PRECIOUS ENCOUNTER : WWAKE


Wing Yau, designer of WWAKE whose collection has just been launched in our Mont Thabor boutique has answered our “Precious” questionnaire. After a childhood spent in South America, she settled in New York and launched her brand of gold jewellery and asymmetrically set gemstones. She quickly became recognized by the fashion industry being a 2015 CFDA finalist and ranked in 2016 among the 30 most influential people under 30 year-old by Forbes.

What is your first jewellery memory ?

My family went to Papua New Guinea when I was a child and during this trip I purchased a woven bead necklace from a local craftswoman at the market. It had red, green, yellow and black seed beads woven into a basket­shaped pendant and I loved it very much ­ the work was extremely intricate, it was like nothing I had seen before. I spent hours and years observing how it was made, it was a very special piece that I still think of often.

What’s the first piece that you designed ?

The first piece of fine jewelry I designed was actually a series of delicate gold rings with graphic shapes. When I first started, my focus was on opposites: I wanted to make rings without center stone, and, rather than a single ring with a single formation forever, I wanted the wearer to create their own composition from multiple rings. The combinations were endless and created the core concept of what WWAKE has become today.

What is your favorite stone ? Why ?

The opal! It is a mysterious stone, a world within itself. I find its variation in colors, its unpredictable iridescence and its myth that it can help you turn invisible.

Do you have a piece of jewellery that you wear all year­round?

A simple pinky ring and my linear chain necklaces never come off!

Who are your favorite jewellery designers?

Elsa Peretti, Bibi Van der Velden and Fernando Jorge 🙂

What are your greatest design influences ?

My background in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and studying the works of Lynda Benglis, Richard Serra, Donald Judd, and Robert Smithson to name a few.

What do you listen to in your studio ?

Julie Byrne, Arthur Russell, the Smashing Pumpkins, Okay Kaya.

If you weren’t a jewellery designer, what would you do ?

A florist!

Which famous people (living or dead) inspire you the most ?

Kate Bush and Patti Smith.

What is your dream destination ?

The Faroe Islands!

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GET THE LOOK…VILLAS DE TRANCOSO BRAZIL

Villas de Trancoso is a luxury boutique hotel located on a beautiful stretch of beach in Trancoso. The hotel can only accommodate 29 guests, which means its perfect if you are looking for peace and seclusion. I love its elegant decor of native Brazilian furnishings, white linens, and local art. The pool restaurant here is one of my favourites in Trancoso. The place feels private, luxurious and tranquil. This five star boutique hotel is available for weddings and I am keeping it as one of my wedding options as it is my dream to have a beach wedding surrounded by family and friends.

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LOEWE Elephant coin purse

LOEWE Elephant coin purse

Solange Hotlips Ring

Solange Hotlips Ring

SMYTHSON Mara croc-effect leather jewelry case

SMYTHSON Mara croc-effect leather jewelry case

Futuro Remoto Gioielli Earrings

Futuro Remoto Gioielli Earrings

Smythson Make It Happen Notebook

Smythson Make It Happen Notebook

Annoushka Mythology Globe Amulet

Annoushka Mythology Globe Amulet

Christian Louboutin Nail Polish

Christian Louboutin Nail Polish

Annoushka Alphabet Pendant

DIPTYQUE Tubéreuse scented candle

DIPTYQUE Tubéreuse scented candle

GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla features exquisite global discoveries, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews – a celebration of fine jewellery, fashion jewellery and vintage jewellery.

*Photographed at Villas de Trancoso. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

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HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT ANNIVERSARY GIFT

Of course, an anniversary gift absolutely has to be jewellery! Ideally, a piece that exudes timeless elegance to be treasured forever! In this article I am sharing my tips on how to pick the perfect anniversary gift, and why gift giving is important for your relationship. A must-read for you and your boyfriend. The inspiration behind this article was my own anniversary last week with my fiancé, which I’ll also tell you about.

I am surprised at just how many people underestimate the power of gift giving, and the effect it can have on a relationship. Gift giving is one of the special ways to convey love between two people, because it lets your partner know you are thinking of him or her, even when you are not together! This crucial part of a relationship is often overlooked, especially by men. Gift giving is something that should not be a chore. It must come from the heart. Doesn’t it give you great pleasure to surprise and delight your special someone?

