Joubi was founded in 2010 in London by Joanna Bourne, Joubi taking its name from a re-working of the French word ‘bijou’ which actually means jewellery.
After graduating from the Gemological Institute of America, Joanna has since devoted her time and efforts to designing and realising her first collection. Her vision was to create a wearable and versatile jewellery collection that was modern but, would appeal to all age groups. Joanna takes the inspiration for her work from her years of travel in Africa and in Asia, her love of animals and from her fascination with natural materials such as metals and gem stones, with all this in mind Joanna has created a diverse yet charming collection.
Joanna’s jewellery is decadent but quirky, luxury jewellery to lust over. Joanna has managed to accomplish taking you from elegant daywear, to cool rock chick in the evening, she achieves this from a slight change in the gold plating from yellow gold to black rhodium plating. Fortunately jewellery has the freedom to not be constricted to a particular season. Joubi is not concerned about the seasons but rather the individual Joubi customer, rather than conforming to a season, trend or theme.
JB by Joubi is a more playful take on the already established Joubi collection, offering a duality of inspiration; the tangible and the abstract. Striking rings, bracelets and necklaces inspired by the natural beauty found in nature as well as beauty in the ethereal, with hand-picked diamonds, amethyst, gold, and onyx, used to create unique stunning pieces. Visually it’s evident that Joanna took inspiration from the celestial phenomenon of the Aurora lights and the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle with these aerial and astral influences, and the colour palette chosen, both compliment and contrast her work which is drawn from the beauty of nature.
Joanna said that her aim with this collection was to create something modern and fun, they are all statement pieces, and are of the moment, you are able to mix and match, wear them on their own, or layer them up. The JB collection is made out of solid silver with yellow, rose, white and blackened gold plating, and features her usual wide range of semi-precious stones and enamel lacquer detailing. JB showcases a collection of rings, ear cuffs, body chains, knuckle rings, headpieces and necklaces.
With the Kosey cat ear rings being a staple, recognisable piece within the Joubi line they can be found in the JB collection, they are lacquered in a mix of colours from vibrant yellow and oranges to dark and deep red and greens.
A great extension of the JB line also is the Spectrum collection which continues and clings to the combination of simplicity and colour through a vast range of rings designed in the same colour palette and style as the cat ear stackers. This line enables you to take the stacking trend to another level as they can be worn over or under other JB designs to create even more versatility. These midi rings are available in yellow, white and rose gold plating with colours ranging from black and white, to green, purple and blue. Various different materials and processes are employed to complete the range. Sterling silver with 18-karat gold micro-plating in a variety of different colours is used for certain items. Solid 18-karat rose, yellow, white and blackened gold for others. Feature stones in the ring collections include black onyx, smoky quartz, amethysts, moonstones and coloured tourmalines. Also utilised to surround feature stones and to create a feature of themselves are brilliant pave diamonds and sapphires in various colours. Everything is said to be designed to compliment the human form. As a finishing touch, each piece is engraved with the Joubi logo featuring a fancy yellow diamond to top the J. This gives each piece a final seal of quality.
Joanna offers an affordable diverse luxury line of jewellery, she works alone in order to allow herself to be as creative as she wishes when creating her pieces, which are adored by A-list celebs and everyday people alike, the vastness of her collection, the ability to be able to mix and match her pieces, the vibrant colour, form and geometic patterns of the exotic plants and animals which inspire her, is what really sets her apart from other jewellery designers.
Less is more’ - a notion of simplicity that has been personified to perfection in the second women’s jewellery collection from Mateo. Born from the mind of Matthew ‘Mateo’ Harris, the 80+ piece strong collection pulls inspiration from the city of New York, his adopted home from the age of 16. Its clean, architectural bars of gold and silver interlink with natural precious stone and diamonds that captivate with minimal effort - a focal point of the Mateo aesthetic.
The purity of each individual piece makes this collection such a dream, there is no exception to detail, yet not a single element is overpowering or overdone. Even with the use of natural, raw materials such as onyx, diamond and malachite, Mateo successfully manages to reign in the extravagance by keeping lines to a minimum. A juxtaposition of purity and power in every sense.
It’s the structural shapes and stackable pieces that make up the collection on so many levels. It can be worn simply in the day to add a subtle touch of freshness with a single necklace, or layered in almost unlimited combinations to create stunning visual look that needs little help from clothing - and based on the look book, the pieces are really all you need to wear to look and feel incredible.
You may not have heard of him yet, but with features mounting up in the likes of publication royalty, you sure will soon.
Mateo has minimal mastered, sorry bank accounts, but this collection is too special to let pass.
This stunning new collection from The Branch incorporates their signature natural style with polished Rosewood and dazzling gems, with slick 70s shaping.
Key pieces include chunky wooden cuffs with showcase semi precious stones cut into an oval and mounted in gold.
The pieces combine raw natural beauty of materials with slick symmetrical shaping to create unique evening wear accessories. The sophisticated style and elegant finishing compliments delicate twisted rope and polished Rosewood, to give the pieces a taste of their Indonesian heritage.
Annelise Michelson is not one to blend in, "I don't want to make women look pretty and harmless", "Women are sexy, desirable, and complex. I want to give them weapons." with her bold, structured cutting edge pieces she does exactly that.
Fashion designer turned Jewellery designer, Annelise Michelson's vision is captured effortlessly with her take on jewellery being contemporary but bewitching, she is in a league of her own. With dark glamour at the core, but a fine line between feminine, and butch Annelise still manages to keep her pieces couture. Thanks to her bohemian upbringing, she remains in touch with the quirkier side of design, but Annelise's Parisienne haute couture education is what keeps her collections articulated.
British singer-song writer FKA twigs, was spotted at The Brit Awards 2015 Nominations Launch wearing the draped choker, cuffs ring and carnivore ring, all from the Sculptural and Carnivore collection. From starting out in 2010 i would say Annelise Michelson's feet are firmly set in the Jewellery world, with her reputation as an upcoming jewellery maven said to be becoming increasingly concrete.