L’Essayeur is a luxury avant-garde jewellery brand founded in London. The brand inherits the genes of science and art from its founders, Chengxi Wang and Jamie Lou, who respectively graduated from University of Oxford and University of the Arts London. When the spirit of scientific revolution meets bold artistic expression, L’Essayeur is more than a collection of precious metals and gems, but a wearable attitude of authenticity, rebellion and transformation.
To this purpose, each jewel is designed to tell stories of historical rebels. Our signature first collection centers on Galileo Galilei, who, in the face of imprisonment, unshakably defended his heliocentric theory and shook the center of the universe.
The brand name, L’Essayeur, was inspired by a book published in by Galileo Galilei in 1623.
The book is considered to be one of the pioneering works of the scientific method in Renaissance. Renovating the revolutionary spirit of Renaissance, L'Essayeur jewellery challenges traditions from the design process to the moment you embed our jewellery into who you are. Every piece of L’Essayeur jewellery is an experiment to disrupt the current fashion system. Instead of industrial mass production, Jamie and Chengxi traveled around Italy to seek prominent artisans for co-creation jewellery projects.
For example, L’Essayeur collaborates with contemporary sculptor Leonardo Bossio to challenge the borders between sculpture and jewellery. And cooperation with artist and goldsmith Antonella Sicoli is an experiment to restructure time. Each jewel is a unique piece that combines parts of antiques of different time and rearranges them in an innovative way.
At L’Essayeur, where disciplinary borders and orders of time are challenged, it’s impossible not to challenge status quo and who you are. Rebel and bring up reincarnation.
Nasra Mamoun is a jewellery designer who has been creating hand-made jewellery for over twenty years. After graduating with a BSc in Geology from Yarmouk University, Jordan, she moved to the UK and her career path took her away from Geology but she has retained a link with designing and making jewellery made primarily from stirling silver and semi-precious stones. She is married to Sudanese artist and photographer Issam Abdelhafiez.
Born in the Sudan to an artistic family, her father, the late Hussein Shariffe was an artist and film director and both he and her mother, Shama Al Siddig have hugely influenced her love and appreciation of colour and design. Her fascination with gem stones began during her student years and she started stringing beads together and gradually progressed to silversmithing. Her creations are unique jewellery pieces that are a pleasure to wear “.
There is about a handful of things that I cannot get enough of, and pretty jewellery is top of that list. So as a girl does on a quiet night, browsing the world wide web, I stumbled upon YOVA Jewellery and #lovedit !!
Owner and designer Joanne Michulka started Yova Jewellery because she was unable to find jewellery pieces that she liked.
“I was thinking to myself maybe I would design and make my own jewellery, because I always loved jewellery”
The collection is made of titanium, and includes bracelets, earrings and leather bracelets. All the pieces are anti-allergic and is unique and beautiful designed.
Yova Amber Sun @ €80.00
Each piece is very special to her and she is very reluctant to pick her favourites, because we all know that we are not supposed to have a favourite child. But she admits, that, “When it comes to the bracelets, my first love is the Titanium bracelets with gemstones, especially the Amber gemstones. Her chosen earrings are the Anodized titanium earrings as they come in different colors and shapes, and are easy to wear with a simple blue jeans and crisp white shirt or a sleek sexy LBD.
Yodi Leaf Blue @ €25.00
To keep up with the seasons color trends she recommends the understated Yodi Long rectangle Violet earrings perfect for everyday wear.
Yodi Long rectangle Violet @ €25.00
For a relaxed #chic day look, the Red double leather bracelet is easy to stack up with any of your other favourites in your jewellery box.
Yaga red leather double @ €14.00
“My goal is for every woman that wears my jewellery to feel and look beautiful, but I also want every piece to give her the strength to realize her dreams and goals.”
Shop the current collection on www.yova.ie
This season's accessories and beauty trends are to die for. As we explore the adventures of being a non- conformist. This editorial captures the very essence of being bold and free while baring all that lies beneath.
Photo Credit: Photography- Shola Ajisegbede | @sholaajisegbede for Sniper Ajix Photography | @sniper_ajix
Model- Blessing Obila | @mz_basilia
MakeUp- Temitope | @adella_makeup
HairStylist- Tony Aigbogun | @beautyace7
Styleing & accessorries - Maryanne Alabi | @mayreejay
Location- The Range, Lagos Nigeria
Written by Maryanne Alabi
Examine the relationship between fashion and jewellery between 1660 and 1914, as advances in technology and the discovery of new materials brought both within reach of the mass market.
