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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

17-12-2010 Design Trend: Ring Fit for a King (literally)

 Imagine your dream house. Now imagine it’s on your finger. Okay, let’s back up a minute and explain. French Jeweler Philippe Tournaire has designed the Villa de Reve, a collection inspired by the architectural rings from the Merovingian age. These carefully crafted 18k rings are miniature depictions of actual buildings, monasteries, chateaus and homes from New York to Dubai. Set in Paris, the brand is making its way to the United States. So wrap the entire city of Paris around your finger. Oh la la!

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If you like this trend, you might also like 'With Love From Mexico' and 'Sh! Keep it Down'.

 

12-07-2010 A Phoenix from the Ashes of War

It’s hard to believe that remnants of war and death can lead to art. And yet turning used bullet cases from war torn countries into jewellery is a way of inverting our expectations, proving that harmful things can be taken from its original purpose and context, reworked and given a whole new purpose. This provocative work has recently emerged from young designers like Adi Zaffran Weisler from the Bezalel Academy of Art and

Design in Jerusalem and 17-year-old former refugee from LiberiaLovetta Conto who now lives in the United States. Lovetta astonishingly takes the spent casings used in her former country’s civil war and turns them into beautiful jewellery, promoting peace and
harmony in place of chaos and

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destruction.

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Content Source www.akawelle.com/

 

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24-06-2010 For Love or Money? Why not both?

If money can’t buy happiness, then we’re really not sure what to make of origami jewellery made out of banknotes and currency because we’re pretty sure they make us happy. This clever concept comes from Belgian jewellery designer Tine de Ruysser. Her latest collection is called ‘banknote jewellery’ and is made from actual currency that hails from around the world. There is a lesson here about the power of money and gold, particularly in times of financial crisis. But for now we just like to stare longingly at these finely crafted pieces. Get involved today.

 

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24-05-2010 With Love From Mexico

So goes the translated motto from Santos Wish, a brand of inspirational jewellery by Sydney designer Kellee Cruse. Originally a gift from a friend in Mexico, Kellee was inspired by the saint necklaces that represented the spirit of Mexico and its people. The engraved medallions from Santos Wish (Santos meaning saints) also represent luck, courage, strength and love. You can find these iconic designs in over 80 leading fashion stores, spread out over countries like Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK with the hope to expand globally. Take these carefully crafted pieces made with love and wear them proudly, with superstitions from another world neatly intact…

 

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Content Source www.santoswish.com

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18-12-2008 Mix it up

In these high strung times we need things that help to inspire happiness in everyday life. Mixko design studio creates items possessing just the right amount of satisfying simplicity to achieve this. There are cute and quirky t-shirts, sweat shirts and accessories, such as the English summer necklace which uses felted wool to depict a cloud and crystal beads for rain drops. An array of different coloured camellia shaped felt rings are also available. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, Mixko is ideal for adding a slice of happiness to your daily life.

    

Picture from: www.mixko.co.uk

29-09-2008 Sh! Keep it Down

Creative, contemporary jewellery requests that you keep the noise down with Sh! Contemporary Jewellery. Unique pieces like the pod ring, a series of rings inspired by organic pods beginning to decay, are just some of the examples where nature has inspired designer/maker Suzanne Harbinson. Suzanne aims to capture the hidden and unobserved elements that fly below the radar, bringing them to our attention in this cleverly crafted way. Created with precious metals, her inspiration comes from a fascination with stones, always considering the textures and drawings they make.

Picture from: www.sh-jewellery.co.uk

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