jewellery

Young Frankk Giveaway

the giveaway is now closed. winner to be announced soon!


i am sure that you have seen Christine Young’s beautiful jewellery label Young Frankk all over the internet, blogs, pinterest, etsy and here (of course) which is why i am THRILLED to be offering you this giveaway today!

here’s how it’s going to work. (1) have a browse around the Young Frankk shop and leave a comment telling me which piece is your favourite. (2) go to facebook and like Young Frankk. that’s it. if your name gets picked next Tuesday 24 July you’ll be walking away with the piece of your choice!

please note that this giveaway is open to all readers worldwide, but if you are outside the US your package might be subject to your country’s import duties and taxes. giveaway closes tuesday 24 july.

Pichulik

Katherine-Mary Pichulik is a multi-talented local lass from Cape Town – she trained as a pastry chef, dabbled in the art world, worked on organic farms from Barcelona to Granada… then she started making jewellery after a backpacking trip to India. says Kat,

From a young age I have always been rather crafty assembling random objects together to adorn my chest. Now from a mere hobby it as refined into a 7 somewhat collection-excuding a few wildcards reserved for jewish grannies and other eccentrics alike.

this is her debut collection, shot by blog favourite Alix-Rose Cowie. you can find Pichulik at Mr & Mrs, Take Care and The Fringe Arts all on Kloof street.

Photography: Alix-Rose Cowie / Styling: Stephanie Ana /Model: Tessa Brits /Jewels: PICHULIK

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Brook&Lyn

i have been following Mimi’s personal blog Brook & Lyn for a long while, but somehow only recently discovered the beautiful jewellery she designs … i guess this is what happens when you intermittently follow blogs through google reader and don’t check in on actual websites often enough. i like the idea behind the glass necklaces which were inspired by the story of Mimi’s friend’s great-grandmother who, to deflect negativity, would wear a mirror under her blouse. they’re hosting a sample sale on the agate pieces for the next few days, go have a gander.

 

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autoctona

catching up on my reader this morning i spotted autoctona over at anja’s wonderful fashion fridays post. allessandra is the talented italian born, portland based designer behind the label. you can read more about the meaning of the symbols used on some of the pieces here.

autoctona means native, an italian word referring to origin, identity and a sense of belonging in the most primitive form. we create forward thinking objects whilst preserving and fostering the use of premium craftsmanship and materials. these are contemporary pieces that challenge a conventional definition of jewelry, clothing and accessory. the primary inspirations are amulets, ritual objects and love tokens with their associated symbolism. each piece has been designed, prototyped and singularly hand cast. we source and create everything locally.

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Lover’s Eyes

Alison of Teenangster always discovers the most amazing jewellery, which she often shares on her blog, pinterest and twitter. so i was excited when she sent me this post about Lover’s Eyes. jewellery with a story, my favourite.


So, I’m a bit of an antique jewelry fiend. Ever since I got engaged, it’s only gotten worse; I now spend way too much time hovering on eBay and Etsy vintage, seeking out gray seed pearls, an engraved band from the 1930s, European-cut diamonds, mourning jewelry. You name it, I’m watching it.

And then I found out about lover’s eyes: hand-painted portraits on ivory which were popular in England between the 1780s and 1830s. What a game changer! My love of eyes, art and jewelry, united in one convenient, covetable form.

So, the history of this jewelry style is as juicy as the paintings are gorgeous. Since romantic love didn’t typically exist within the confines of a marriage at this point in history, affairs were pretty common. So how would you show your loyalty to your lover? By wearing a sentimental portrait of an unidentifiable part of their person, of course.

According to the Smithsonian, “One of the earliest known eye miniatures was painted in 1786 by the English artist Richard Cosway for the Prince of Wales, later King George IV. The miniature showed the eye of Mrs. Fitzherbert, the prince’s mistress.” And since just the eye of one’s lover was visible, the piece could be worn while your inamorata’s identify remained secret. It’s also been theorized that the “single eye also symbolized the watchful gaze of a jealous partner, who feared that his or her lover might stray.” Scandalous, juicy, royal and pretty: my kind of history.

I’ve found that, once you start digging, it seems as though lover’s eyes are everywhere you look. Needless to say, I can’t wait to see one in person. Philadelphia, I’m coming for you!

 

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