Archive | September 2012

What’s the Pinterest in that?

How ever you use Pinterest, it is addictive! With good intentions, I set myself a time limit of 30 mins to find and pin images on my boards but 3 hours later, I’ve wandered onto another board with fabulous images. I like to use Pinterest for research into the current favourite jewellery pins and to develop my own ideas- every designer needs inspiration!

These boards I love to browse!

flowwbeautifulShouroukJill Auville

Pearl and Diamond Mood Swings Rings - Nada G - Product Search - JCK MarketplaceGoshwara "Mischief"Peacock #bangle by Zoe Hardingsterling silver with rose gold and white sapphire


Coral Tie Necklace, 18"L by Herve Van Der Straeten at Neiman Marcus.opalsJean Paul Gaultier Black Magic

Pia-sommerlad - HaematitketteHermann Junger - Necklace (1957). Gold, emeralds, sapphire, rubies, moonstone, enamel.Barbara McLeodTodd Reed

Try it! 🙂



Desire for jewellery. It’s a craft and a passion.

Recently I read an article by Venessa Lau, “Belle of the Fall: Top 2012 Style Trends That Jewelers Need to Know” . She quotes Amanda Gizzi, director of communications at Jewelers of America, “It’s about bringing flash back, and the majority of people will be doing that with their jewelry. This is the time to catch their attention.”

This is one reason why I wear jewellery. To put my sparkle on…to stand out…to show the world this is me and if it is a piece of jewellery that is distinctive or out of the ordinary, then the happier I am.

Further in the article, Venessa quotes Amanda again, “This desire for something handcrafted is going to carry over through 2013,” says Gizzi. “People had to cut back during the hard economic times. They’re ready for something different.”

As an Etsy seller: AB Designs   I regularly see the beautiful, handcrafted pieces which cannot be found in the high street and more than often they are as affordable. So, whatever the style, whatever the budget, there’s unique jewellery out there and I intend to find the little gems, mainly because…I just LOVE bling!

Gorgeous cream delights from Etsy

First, a Cuff bracelet in ivory, burgundy Asian cherry blossom, handmade cuffs by theshagbag on Etsy

As cuffs are in trend at the moment, thought this would be a lovely buy.

A beauty for your finger! Recycled Glass and Clay Crackle Ring – Cream by Crackled Up

Following the circle theme- Circle Art Necklace – Mocha & Cream by NYStyle

Affordable jewellery in Autumn 2012 fashion colours.

Jewellery designer of the week

Alexandra Simpson

As soon as I saw the beautiful Art Nouveau pieces, I fell in love.

The flower sets come in a very close second!

Enjoy 😉