Jewel Eye

Part of the whole London experience is definitely exploring the markets that seem to crop up on every street and round every corner. On Saturday we went to explore the brick lane market and although I couldn’t buy anything (I am stretching my rands to last me as long as possible!), I had the most amazing time just looking at everything and everyone.

Guys, the jewellery. As soon as I am earning pounds I am going to have a problem. I can see it now. I saw the most beautiful jewellery brand and thought I have to share it with you! It’s called Jewel Eye and I’m not going to tell you too much, but rather let you see for yourselves!

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A gorgeous multi stone necklace. Each necklace is made individually as all the stones differ so when you buy on it is really one of a kind piece.

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This bracelet is perfect for stacking or for wearing on it’s own.

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The rings are my absolute favourite! The gold plated brass just offsets the stone so perfectly.

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Hows this for a unique statement ring?

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Turquoise stones in the gold brass setting.

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These stones are my favourite and will look amazing on people with blue eyes.

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If you want something a little more chunky then this is the ring for you!

This is going to be my first purchase when I start earning pounds. This bracelet is just too dam beautiful!

This is going to be my first purchase when I start earning pounds. This bracelet is just too dam beautiful!

Told you they were gorgeous! All the images can be found here.

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Great Gatsby Jewellery by Tiffany & Co.

If you are a Great Gatsby fan and can’t wait for the film to come out in May, you may have already seen the trailer. The below clip gives you a sneak peek as well as explaining the design and inspiration of the jewellery.

How great does it look? But, most importantly, how amazing are those jewels? Makes me want to go back into the 1920’s, even if it’s just to wear a jewelled headband!

Yes, this baby. I could definitely walk around London with it on right?

Yes, this baby. I could definitely walk around London with it on right? And for only $200 000.00 I could buy two.. Pffft.

As heard in the clip above, Jewellers Tiffany & Co. collaborated with the Great Gatsby costume designer, Catherine Martin, to create a twenties inspired collection called Ziegfeld.

“The jewelry we created for this momentous production of [F. Scott] Fitzgerald’s famous novel and our designs for the Ziegfeld Collection reveal the style of the period and Tiffany as its premier jeweler,” said John King, executive vice president of Tiffany & Co. “Tiffany was certainly part of this era. The brand was at the center of the parties of the rich and famous.”

Enough about that, let’s see the pieces!

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This hairclip is my best and probably costs a pretty penny. But how gorgeous to add sparkle to an outfit?

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This heart locket necklace on a ribbon is another one of my favourites. The level of detail in the heart makes it a piece I want in my jewellery box. $800 for the locket.

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One of the many rings that Carey Mullingan wears in the film. The black Onyx is offset by the pearls beautifully and is $475.

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What would the 1920’s be without strings of pearls? I like hoe they have made these unique by using different sizes of pearls and regular intervals so that the simple beauty of the pearls don’t get lost in one solid string. $1000.

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Luckily I’m not on that set. I would pull a Lindsay Lohan with this ring let me tell you. It’s a Praseolite ring and will set you back $975.

And there you have it! Now you can wear all these jewels, dress to the part, find a hunky man with lots of money and you could look like the below!

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Oh, and dye your hair blonde but that’s a minor sacrifice to look this gorgeous.. [Source: here]

There is plenty more in the Ziegfeld collection so go and have a peek here. All images from here. 

Emirates High Street

So as you all know, I am now in London Town! It took 24 hours of travelling, crying babies and free breakfasts of fish (don’t ask) but here I am! I flew on Emirates Airlines and, being the traveller virgin I am, I didn’t realise that they would come around with trolley of lovely goods that are all duty free! Because I am currently (f)unemployed in a city that is R14 to a pound I didn’t spend anything but it didn’t stop me from having a good look..

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I quite liked this gold-plated necklace with embedded crystals. However for 65 dollars (the prices were all in dollars) it was just nice to look at.

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Loved these and they come as a pair! They are Aigner Leather Bracelets and cost 66 dollars for the set.

Swarovski Bella Pierced Earrings 71dol

These babies are Swarovski and for 71 dollars could have been mine. But alas, I didn’t have 71 dollars.

Swarovski Slake Bracelet 67dol

A favourite of mine was this Swarovski Slake Bracelet. I love that the leather and the subtle jewels work so well together.

