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Thursday, March 8th 2018

Curiously Beautiful Jewels by Julia deVille

Fusing unusual and precious stones with artful, organic settings has us enamoured with Julia deville's curiously beautiful collection of jewels. A master architect of nuptial adornments based in Victoria Australia, each piece tells its own story of craftsmanship and romance. Inspired by Baroque aspects and brimming with rose cut champagne diamonds, parti sapphires and other unique gems - Julia talks to us about the creative process, gemstones used and what a bespoke design entails...

What defines your design style?

My work is inspired by the memento mori jewellery of the 15th – 18th centuries as well as Victorian mourning jewellery. Handmade, bespoke wedding and engagement rings are the focal point of my jewellery range. My rings are designed to look organic, antique and time worn – as if scavenged from a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean.

Can you describe the Julia deVille customer in a few words?

My cliental varies greatly: from very young goth couples choosing engagement rings to more conservative women in their 70’s wanting to rework family heirloom pieces. I am always delighted by the array of personality types that come through our showroom – I guess the one thing they have in common is they are seeking something distinct and unusual.

A favourite piece you’ve created?

The 20000 Leagues Ring is one of my all-time favourites. I wear this ring every day, as does my mother and sister. We all have different colour ways; mine has a parti sapphire with champagne diamonds, Mum’s has an aquamarine surrounded by rose cut white diamonds and my sister’s is a yellow beryl with white diamonds.

What are some of the gemstones and meterials you love to use?

I love to source unusual stones and cuts. Black & champagne diamonds feature a lot in my work, as do parti (green/blue/yellow) sapphires and Morganite. I also use more traditional stones such as rubies and emeralds.

I am particularly fond of rose cut, old cut and other antique looking stone cuts as well as uncut diamonds.

I mainly work in 18ct white gold as well as yellow & rose gold. I do a little bit of platinum but personally prefer 18ct white for its cool steely colour which pairs well with all gemstones.

Can you explain the bespoke process and who would you recommend this for?

First I get my clients to browse through my website and select styles they like as well as stone and metal colours. Then we arrange a meeting in my Melbourne showroom where we have hundreds of styles to view and try on, or we discuss via email and phone if they’re not able to come in.

Some people opt for a ring exactly as is, but most people want some level of customisation. This could mean simply changing the stones or metal but often it involves completely reworking a design or creating something unique from scratch. If I’m making a one-off piece it will be based on other rings the client has indicated they like, as well as elements we have discussed together.

I then source stones and make a prototype in wax for them to view, at this stage further changes can be made until they are 100% happy with the design and stones. Once the ring has been made in metal, we can do a fitting before setting the stones so the client gets to see it on their hand and check that they like the stone and metal combination.

I also rework people’s existing heirloom jewellery. This can be as simple as building on top of an existing ring or as complex as taking the ring apart and turning it into something entirely different.

Where can your jewelry be purchased?

I have a showroom behind my workshop in Collingwood, Melbourne.

We take appointments Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 11am – 4pm but can arrange other times for people that can’t make it during office hours. 

I do a lot of work with international and interstate clients via email and phone.

I also have a large range of rings at e.g.etal in the city.

View more of Julia's work on The LANE or on her website

Thursday, June 8th 2017

Molten Gold.

Currently sitting at the top of our lust list: the Hazeline Three Stone Ring by Anna Sheffield. The cornerstone of her ceremonial jewelry collection, the Hazeline captures Anna’s inimitable alchemy between old and new, where tradition is reimagined with modern aesthetics.

Inspired by fashion, art and design, this piece is an instant heirloom, a timeless jewel comprised of champagne and white diamonds encased in molten baskets of 20k rose gold.

Discover more on the Anna Sheffield website

Thursday, June 1st 2017

Symbolic Romance.

A piece steeped in the symbolism of binding promises and timeless love, our latest jewelry obsession is Cartier’s new LΘVE Bracelet, (a finer version of their first iconic design, in rose or yellow gold). Originally created in 1969, as an interpretation of chastity belts from Medival times, each bracelet locks around the wrist, and can only be removed with a special screwdriver. Whether gifted as an anniversary piece between lovers, or as a piece we're splurging on for ourselves, symbolic of commitments made to the self, there's a timeless allure and romance to Cartier's LOVE bracelets, that draws upon everything we love about this iconic brand. 

Shop the collection on the Cartier website.

Wednesday, March 29th 2017

Antique Romance.

Authentic vintage pieces, antique heirlooms and contemporary designs inspired by treasure troves of centuries past… Trumpet and Horn offer an eclectic collection of elegant, fine, and one-of-a-kind jewels. Beautifully handcrafted and carefully sourced, expect diamond-encrusted bands balanced by magnificent center stones and clustered jewels. A brand with a deep appreciation of time-honored design, we love Trumpet and Horn for impossibly beautiful engagement rings and unexpected wedding bands. 

Trumpet and Horn offer a uniquely personalized online service, with free shipping and ring sizing. Shop the incredible collection here

Thursday, February 23rd 2017

Boldness and Fragility.

Selecting jewelry is an experience that is deeply personal. It is the most delicate expression of the self, a curated exposé into the nuances and particularities of the wearer. For those inately drawn to purity and simplicity, Natalie Marie has long been one of our favorites.

The allure of Natalie's pieces lies in the fragility of her designs and the beauty of the craftsmanship; a balance of delicate bands paired with bold stones (think pear-shaped champagne quartz and cubic white diamonds balanced on the most petite rose gold bands). Each bespoke piece is hand crafted in Natalie's studio in Sydney's northern beaches. More details on the Natalie Marie website.

Wednesday, February 22nd 2017

Delicate accents for chic slips.

Chic adornment you can style to suit any aesthetic, Colette Malouf have launched a bridal collection stocked by the likes of Bergdorf Goodman, Le Bon Marché and Harvey Nichols. Pair silk dresses with straps that slip from the shoulders with their gilded chokers and pearlescent accents, knot delicate rings around fingers and thread loose waves with crystallized wildflowers that wind and climb. Discover the whole collection of bridal jewels (and bridesmaid gifts) on the Colette Malouf website.

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