Diary

Japanese Jewellery

Date 08/01/2018 by Elise Compson Japanese Jewellery

There was no tradition in Japanese culture of jewellery as we know it. The Kimono was so opulent it needed no extra adornment apart from haircombs and pins heavily ornate with blossoms as worn by the Geishas.

The pearl is a quintessentially Japanese gem and was prized for centuries as a national treasure but it was not worn as a jewel. It was Kokichi Mikimoto in 1893 who changed the course of jewellery history when he cultivated the first Akoya pearl and made pearls into jewellery. Mikimoto pearls are now considered some of the finest in the world.

 


Nini Ricci Couture Jewellery

Date 13/12/2017 by Elise Compson

I've always loved vintage couture jewellery and have recently got back into finding pieces here and there.

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This is my latest: a Nina Ricci designer jewellery brooch from the 1960's studded with a fabulous array of crystals. It's a statement brooch and I love it. The model is wearing an amazing Nina Ricci dress from the same time. You'd think it was taken last week.


Leopard Print Wins Again

Date 12/12/2017 by Elise Compson Coat: A Leopard Skin Print

I absolutely adore leopard print and am always drawn to it but here has always been a debate about it. Is it too much or can it actually be a neutral fashion statement? In my book it's neutral and it's a timeless and glamorous print that you can incorporate into everyday life - day to night. Over the years I have always had a little bit of leopard print in my life whether in the form of boots, shirts, belts, underwear or make-up bags! Now I have succumbed to the leopard coat from Primark - the sleek long line is a winner and takes me from day to night.

It wasn't really until the 1920s that animal print became a real wearable statement pattern. And in 1947 after the Christian Dior show it became a more universal trend. They were the first fashion house to use leopard as a print and not an actual fur, setting the foundations for leopard to become a timeless fashion staple that would be used to exhibit style and elegance for years to come.

Dress it down or dress it up? Just wear it!


My Sweater From Zara

Date 23-11-2017 by Elise Compson I am a pearl girl

We all know I am a pearl girl and so you can imagine how delighted I was to see that this season pearls are where it's at! Apart from draped around our necks, wrapped around our wrists and highlighting us from our ears they are now precious embellishments on what we wear. This sweater from Zara was a must for me. A bit of glamour with your jeans - take you anywhere. Of course I still have my pearl and gold ball earrings on as well - it wouldn't be me without them.


 

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