Tateossian Ladies Luce Bracelet 69dol

Not crazy about this bracelet but I liked the colours.. It is a Tateossian Luce Bracelet and is 69 dollars.

Victoria Lawson Golden Rays Necklace and Bracelet Set 99dol

I don’t know if I would wear the necklace but the bracelet is darn nice! It’s a Victoria Lawson Golden Rays Necklace and Bracelet Set for 99 dollars.

So now you know that if you travelling on Emirates and have money to blow, this is the best way to do it! Then you can hop off the plane looking all glam.

All images from here.

Ken and Dana Design

I am a big fan of procrastination. So when the procrastination gods sat down and created Pinterest, I cheered and joined as soon as I was made aware of just how fantastic it is (Thanks Briony!). Amid the numerous weight loss remedies and ‘motivational’ pins (look like this now with an annoying picture of a perfect set of abs), there are some real treasures and, excuse the pun, gems to be found.

I saw a BEAUTIFUL engagement ring on my feed the other day and repinned it, only to have about 20 people repin the pin and a bunch more ‘like’ it. Because it was so popular I took a closer look at the designers and decided I had to share their awesome pieces.

This is the baby. How amazingly different?

This is the baby. How amazingly different?

The company responsible are Ken and Dana Designs, from New York City. They describe their search for inspiration in everything that surrounds them,

We make engagement rings and wedding bands that are inspired by sculpture, architecture, organic shapes, and most of all, the personal stories we hear from our clients every day. We recognize that no two relationships are the same, and only by engaging you throughout the creation process are we able to craft a truly unique product that you can call your own.

Each engagement ring is named after the person it was designed for and is absolutely gorgeous. There are so many beautiful pieces on their site so I chose the most unique and different engagement rings to show you girls;

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This is called The Daya. It is described as combining the art of sculpture with a classic solitaire in a choice of recycled metal. I describe it as gorgeous.

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The Aurora is the Ken and Dana Design’s sculptural take on a traditional engagement ring. The pear cut diamond might just be one of my favourite cuts.

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I love the story behind this ring. The guy wanted his soon-to-be fiance’s passions exhibited some how in the ring. The designers came up with the idea of incorporating a double helix because she is a genetic scientist -VOILA! Called Mandy, it is such a unique piece!

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The Pari features a cluster of round brilliant diamonds flanked by six gold prongs. I’m not a great fan of gold but this, with six diamonds, I would definitely wear!

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The Sundara is bold and sculptural. What I love about this piece features Ken and Dana’s signature split shank (the part going around your finger), symbolizing the merging of two paths into one.

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The Devi is inspired by the essence of a delicate rose bud, complete with organic flourishes. I’m not great fan of this ring but, I’m sure you can agree, it’s a very different take on the engagement ring.

And there you go. Have you been drooling over these as much as I did? If so, visit the Ken and Dana website here, like their Facebook page here, follow them on Twitter @KDDdesign and on Pinterest here.

Coachella 2013 Jewellery

So I’m sure many of you are aware that Coachella took place this past weekend and all the celebs and lucky buggers who got to go were out in full fashion force. This is not just a music festival y’all, but a full on fashion parade with lots of side eyes as to who wore what. I was more interested to see the jewellery side of it and whether people would totally glam it up or keep it relaxed and casual.

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This is Alessandra Ambrosio’s first day outfit. Sheesh, this girl has legs huh?

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Love that she played up the Coachella armband and used it as one of her stacking bracelets. Love this festival style.

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Kate Bosworth looked cute in an all white ensemble.

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But it was her leaf bracelet that I loved!
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Katy Perry looked really cute wearing an on-trend crucifix and cuff.

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The necklace reminds me of the Dolce and Gabbanna runway show (here).

Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush made the statement necklace work for her, taking a lovely (if not ordinary) dress and dressing it up.

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This bib necklace is very on trend and looks amazing on her!

All above images can be found here. But celebs weren’t the only ones rocking out with their fest style;

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If you ever needed evidence that stacking is trend, here you go..

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Some people went all out. I don’t know if I could have survived a festival with this on to be honest.

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Statement necklaces were in abundance.. As was plenty of skin.

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How much do you love this silver bib necklace?

Coachella, I think we may have to meet one day. One day soon.

