jewellery

Kontora Sisters

the Kontora Sisters are Katya and Nastia from Simferopol, a city on the Crimean peninsula in the Ukraine. Katya makes jewellery and Nastia is an illustrator (she also takes the photographs seen here). i like that their styles complement each other. also check out Nastia’s other illustrative work here and follow Katya on instagram.

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LaMalconttenta

LaMalconttenta is a spanish brand by designer Lydia de la Piñera, who is one of those multi-talented people who illustrates, makes jewellery, ceramics and prints. you can buy all these sweet things at her online shop.

I studied graphic design artistic photography and digital media. However, I was always enjoyed the handcrafting process, that’s the reason why I Decided to mix design and traditional handcraft to tell her stories. The philosophy of The Malconttenta is to enjoy old traditions, nature, and share it with people.

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Rill Rill SS14

holy hell, jewellery designer Katie Freedle has outdone herself with her new SS14 collection for Rill Rill! for real, real (sorry). i posted about her previous collection last year, and what a progression. shop it here.

The RillRill SS14 collection incorporates a material less commonly used in jewelry making, marble. The designs embody the striking contrast between negative and positive, industrial and natural. The elements are eloquently combined to create a dynamic use of symmetry.The copper and brass accents bring a modern flare to the ancient marble.

Photographer: Mikola Accuardi // Director: Katie Freedle // Stylist: Katie Freedle & Marisa Ruef // Model: Emily Mills // Make-Up and hair: Meachell Horton // Location: Portland, OR

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For Oms

For Oms is an interesting jewellery line based in China. they also have an online shop.

The original intention when ForOms was founded is trying to enlarge the space inside every piece of jewelry, to fill it with spirit and knowledge, therefore turn jewelry into a carrier to convey concept and ideology. Every piece of jewelry from ForOms is the result of a deep exploration and research under some themes, the concept of them are mostly based on the discussion of human existence and how it’s interacting with everything else, the thinking and interpretation of different world outlooks. They are to be worn as the carrier of the owner’s spirit and thought, as an outer storage of the wearer’s inner self-expression.

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Bandelier: Collection II

even though i posted about Bandelier not even a few weeks ago, i thought the newly launched lookbook for Collection II aka Fall 2014 (the disparity in seasons confuse me, too) would be a nice way to wrap up the week. have a great weekend, everybody.

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Elis Kauppi

i thought i would delve into some design history today, for a change, mostly because i want to learn & teach myself about these things. so much of the awesome creativity i share on the blog is likely influenced by someone or something, and it’s always good to go back and see who was groundbreaking in their field, becoming design heroes in a sense.

Elis Kauppi

if there’s one design field i do not know much about, it’s jewellery. so today our design hero is Elis Kauppi, a Finnish designer born in 1921 (d. 2004) who was at the forefront of the modernist jewellery movement in Finland.

In 1945, at age 24, Kauppi founded his renowned jewelry workshop, Kupittaan Kulta, in Turku, Finland. Part of a younger generation of makers which would forever change the face of jewelry design, Kauppi was driven to innovate by both the difficult circumstances of war and a desire to push past accepted standards of jewelry design at the time. He was one of the first to use local stones such as granite and spectrolite, which were elevated in status and incorporated into unique designs in fresh and innovative way. Attention to simplicity and form was the order of the day. A true modernist, Kauppi’s designs emphasize abstraction, rejecting the popular forties naturalistic flower and leaf designs. With strong focus on craftsmanship and integrity of design, his bold creations remain strikingly relevant today. *

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it’s possible that you might look at these pieces and think, “well, i see stuff like this now a days!” (i do give people more credit than that, but you never know) that’s of course because Kauppi and his Modernist contemporaries – not just in Finland, but all over the world - set the stage for modern jewellery design.

These forward thinking artisans rejected the traditional European designs of the time which included the rigid geometry of art deco and the popular ornate decorative trends. These early modernist jewelry designers created vibrant, exciting and fresh pieces where form, workmanship and esthetic ideals were more important then intrinsic materials. Using brass, copper, wood, silver, found materials, stones, etc., they created bold and expressive sculptural forms never before seen in jewelry design. *

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you can find and buy his pieces on Etsy, eBay, 1stDibs, Bukowskis and a few other modernist speciality shops & vintage collectors online including HopeaSamantha Howard Vintage, Gråsilver, Welsh Elliott Modernism and Decopedia.

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 all the images in this post are courtesy of the websites mentioned and linked to above.

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Bandelier

Andria Crescioni is the designer behind Bandelier, a southern California based jewellery label that takes inspiration from traditional craft and culture, with each piece made by hand by Andria herself. she graduated from Parsons School of Design and that’s where she became hooked on working with leather as a medium and started experimenting with jewellery making. so she decided to start her own line that was “modern and minimal, but rooted in traditional craft.”

When I’m developing new Bandelier pieces I usually start at the LA central library and get lost.  I’m inspired by industrial design and modern sculpture- right now I’m obsessed with Martin Puryear and Carl Aubock. Then it’s a fluid combination of sampling and sketching until I’m satisfied with the piece. I’m inspired by my surroundings as well- I like to take a drive out to the desert or the mountains near my home when I need to clear my head and re-connect with nature.

you can buy her pieces online at Young & Able or Need Supply Co.
images c/o Bandelier photographed by Andrew Lee. quote c/o of this interview with Andrea at Young & Able.

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Of A Kind Giveaway!

those amazing ladies at Of A Kind are kindly offering another awesome giveaway! this is our fifth together, and i think that 5 might be our lucky number. this time round i got to pick some unique, handmade jewellery pieces that i personally love.

everyone has their way of accessorising. i like bracelets & necklace (the bolder the better), yet seldom wear earrings unless i’m feeling fancy. i also tend to wear one thing at a time, but i know girls who wear everything at once which i think is awesome.

today you have a choice of either a necklace, a pair of earrings, a cuff or a ring – all one Of A Kind, of course. to enter:

(1) leave a comment with your pick (that’s the one you’ll win!) & tell me how you like to accessorise
(2) enter at the Of a Kind x Miss Moss entry page! you’ll be signing up for their newsletter, which is the best.

this is what you’re dealing with: 1. the Golden Ardor Necklace by Highlow Jewelry, a beige clay wonder that can hang with every neckline in your closet, thanks to its adjustable cord. 2. these Mini Quartz Studs by Giant Lion, two diamond-cut quartz stones in a minimalist gold setting. 3. the Ingrid Cuff by Dream Collective, a handmade brass & enamel piece with a cheery motif. 4. the White Diamond Pharos Ring by Steven Shein, probably the most unique ring i ever did see.

you stand a chance to win ONE of the picks in my jewellery edit. so choose wisely…

Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win the Golden Ardor Necklace! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win the Golden Ardor Necklace! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win these Mini Quartz Studs! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win these Mini Quartz Studs! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win the Ingrid Cuff! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win the Ingrid Cuff! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win the White Diamond Pharos Ring! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win the White Diamond Pharos Ring! Click through to enter.

if you’ve already subscribed to their newsletter you’re still guaranteed an entry – just be sure to leave a comment! the giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world as Of a Kind offers international shipping. readers outside the US must please note that you may be subject to your country’s customs charges / import duties upon arrival. the giveaway ends on Monday 10 March, and the winner will be randomly selected in a lucky draw & notified via email.

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