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Inspiration: ANIMALIA PARAPHERNALIA, it’s a jewellery jungle out there!

11 Jan

An ode to the animal kingdom:

I love animals, truly I do

But I don’t want to feed them or walk them (would you?)

and seeing as taxidermy’s not my thing

really, what better than a nice big ring?

Ok poetry’s not my thing either but what else was I to do but pen a passionate poem on the subject that has occupied my mind night and day? I want it, I need it, I SIMPLY MUST HAVE a shiny little (or big) jewelled animal to call my own!

Dior, Delphina Delettrez, and Chopard are my inspiration, Dior’s turtle ring being at the top of my “one day when I’m rich” wish list.

Dior turtle ring, P.O.A, via

Dior fish earrings P.O.A, via

Chopard bee ring, P.O.A, via

Chopard monkey pendant P.O.A, via

Delphina Delettrez ring, via

Delphina Delettrez beehive necklace AU $3 000, via

Until my poetry starts raking in the big bucks, the above beauties are, sadly, aspirational.  However, a tout about the world wide web turns up some lovely, more achievable options for a budget conscious fashionista, including a darling antelope on etsy . Fuelled by desire for my own bargain beastie, I hit the local shopping centre and headed to a tacky budget jewellery chain store in the hope of turning up a treasure. And what do you know, I struck gold – nestled in the charm cabinet amongst blingy initials and 21st keys was my lovely lady bug, and in that moment I knew it was love (it’s much easier to fall in love when the price is right). See my new pet pictured below … soon to be added to my bracelet alongside a triple-jointed crocodile and a flying unicorn.


my new lady bug, all at sea

Vintage antelope pin AU $24, via


How to Wear: A TOUCH OF GOLD

13 Dec

I’ve blogged before about how I’m not a massive fan of little things, and usually that statement extends to jewellery also. I prefer knuckledusters, bibs, and cuffs to thin rings, chains, and tennis bracelets – the latter usually calling to mind images of  nasty things like Stepford Wives and ladies that like to match their bags to their shoes. HOWEVER (this is the bit where I contradict myself), there is something to be said for the allure of the fine gold necklace, as seen recently at Me & Ro, Van Rycke, and Aurelie Bidermann. With this in mind, during my recent stalks of street-style blogs, I have been keeping an eye out for the fine gold chain worn well. It seems the formula is relatively simple: plain tee + dishevelled hair + fine gold chain = pared-back perfection.

image via streetfsn

image via Jak & Jil blog

rose gold heart necklace by Van Rycke from My Chameleon

I think this look works particularly well if you are inclined to wear a statement piece (e.g. the culottes in the first picture), but are bored of the statement everything + arm-parties-galore + bib necklace + YSL-arty- ring-or-five thing, as currently seen on fash bloggers everywhere (apart from Hanneli. Hanneli is someone who I’m sure wears simple gold chains all the time).


7 Nov

As someone who breaks out in hives at the sight of a princess-cut, “fairytale” and “jewels” are not two words that often sit happily together in my lexicon. However, fairytales – albeit slightly macabre ones – are exactly what is evoked by the breath-taking bijouterie of Delfina Delettrez.  Her highly covetable collection is like an enchanted garden of frogs, bees and butterflies, with a handful of whimsy thrown here, and a pair of candy-red lips glittering through the undergrowth there. A smattering of evil-eyes, a lock of hair, and some scissor talismans bind the whole lot together with an aura of superstition and quirk that is reminiscent of  trifari/vintage cartier/grandma’s attic.

What you will read about Delfina is that at just 23 years of age she has been quick to cast her spell over fashion’s elite, with her jewels recently appearing  flung over the mainly-bare bod of Miranda Kerr in Harper’s Bazaar Australia, as the kooky eyes of Karlie Kloss in numero mag, and in Giovanna Battaglia’s journal for W magazine.  She is based between Roma and Paris, is involved in numerous accessories-based side-projects (eyewear with Alain Mikli and shoes with Zanotti amongst them), and has a thing for skulls. Importantly, despite being a scion of the Fendi empire, there is nary a hint of nepotism about her success – although scoring an internship with uncle Karl when she was practically in nappies might have helped on the inspiration front.

At this point I should mention that Delfina is no discovery of mine – in fact I was introduced to her creations via my boyfriend, whose  finger is placed more firmly on the pulse of fashion than mine will ever be. He bought me one of her bracelets for my birthday earlier this year – a darling chain of tartarugas that shreds every article of clothing I wear it with. Thankfully, Harper’s appears to have given the green light to birthday-suit accessorising, so we can now all gad about in nothing but Delfina’s gems and a turban….leave your glass slippers at the door.

butterfly cuff by Delfina Delettrez

frog prince ring by Delfina Delettrez

pearl eyes necklace by Delfina Delettrez

delfina + miranda - harper's bazaar, november 2011

delfina delettrez bracelet

Want more? You can visit the Delfina Delettrez website here, see Garance’s take on Delfina’s work here, or buy yourself a bauble at luisa via roma or at opening ceremony.


11 Oct

Given the recent spate of inclement weather, I have been holed up with a stash of magazines, delighting over the acid brights and glittering decadence that seem to be dominating jewellery edits this summer (including this Harper’s Bazaar shoot dripping with Delfina Delettrez sparklies….more on that later). I’ve also recently discovered Etsy as a veritable treasure chest of beautiful budget-friendly bling. So while we wait for Santa to haul his sack o’ gems this way, feast your eyes on this candy – guaranteed to brighten the dullest of days without breaking the bank.

blossom chain crochet bib necklace from gudbling

violet patent lambskin leather cuff from UNEARTHED

neon orange + neon purple handpainted crystal necklace from Spike the Punch

orange patent lambskin leather cuff from UNEARTHED