Ladies, do not forget to share this article with your significant other. Gift giving is important because it will make your woman feel truly special, knowing you took the time and effort to find her the perfect gift. So, start thinking about how to make her feel happy!

HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT ANNIVERSARY GIFT

1. Think carefully about your partner and what she likes. When you’re together, be more attentive and listen to her hints and remarks about what she likes or wants.

2. Don’t leave it until the last minute. For me forced gifts are never good or meaningful enough. Personally, I prefer finding gifts without adhering to any particular deadline, because I know they’ll love it no matter what the occasion.

3. Choose your budget. Remember: a gift does not necessarily have to be expensive, but it should be thoughtful.

4. Go for a timeless gift. Right now, I like chunky jewellery and minimalistic design. But in the future, my tastes will change. An anniversary gift needs to be a significant piece that I can still wear in 10-15 years time.

5. Do your research online before going shopping. Here are my favourite online boutiques to give you some inspiration.

6. I am not a big fan of sharing wish lists with my partner. But I feel a gift card from somewhere like MatchesFashion would be a very nice way thing to give. Or try picking out something together.

7. Think of brands you have recently come across online or seen on Instagram, Pinterest and jewellery blogs.

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Remember how good it feels to be on the receiving end of an anniversary gift you put a lot of time and thought into. Your lady will be over the moon and you’ll feel a sense of overwhelming fulfillment seeing how happy you’ve made her. That kind of feeling has no monetary value. The joy you get from opening a gift is only temporary, but giving the perfect gift gives you the pleasure of a memory that will last forever.

For me, an anniversary gift has to be emotionally significant rather than trendy. I was so impressed when I learned how much effort my fiancé put into finding a gift for me this year. He browsed Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, and Harrods in London after work for five hours! He was determined to find something special for me and I was pleasantly surprised by how much trouble he went through. We all know how much men dislike shopping. Later he told me how he knew how much I’ve been talking about butterflies and metamorphosis lately, so he was inspired to find that special something for me with that theme. I loved his limited edition post card art with butterfly. He also purchased a cute butterfly pendant from the collection he saw me wearing during my Annoushka social media takeover in the Maldives. I felt that this gorgeous butterfly pendant would make an amazing birthday gift but not an anniversary gift. Even though it was not trendy, it did not have much significance behind it.

Together, we chose to go for a jewellery piece from H.Stern, a Brazilian jewellery house close to my heart that I visited when I was in Rio and whose pieces I love wearing for weddings. I wore a pair of dazzling H.Stern star earrings to my own engagement party  at South Kensington Club in London. A lucky girl like me can pull fabulous pieces to wear on a special occasions and trips!

After much deliberation, we decided on the Genesis H.Stern Ring for my anniversary gift. This ring celebrates H.Stern’s 70 year history and is a return to an old classic. The collection revives the star and represents a host of fascinating celestial bodies. It’s like a journey through time to a place where men were seduced by the wonders and mystery of the skies.

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I felt that H.Stern would be perfect for me because of its versatile nature. I was initially sceptical about their cognac diamonds but in combination with their signature colour of gold, noble gold, and antique feel, it looked perfect! I loved how it looked on, complementing my engagement ring. This is also a piece that I can wear on a daily basis in London.

My Brazilian fiancé loved the story behind the ring about Halley’s comet that crossed paths with the earth in 1986. Even though he was only three years old at the time, he vividly remembers it being a big deal with his family in Brazil and all of them watching it. We loved the idea to celebrate Halley’s comet next time it passes the Earth in 2061. So silly and romantic! I do like to plan things in advance and create special memorable moments!

We are also planning to have this ring engraved to make it an even more special anniversary gift. My engagement ring is engraved with the word Serendipity, the meaning of which I will tell you in my next article.

If you are looking for a special anniversary gift and need extra help, please drop me an email at [email protected]

GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla features exquisite global discoveries, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews – a celebration of fine jewellery, fashion jewellery and vintage jewellery.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

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All Good Things Come In Sets!

CIRCA considers Bulgari one of our favorite jewelry designers. Our client came in with this lovely bracelet with matching earrings. The pastel colors define their iconic appeal. They were her mother-in-law’s. Upon her passing there were several items our client inherited, many of which she will be wearing for years to come. Not these though. “I just can’t make them mine,” she confided in us. “…so I suppose I’ll be making them yours.”