Images from here and here.

Off to London I goooo!

So most of you who know me, know that I am leaving the sunny shores of Cape Town, South Africa (a place that I have called home for 25 years) and am on my way to London. In a week. *Cue hysterical screams of excitement and pure terror*

As of today I am unemployed, homeless and, with nothing more than a few pounds (and I mean few. This exchange rate is horrible) and a one way ticket to the UK, I am embarking on my next big adventure.

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Might need to buy one of these blingola’s to remind me where I am. Then again, this is a little hideous. So maybe not. [source]

Good news is that I am still going to continue blogging and am going to try and keep featuring Cape Town and South African jewellery designers because I just love their style. BUT the exciting aspect is that I can also blog about jewellery from one of the most fashion forward cities in the world!

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This is not as kitch as the above ring. In fact, I could def pull this off! [source]

To celebrate I thought I would show you a few union jack pieces that are not too bad. Well kinda.

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These are.. cute. I would wear them if I was given it as a present. Maybe. [source]

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Not this is nice. Perfect for all the coast I am going to need to buy to try and stay warm. [source]

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Everyone knows that people drink lots of tea in London. I’m more of a coffee girl but bring on the scones! [source]

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Quite sweet. [source]Ok, I’m off to pack my life into a suitcase. Have an awesome weekend almal!

2013 Academy of Country Music Awards

The Academy of Country Music Awards took place on the 7 April. Not that I care much for Country Music to be honest but where there is a award show, there are ladies wearing awesome jewellery. So I’m not complaining.

What I do think is quite sweet is that Taylor Swift arranged to take a cancer survivor (and fan) to be her date for the evening. Now I don’t follow celeb gossip too closely but from what I have heard is that old Swifty is quite the heartbreaker. So I hope this guy was prepared. Although apparently he was starstruck by her beauty. Sigh. Another one bites the dust.

But, enough with gossip – let’s see what the country music stars wore.

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Carrie Underwood looked really pretty with pink chandelier earrings by David Yurman.

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How much do you love the crystal tear drop earrings that Beth Behrs from Two Broke Girls is wearing?

Kaley Cuoco

Now I had no idea who Kaley Cuoco was, but then again I don’t watch the Big Bang Theory so that would explain it! She wore these amazing earrings (Cresta Bledsoe) that just draws the attention to the jewels. Love these.

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Have no clue who Sunny Sweeney is I’m afraid. I could take a wild guess and say a country music singer but that would just be silly. Anyway, I love the statement necklace.

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And Swifty made a statement with the dress so wore very simple and understated earrings which I wouldn’t mind in my jewellery box thank you very much!

 There wasn’t much else to be honest. It was more fancy dresses and small earrings and the odd statement necklace here and there. Proves that sometimes small and pretty does the job perfectly.

[Images credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America]

Dear Rae Jewellery

It’s one of my favourite things to be tipped off about an awesome jewellery designer – only to realise that she comes from good old Cape Town! I have liked very similar jewellery on Pinterest so imagine my excitement to find out that I can purchase my own gorgeous pieces right down the road.

Yes, i know. Bask in the prettiness.

Yes, i know. Bask in the prettiness.

Dear Rae Jewellery was started in 2012 by Karin Rae Matthee, who has a BA Fine Art from Stellenbosch University (my Alma Mater too!). She says on her website that,

In 2008 she completed a semester at the Pforzheim Hochschule in Germany. This exchange was a very significant experience in Karin’s studies, it refined her skills and inspired her to start Dear Rae.

How much do you love the rings?

How much do you love the rings?

Well I’m pretty glad that she did start this gorgeous brand as I could happily spend next months entire salary on her pieces! The jewellery is made up of natural lines and simplistic forms and are available in gold, silver, brass and copper. These precious pieces are designed to be worn everyday and celebrate the beauty and ease of simplicity and translate into functional jewellery.

She has the most interesting pendant necklaces;

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All pendants come with a sterling silver chain and you can order 40cm, 45cm, 50cm, 55cm or 60cm chain length.

The bracelets are also beautiful and are perfect for the stacking trend at the moment!

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A bangle that will last you for a very long time..

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Although these are all in brass, they can be made in silver to order.

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A few of these bangles together my wrist would just be so at home.

