A Passion For Jewelry Design That Stems in The Family – Daniel Moesker, The Netherlands

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                              Daniel Moesker

For this blog post, I stumbled across a Dutch jewelry designer who has found his passion for the craft throughout the years having been born into a family of jewellers. Daniel Moesker‘s dream to pursue jewelry design was only realized at the age of 15 – he was largely inspired because both his parents and grandparents were in the industry, and he found the technique of handcrafting designs very interesting.

To give a little context, Daniel’s family has been in the business of jewelry-making since 1938. So you can only imagine the amount of passion that ran in the family for this art, inspiring one generation after the other. It all started when Daniel’s great-grandfather opened a silver factory in Schoonhoven, a Dutch town. Following this, Daniel’s grandparents opened a jewelry store called Veensta Juweliers in a town in The Netherlands as well, after which Daniel’s mother was in charge of the business in 2005.

Soon after, Daniel began his education in jewelry design in 2006 at the Vakschool the Dutch School for Jewellers. Daniel continued to learn about jewelry, specifically about Danish design, after he graduated and completed an internship. He even spent some time in Florence, Italy, to learn about gemstones and gem setting.

After moving back from Florence to The Netherlands in 2010, Daniel’s career was finally launched. He opened his own company, Daniel Moesker Jewellery, where he started by designing small collections and then eventually expanding. It’s interesting to see how quickly Daniel achieved this success – at the very beginning of his career; he attained an international client base. His line was also exhibited at notable events across Germany and London, and he even had agreements with international jewelry retailers to sell his work. 

As you’ll see throughout this post though, Daniel’s line isn’t your ordinary line of jewelry – the pieces are quite high-end, and come with a hefty price tag too (some of his designs are actually made to order). Daniel works with 18kt gold, platinum, natural pearls and precious gemstones to create timeless and luxurious pieces.

Here are some of his designs, you’ll notice how some of them include diamonds as well – finishing off the piece with an even more luxurious touch.

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Australian opal and diamonds pendant

This handcrafted opal piece is made out of 18kt white and yellow gold, and comes with a price tag of € 6.300! 

Edison pearl and diamond
Edison pearl and diamond

This piece is made out of Edison pearl, with five diamonds, and is priced at € 1,590.

This beautiful ring is made from natural pearl, using 18kt gold ring and is surrounded by diamonds. It costs € 9,800.

So far, researching through the countless array of jewelry designers from around the world has been an awesome experience. I really did learn quite a lot about the materials that designers use, how different designers implement them differently across their work, and how each of the designers uniquely distinct themselves from the rest of the crowd.

Here’s a video showing a 18kt white gold and diamond set ring being designed. 

To view more from Daniel’s work and learn about his designs, click here.

Keep an eye out for more posts to come!

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Contemporary Twist with Beaded Jewelry by Kate Wood – United Kingdom

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Kate Wood

Researching jewelry designers from around the world has been very educating and inspiring. Especially when looking at how different global designers come up with their creative ideas, and how they’re all motivated to implement the visual image they have in their mind to their designs.

Today, I’m going to look at how UK designer, Kate Wood, gets her inspiration when designing beautiful pieces. Kate’s designs stand out because she incorporates beads that are detailed using nature as a theme. She handcrafts her designs using mostly a number of tiny beads that are intertwined onto the chains using silver pins, which are also handmade.

Kate graduated with a French degree, after which she worked as a museum curator. Later on, in 2005, she turned her passion for jewelry design into a career, selling her first collections in London. Soon after finding success, Kate enticed a couple of boutiques and galleries that rapidly displayed her designs. Kate didn’t study jewelry design, so a lot of her work at the beginning was self-taught.

Following the launch of her career in 2005, and after five successful years of proving herself in the industry, Kate’s studio for her line Kate Wood is based in Bristol, South West of England.

I personally find that Kate’s designs are very unique, and so is her way approach to her work. For example, her latest collection, titled ‘Talisman,’ is inspired by ancient civilizations from India and the Middle East. Looking at some of her designs from the Talisman collection below, it you can see how Kate creatively incorporates chain work with exquisite fabric that’s similar to lace  and crochet. Brightly coloured as well, these pieces are truly symbolic of India’s traditional culture.