Check out other sets we’ve purchased below!

David Webb White Enamel, Diamond & Gold Equestrian Set

CIRCA buys entire collections of jewelry. You’d be pretty surprised at how consistent some can be. At CIRCA we are lucky enough to be offered a window into the personal taste of certain collectors. It can be quite an honor. This collector’s remarkable David Webb white enamel jewelry helped to define her signature look. When it was time to sell, our client was also looking for our consistency. In this case it was our time honored consistent commitment to meet privately, offer in writing, pay immediately.

Bulgari Serpenti Diamond & Gold Watch, Earring & Ring Set

Since its creation CIRCA 1940, the iconic Bulgari Serpenti has frequently evolved from its original design, continuously slithering alongside women’s fashion to exude the bold glamour of each new decade. The serpent has since become an essential mascot in Bulgari’s jewelry collection, coveted by some of the world’s most glamorous women. Elizabeth Taylor’s wrist was famously adorned by a custom bejeweled Serpenti while on the set of her acclaimed film, Cleopatra. On a visit to our Hong Kong office, our client showed us her collection and was thrilled upon hearing our offer. Her jewelry and diamonds really were worth more at CIRCA.

Cartier Djigar Diamond & Gold Earring Set

This purchase came as a referral from a longtime client in Chicago. The Cartier suite was accompanied by our most recent satisfied client who in turn told us of the friends she would refer. The Djigar earrings and ring suite depict elephants walking. Legend has it that elephants never forget. And you should never forget the lengths to which CIRCA will go to to make a satisfied client of you

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Jewelry Collection Stories: Lindsey of @ParkAvenueAntiques

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I’ve followed Lindsey of Park Avenue Antiques for a very long time! My first interaction with her was sort of humorous–I remember being on my way out the door to go antiquing for the day with my mom and sister. I was waiting on a ring to go up on the auction block so I unpleasantly made them wait until it did, not realizing it wouldn’t be until another 45 minutes. I can’t remeber exactly why I lost out on the ring, but while in the car finally on our way, I took a screenshot of the ring and posted it on Instagram with the caption, “Who outbid me on this portrait ring?! Confess!!” Lindsey was sweet enough to message me to tell me she had been the final bidder on it and graciously offered it for sale. A story too good to be made up, I’ve treasured that ring ever since! Over the years, we’ve continued to follow each other–even one point I tried meeting up at an antique show, but kept missing her! Hopefully meeting will be in the cards for us in the future, but until then…let’s check out her amazing jewelry collection!

Like many of you, I have been attracted to sparkly things for as far back as I can remember. As a little girl, I collected rocks and minerals, little buttons and sea glass. My father was an antiques dealer and the two of us were always on an “antiquing adventure”. One of our favorite places to visit was Roycroft Antiques in East Aurora, NY. They had a wooden whisky barrel filled with buttons and beads and I would dig through that barrel until my hands were black! Who knows what I thought I’d find in there! It was all about the hunt….

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I share this silver filigree necklace with my daughter Cameron. The three Edwardian silver bears represent her and her two brothers.

Around the age of 5, we moved to Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was a difficult transition. My parents both worked two jobs and I was home alone a lot. My mother always found ways to show me how much I was loved and that she was thinking of me. She came up with a hide and seek game we called “Rubber Legs” which involved hiding a yellow plastic figure. Before she left for work in the morning, she would hide Rubber Legs somewhere for me to find. Then I would hide him somewhere for her. I almost always hid him in her antique spool cabinet/jewelry box. It was a magical place where I wasn’t supposed to “dig around” but I couldn’t help myself! There were sparkly rings, beautiful strings of trade beads, flapper necklaces and cameos. She had all kinds of treasures but my favorite piece was a little gold acorn charm that rattled when shaken.

Once we moved to Hershey, adventures in antiquing with dad still continued. He opened an antique lighting shop in Adamstown, PA in the Black Angus Antiques Mall. Most Sundays I would tag along to help him but really spent most of my days with other dealers. I was fascinated with their knowledge in various fields and eager to hear their stories. This is where my love for jewelry and antiques really started.

