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jessica-mccommackJessica McCormack – Lucky strike earrings

Artistic jewels

Diamonds are a girls best friend. They are something you cherish and keep forever. And as for jewellery itself, the kind you wear most certainly says a thing or two about your personality and lifestyle.

Jessica McCormacks jewellery however is inspired by her surroundings, simulating the objects and landmarks that intrigue her. To her, jewellery design is more of an art, about “creating miniature sculptures”. She has created jewel encrusted pieces which substitute the real world from her own power of invention with a whimsical vision to make precious objects accessible and wearable. Her diamonds simulate landmarks like the skyscaper’s rooftops of the city skyline (New York Night necklace), The London Eye earrings or The Cog braclet which looks like the driving mechanism of a watch’s movement.

McCormack speaks of her jewellery as ‘the end result of her desire to turn what she perceives to be beautiful into a tiny piece of art.’ Her jewellery is not only elegant and stylish but versatile making it very easily adaptable into any wardrobe and can be worn with jeans or that favourite little black number. Her pieces are as enduring and as timeless as the symbols they represent – never overpowering proving diamonds really are forever!

To find out more about the ‘Lucky strike’ earrings or any other Jessica McCormack products, you can e-mail enquiries@jessicamccormack.com/visit her website or simply visit the ‘Iconic shop’Liv

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Goldsmiths’ Fair is the place to buy jewellery from the most creative and talented individual jewellers and silversmiths in the UK. Fizzing with creativity, 160 of the UK’s top jewellery designers will be showing over a two-week stretch in London’s grand Goldsmiths’ Hall.
Take your time and don’t be overwhelmed by the amount and variety of jewels on display. Even if you only see a few stands at a time, it is worth the effort as this is where you will find the most original jewels as well as having the chance to talk to the very person who made them. It might not be as luxurious as gliding into a big name boutique on Bond Street but it is so much more rewarding to walk away with a jewel that is bursting with individuality and personality.
And even better, prices reflect the fact that at Goldsmiths’ you are paying for the jewellery, not a large advertising campaign, swanky boutiques or red carpet sponsorship so you will be surprised how far your money will go. If you love jewellery, do not miss this event. I challenge you to leave empty handed, something I have never managed. — Maria Doulton

Jewellery by Kathy Vones, courtesy of The Goldsmiths' Fair

Jewellery by Kathy Vones, courtesy of The Goldsmiths' Fair

Goldsmith's Fair, London

Goldsmiths' Fair, London


Essential info:
GOLDSMITHS’ FAIR 2008
The annual selling exhibition of contemporary jewellery and silverware by designer-makers
Week 1 – September 22 to 28
Week 2 – September 30 to October 5, 2008
The Goldsmiths’ Company
Goldsmiths’ Hall
Foster Lane, London EC2V 6 BN
www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk

From the pen of our High Priestess of Jewellery, Maria Doulton who's been attending the most dazzling events in the world of high jewellery:

“At the Van Cleef & Arpels launch party for their stunning Les Jardins high jewellery collection, Christian Louboutin was spotted amongst the great and the mighty of the world of jewellery collectors. Does this mean that we are going to see diamonds on the soles of his shoes or is he also a lover of the art of the jeweller?

Isabelle Huppert and Christian Louboutin

Isabelle Huppert and Christian Louboutin


And talking of footwear, whoever said that the web is not the place to sell fine jewellery may well want to insert their foot into their mouth as Browns, the much loved London couture boutique, sold its highest value item to date. It was a piece of jewellery and what’s more, it was sold online. Much like fashion’s hot must-haves, Browns is constantly updating its fine jewellery website as items are whisked off the page faster than you can say ‘demantoid garnet’. Are we going to see a Net-a-Porter type online frenzy in the world of jewellery?

Another observation from a few days in Paris visiting the top jewellers at the Biennale des Antiquaires is the rise of stealth wealth. Top of the list of anti-bling style is the old-fashioned rose cut diamond. This traditional diamond cut has less facets and bigger planes, giving a softer glow than the clever modern, multi-faceted cuts that throw about more light. Often lower value diamonds were employed for this cut but today top grade rocks are being used to great effect as we appreciate their age-worn allure over the brighter bling of the perfect brilliant cut. Very Keira Knightley in The Duchess and one way to make your jewels look like Granny left them to you, rather than fresh out of the workshop.

Keira Knightley, The Duchess poster

Keira Knightley, The Duchess poster


Go one step further and consider wearing emerald, diamond and even tanzanite beads. This has to be the most indulgent yet discreet way to wear your carats. This is how our ancestors strung them around their necks before they had figured out how to cut facets into stones.”