Deadwood bangle, my wrist really needs you.
As today is Saturday, I thought I would share something a little fantastical today.
How about some rings that look like they have been crafted in a dragons lair.
A glitter dragon that is.
Say hello to Maud Traon's amazing statement rings,
Award-winning contemporary jewellery designer and artist Maud Traon combines an explosive mix of colour and form to create imaginative and unpredictable works of wearable art. In an array of mixed media and metals her work explores an innovative and unique aesthetic.
Her challenging mix of luxurious precious metals and gemstones, creating striking contrasts of precious and non-precious materials and pop-culture inspired colour combinations have continued to draw interest in the world of jewellery and art, most recently with her participation in a major exhibition at Paris’s Musee des Arts Décoratifs.
Maud’s work explores the relationship between preciousness, value & wearability, whilst drawing on consumerism, natural disasters & appocolyptic landscapes for inspiration and it's not every day you say that about glittery rings....
As Queen Marie will tell you, I've been on a mad hunt for bangles. I have been digging about my old jewellery box and decided I wanted an armful of stacked silver bangles to add interest to my simpler outfits. I'm particularly after irregular shaped ones, a little beaten and destroyed. It's proving a much harder task than I anticipated, especially finding bangles which aren't pristine silver or perfectly straight and smooth. The bangles I currently own are very plain and not really giving me the effect I desire.
Matters aren't helped by the fact I'm on a very limited budget. I took to Etsy first of all and found an amazing label called Theeth Jewelry, based in Portland, Oregon. It is positively filled with showcase bangles and bracelets. The designer, Kimi Kaplowitz, is obviously fascinated by scorpions as the creature features heavily as a motif throughout her work.
It's all far out of my prince range at the moment, but none the less inspirational. One day, when a full time job comes my way, I will most definitely be investing in some of this arm venom.
The turquoise pieces are my particular favourites.
The turquoise scorpion earrings are so beautiful.
On Saturday Queen Michelle and I are going shopping.
She is on the hunt for some major silver bangle action.
As with everything, we couldn't be more different in what we want from a bangle.
She is looking for irregular ones that look rough, worn and a bit battered, me I like them shiny and pretty.
However having said that, if ever there was a man that could make me change my mind it would be Billy Moore, the Tennessee-based craftsman who hand-makes leather belts and bracelets and is the owner of Cause and Effect
Oh my my but these are things of real life beauty. The more battered and bashed they are, the more they shine. Just look how special this turquoise whales mouth bracelet is.
I look at this and I instantly remember being about 8 years old and the sound and feeling of having scraped my bike against the kerb and the paint came away showing the metal underneath....
Or take a look at the Copper Bar Cuff , hand-shaped from Copper. After being forged, the bracelet is stained with a cool Black color, with the Copper showing through for a vintage look.
One size fits most but may not fit larger wrists. The Bracelet is shapeable by gently bending the tips...
Billy Moore, is the one-man-gang behind Cause and Effect, his belts, buckles and bangles are all hand-made by himself back in Tennessee where he often uses various techniques achieve the look he desires - whether the leather hides are soaked in a riverbed and distressed by hammering rocks and smashing stones on them to hand painting them or other methods, his belts are one-of-a-kind and are each hand signed by himself...
Experienced in metal work, and seeking a project to nurture his creative ideas, Billy began experimenting with metal. First building belt buckles, then crafting bracelets with serious metal, and pretty soon he realized he was on to something.
Something pretty dang special I would say...
Billy's methods are unique among leather craftsmen.
Inspired by his father and grandfather who knew how to build things, and fix them when they broke, he uses his hands and tools created by nature to craft his pieces. After acquiring leathers from American tanneries, he conditions the skins, sometimes waist-deep in a river, othertimes using a tree-stump, or even with boulders to give an uneven finish.
Smashing and crashing with love he produces these wonderful things....
I can honestly say that I want to wear every bangle and bracelet that Billy has ever made
It's Friday and I have the dreaded lurgi. Oh the joys. Last night was jammies, sofa and self pity fairly early on. Today I drink disgusting juice with liquidised kale in the hope that it miraculously frees me from it's snotty clutches.
With little disposable income at the moment, my fashion choices have been simple to say the least. I have been living in jeans and t-shirts for what feels like forever, as evidenced here, here and here. My DL1961 Florence jeans and my Heather Gabel t-shirts are on constant rotation.
I've been thinking of ways to try and make these outfits feel more exciting and so have been digging through my jewellery box again, looking for long forgotten bracelets, necklaces and rings.
