This is a man who knows his fashion onions. But maybe his art background chimed with us because we have got a little carried away with 18th century French and English portrait engravings. How good does Lady George Freeman look in the Pink Bauble Pendant? And we love the Duchesse de Berry in the Crystal Drops. And Marie Antoinette has bagged the blingiest for herself. Check her out in the Crystal Choker.
We’re re-visiting several things we love this season. The first was Reichenbach porcelain, and now, Alex Monroe jewellery. Having embraced the minimal, Scandi, geometric look for some time, we decided the time was right for something a bit prettier, more intricate, more whimsical. And no-one does that better than Alex Monroe, so here we are with a stunning cabinet come to life with our favourite bee pendants and bracelets, as well as pieces taken from the new Four Seasons collection; delicate boughs of oak leaves and acorns, garlands of flowers, foraging squirrels, leaping rabbits, pollinating bees and posies of wild roses. Jewellery just got a new lease of life, so good to have you back Alex Monroe.
It's time for Summer adornment and we are absolutely all about jewellery this season. There's New York luxe from Swedish born Annika Inez's label By Boe, Danish minimalism from Copenhagen's Pernille Corydon, English charm from Mirabelle and some good old London kitsch from Weathered Penny. Prices start from £15 so it's all good.
Our newest jeweller on the block is the lovely Phoebe Coleman. Fresh out of Shoreditch, the collection is part rock and roll and part whimsy and supremely pretty. There's a piece on every Hambledoner's wish list. Here Phoebe gives us a little peek into life in the studio.
Hold it, have we seen this before? The designer is Danish. And there are stars. No, it's not a deja vu, it's Maria Black. And there the parallels with our other starry, Scandi jewellery ends. Because where Pernille Corydon is delicate and pretty in a really straightforward way, Maria Black is your slightly cooler, less conventional sister. The stars are a bit chunkier and the shapes a bit sharper. And to seal our approval, pieces are known to have been worn by some super cool sisters including Coco Sumner, Zoe Kravitz and Scarlett Johansson.
Seems our current thing for all things Danish just doesn't want to die. Our latest squeeze, Pernille Corydon, do that special Scandi thing in a fine line of bling. Just the right amount of pretty and delicate, stylish and simple. Oh and we do always fall for a star!
Maybe it's the twinkly lights outside, the dipping temperatures or the promise of shiny new things, but we're suddenly feeling more drawn than ever to Bark's beautiful jewellery. Snowflakes and shooting stars hanging on thread-delicate silver and gold chains with earrings to match. Jewellery doesn't get any more of the moment than this.
Forget confectionery, this is the kind of treat you really want to find in a biscuit tin. Utterly original, beautifully understated and nicely priced bling from our new collections by Depeapa and Paper and Chain. Irresistible.