Gold Scallop Necklace
Gold Scallop Necklace

This gold chain necklace is gold-plated in sterling silver, and is available in silver and rose gold-plated as well.

Green Amethyst Encrusted Multi-Strand Bracelet
Green Amethyst Encrusted Multi-Strand Bracelet
This beautiful piece is made from a silver, green array of sparkling beads that are carefully hand-beaded and cut to represent a noteworthy design.
For those who love pearls, I find that this piece amazingly combines gold with pearls – resulting in a classy piece that speaks for itself. With a V-shaped structure, it makes for a perfect accessory on a black dress!
I really enjoyed exploring Kate’s unique and luxurious work. All of the Kate Wood jewelry is hand-crafted in Kate’s Bristol studio – for more information about her designs, check out her website or Twitter page.

Finding Inspiration Through Travel with Alberto Luzzi – Italy

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Alberto Luzzi

By now, after exploring a couple of jewelry designers who have made their mark in the industry, whether locally or globally, I’ve come to the conclusion that good designers find inspiration through travel! I myself love to travel (who doesn’t!),  and find that there’s so much culture to absorb – for designers, this is a great opportunity to mentally create images of pieces that are embedded with cultural meaning.

Today, I’m going to explore a renowned designer from Rome, Italy who has been making noise across the European fashion industry. Alberto Luzzi prides himself in being a successful entrepreneur, and an adventurer at heart who loves to travel. His eye for design has never failed him – and with an uncommon sense of taste, along with his love for art and sculpture, his designs have become a hit. His jewelry line, Adami & Martucci, has become a global one ever since the early 2000’s when Alberto designed two jewelry collections for the Italian line Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti.

So, what’s so special about Adami & Martucci’s collections? For starters, the handmade jewelry line is not only designed by Italian designer Alberto, but also from artisans in Bali. With Italian luxury and the exotic stance that’s famous in Bali, both are intertwined to result in the creation of some beautiful pieces by Adami & Martucci, as we’ll see below.

The technology used to create the handcrafted pieces seems quite interesting too. Precious metals are used, and all the jewelry pieces are handcrafted in Sterling Silver and plated in rhodium or 24kt and 18kt gold. Also, to make sure that everything is created with the best quality and standard – the process of rhodium plating undergoes several stages to ensure brightness and resistance to any factors that may affect the piece.

Production of A&M pieces in Bali, where the company supports Fair Trade. Production of A&M pieces in Bali, where the company supports Fair Trade.

Now, let’s take a look at some of Adami & Martucci’s gorgeous designs that are made in Rome and Bali.

Traditional Collections

These are some of A&M’s traditional pieces, which are primarily comprised of solid .925 sterling silver and are plated in either rhodium of gold. Some of these pieces are designed with semi-precious stones, as you’ll see below. I love the mix of colours and the designs, it really speaks to Italy’s classiness in fashion taste, and incorporates a unique richness in design.

 

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Trastevere by A&M

Featuring .925 Sterling Silver, available in rhodium (white/silver), yellow gold or rose gold plating and with semi-precious stones.

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Dune Stone by A&M

 

Featuring .925 sterling silver our signature hand-brushed dune finish. Available in rhodium (white/silver), yellow gold or rose gold plating and with semi-precious stones.

 

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Matellato Dune

Featuring .925 sterling silver our signature hand-brushed dune finish. Available in rhodium (white/silver), yellow gold or rose gold plating and with semi-precious stones.

Mesh Collections

The Mesh Collection features A&M’s signature Italian-made mesh, which are also made with .925 Sterling Silver and are plated in rhodium or gold, and often adorned with semi-precious stones. I find this collection quite unique, and represents more of an Italian taste.
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Mesh Cube

Featuring patented mesh & .925 sterling silver plated in rhodium, yellow gold, or rose gold.

 

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Mesh Bead

Featuring patented mesh & .925 sterling silver plated in rhodium, yellow gold, or rose gold.

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Mesh Classic

If you’re interested in seeing how the production of the designs are implemented, check out this video. It really shows how every detail is thought of during this stage.

For more information about Adami & Martucci’s collections, check out their website and Instagram page!