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LEFT: Georgian sapphire and rose cut diamond bow brooch in silver topped gold, purchased at the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show

When collecting jewelry became a serious passion, I invested in books. Jewelry books on private collections, construction, symbolism, intaglios, various periods and markings. My jewelry library has helped me to educate myself and develop a true respect for the craftsmanship and symbolism that these pieces hold. I try to add one book to my collection every month. I would encourage any aspiring jewelry collector to do this as well.

RIGHT: Eight years ago, I was newly divorced and the only jewelry I had was my and my grandmothers wedding ring. I put some money aside and decided I’d like to create a piece of jewelry that would represent my family. I hoped to create a ring that could be passed on to one of my children. The first jeweler I went to was a rather unpleasant experience. I nearly gave up on my idea but decided to give it one more try. This is when I met Skip Colflesh, the owner of The Jeweler’s Bench in Hershey, PA. He helped me create the perfect ring. We used the diamonds in my grandmothers wedding ring, my engagement ring and each of the children’s birthstones. The first time I saw the ring it was an emotional experience. It was a perfect representation of my life’s journey. The diamonds no longer felt like the loss of a loved one or a failed marriage – they were now something beautiful and very personal. But more than that, I was so grateful for the friendship that had come out of designing the ring together. Skip has become one of my dearest friends and also my mentor. Friends make all the difference.

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I really don’t have a specific type of jewelry or period that I collect. I am mostly drawn to gemstones and figural pieces but my collection is quite varied. My most heavily worn pieces of jewelry are my watch chains. I love connecting them together for different looks and wearing them with various pendants.

Here are a few of my favorite necklaces:

LEFT: Painted enamel mourning locket depicting a young girl and her dog. It reads “Mary Rutherfurd Prime April 16, 1810 – Died September 9, 1835”

SECOND FROM LEFT: Opal pendant from Arts & Crafts Movement. This pendant reminds me of my favorite spring flower, lilac, and the opals are absolutely electric. I bought this in an antique store in England.

THIRD FROM LEFT: Not easy to pick a favorite, but if I had to, this would be it! Raj Era moonstone pendant from @saintespritofchelsea Beautifully crafted in silver and gold with huge shimmering moonstone cabochons.

CENTER: 19th c Kerosang with faceted white zircon.

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Here are a few of my favorite rings:

Victorian era amethyst and pearl serpent ring was purchased from David Ashville of Ashville Fine Arts.

The kunzite and diamond ring I bought from @blackamooruk. I believe this ring was originally an early 20th century brooch that was carefully converted. I love the size of the kunzite and it fits my finger perfectly.

The Victorian topaz ring was purchased from @ishyantiques.

The art deco moonstone ring is one of my favorites. It was purchased from Brad Wilson of Wilson’s Estate Jewelry in Philadelphia, PA.

The massive cameo ring I created using a 19th century cameo from @antiquestoreinwayne and a custom gold setting created by Skip Colflesh @thejewelersbenchofhershey.

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LEFT: Agate tree ring – This is one of my creations. I used an agate sourced from an old cufflink mounted in a setting made by @thejewelersbenchofherehey Victorian chrysoberyl and gold band @westandsonjewellery

RIGHT: This is my most recent purchase. My dear friend Will @martindaleasianarts recently took me on a day trip to a quaint town about an hour outside of London where I found it in an antiques shop.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I am honored to be a part of the Instagram jewelry community. Your posts have greatly enhanced my knowledge and appreciation for all types of jewelry and the friendships that have developed because of our shared passion for jewelry are priceless to me.

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PRECIOUS ENCOUNTER : SOPHIE BUHAI

Sophie Buhai homonymous brand launched in 2015, distinguished by its collection of timeless silver jewels. Each piece is handmade in Los Angeles by master craftsmen using recycled metals to minimize the environmental impact. We are thrilled to now have her stunning jewellery available in our Mont Thabor boutique, exclusively in France.

What is your first jewellery memory ?

I remember sitting on the carpet on my grandmothers bathroom looking through her jewellery collection. I must have been five. She would always show me her pieces, she had a great mixture of deco pieces and also mid-century silver. She was a great teacher. Most importantly, she shared with me how special jewellery can be as a marker of time in ones life, and the power it has being handed down through generations, to tell stories of the past.