Now you all know I’m a sucker for rings.. How cute are these babies below?

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So you can buy one in every colour, to match every outfit.

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How lovely is the little cut out heart?

The little heart will look awesome when on your finger

The little heart will look awesome when on your finger

And then, for some added pizzaz, she also throws in a few gemstones to keep things beautiful;

The uniqueness of this ring just makes me want to get my own!

The uniqueness of this ring just makes me want to get my own!

This is the kind of ring that people notcie within it being too overstated.

This is the kind of ring that people notcie within it being too overstated.

How simple yet stunning is this deep blue stone?

How simple yet stunning is this deep blue stone?

If you have now fallen as head over heels for Dear Rae Jewellery as I now have, you can visit their website here, like their Facebook page here and follow her on Twitter @Dearrae. My favourite part of the whole website is the cleaning instructions – “the best way to keep your jewellery clean is to wear it”. Now with a motto like that, you know these pieces are made to last!

Thanks @Claire_Hills for directing me to this awesome find!

It’s my birthday!

Yes, i am older than 8. I just like the picture ok?!

Yes, i am older than 8. I just like the picture ok?!

So yes, today is the day I get to be the centre of attention 😉 Also, I heard a rumour that on birthdays calories don’t count..

Psshhht.. As if I need another excuse to eat cake.

Psshhht.. As if I need another excuse to eat cake.

Also, being a true magpie, I decided to buy myself a few birthday presents. What’s a birthday if you can’t buy yourself prezzies?

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How much do you love this bracelet? It’s from Romeo Foxtrot Designs – a designer I will do a post about soon!

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I bought the grey suede one and this bracelet is perfect to start stacking! R100

Not content with just that, I need a simple little necklace and saw the perfect on to treat myself with;

How cute is this necklace?? It's a little sterling silver bunny on a 40cm closed link chain. R150.

How cute is this necklace?? It’s a little sterling silver bunny on a 40cm closed link chain. R150.

While I was sitting doing this post, my boyfriend sneakily asked if he could help with the post. I was a little confused until he whipped out an early birthday prezzie!

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Yay! I have just thrown my other feather earrings out because they were looking a little gross. So very stoked with these!

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I spotted this ring a while ago and loved it and he was sneaky (and thoughtful) enough to remember. How much do you like the shape?

Girls, forgive me. The post today was totally self indulgent however if it makes you feel better, just know that by the end of the day I will look like this..

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OD on cake. Sugar rush. Must lie down.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mad Men Jewellery

And so our four day weeks come to end.. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and are well rested to take on the rest of the year! Yeah, me neither.

I have recently started watching Mad Men.. I know I am very behind the times and that it’s been out for a while, but things my side have been manic and I am finally finding some time for myself. I love this show, probably because I work in an agency and often dream of boozy lunches, but mainly because the styling is so darn good. And they say things like “swell”.

There are some gorgeous pieces on that set and I love the 1960’s vibe. The big clip on pearl earrings, the statement necklaces, the brooches..

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I think the most iconic piece is Joan Holloway’s gold chain pen. She wears it all the time (well in the first season anyway) and carries it off to well! [source]

How gorgeous is this necklace and earring combo on ol' Mrs Betty Draper?

How gorgeous is this necklace and earring combo on ol’ Mrs Betty Draper? [source]

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All the pearls and glass beads.. Reminds me a bit of my grans jewellery. [source]

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How much do you love this ‘earring and brooch’ set? Very matchy matchy as was wont in the 1960’s. [source]

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I’m not quite sure who the woman on the left is (as I said I have only starting watching very recently) and I don’t want to Google in case I ruin it for myself! But you can enjoy her necklace in the meantime. And of course, the gorgeous January Jones on the right. [source]

The earrings. The brooch. I want!

The earrings. The brooch. I want! [source]

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As you can see by all my images of Joan, she really ups the stakes in the jewellery department. How beautiful is this choker? [source]

As you can see, poor old Peggy doesn’t really make much of an appearance. Mainly because she doesn’t wear anything other than the odd string of pearls here and there (her blouses tend to go right up to her neck) and also because I can’t stand the little fringe thing she has got going on there. It frustrates me.

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Oh fiiine.. Here is Peggy. Resplendent in yellow. with that fringe. Although, the necklace is not half bad. [source]