Free Gift Offer
26 November 2013
Receive a free pair of Ursula Studs worth £135 when you spend £500 or more online at Milena Kovanovic. Valid from the 26th November 2013 – 16th December 2013 or until stocks last*. To claim your free gift online, make sure the total value of items in your basket is £500 or more. Add a pair of Ursula Studs to your basket and at the checkout insert the discount code FREESTUDS and it WILL AUTOMATICALLY REDUCE TO £0.
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The Allure of Blue
02 November 2013
Colour Trends and Forecasting
Continuing its reign atop the “most popular” list, blue once again made an index of 2014’s most prevalent colors. One possible reason for this blue’s dominance? It’s the color of trust – which during a time of economic and social unrest makes it an especially attractive hue. As with past years, shades of blue-green (teal, turquoise) are growing in popularity, but expect to see more monochromatic schemes of mid-tone blues.
Lapis Lazuli is a rock prized for its intense ultramarine blue colour. It consists of several blue minerals (mainly Lazulite) together with varying amounts of Calcite and Pyrite, creating a mottled appearance. Mined in Afghanistan for over 6000 years it has been used as an ornamental material throughout antiquity. Fashioned mainly into cabochons and beads, it has also been used for carvings and hardstone inlays as well as being ground up to create the most valued artists pigment, Ultramarine.
I have been championing the use of Lapis Lazuli in jewellery for a while now. The first prototype ring was the Mary Rose pictured below, which inspired the story and concept of the my latest collection Ursula’s Hoard. It’s rich deep blue colour speckled with glittering pyrite and encased in gold, conjured up the luxurious opulence of sunken treasure I was looking for. It evokes the jewellery of royalty and past civilisations, who prized this wonderous precious stone.
It is one of those colours that will never be out of fashion and it seems that Lapis Lazuli is having it’s moment in the spotlight once more.
So bedeck yourselves in blue – whether you favour rings, earrings or necklaces and start collecting your very own hoard of treasure.
The most desirable material has an even, intense blue colour with a light ‘dusting’ of golden pyrite crystals.
Making a splash in the December issue of Vogue UK.
“Blue’s back, with a hue for every mood. Swathe yourself in a bold cobalt or nod to the trend with a shot of lapis lazuli.
The ancient Egyptians prized lapis lazuli, not only for its deep blue colour but also because they believed it could actually cure the blues – layering it on at the first sign of melancholia. Although it hasn’t exactly been ignored since then, the stone is now enjoying a big fashion revival.”
Carol Woolton. Vogue December 2013
Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2013
19 September 2013
I am thrilled to annouce that this year I was selected as one of Professional Jewellers Hot 100 NexGems!!!
New stockist Luisa Via Roma
14 August 2013
I am pleased to announce that we have created an exclusive selection of necklaces from the popular Krystalline collection for our new stockist Luisa Via Roma.
These pieces are available both online and in their Florence based store.
Art in Action 2012
12 August 2012
“Inspired by the simple principle that people are fascinated when artists and craftsmen openly demonstrate their skills and discuss their work, Art in Action was born. In 1977, 51 artists and musicians took part and 14,000 visitors arrived. Today Art in Action held in the beautiful grounds of Waterperry House and Gardens in Oxfordshire, welcomes approximately 25,000 people over four days.
Artists from a vast array of disciplines come to Art in Action, set-up their studios in marquees, and work, offering visitors a rare opportunity to observe the creative process first hand and to speak to the artists.
Chosen on merit, entry is by invitation. Artists are given space to work; free from commercial pressure they can relax, enjoy working, and meet visitors. Art works are for sale, often directly from the artist.”
This year I was very fortunate to be invited to demonstrate my creative process to the public at this wonderful event.
Daunted initially by the size of my space I asked the organisers if I could share my stand with a fellow jeweller and friend, Ros Millar. Happily there were no objections and so began a wonderful adventure over 5 days for the both of us in the Oxfordshire countryside.
With months of rain and waterlogged ground it was touch and go whether the show was still going to go ahead. Adamant to not let both visitors and demonstrators down, the organisers persevered and it proved to be a successful decision. On Wednesday 18th July we set off in my Mini down the M40 towards Oxford with an entire studio in the back! Surprisingly spacious when good packing is employed.
Our shared stand which doubled as a studio and shop.
On Thursday 19th July the show opened to the public at 10am, we were impressed by the number of people already making their way around the metal and jewellery work tent so early on. It just goes to show the immense interest people have in the creative process of what we do on a daily basis. Visitors were keen to watch Ros and I as we demonstrated our different production methods, asking lots of questions and handling the various samples and materials we had laid out.
It also added another dimension to our jewellery – people could appreciate the work that goes into making something by hand. There is always so much more to it than just the value of the materials used, as our customers saw.