If I did have a decent disposable income to spend on frivolities, then one of the necklaces from our blog friend Renee Ruin's newly created Anti' collection would be top of the list. They are sterling silver and feature 3 delightfully gothic sentiments - 'Nothing', 'Nobodies' and 'NotYours'. I'd love if there was a 'Nowhere' one too, as that's more reflective of where I am just now, however I would happily have a 'Nothing' one.
One day, when that elusive full time job comes along, I'll be bagging myself one of these babies.
Get yours here for only $79.
You know what they say - time flies when you are having fun!
It's hard to believe but the lovely Becky over at Swank is celebrating a decade of fun.
Swank is 10 years old this year. Quite a milestone! Becky is very rightly feeling very proud of how Swank has grown and also of the fact, that all the jewellery is still designed made and packaged by her from home.
To celebrate, she has designed a super fun tropical themed collection which is now available pre -order on the website for bargain prices of around 30% off the retail price...
Pre-order means that you get the jewellery before anyone else, even the shops! You get the jewellery for a reduced price, but there will be a two week wait to receive your items whilst they are laser cut.
You could even sit around eating some real watermelon while waiting on your necklace to get made...
Becky also has a brand spanking new website which you can see here
Much as I love the tropical pieces, my heart belongs to the happy shark chasing the little shoal of fishes...
Happy Birthday Swank and Congratulations Becky.
With much love
Queen Michelle and I along with our good friend the lovley Sandra P are very partial to specific colour of green, We call it techno green. Doubtless it comes from a love of parkas and too many nights spent dancing under camouflage nets in Club69 to the finest Detroit techno but wherever it comes from, when I see something that colour, I am duty bound to investigate it further.
So I was pretty intrigued when I came across this necklace by Urban D on Pinterest
URBAN D is a lab of contemporary jewelry and accessories.
The accessories are all made by hand in Italy using leather, stainless steel and rubber. Many of them featuring this fabulous magic squares construction.
They describe their creations saying -"Mind, eyes and heart inspire our hands to create a new detail. Our necklaces, created by the personal interpretation of matter, are creations with which it is impossible to go unnoticed.Our capsule collections are turning a contemporary women, lovers of urban style, looking in the accessory the practicality, the originality and the difference"
Their etsy shop is full of wonderful treasures. I can honestly say, I think I would wear every single necklace in there...
Now all I have to do is pick a favourite...
Can you believe Easter is only just over a week away and I've not yet shown you a single bunny item.
I know! I've shocked myself.
So I have decided to be brief and thrifty today, ensuring that you have pennies left over for the main event - the chocolate!
My two favourties are from etsy store Laonato
The enamel and brass cuties are only $18 while the sterling silver sweetie is a mere $25!
This clever necklace made me both happy and sad because looking at it, made me I realise I don't love anyone more than caffeine!
I need it just to get me through the day, so it will always be the thing closest to my heart!!!
Now if you will excuse me I have to run, today is Grande Empresse Gillian's birthday so please join me in wishing her Many Happy Retuurns.
Happy Birthday Chum, I'll see you soon
When it comes to jewellery, the only thing I wear religiously is earrings. I can't leave the house without some sort of ear drama. Now that i spend so much of my time with my hair scraped back into a bun, my earrings are the one thing that adds interest to my otherwise bland head. I've gone from wearing neat little studs to Pat Butcher worthy jewelled danglers, the sparklier the better! Before the Great Redundancy Scandal of 2015 I was gathering up quite the impressive collection of earrings. Now, I have to stick to cheap and cheerful from the places like ASOS.
When I came across the wonderful work of Nikki Couppee on Etsy my little eyes lit up. The US designer specialises in creating incredibly unique pieces using plexiglass, acrylic resin, brass and steel as well as found materials. She doesn't just create earrings of course, her necklaces are equally fantastical. For the earrings the prices range from £80 right up to over £200. Sadly too rich for my blood at the moment, but should a full time job come my way I may treat myself to a little pair of these beauties.
I love that each pair of earrings is not an exact matching pair, everything is irregular which adds a special charm to her work.
My ears would love to be adorned in any of these really.
Watching yet another repeat of Big Bang the other night , I laughed when Raj exclaimed "Sandy B always brings it"
For some reason that reminded me that I was well overdue for a visit to the lovely Me and Zena
Like Sandy B, Me and Zena always bring it!!!
It's been too long since I have had a good prowl around and as I expected, they didn't disappoint.
The 'Whatever' Collection made me laugh out loud. Totally perfect for stroppy teenagers and crabby old cows like me...
I should heed their sage advice and secure this ring below post haste...
And of course there was no way I could fail to include a blast of this ol classic
But the thing that made me laugh loudest of all was this little banner on the website...
Today I look and feel rough enough to easily pass for someone's Grandma!