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DESIGN SERIES | PART TWO

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WELCOME TO PART TWO OF THE DESIGN SERIES.

HERE WE LOOK OVER DESIGN DETAILS AND THE STORY BEHIND OUR PIECES. NINA GIVES US SOME INSIGHT INTO HER DESIGN PROCESS & HOW SHE CURATES INSPIRATION & IDEAS INTO NEW DESIGNS…

WHEN DESIGNING, I LIKE TO SKETCH EVERYTHING OUT FIRST, I'M NOT THE BEST ARTIST BUT I REALLY ENJOY SCRIBBLING DOWN IDEAS. I HAVE MANY SKETCHBOOKS FLOATING AROUND... IN THE HOUSE, NEXT TO MY BED, IN MY HANDBAG, AT OUR OFFICE, JUST INCASE INSPIRATION STRIKES.

AFTER SKETCHING, THE NEXT THING I DO IS PUT THE BASIC IDEA INTO A FILE ON THE COMPUTER AND CREATE ALL MEASUREMENTS. I DO THIS WITH MY CALIPERS AND LUCKY RULER. (BOTH OF THESE THINGS YOU WILL ALSO FIND IN MY HANDBAG) ALONG WITH ALL THE NITTY GRITTY DETAILS. THIS TAKES TIME.

I REALLY ENJOY THIS STAGE - SOMETIMES I LEAVE A DESIGN OPEN FOR  A MATTER OF WEEKS OR MONTHS AND GO BACK TO IT AND ADD OR SUBTRACT DEPENDING ON HOW IT LOOKS WITH FRESH EYES.

WHEN DESIGNING I ALWAYS LIKE TO THINK ABOUT THE STYLE BEING A  FUTURE CLASSIC - RELEVANT FOR A LONG TIME, FOREGOING SEASONS AND BEING PASSED ON, JUST LIKE THE JEWELLERY MY MUM HAS PASSED ON TO ME...THIS IS THE MAIN REASON WHY WE HAVE A CORE/PERMANENT COLLECTION.

THE PALOMA PEARL HOOPS.

NAMED AFTER MY FAVOURITE JEWELLERY DESIGNER OF THE 1980’S ERA, PALOMA PICASSO, WHO DESIGNED FOR THE LIKES OF TIFFANY AND CO AND WAS A YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSE.

PALOMA PEARL HOOPS

THE PALOMA HOOPS  ARE THE PERFECT BALANCE OF HARD AND SOFT. A THICK BUT LIGHTWEIGHT TUBE HOOP WITH DROP PEARL DETAIL. I REALLY WANTED THESE TO LOOK LIKE THE PEARL WAS JUST FLOATING IN PLACE WHEN WORN.

GOLDIE HOOPS.

THE GOAL…. SIMPLICITY. WE HAVE BEEN CREATING HOOPS FOR MANY YEARS, REFINING THE DESIGN, AND THE GOLDIE HOOPS ARE THE RESULT OF THIS.

FINDING THE HARMONY BETWEEN SIZE AND WEIGHT, THEY’RE MADE FROM THICK HOLLOW TUBE AND ARE SHAPED BY HAND INTO HOOPS. WE DO SAY IT A LOT... BUT, THESE ACTUALLY ARE THE BEST EVERYDAY HOOPS.

GOLDIE BANGLE.

JUST LIKE THE GOLDIE HOOPS, THE GOAL WAS SIMPLICITY. I WEAR AND TEST STYLES BEFORE WE PUT THEM INTO PRODUCTION, SO WE SAMPLED THE GOLDIE BANGLE IN A FEW DIFFERENT THICKNESSES OF TUBE, AND WE ENDED UP GOING WITH THE THICKEST TUBE WE COULD FIND, ONE THAT WAS DURABLE ENOUGH TO BE WORN DAY-IN-DAY-OUT. I WEAR MINE SOLO OR LAYER IT WITH MY EXISTING BANGLES AND BRACELETS WHEN I’M FEELING EXTRA. 

ISA EARRINGS.

THIS IS A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT STYLE FOR US. PLAYING WITH PROPORTION AND TUBE, BUT MOVING AWAY FROM THE TRADITIONAL ‘HOOP’ SHAPE AS THIS SYLE IS MADE TO SIT ON THE FRONT OF THE EAR. THESE WERE ORIGINALLY GOING TO BE A FULL CIRCLE SHAPE, BUT WHEN WE RECEIVED THE SAMPLE, I JUMPED ON THE TOOLS AND CUT THE BOTTOM OUT AND AFTER A FEW TRYS - THIS IS HOW WE GOT THE FINAL SHAPE OF THE ISA EARRINGS.

THESE ARE ALSO NAMED AFTER MY NEICE, ISA WHO IS HORSE CRAZY. SHE THOUGHT THEY LOOKED LIKE HORSESHOES. VERY CUTE.

HOLIDAY STUDS.

THE HOLIDAY STUD IS ONE OF OUR SMALLEST STYLES AND WHEN DESIGNING THESE I REALLY WANTED TO USE RICE PEARLS AS THEY’RE MY FAVOURITE (AND REMIND ME OF A STAND OF PEARLS I WORE WHEN I WAS A CHILD).

THE AIM WAS TO CREATE A SMALL VERSATILE STUD THAT COULD STAND ON IT’S OWN, OR BE PAIRED AND LAYERED WITH OTHER STYLES. I LIKE TO WEAR THE HOLIDAY STUDS IN MY SECOND PIERCING WITH OUR CLASSIC GOLDIE HOOPS.

I TRY TO TAKE A CONSIDERED & THOUGHTFUL APPROACH WHEN DESIGNING, WHICH IS WHY ALL THESE STYLES ARE PART OF OUR CORE COLLECTION. DESIGNED WITH LONGEVITY IN MIND, I WANTED OUR CORE COLLECTION TO COMPRISE PIECES WITH ENDURING QUALITIES, PIECES THAT THE WEARER CAN CHERISH NOW & CONTINUE TO APPRECIATE WELL INTO THE FUTURE.

THANKS FOR TUNING INTO PART TWO OF THE DESIGN SERIES, PART THREE COMING SOON.

NINA X