In art & design, fashion on May 13, 2011 at 6:00 am
…was a welcome treat!
i talked about pyrrha’s heritage inspired jewelry collection while spending time in vancouver. i’ve been shopping the line for a talisman since then and when you get the creative gist of the collection, you’ll understand why it took so long. vancouver based husband and wife design duo, wade papin and danielle wilmore have crafted pyrrha to be a very personal experience. each piece is based on old european family crests, seals and themes that come with a historical interpretation. when choosing, you’re not just selecting a bit of jewelry but a talisman, an adopted creed.
"fidelity in absense" a contender for my heart. pic courtesy of pyrrha
they opened their flagship store on west 3rd street a year ago today and celebrated with a little soiree for collectors while donating a healthy 25% of the sales to the aspca. that’s like your best friend’s kid selling fundraising candy, of course you buy something!
my girls, joce!...
sake and sushi make for a helluva drug and of course i followed my own advice! i thought i was destined to the fidelity talisman above but my life has changed so much that a fresher head prevailed with “vota, vita mea” meaning my life is a prayer.
so i’m looking at this talisman as a point of contemplation, something to measure my actions by over the next few years….strangely, i feel calm!
visit their space or check them out online:
8315 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323 424 4807
In art & design, fashion on December 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm
…noir jewelry is already high on my list of unusual gift-ables (i think i’m definitely jonesin’ for a holiday ring) and as usual, they never fail us with their sublime selection of bejeweled baubles such as this t-rex ring:
or this fanciful peacock ring:
even gotham city makes the cut with this ode to batman, the gotham city ring for dc comics:
but now they’ve hit us with a sledgehammer with the penultimate in bad girl wear with these sick fantasy catwoman claws for the woman who has everything! now i like to make a statement but these definitely need to be showcased all on their own! of course, i’d have to dip mine in poison just to give it more je ne sais quoi…
In art & design, fashion on November 30, 2010 at 5:57 pm
…let me receive one of these for christmas! seriously, what a cheeky little ring obviously available in silver, gold and platinum and brought to you by itsno.name. boasting the periodic table information for each element, it’s an unusual ring and a departure from the usual gold/silver/platinum floral, insect, fill-in-the-blank bands out there. straight to the point!
In fashion on September 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm
oh mars and valentine can’t stop tempting me with their sparkling trinkets and baubles! i find myself drooling over their selection of statement rings each one unique and inspired by antique findings. the jewel-tone colors in these two cocktail rings are just exquisite and right on time for fall. the look is vintage chic, something one would wear while dining on the titanic. (although one would hope for a better ending!) pair these sparklers with one of anna sui’s fall frocks and my antik denim suede boots and i could rule the universe (at least in my own mind!). i own two from their spring 08 line and look forward to adding these two to my collection!
In art & design on April 10, 2009 at 4:04 pm
…has become my solace in this time of economic uncertainty. my squeeze and i like to indulge in artistic purchases as inspiration for our own creative endeavors and jewelry has become an area which i have been paying more attention to. there are trends which follow the season in lengths, color, size, etc. and then there are pieces that you make a deeply personal connection with that defy the containment of the jewel du jour. i have found several which have made their way into my collection. earlier in march i went to the dupont for the yves st. laurent retrospective and found inspiration not only in his work but also in this handmade beauty by dori csengeri. each piece is unique with embroidered silk cords, glass beads, swarovsky crystals and semi precious stones. she has a background in textile design and each piece lays like an article of clothing. she bases her collections on various sources of inspiration and in this case, gustav klimt. kind of appropriate considering the breadth of the ysl exhibit. my next piece is also the creation of a textile designer by the name of fiona paxton. her pieces are flapper inspired necklaces which in their origins, took native american beadwork as creative direction. each work is handmade and mounted on mesh for comfort. the result is a fluid necklace that sets off even the simplest outfits. the next piece is by a lesser known young artisan who is quickly making a name for herself by producing progressive minded pieces using conflict free precious stones. i found belle brooke on the artwalk last night in downtown los angeles and was struck by how singular her creations are. winner of the 2008 mort abeleson new designer award, this sterling silver canoe ring is set with champagne diamonds and accented with aquamarine. the photo does not begin to do it justice as my photograpic skills are abysmal but if you click on any of the images, it will take you to sites where professional shots of similar pieces are available. this ring is large with a high bling factor and despite how it looks, it only sits on one finger. having played with it a bit, i found it could live in several different collections from edgy rocker chic to clean, avant garde elegance. the deal breaker was her use of conflict free gems which means no blood was shed resulting in guilt free pleasure. definitely worth reading is the thoughtful artistic statement she wrote with regards to her work. she was one of several artists displaying her work last night but above all, she shone the brightest. the final piece was a gift from my squeeze on his return from australia. pamela dean is a sydney based designer who focuses on sculptural necklaces of semi-precious stones and silver. her background as an exhibited artist is evident in her handling of the stones and their balance in asymmetrical placement. again, my photo of this all white necklace simply can’t capture the faceted cuts of the moonstone and white turquoise nor the carved scarab accent found on one of the stones. all in all, i’m very impressed with what i’ve been finding as of late, especially in my own backyard.