Inspirational Jewelry Pieces with Designer Corrine Anestopolous – Toronto

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Corrine Anestopolou

Today, I’m going to explore a jewelry designer that’s close to home. Toronto-based, Corrine Anestopolous runs a line called Biko, which includes some creations that have been thoroughly thought of in terms of design. Corrine’s designs are interesting because they’re inspired by her own past – which she beautifully transforms into wearables using resources like metals, charms, as well as natural stones.

Corrine founded Biko in 2004 when she was just 21 years old, while she was a student at Ryerson University here in Toronto. Her goal was to merge some vintage aspects to her designs to tell a unique story. In her own words, she denotes that her jewelry line invites its wearers to let their imagination run free – with a modern-nostalgia design that she prides herself with.

Perhaps Corrine’s inspirations emerge due to the fact that she travels a lot – and this opportunity allows her to pick up not only ideas but also creative materials and pieces that are unique to every country she visits. Personally, I think this is an amazing approach to the craft of jewelry-making. It doesn’t limit the designer to solely their own thinking and techniques, but it allows them to add to their imagination by exploring the world around them and being open to incorporating designs that they may have never even thought of. This speaks to the true essence of the craft – because it’s simply an art and must be treated as such. With art, designers ought to be inspired by the various places they visit,  the people they meet, or even the architectural monuments they come across. Thus, I find that Corrine’s perspective into handmade jewelry is pretty unique because she allows herself to be inspired by various notions as she travels.

Also, another factor that presumably contributes to her success is that fact that she started Biko out of pure hobby. And, surely, when hobby and business intersect, the result is an unmatched accomplishment given that it’s done with passion.

Let’s take a look at some of Corrine’s designs!

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Freya Necklace – Silver
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Color Chainmaille Bracelet – Black

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Stelle Bracelet – Brass
If you like Corrine’s designs, be sure to check out her website and Instagram pages. 

Applying Wood to the Craft of Jewelry Design – California

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Sophie Monet

In today’s exploration of global jewelry designers, I’ll feature a designer that truly demonstrates a unique approach to jewelry-making. Imagine taking scraps of wood and creatively incorporating them in the craft – the result is a distinct combination of stones embedded on wooden pieces that demonstrate a stunning contrast using a combination of colours.

Handcrafted in Venice, California, Sophie Monet designs unique wood jewelry that integrates materials from around the world. While Sophie’s career in jewelry-making is fairly fresh, established in 2009, her talent in the craft runs in her blood. Her father had a massive woodshop, and she grew up surrounded by his creative stance. Sophie’s approach to jewelry design is very original, as you’ll see in the images to follow – she redefines modern luxury using exotic wood and precious stones, as well as metals, to create jewelry that’s quite different.

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The Crown Cuff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s great about Sophie’s approach to her designs is that she uses local and sustainable materials whenever she can, creating bold and colourful shapes.

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The Orbit Bracelet
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The Turquoise Ring

 

As you can see, Sophie’s designs represent a unique touch of individuality, and perhaps that’s her intent when designing her pieces – to make those who wear them feel unique. I’ve looked into other wood-based jewelry, and there are surely are other designers out there who incorporate this approach. Though, what distinguishes Sophie’s designs is the fact that she embodies a more luxurious, simple, and modern style to her designs. As I browsed through her handmade pieces, I noticed that simplicity is key to her designs. She’s also seemingly careful with the amount of colour she uses in each of her items – in that, too much colour would take away from its purpose.

Her work is absolutely one of a kind, and I honestly haven’t stumbled across any designers (yet) that have a similar approach to jewelry-making. I encourage you to check out her website for more details about her line, and to view her entire collection.

I’ll be looking into contacting her directly for a quick Q&A – so stay tuned on my blog if you’re interested in learning more about her!

You can purchase any of these amazing pieces on Sophie’s website, and be sure to check out her Instagram page as well for some inspiration.

Discovering Luxury from Abu Dhabi – with Shamsa Al Omaira

the-artist (1)In discovering jewelry designers from around the world, today’s blog post features an accomplished artist from the land of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Shamsa Al Omaira is a visual artist, and her work features a unique mix of ideas that use 18K gold, diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones. As you’ll see throughout this post, Shamsa’s work is very simple, embodying her ideas that are expressed through a variety of mediums – painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media installation. These processes allow her to creatively project ideas in her designs that are lucid and elegant.

