It’s my birthday in a couple of weeks and very often Justin gets me a lovely piece of jewellery as a present.
Topaz is my birthstone. I didn’t like the stone when I was growing up. I thought it was brown and dull and boring. For a long time, I wished I’d been born a couple of weeks later in December; that month’s birthstone is turquoise. The brown colour has grown on me and I now know that topaz come in lots of other colours including pink, blue, orange, yellow and transparent!
He’s always very good at choosing a piece of jewellery that I’d love. He knows I like either big & chunky or delicate & Art Deco. But just in case he needs a little help, I’ve chosen a few that I’d me more than happy to give some space to in my jewellery box!
We have all kinds of collections dotted around our house – some are permanent fixtures, others just passing through. We’re not talking entire rooms dedicated to Star Wars or every beer bottle ever made. It’s more little groupings on shelves & tables. We either acquire them as a bulk purchase or pick up piece by piece over a number of years.
One new installation is this fabulous group of vintage shop display stands we bought last week. Some are Art Deco, but most much earlier – Edwardian & Victorian. They are made of various metals; with chrome, brass and bronze examples.
We love the variety in shape & size – and grouped together, they make a very sculptural display. They’re currently sitting on a table in the sun where the light picks up on the fabulous aged patina. Whilst we like looking at them and think they look good undecorated, we also feel they’d look amazing with either antique or contemporary jewellery. We can imagine them in a Whitby shop window bedecked in Gothic jet – or we have a nearby shop called Element who always make a great effort with their window display & staging. They would do something fabulous with brightly coloured modern resin or perspex pieces to juxtapose the vintage stands.
The tallest stands 38cm and the shortest 8cm. Anyone interested in giving them a new life please get in touch – they’d be perfect for a shop, craft fair or market stall. We like looking at them, but we can’t keep everything and we do have to earn a living after all!
We think these collections of objects are a great subject for a series of blogs, so there’ll be more posts to follow in the future. We’ve certainly got plenty of subject matter!
What’s not to love about this? It’s pink, it’s leather, it’s a cuff! Unfortunately this pink version doesn’t seem to be available in the UK (PLEASE let me know if I’m mistaken!) but you can get the brown version from Selfridges for £85.00.
I came across this stunning necklace on one of my daily trawls through Pinterest. I can just imaging wearing it whilst on a tropical beach holiday – strapless dress… sun tan… cocktail in hand… **sigh**
Adelle is allergic to most metal watch straps so has always worn Swatch watches or this lovely green Philippe Starck one. This UniformWares model is a clean (and bright!) design that would go with lots of different style outfits.