PRECIOUS ENCOUNTER : ELIE TOP

What is your first jewellery memory?
The XXL earrings of the women i99n the 80’s during my childhood.

What’s the first piece you desgined?
Under my name, the “Scaphandre” gold ring with antique silver, onyx planet and diamond satellite.


What is you favourite stone? Why?
Maybe the tourmalines, for their infinite refinement and variety of colors.

Do you have a piece of jewellery that you wear all year around?
A little Greek cross set with gold and diamonds.

Who are your favourite jewellery designers ?
They are legions, but I prefer the 30’s: Fouquet, Desprez, Templier, and Boivin, Belperron. But also the extravagant David Webb and the symbolist René Lalique.

What are your greatest design influences?
The Art Deco period and Gothic architecture.

What do you listen to in your studio?
Currently, Joan Baez

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


Which famous people (living or dead) inspire you the most?
Loulou de la Falaise , Nancy Cunard, Zénobie Queen of Palmyre, Nina Simone and my ladies friends.

What is your dream destination ?
Saint Petersbourg, Dresde, Ispahan

What are your favourite spots in Paris?
Louvre’s square court, Palais Royal gardens, Gustave Moreau museum.

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FROM CALDER TO KOONS, ARTISTS’ JEWELLERY

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is currently having an impressive exhibition. It gathers 230 pieces from 150 French and international artists, modern and contemporary, such as Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Niki de Saint Phalle. Diane Venet, a passionated art collector herself, is the instigator of the project, a very personal one in which she has conceived her dream collection.

WHEN INFINITELY SMALLS MEETS INFINITELY GREAT

The Niki de Saint Phalle spindle (1973-1974)

As much as a rebel as an artist, sculptor, painter and movie director Niki de Saint Phalle also had a certain taste for jewellery. She had fun drawing her art projects so it could be transformed into tiny jewels with a pop tone.

Louise Bourgeois spider spindles (1996)

We all know about Louise Bourgeois’ famous spider sculpture called “Maman” which is the size of an elephant. Named in memory of her own mother, her huge and majestic sculptures now land on our jackets.

Pol Bury jewels (1968)

His jewellery carrier started after visiting an exhibition for Alexander Calder (discover his work later in this article). The Belgian artist jewellery will then become the extension of its art work: in fact, we can notice the artist style on the reduced pieces. He makes it jewels from cardboard models.

OUR FAVORITE ARTISTS’ JEWELLERY

Georges Braque Hadès spindle (1962)

Our favorite piece from Georges Braque was inspired by cubism and made out of gold and rubies and its name refer to the Greek god of the underworld. To design its jewels, the cubist painter drew with gouache so that the smelter could make it in the most precious metals.

Alexander Calder one-of-a-kind jewels (vers 1940)

He is best known for his “mobiles” then for his “stabiles” that led him to the jewellery world, always with the same lightness. The metal flexibility can also be found in the jewellery of one of our favourite Italian designer, Lia Di Gregorio.

Man Ray’s earrings for Catherine Deneuve. (1973)

The Surrealist artist chose to keep his engagement in its jewellery designs. Among the 8 pieces he created, a pair of earrings will be worn by Catherine Deneuve in Bunuel’s movie, Belle de jour.A very 50’s styled conical form that we can notice in our French designer Charlotte Chesnais with its unique shapes and her taste for oversize objects.

Bernar Venet’s “ligne indéterminée” ring (1998)

Diane Venet’s husband is a sculptor and she got her passion for artistic jewellery  from him. “My passion for the artistic jewellery is born the day Bernard had fun winding up a fine silver thread around my finger to create a wedding band…”

Of course, we instantly think about British designer Disa Allsopp famous Spaghetti rings, made with gold and silver thread, sometimes combined and winded to form a beautiful jewel.

ARTISTS JEWELLERY EXHIBITION AT THE MAD PARIS

You have until July, 8th 2018 !

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SHOW ME YOUR RINGS! XCIII

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Colette Jewelry has us green with envy over this lucious emerald stack

Levy’s Fine Jewelry piles on some current favorites from their inventory in Alabama

medeasmix is dreaming of this turquoise horseshoe becoming a ring, we say GO FOR IT

Andrea Hansen, shares some Reign Sapphires that have us swooning since it’s September 1st

Eva Fehren makes us rethink every princess cut diamond we ever doubted

Marie Helene De Taillac always knows how to wear a rainbow

SixthCityStyle stacks up a mystical grouping of gorgeous rings

Tessa Metcalfe known for her claw prongs adds some snakes into the mix, we love!

grandmatigerlilys stacks up some old cut diamonds and garnets, what a great combo

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PRECIOUS ENCOUNTER: RUTH TOMLINSON

WHAT IS YOUR FIST JEWELLERY MEMORY?

Rooting through my grandma’s jewellery box, being fascinated by the treasures within that my grandad had bought for her over the years to mark special occasions or memorable holidays together.

WHAT IS THE FIRST PIECE YOU DESIGNED?

I started designing and making jewellery as a child, so my first piece would have been a Fimo (modelling clay that you bake in the oven) creation – probably a brooch. I was an industrious child and started selling my creations at local craft fairs, and amazingly they sold!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE STONE? WHY?

A diamond! Whether a natural raw diamond, or a hand cut stone considered ‘imperfect’ by today’s commercial standards, I love what they have come to symbolise and how they hold and reflect light – each different to the next. They are incredibly beautiful and inspiring.

DO YOU HAVE A PIECE THAT YOU WEAR ALL YEAR AROUND? 

Yes I have a favourite diamond ring. I fell in love with a particular raw diamond that had a beautiful shape, and had it hand cut into a Dutch rose-cut but still keeping it’s original shape. I then added some round antique-cut champagne diamonds to emphasize the unique shape of the rose cut, and set them all in 14-kt yellow gold.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE JEWELLERY DESIGNERS?

That’s a difficult one as there are so many wonderful designers that I respect for different reasons. Historically, I’d say the unnamed craftsmen of the Middle Ages who created such beautifully intricate jewels using the most basic of tools and their imagination. And then in contemporary jewellery, Karl Fritsch for his freedom with materials, creativity and inventive techniques.

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST INFLUENCES?

My aunt and uncle – they taught me how to really look, see and absorb the world through a unique gaze.

WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO IN YOUR STUDIO?

Usually BBC 6 Music.

IF YOU WEREN’T A JEWELLERY DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Something else creative as it’s in my bones – another craft, possibly a ceramicist or a printmaker.

WHICH FAMOUS PEOPLE (LIVING OR DEAD) INSPIRE YOU THE MOST?

From a visual perspective Queen Elizabeth I in all her opulent finery. I could spend hours studying the details of her portraits!

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM DESTINATION?

I’ve been lucky enough to visit what I consider my dream destination – the Andaman Islands of India. I indulged in the most incredible underwater sea life that I’ve ever seen diving and snorkelling there. I carry those visual memories and treasured experience with me through life. These are the things that feed my imagination and translate into my work, so I hope I can bring a little bit of that wonder and beauty into our jewels for others to enjoy.

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Book Review: Women Jewellery Designers

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ACC Publishing will release their newest jewelry book–the oversized and highly impressive book is titled Women Jewellery Designers by Juliet Weir-de La Rochefoucauld. My review can be found in my latest article for the Observer: These 4 Women Are the Biggest Innovators in Jewelry Design

Here’s the link:

http://observer.com/2017/08/women-jewelry-design-history-innovators-book-review/

You can order your copy here:

Thanks to Gossip Gem

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GET THE LOOK..WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE TO BE A JEWELLERY BLOGGER, IJL 2017

This month, I was invited to give a talk about my jewellery journey at International Jewellery London trade show. IJL is UK’S leading trade event for the international jewellery industry, showcasing the latest creations from over 500 brands. It was fun to be interviewed by Rachael Taylor, freelance jewellery journalist and IJL catwalk Trends Editor. She quizzed me about my life in jewels, dealing with being in demand with brands, what it’s like to document my every move and how to captivate jewellery lovers on social media channels. She is such a sweetheart and I greatly enjoyed the talk! To celebrate my engagement I brought pretty balloons in the shape of engagement rings and gave them away to the audience.

You can watch my talk at GEMOLOGUE YouTube channel. Read my interview on IJL website about behind the scenes of running a jewellery bog.

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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

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Fascinated with the glamorous jewellery world of @gemologue? I know I am. Join me at @jewellerylondon this afternoon as I interview its founder and social media superstar @lizaurla live on stage, and get to quiz her about her life in jewels, the power of digital media and those chic Instagram posts. Plus, you will have the rare opportunity to put your own questions to Liza at the end of the talk. You’ll find us in the Digital-Fest London Room at 2pm. (?@gemologue #regram) #IJL2017 #jewellerylondon #withyou

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JEWELLERY AND ETHICS

WHITE bIRD’s designers know that the precious stones and metals’ extraction may have terrible consequences. They choose to fight against those potential damages through ethical jewellery, a jewellery that respects men and environment.

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Jewellery realized in collaboration with the Turquoise Mountain Institute

Pippa Small, a Canadian designer living in England, is fascinated by stones and by the people she meets. She has been working for several years with the non governmental-organization Turquoise Mountain, which aims to revive and spread Afghan crafts around the world. From its collection in partnership with young students result in exceptional pieces. In addition to this collaboration, Pippa travels around the world to meet craftsmen using ethical jewellery processes.

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The Cotopata Mine – Bolivia 

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The Cotopata Mine – Bolivia

The Australian designer Karen Liberman promotes traditional know-how by supporting craftsmen who do not belong to the model of mass manufacture.

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Our designers also have an ethical approach by using recycled metals and diamonds certified by the “Kimberley Process”. This is the case for Disa Allsopp, Polly Wales and Myrtille Beck. The “Kimberley Process” is an international certification scheme for rough diamonds. The objective is to avoid the purchase of diamonds to finance the military activities of the rebel movements.

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Woman’s bracelets – The island of Soledad and Miria- Panama

Jewellery has the power to change things. Our designers have seized this opportunity making their jewellery even more desirable.

Photos credits : Pippa Small

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PRECIOUS ENCOUNTER : SARAH APPLETON

WHITE bIRD is pleased to welcome Sarah Appleton among its designers ! Paris based jeweler, Sarah is a descendant of the Bonebakker family, with a legacy lasting over two hundred years in the silver and goldsmith business. Defined by a clean aesthetic, the silhouettes are fluid and modern, often catching the eye when the gold or a precisely placed diamond reflects the light. The namesake collections embody an easy and timeless elegance meant to be worn and loved daily. The designer agreed to share her memories and her inspirations in an interview…

What is your first jewellery memory ?

My first piece of jewelry was an original Native American Fetish Necklace given to me by my grandmother, which hung on my wall growing up and something I still have in my collection. She was also a jewelry collector and would only wear one statement piece either made for her by my uncle or a magnificent art deco ring.

What’s the first piece that you designed ?

Starting at three, I would make earring collections with my older sister out of paper and other odd materials, which I would then tape to my ears.  At about  twelve, I had my first experience working with metal soldering together a silver twisted ring.  Then about 10 years ago in New York I started working in gold and made the Pull Through earrings as a solution to feeling unbalanced wearing any other earrings.

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What is your favorite stone ? Why ? 

I don’t have a single favorite stone, I absolutely love working with diamonds (especially Navettes) and natural sapphires.

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

Double Navette Ring.

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Who are your favorite jewellery designers ?

Suzanne Belperron , René Boivin , Buccellati  and the Yazzie family.

What are your greatest design influences ?

The subtleties in art, architecture, nature, and our experiences.

What do you listen to in your studio ?

When I have music playing, mixes my fiancé makes for me with 90s hip hop, soul and funk. Also a little bit of Buena vista social club, la son charanga , Nina Simone, Django Reinhardt, Rhianna, Kaytranada, Disclosure, Chet Faker, The XX… Depending on my mood.  Apart from music I listen to audio books and NPR radio. Other times it is just studio sounds, Paris rain and the birds chirping in the garden below.

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If you were not a jewellery designer, what would you do?

Artist, or wood furniture designer.

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

Most importantly the people in my life, along with Lucy Dodd, Dorothea Rockburne, Ellsworth Kelly, Tadao Ando, Richard Serra, James Turrell …

What is your dream destination ?

My list is never-ending, but this year I would like to take a trip to go sapphire hunting and surfing in Sri Lanka.

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Vegas Prep: Interview with Katerina of KaterinaPerez.com

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To close out our Vegas Prep week of interviews, I’ve asked fellow jewelry lover and blogger Katerina Perez to participate! She makes the journey all the way from London every year to partake in Vegas Jewelry Week, although last year she sent people on her behalf since she just had her first baby! Now he is one year old and Katerina is excited to be back. I met Katerina two years ago when we participated in the JCK Talks presentation together. It was awesome getting to know someone who does something similar and thinks about jewelry 24/7 like me. She is excited to be launching a brand new KaterinaPerez.com very soon, as she has been blogging since April of 2013. Stay tuned for that!

How many times have you attended Vegas jewelry week?

This is going to be my 4th time!


Biggest tip for Vegas jewelry week you’d give your rookie self on the eve of your first time going to Vegas?

Go and see newcomers first to discover new talent and then visit the established brands after.

Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.

My smartphone, my camera, my business cards, a variety of nail varnishes and tons of moisturising lotion

One big difference from last year to this year?

This year I get to Judge The Couture Design Awards (so excited 🙂 !!

Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.

The saturation of jewellery talent in one place!

Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.

Constant fight with getting dry skin because of the amount of air conditioners. OR having to walk all the way to the reception at the Wynn and back when you realise your room key stopped working.

Weirdest thing to happen to you during Vegas Jewelry Week in the past.

Nothing weird happened for now, just lots of fun moments!

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WANT MORE? Check out my coverage from last year

You can follow Katerina –> @katerina_perez

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GET THE LOOK…CANGGU, BALI

Bali is a creator’s paradise.

Weaing dress by Dodo Bar Or, jewellery by Nagicia, shoes by Saint Laurent.

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LOEWE Elephant coin purse

LOEWE Elephant coin purse

Solange Hotlips Ring

Solange Hotlips Ring

Smythson Make It Happen Notebook

Smythson Make It Happen Notebook

Annoushka Mythology Globe Amulet

Annoushka Mythology Globe Amulet

GUCCI earrings

GUCCI earrings

Christian Louboutin Lip Colour

Christian Louboutin Lip Colour

SMYTHSON Mara croc-effect leather jewelry case

SMYTHSON Mara croc-effect leather jewelry case

Annoushka Alphabet Pendant

N°21 Striped slip-on sandals

N°21 Striped slip-on sandals

Christian Louboutin Nail Polish

Christian Louboutin Nail Polish

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.

*Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla.

All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE. Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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