Tuesday, 7 September 2010


This week has seen the first signs of Autumn with chilly nights and the first flutter of falling leaves, children back to school and time to start thinking of putting away our summer wardrobe for another year. Never fear - we have cheered ourselves up with a wander around the jewellery passage of The Secret Arcade and have selected a few autumnal pieces from the amazing array of designers to brighten your day.

Clara Francis has created a stunning necklace of striking red autumn leaves using her distinctive
ultra fine bead work. Clara skillfully works together tiny coloured glass beads to create subtle shading and colour that produces the most exquisite pieces.

Sarah Home's collection 'Bordering on the Bizarre' is a series of intricately laser cut and etched jewellery pieces using black, gold and silver mirror perspex. Our current favourite is an amazing necklace entitled 'An Unkindness of Black Ravens' - laser cut black perspex on gold plated fine trace chains. It has so much animation that you can almost hear the evocative 'caw caw' of the crows!
Jenny Hattersley is the designer behind Dark Horse Jewellery. Her trademark style is defined by her use of leather to create stunning handmade statement pieces. Her new range includes the 'Winter Garland' necklace which has handcut, individual leaves and winter blooms layered, stitched and riveted onto a leather bib with D-ring attachments and a generous grosgrain ribbon tie. Autumnal hues and metallic highlights make this stunning neckpiece redolent of the winter months with subtle texture and tones.

The 2010/11 collection of luxury handmade necklaces by Nicole Akong has been launched for this autumn and is a celebration of jewellery as the ultimate physical embellishment to convey status, individual style and power. Here, Nicole has applied traditional stitching and weaving techniques to the materials and language of jewellery making — chains are weaved together to make fabrics, trims are stitched on to chains — to produce the most exquisite and intricate embellishments fit for fashion royalty.

LeJu is a fusion of two talents: Lenny Trines, a Dutch-born jewellery designer, and Juan Munoz, a London-based businessman from Colombia. It was in South America that Lenny discovered her natural talent and creativity by working with various artisans, learning different techniques. She is truly inspired by the natural world stating, “I work with a product that has a wonderful purpose, which is to help stop the killing of elephants to obtain ivory. Moreover, it is 100% sustainable and its quality is superb. I try to create designs, which reflect its roots. Nature is full of wonderful colours and I use them to reflect it in people’s lives.” The 'Botanias' bracelet is part of their new autumn/winter collection - a combination of Vegetable Ivory seeds skillfully carved and intermixed with Horn presented in their characteristic bold colours.

Visit any of the above designers in the 'Jewellery 'Passage of The Secret Arcade.

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