My prototypes and sketchbooks show the design process – from ideas to the finished products.
I was demonstrating the folding and forming of metal, from flat sheet into three-dimensional forms as used in my Unfurled collection. My sketchbook proved to be very popular with people, who liked seeing the genesis of ideas through drawings as well as the many prototypes I had, which helped to refine the designs.
What I found most pleasing about the whole experience was the number of young children who attended the event, curious about how we made things and why we did things a certain way and what tools we used to help us. Hopefully I inspired a few along the way and showed them that you can do what you love and make a career out of it!
Ros demonstrating the cuttlefish bone casting technique and her jewellery pieces for sale.
Ros demonstrated the technique of using cuttlefish bone to create molds and cast directly from them into silver. The natural contours of the cuttlefish are impressed upon the metal during the casting, giving each piece a unique texture and finish. The process is quite serendipitous as you never quite know exactly how a piece will turn out once the molten metal is poured into the cuttlefish bone mold.
To summerise, Art in Action was a great event to be part of this year and very different from other shows I’ve taken part in. Visitors and demonstrators alike were so welcoming and supportive and it was nice to be part of such a creative microcosm. I’m pleased to say we’ve been invited back for next years show and i can’t wait!
Carl Faberge Exhibition at Wartski
02 June 2012
Last Friday I finally got the chance to go and see the Faberge exhibition at Wartski on Grafton Street, featuring over a hundred and forty five pieces of work produced by the famous Russian workshop. All these pieces belong to a private collection, which has been put together over the last 40 years.
To be able to view these pieces up close and marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship was a real privilege. I am always awestruck at the skill of the goldsmiths work from well over a hundred years ago and the fact that this was all done by hand.
From a gemmologists point of view it was like being a child in a sweet shop! The array of gems and hardstones used was impressive…. In the case of all the carved animals (and there were many!), stones were selected for their resemblance of colour/pattern to the animals they were fashioned into.
Below is a small selection of some of my favourite pieces as featured in the catalogue from the exhibition, so enjoy…
A gold mounted gem-set fob watch
Composed as a brooch decorated with a vivd green sunburst guilloche enamel, overlaid with diamond set trellis work and a border in the rococo style set with diamonds and rubies. The suspended watch is similarly decorated.
A carved hardstone and gem-set gum-pot
A tapering cylinder of pale green bowenite decorated with greek style gold laurel swags and key terminals. Each intersection has been set with cabochon rubies and diamonds on the mounts at the base. The lid features a cabochon moonstone framed by rose-cut diamonds.
A hardstone study of a mouse c.1900
Carved from blue chalcedony, the fur has been naturalistically represented. The tail and ears are pave set with diamonds and the eyes are set with gold mounted rose cut diamonds.
A gem-set brooch mounted in platinum c.1900
An octagonal form composed of a meticulously pierced panel set with calibre-cut diamonds, rubies, blue and pink sapphires, topazes, demantoids, garnets and emeralds. The design is reminiscent of a cross-stitch pattern and was one of my favourite pieces in the exhibition.
A hardstone study of a cicada c.1900
Carved from Nephrite Jade, every detail of the insect is minutely depicted and the carving is so fine that the wings are transparent.
Sarah May Jewellery in Richmond
24 May 2012
Yesterday I took advantage of the beautiful weather and took a trip to Richmond to meet Sarah May and see her gorgeous new shop on Hill St. Nestled at the boutique-end of Richmond’s main shopping thoroughfare alongside Matches, Joseph and MaxMara, the shop stocks an interesting mix of jewellery by independant designers as well as Sarah’s own work.
I’m pleased to say that she loved the Krystalline collection pieces I’d brought along, which are now being stocked instore, so if you’re in the area do pop along and have a look!
There will be a party to launch the newly opened shop towards the end of June, which is a perfect way for customers to meet the designers and see what’s new. More details to follow…
Krystalline collection now available at Sarah May Jewellery 14 Hill Street, Richmond, TW9 1TN.
Pearl & Queenie in Hastings
08 November 2011
Saturday saw me take a small road trip to the coastal town of Hastings to deliver stock to the fabulous Pearl & Queenie.
Located in the Old Town on George Street, you’ll find this award winning jewellery boutique offers an alternative to the mainstream and traditional high street jewellery shop. Showcasing over 30 designers in beautiful vintage display cabinets, it’s a treasure trove of eclectic jewellery.
A perfect setting to try and buy my Krystalline collection now being stocked there!
Gill Wing Jewellery in Islington
02 November 2011
I’m pleased to announce that the Krystalline collection is now available at Gill Wing Jewellery Gallery.
Situated on Upper Street in Islington, it stocks a numerous array of jewellery, including our featuered designer Ros Millar’s pieces.
Get there quick though as pieces are flying out the door!!