The O Jewelry comprises of six collections, each representing a variety of materials used, and each more unique than the other. Let’s take a look at them:

  1. Classic O Collection
This collection features two different bangles, titled Classic O Diptych Bangle, and Solitary Diptych Bangle. The first comes in either white gold yellow gold, or rose gold, while the Solitary Diptych Bangle comes in white and rose gold.
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This collection is made up of jewelry that combine sapphires, diamonds, and 18k gold – each  incorporating different shapes, cuts, and colours. Although fairly similar to the Classic Collection, The O Sapphires has a much wider collection, with unique shapes and designs that really speak to Shamsa’s artistic touch – this collection also includes a wider variety in terms of colours.
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The O Sapphires
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The O Sapphires

3. Her Pulse

This collection is by far my favourite in The O Jewelry – embodying the shape of a pulse across each of the pieces, the collection signifies a beautiful element that is simple and modern. Comprised of a range of shapes and designs, Shamsa’s idea behind this collection was to represent the sound of a beating heart, with a fluctuating pulse that speak strong emotions.

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Her Pulse 
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Her Pulse 
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Her Pulse

4. Diamonds on Diamonds

As the name suggests, this collection constitutes of jewelry designed with diamonds – representing the beauty in a very elegant manner. For this collection, Shamsa creatively designed a string of diamond beads that highlight more reflection onto the piece.

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Diamonds on Diamonds

5. In the Pink

Shamsa seems to have gotten quite creative when designing pieces for this collection, titled In the Pink. As most of us are aware, the pink ribbon represents support towards raising awareness about breast cancer. For the pieces in this collection, Shamsa used pink sapphires that are beautifully designed to represent support towards such cause.

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In the Pink
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In the Pink

6. O Tourmalines

The last collection represents a more cultural touch that Shamsa has inscribed in her designs.  The necklaces in this collection are carved with semi previous stones and tourmalines, which symbolize a cultural representation. The long chain of the necklaces are also ornamented with diamonds that embellish the fine piece of jewelry.

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O Tourmalines
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O Tourmalines

To see more of Shamsa’s unique designs, check out The O Jewelry’s Instagram page here.

To check out The O Jewelry on Instagram, click here.

Simple Jewelry that Speaks Volumes, With the Talented Milka Karaagacli – Turkey

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So far, in exploring jewelry designers from around the world, I’ve discovered amazing talents from Egypt, Armenia, and Iraq. While on my quest for the next jewelry designer to feature, I came across an accomplished designer from Turkey – Milka Karaagacli. I travelled to Turkey back in 2012, and got the chance to roam around the streets of Istanbul and to discover the country’s incredible taste in jewelry. Ranging from a wide range of designs and shapes,  Turkey’s bazaars are filled with jewelry and accessories that have a solitary style on their own – and Milka seems to take this style to another level, entailing luxury and elegance.
Milka obtained her degree in Business Administration from Marmara University, following which she spent 13 years working in Advertising until she decided to quit and pursue her love for jewelry-making as a career instead. Soon after, Milka founded her jewelry shop named Kismet, which was first made known in London. In the span of five years, Kismet became a success, going global and selling in USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Dubai, and Kuwait. Collections from Kismet have also been on display in top-notch chains like Harvey Nichols, Nordstorm, Fragments, Intermix, Shopbop.com, Liberty, Kabiri Stoes, and other concept stores – excluding Kismet’s shops.
Within such a short period of time, Milka seemed to have created a  connection with her clients through her designs, further expanding Kismet’s brand image. The designer had also collaborated with celebrities like Naomi Watts to promote her brand, further raising awareness about its unique sense of style and simplicity.
Milka’s work is truly elegant (rather a bit pricey, yes) and simple – and I think that she quickly made a name for herself given her chic style and delicate approach to jewelry-making.
Below are some images I compiled together from Instagramers who boast her jewelry – the posts seem to reveal just how modern the pieces are, and the unique fashion sense they have.
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I’ll definitely be on the lookout for her future collections and any upcoming events, so I’ll keep you posted on that front!
You can check out Milka’s work using the below links: