Monthly Archives: July 2011

Turquoise: the great protector

According to a report on Vogue.com, jewellery that guards against the ‘evil eye’ – known as apotropaic jewellery – was very much in evidence among the fashionistas at the recent Paris Haute Couture shows. Apparently talismans and amulets are all the rage among the style-conscious – think hamsa hand and blue ‘evil’ eye charms, strung on gold chains and leather thong bracelets, and you’ll get the idea.

The idea that jewellery can guard against negative energy is nothing new – we’ve been using jewellery to do that for thousands of years (at a rough guess, don’t quote me!).  Charms are a popular means of protection, of course, but so are some gemstones, most notably turquoise. Many ancient cultures are said to have used turquoise for protection, in the form of a talisman or amulet. If you were given something made from turquoise, it was supposed to protect you from negative energy. Oh, and apparently it brings good fortune too – along with a long list of other benefits, depending on which crystal healing guide you refer to.

Turquoise and Silver Cocktail RingNow I’m not sure if all that sort of talk of evil eyes and protection amulets is your cup of tea, but you’ve got to admit, if nothing else turquoise is a stunning gemstone, especially when worn during the warm days of summer – our turquoise pieces are definitely among our most popular, in terms of sales. Like our Turquoise and Silver Cocktail Ring (£55), for instance. I can’t guarantee it will protect you against negativity, but if you like chunky, vibrant rings, it won’t disappoint on the visual front.

Shaun Leane’s million pound glove

Daphne Guinness gloveOh my. Have you seen the pictures of heiress fashionista Daphne Guinness modelling the diamond and gold glove created by top jeweller Shaun Leane (as featured on wwd.com)? Let’s start with the glove. It’s worth more than a million pounds (and yes, you don’t even get a pair). So what exactly do you get for your money then? Well it’s made from 18-carat white gold and 5,000 pavé white diamonds. Imagine a cross between chain mail body armour and an evening glove, with a flock of diamond birds fashioned in diamonds, and you might get an idea. Now that’s a piece of unusual jewellery, don’t you think?

Daphne reportedly chose Shaun to collaborate with her on the design of the jewelled glove as he had previously worked with the late, great Alexander McQueen to produce the dramatic jewellery for the designer’s legendary catwalk shows. Of course Shaun is one of this country’s leading jewellery designers and needs no introduction to those who know their baubles. The collaboration with Daphne, however, gave him the opportunity to really push the boundaries. And the result is pretty spectacular.

The showcase for the jewelled glove was possibly even more sensational than the object itself. Featuring the heiress draped in an Alexander McQueen body suit and a veil covering her face, she was meant to look as if she was lying in state, with just one arm (the one with the glove) exposed. All manner of fashion gods were there to witness the spooky event, including the one and only Tom Ford – who allegedly tickled Daphne’s corpse-like body (and no, by all accounts, she stayed in character and didn’t giggle…). The event took place at Jay Joplin’s Georgian townhouse, which, as the photographs suggest, provided the stunt with a suitably ethereal backdrop.

Now that’s given me some ideas for showcasing some of the upcoming new – though not quite as costly – Rok Chix designs. Oh alright then, perhaps not…

Kate and Jamie get hitched

Congratulations to Kate Moss and Jamie Hince, who got married a few days ago. No doubt you’ll have already seen the lovely snaps in the papers (if not, there are some nice ones on Grazia Daily) – they really do look happy, awwww.

But forget the impressive list of celebs in attendance. The real stars of the day – apart from the happy couple, that is – were the cute-as-button bridesmaids. I’m not sure how many bridesmaids and flower girls they had altogether, but in one photo I counted 14 – all dressed in beautiful, simple matching white dresses and flower garlands in their hair.

Now the advantage of being a bridesmaid, apart from being placed very firmly centre stage on the wedding day itself, is that it’s customary to receive a gift from those tying the knot. And that gift is quite often a piece of jewellery. I remember the first time I was a bridesmaid – I think I was about five or six years old – I was given a lovely necklace that had a little gold blossom pendant, inside of which was a white pearl. I cherished it then, and still cherish it now.

Finding the right gift for a bridesmaid or flower girl is a task in itself (as if you don’t have enough to do when you’re planning your wedding, eh?). So here are my recommendations for a few Rok Chix baubles that may delight bridesmaids of all ages…

True Love necklaceSilver Heart and Pearl EarringsSilver Star Stud EarringsSilver 4EVER Silver Charm BangleSilver Bow Studs

For details (l-r), see Pearl Necklace with True Love Charm (£55),  Silver Hearts and Pearl Earrings (£40), Solid Silver Star Stud Earrings (£35), Silver 4EVER Charm Bangle (£40) and Silver Bow Stud Earrings (£25).