Tom Foolery.. Jewellery..

Working on a 'high jewellery' project is turning into an education! my limited knowledge on the jewellery sector has taken me out of my comfort zone, down to the jewellery stores on New Bond Street, into places like Asprey, Garrads and George Jensen, into the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery at the V&A and back online to Linkedin.

Used correctly this is where Linkedin and other social networks become invaluable. One of the ideas I thought might be interesting to follow was future jewellery design trends and the Linkedin profressional network felt like a good place to start! I got a couple of brief responses before I got an email from Collyn. Even though I was quite sure what I really needed Collyn's email got a big air punch.. have a look at her reply it was more than I never knew I needed! Another twist, it turns out we have a friend in common Collyn knows Sarah Rabia. I haven't seen Sarah in months but when met last over a over a hot beverage on a cold day in Carnaby Street she mentioned that she was thinking thought of fantasy and such like. Turns out fantasy turned into an article with Collyn, Imagination Building is in this months edition of Wallpaper (pgs 137-140) Teeny world eh.. Anyway I thought it might be interesting to share some of Collyn ideas which he has has posted on his blog.

Frances Wadsworth Jones .. match box ring and is that an ant I it!

.. reminds of the Hardy Amies collection I worked on at Central Saint Martins Museums.. except his were soup splats and this is precious stones!
Sayaka Yamamoto inspired by insect wings..

jewelry design, influenced by pre-Raphealite aesthetics, water-based tones and intricate detailing. Tiny details, with a sense of humour. Look at designers Sayaka Yamamoto, BCXSY and Frances Wadsworth Jones for some great jewelry visual inspiration.

Temporary jewelry will start becoming very very chic in the coming years. From cultures such as the Balinese, where flowers and natural organic materials form the materials for something so precious and delicate it can be worn only once. Sayaka Yamamoto has used butterfly wings, for instance, and grafted them together to create the most inspiring broaches. This will be very big with wearers with a keen
sense of theatrics and eco-consciousness.

But a lot of jewelry is going to be something on the inside - medical jewelry,
magnetic, diamond, etc, with functional as well as superficial purposes - watch
this space though! A big push towards a neo new-ageism is going to see a
renaissance for crystals (maybe even turquoise!) and traditionally 'folk' lore
associated with jewelry.

Very adventurous designers are going to be looking to the sea and sea life
for their aesthetic inspiration. They will also look to the microscopic world of
pollen, seeds, and cellular biology. Some jewelry will be practically invisible,
or look as though it was woven from microscopic materials - like spider's web or
fairy dust!

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