Yay, a ‘neck’ category has appeared on our website…


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Having just released our brand-new necklace range at the last Perth Upmarket, (which was such a fantastic day, and a whole other blog story) I thought I’d write a little bit behind the inspiration for the 3 designs.

When I started out to design a necklace range, I loved the idea that there could be necklaces that were of the same minimalist family, unique in each design and could be worn separately or layered with one another. Creating numerous different looks with only 3 pieces which all represented the same contemporary style was a really great challenge.

So, from this, the idea of 3 x different length and scaled necklaces were the starting point.


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I’d come up with the Trapeze Necklace design a few months back and really wanted this to be the largest piece of the trio as I loved the design. The minimalist aesthetic and way it floated off the chain was such a lovely effect and statement. I sketched different versions of the Trapeze, changing and altering configurations whilst trying to keep the essence of it as the inspiration for the other 2 designs. I didn’t just want to create a miniature version of the Trapeze as the short necklace, as for one, this just didn’t look right at a smaller scale and 2, I wanted all the designs to be of the same family and complementary but still most importantly, each to be unique.

The Link Necklace design was born after sketching and trialling sizes and I think you can see where the name came from.

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Link Necklace

 

Sometimes I find coming up with the right name for a piece the hardest part of a new design, but with this one, it was obvious to me as soon as I’d sketched the concept. The length of the sterling silver chain is 40cm and with the handcrafted link piece between the chain, the overall necklace finishes beautifully around the collarbone area. I wear this necklace daily and it’s now my staple necklace that I never take off… unless there’s a big statement occasion of course. I love that the connecting chain is so fine, so the overall piece is a lovely, everyday statement of what I like to call ‘refined casual simplicity’. Is that even a thing ?? :p

Having two ‘horizontal’ designs already, designing a vertical piece that sat between the two seemed to be the right thing to balance the collection. With a bit of experimentation in size, the Extend Necklace was born. It sits somewhere in the middle, not just with the length of the chain (70cm) but also the size of the pendant. I really like layering the Link necklace with the Extend necklace as they sit really well with each other.

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I’ve really enjoyed going through the design and making process with these new necklaces. Having not done much with necklace chains previously, it’s been a real challenge for my soldering skills having to deal with such delicate silver chain and tiny jump rings for the ends and parrot clasp. Many a melted chain came away from my soldering bench before getting the hang of it I can tell you. But this trial and error (and at times deep frustration) is what I find so rewarding in handcrafting jewellery. Each piece has its own challenges and seeing the progress in yourself, conquering a skill you may not have had before is such a great feeling. The best bit of all of this however, is seeing someone connect with a piece and enjoy it. It makes it all worthwhile and only makes me want to continue learning new techniques to keep moving forward and create more unique, minimalist-inspired designs true to what we love.
So thank you, for your appreciation of handmade makes it all worth while. x