The Hope Diamond’s got nothing on these rings… Care of Amsterdam’s Albert Cuyp Market, you could be the happiest girl in the world. By my estimation, each diamond weighs in at about 5 thousand karats… those are some seriously large rocks! I can’t believe that the vendor isn’t afraid of these tempting babies getting stolen. Customs requires international travelers to make claims on any purchase over 350euro, so I had to refrain from buying one, but I just had to take some pictures to remember what I passed up on.
I just came across an amazing designer, Walid Al Damirji, whose pieces interpret vintage fashions while using embroidery, fur, beaded fringe, and lace appliques.
I really like wearable textile pieces, and I especially like it when artists incorporate age old traditions like crocheting. But sometimes crocheted elements in jewelry can look like grandmothers doilies ended up on the body… I found this set (Ok, I know it’s not technically jewelry, but I’d love to adorn myself with this Ol’ West Parure) by Inger Carina as I was browsing around for neat-o things on the internet. Inger is a Swedish textile artist, and you can see more of her amazing work at Hello Craft Lovers!
While I was recently in Edinburgh, I visited The Antiquity Shoppe. Although I was on a specific mission to find antique coins to add to my travel bracelet, I ended up finding so many more treasures at The Antiquity Shoppe!
The shop is nestled into a winding road just off the Royal Mile as you head down to Waverly Station. The display window is completely filled with antique jewelry, coins, and silver ware… It reminded me of a candy shop window, with all the tantalizing goodies just begging me to come in and take them home. Once inside you’re overwhelmed by towering stacks of display cases from floor to ceiling. With little elbow room, it takes a cautious buyer to peruse the wares. I came across an antique ring sizer, which I regretfully didn’t purchase, some wonderful watch fobs, lockets, and mourning jewellery.
I did take home with me some pieces that were exceptionally beautiful. As you know, I like padlocks… so I decided to purchase a 1960’s sterling silver heart padlock bracelet. I also purchased a mourning brooch, which appears to be made of dyed horn or possibly gutta percha. The hand is holding a spray of flowers isn’t necessarily a memorial piece, but, the hand links itself to the first stage of mourning in its material. I also purchased a lovely little enameled locket. The gold locket has a floral design enameled on one side, while the other features a tiny portrait of a bride. She was just so beautiful and lonely, I just couldn’t leave her to collect dust.
The Antique Shoppe
49 Cockburn Street
T:0131 226 3391
I was in the middle of giving a soldering demo during tonight’s CE class at RISD, when I was so distracted that I had to stop teaching all together. The culprit: this amazing Scottish stone necklace that one of my students was wearing.
It’s just stunning, and the images really don’t do the piece justice. The clasp is an amazing little box clasp, and each different piece of agate is separated by faceted citrine set in a decorative bezel. Really, the attention to detail is quite impressive.
Most of the stones found in Scottish stone jewelry were mined in the Cairngorm Mountains. Lots of smoky quartz, yellow quartz, and various warm, pale shades of quartz came from this range. The agates, carnelians, and other stones are mostly indigenous also.
Rena Abeles is the lucky owner of this beautiful piece of history. She is also the proud owner of Reliable Gold Ltd in Providence. Reliable Gold is an estate jewelry shop over in Wayland Square, which has been in her family since the 1930’s. I can’t wait to see what’s in stock in the store, especially considering that Rena is always wearing the most exquisite pieces to class!
So, I was just perusing the internet when I cam across an amazing artist, Alissia Melka-Teichroew. Seriously, her series of jointed jewels makes my head hurt a little! Alissia seems to be part jewelery, part industrial designer, and part magician. Her work, which references ball joints in cars and hip replacements, uses selective laser sintering to create the ball within a ball as one piece. Each piece is made in a single shot, using the laser to additively sculpt each work in it’s entirety at one time… no post assembly needed!
Alissia finds inspiration in iconic jewelery, including luxury brands such as Bulgari and Cartier, and many of the bangles, necklaces and rings are interpretations of renaissance and Victorian jewels. Her multi-tiered pieces have connecting joints that pick up on human bone structure.
This is the same process that Nervous System used to create their intricately structured nylon rings. I really appreciate the co-opting that both these designers have done with the process of selective laser sintering, sometimes when techniques are so based in the technical it makes it hard for artists and makers to utilize them. I’m a little jealous of their brains, and totally want their work!
So, I was just trolling the internet… gratuitously procrastinating because I really should be doing some work right now… when I came across this amazing carpet! Designed by the Amsterdam based firm, 70f, these over-sized doilies are literally crocheted out of black climbers rope.
Can you imagine the size of the crochet needles that they used for this?!?
These phenomenal carpets completely revive your grandma’s outdated doily patterns with a completely modern twist. I love the size and the detail of the carpet, it plays an amazing optical illusion on the brain. It would be really neat to see a couple of these in the same space.
Check out more from 70f here.