The Branch Jewellery 2013 Spring Summer line has been released, and is making me itch to slip on a maxi dress and sandals and hop on a flight somewhere exotic. Inspired by designer Wendy Pickard-Young’s travels to Indonesia and the indigenous jewellery she saw, the collection draws on their use of bold shapes and natural materials.
Having drawn inspiration from one of the world’s most beautiful countries, The Branch’s jewellery is as natural as its inspiration. Made in Indonesia by local craftsmen and using traditional methods, the collection is made entirely with natural materials chosen with sustainability in mind. Even the wood is conditioned only with bees-wax. The value in these pieces comes from the specially selected gold, silver and semi-precious stones. The combination of the natural and the preciousness of these pieces take the wearer on a timeless journey through the beauty that can be found in this world. Like all things natural, no two pieces are the same, each with their own unique patterns and shapes.
The collection’s highlight is its chunky deep brown rosewood bangles. The bangle above is studded with gems of blue Howlite, adding a quirky style to the smoothly finished wood. Other bangles showcase slices of Agate stone, framed in gold. The stone is one of nature’s works of arts; formed over thousands of years, it resembles an aerial shot of a coral reef.
Luxury jewellery designer John Hardy has released a gift guide featuring a stunning collection of perfect handmade pieces - just in time for the festive season.
John Hardy, with a history that includes a partnership with the goldsmiths to the royal courts of Bali, use ancient and new techniques to create an array of exclusive jewellery and lifestyle accessories while also upholding an eco sensibility and striving to maintain a green and environmentally responsible business.
Highlights in the gift guide include a stunning sterling silver braided Bracelet encrusted with black sapphire, and then men’s double wrap bronze ring bracelet with a modern edge – delectable treats for your special man or woman this Christmas.
Through its craftsmanship and mythology, John Hardy’s exquisite Naga collection brings us the spirit of the East straight from the grass roofed design centre in Bali. The collection awakens the legend of the Balinese dragon; the recurrence of scallop shaped scales on thick sterling silver and blood red ruby eyes breathes life into the ancient myth, whilst fluid curves give the dragons the appearance of flight. Blazing gemstones are encircled by the fiery dragons and haloed by diamonds on the collection’s large rings, oozing oriental mystery. According to the legend the dragon symbolises good luck and prosperity; it’s clear that any girl who wears this jewellery is certainly very lucky!
Written By Emma Sorrell