Sorry about the title, we just couldn’t resist! We were lucky enough to be invited along to Nude Jewellery last month to celebrate the relaunch of this amazing boutique in the heart of Mayfair. The store showcases the best of up and coming contemporary designers and a trip to the store is akin to visiting a gallery, there’s a real range of texture, material and style. It’s located in a lovely leafy square and on a sunny summer afternoon it was a great part of London to be in.
Naturally greeting us with cupcakes and bubbles tends to go down well (note to future friends 😉 ) but having admired Nude Jewellery from afar it was really great to meet Nikki and Clara and explore the store.
What is particularly lovely about Nude is the level of knowledge they have about their jewellery and designers, it’s a really personal approach and this is clearly something that is important to the owner Nikki Galloway. Her drive to bring new designers to the public means that there is an ecclectic mix, and her enthusiasm is contagious.
Particular highlights for us were:
Discovering the amazing design talents of Rosie May – her delicate functional designs are unique and interesting. Miniature cogs and spokes that can be rearranged by the wearer. These have an amazing finish and thank you to Clara for doing a fab demo for us.
It was hard to choose where to look next, but this fabulous Vesper collection by Cara Tonkin caught our eye, it’s a really unusual style made up of swinging strands of silver chain oxidised in part to give a cascade of shadow. The bracelet was amazing to try, it can be attached to a chain to convert it into a statement necklace too which is amazing. It’s a really striking collection, very weighty and the movement from the pieces is really appealing. They are real red carpet pieces at first glance, but they would actually set off pretty much any outfit – incredibly versatile.
Having enjoyed the entries for the Nude Jewellery Graduates in the Spotlight competition I had been particularly looking forward to seeing Dovile Bertulyte’s work in the flesh, and it was well worth the wait! They really are brilliantly designed and truly creepy, they have a surprising weight to them and I couldn’t really not try one on!
There were so many fantastic designs we can’t possibly mention them all, a special word for the Spin collection (below) which was stunning:
The acrylic and lace pieces were a really unusual take on jewellery, we loved the light yet chunky effect. We haven’t seen much in this sort of style before, they are particularly interesting as each piece is individual.
The Skyline collection pieces were mini works of art, really incredible
I wish I’d taken a closer look at the Lava collection by Carina De Jager, and the Andrew O’Dell collection but my husband is grateful (for the sake of our mortgage payments) that I didn’t invest in my favourite piece…I’ve got it on my wish list…
To be fair it was hard to find anything not to like about any of the jewellery in store when we visited. As a designer herself we had a chat with Nikki and we look forward to sharing this with you in a future post!