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.
Fashion jewellery designer with over 25 years of experience with PR and journalism background. Originally from Poland, now lives in London.
'Giebultowski' jewellery is made of countless ever moving pieces as well as unusually oversized and over decorated and full of striking contrasts of colours, shapes and textures. No other jewellery is also decorated with wire spikes.
'AlmostWhite' marks a departure from organic shapes and inspirations towards geometry and architecture. Large size pieces are colourless and made of hundreds of repeatable elements cut out of plastic milk bottles. Over twelve hundred plastic bottles were used to make this collection. Most of other components are also recycled from previous works.
When Winter sinks it's ice teeth in, we bring out the accesories. There's no need to wait till you're flaunting your summer style again to glam up! So, while the stylish tops and skirts are buried under during the cold months, you can invest in these special Stella and Dot pieces. Spice up your wintry wardrobe with some shiny emblems! Check out some of the jewellery pieces here: www.stelladot.co.uk
Drape Ear Jacket
Pavè Sphinx Cuff
Odeon Pendant Necklace
Alila Lace Cuff
Bliss Statement Necklace
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We can live without many things but fashion, make-up and jewellery are some of the things that we cannot. So, to feed our need for more of those things we cannot live without. We are always on the lookout to find our next obsession and yes, we found it in ALEXI.
ALEXI London is an online jewellery brand that aims to find pieces that reflect designer looks, but in a more accessible way. All their products are available in three colour ways- Gold, Silver and Rose Gold and all pieces are Sterling Silver, with 18ct Gold or Rose Gold plating.
At ALEXI London, I found rings, necklaces and bracelets that would bring more than just a little sparkling joy to my everyday dressing as well pieces that made me feel truly special.
I fell in love with these Silver Oversized Solitaire Drop Earrings. Dainty and elegant the perfect match to any day or night look.
We build a strong bond with certain special jewellery pieces and that bond is forever just like this Rose Gold Sparkle Infinity Necklace
Who would not like hugs and kisses every day, well now you can remind yourself to share a Hug and Kiss with these cute Silver Hug and Kiss Threader Earrings
Who says you need an engagement or wedding ring to make a statement when you got this Rose Gold Cross Bar Ring, delicate yet edgy, need I say more.
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