What’s the first piece that you designed ?

It was the Egg pendant.

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What is your favorite stone ? Why ? 

I love pearls. They from the sea which I love, they are completely classic, and can look very modern at the same time.

Do you have a piece of jewellery that you wear all year-round ? 

I wear all of the silver year round. I love the classic hoops and basically sleep in them.

Who are your favorite jewellery designers ? 

Elsa Peretti, Calder, Art Smith, Man Ray.

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What are your greatest design influences ?

Eileen Gray, Diego Giacometti, Coco Chanel, my grandmother, my mother.

What do you listen to in your studio ?

It’s a real mix. Everything from Chopin, Nick Cave, to Reggae.

If you weren’t a jewellery designer, what would you do ?

I think I would do something with art direction in films. I love to create an atmosphere. That or interiors.

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Which famous people (living or dead) inspire you the most ?

The women in my family. Strong independent working women.

What is your dream destination ?

I love Crete in Greece. I’m dying to go back. I love the rustic simplicity, ancient history, warm people, and wild landscape.

Photos credits : Sophie Buhai 

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Jewels at my Doorstep: Paige Novick

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If there’s one piece of jewelry you’ll always see me wearing, even if I’m in pajamas and have no other jewelry on whatsoever, it is my Paige Novick diamond ear cuff. Easily the most worn piece of jewelry that I own (yes, even surpasses my engagement ring) for many reasons, one being comfort, and the second without a doubt is its effortless way of making one look pulled together. That’s why when I found out Paige most recently launched a new collection called Powerful Pretty Things, I knew it was going to be great.

The inspiration on the new collection? Paige puts it best: “The more we disconnect as a culture through our myriad of devices, the more we will need to connect to something higher. Meditation has gone mainstream. We view this paradigm shift as an opportunity to bring the world of luxury and conscious living together. Hence, the genesis of Powerful Pretty Things—a highly-curated collection of modern relevant pieces with a focus on colored gemstones and their healing properties. By taking the concept of “crystals” out of its usual flower-child context into a luxurious space, we are redefining the category.” This adds a whole new dimension to wearing jewelry, and we’ve talked about the overwhelming popularity and intrigue of crystal healing powers just recently. With the help of some extensive research on Paige’s end, she has combined both worlds of jewelry and crystal healing into one, to enveil her new collection.

While mainstream consumers think “birthstone jewelry,” Powerful Pretty Things aims at going above and beyond this overly commercialized category and breathe new life into gemstone jewelry. Every piece in the collection is fun, easy-to-wear, sophisticated and on point! I was able to pick an entire look from the new collection and I kept in mind the cystal-healing properties while doing so. For me, I was drawn to pink tourmaline, opal, peridot and garnet–all four of those gemstone spoke to me and I absolutely love the combination of them.

I think you’ll love this new collection from Paige Novick. Take a look at the photos shot by Lauren Newman Photography against Nashville’s newest mural duo, completed respectively by one east-coast and one west-coast artist.

You can shop my entire look below:

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This sponsored blog post was brought to you in collaboration with Paige Novick.

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Precious Stones: 1920s Gemstone Postcards from the British Museum

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I sometimes get lost in Pala International’s “Gemformation” — a series of newsletters that comes out monthly and is compiled and backdated on their website. So much valuable information, much of it straight from the desk of the infamous Bill Larson, world-renowned gem and mineral expert. If you’re unfamiliar I highly recommend reading his story-book bio on his website, it is fascinating to say the least!

In the July 2016 edition, I was incredibly gaga over the collection of gemstone postcards created by the British Museum. The story goes, “According to a story by postcard-collector John Taylor in the Jan/Feb 2009 edition of Rocks & Minerals, these cards were printed in about the 1920s by Waterlow & Sons. The firm was an engraver of currency, postage stamps, and stock and bond certificates. James Waterlow’s son Sydney (1822–1906) eventually became Sheriff of the City of London, during which time he was knighted, and later became that city’s Lord Mayor.”

Each one is a piece of art and the colors are magnificient. Thanks to Bill Larson for digitizing these in the best way possible. There are forty cards total, all of which can be seen here. I’ve included quite a few favorites in this blog post–it was hard to narrow down my absolute favorites!

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