November 2016 - TV Personality, Bollywood Actress, Entrepreneur and Social Activist Kanwal Toor launched her own JADAU jewellery range; JADAU by Kanwal Toor. Traditional JADAU techniques are used by local artisans in India to handcraft each individual piece. Kanwal Toor has combined her passion for fashion and jewellery with her Indian heritage to launch JADAU by Kanwal Toor in late 2016.
Jadau jewellery originated in Indo-Gangetic plains and has been practised in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat for many centuries and has famously been worn by the Indian royals. It is a complicated and intricate jewellery making technique that involves embedding precious and semi-precious stones, gems, crystals and beads in gold.
Each piece in the JADAU by Kanwal Toor collection has a unique journey and design process, from the initial concept to sketches and then final creation. Bespoke pieces can be made on request with each piece telling a unique story to its owner.
Kanwal Toor has been involved in the fashion industry through various channels, including studying in Central Saint Martins and working with brands such as Vogue and Mercedes. Beauty pageants have been a big part of her life, winning the renowned Femina Miss India contest in 2001 and going on to represent her country in Miss International Pageant.
Prices start at £200 for earrings ranging up to £3000 for larger statement necklaces.
Alexandra Jacoumis’s jewellery seeks to unite the intricate designs and softness of textiles with the illuminating quality of gold and precious stones. Being of Greek origin, she was always inspired by the traditional and ancient crafts in order to create jewellery that is distinctive and original. ‘I love the idea of jewellery being significant and sentimental, passed down from generation to generation’ she says.
Her journey in the world of jewellery making started when she acquired a degree in Jewellery Design & Practice at Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media & Design in London. Following her studies, she worked for ethical jeweller Pippa Small in Notting Hill, London for four years. During that time she was able to perfect her craft and find her own voice. True inspiration came after having spent several months travelling around India and Greece. Her proximity to rich textiles, textures, colours and stories moved her to create a unique collection.
Alexandra’s jewellery is made by embroidering detailed forms which are then transformed into solid 18kt gold, retaining the exact intricate detail of the thread. Afterwards, precious and semi-precious stones, such as black diamonds and sapphires, are added. Delicate and tactile, these pieces are organic. They are reminiscent of the past technique of hand-sewing and yet, they are modern and ready to wear.
In 2014, Alexandra’s jewellery business plan was chosen and supported by the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme.
Less is more so bare it all with distinct and personal jewellery. Joshua James Jewellery, one of the UK's most popular and fastest growing independent retailers offers a stunning collection of fine jewellery from pendants that layer from your chin to your collarone to earings that sparkles in the glowing sunshine. With a huge selection of pendants, bracelets, watches, earings and rings. I was spoiled for choice but the Silver CZ Earring Jackets caught my eye and I was in love.
I am besotted with my sparkly, Silver CZ Earring Jackets , it draws just enough attention to make a statement and jazz up a plain white T-shirt and Jeans look. The perfect pair of earings to get a lot of mileage out of. It works for special occasion wear as well as every day wear.
Pendants to layer, is the must have this season, with Celebs and It-girls alike layering dainty pendants to make a layered statement pieces. The Silver CZ Flower Pendant, closes with a spring ring clasp and can be adjusted to 3 different lengths. So the ideal piece to start layering.
Pair your flower pendant with the pretty Silver CZ V Pendant, to add extra sparkle or wear it on its own for an understated classic look.
Mix your gold and silver with by pairing your V-shaped pendant with a pair of the Delta Rose Gold & Clear Crystal Dual Earrings . The shimmering clear crystal will add a refined sparkle to any day or night look.
Bracelets whether you like it simple or statement worthy, they are all about adding extra glitz and personality to your style. The Silver Round CZ Bracelet will complete your look on its own or stacked with other pieces.
Studs are ideal for everyday wear, they might be small but they are in the direct line of vision of everyone you talk to through out the day. So the rigth pair can have a big impact like the pretty pair of Rose Gold Plated Openwork Stud Earrings.
Jewellery are the silver linings to any great outfit. So take your style from basic to brilliant with any piece from Joshua James Jewellery, as you deserve to shine.