Monthly Archives: March 2012

Ocean-inspired gems by Rok Chix

If the recent warm spell has left you thinking about your summer wardrobe, you’re probably already thinking about how to do poolside glamour this year. As for accessories – and particularly jewellery – summer 2012 is all about the seaside.

But forget kiss-me-quick hats and visible tan lines, we’re talking sea life in all its natural glory, as evidenced by both Chanel and Versace, who added a sprinkling of sea urchins, shells and seaweed-style purses at their SS12 catwalk shows.

At Rok Chix, the ocean is a constant source of inspiration, and this year we have sea treasures to delight beach babes everywhere.

Rok Chix Silver Seahorse Necklace   Rok Chix Silver Starfish and Coral Bracelet Rok Chix Silver Starfish and Coral Necklace

Our Silver Seahorse Necklace, £55, is perfect for wearing all summer long, with its solid silver seahorse charm and vibrant peachy-pink faceted coral nugget. Well, who doesn’t love a seahorse?

Starfish are also marine creatures we adore, which is why we have cast them in silver in our Silver Starfish and Coral Necklace, £45, and Silver Starfish and Coral Bracelet, £40. Combining a silver starfish charm with bright, juicy coral nugget beads, both the necklace and bracelet conjure up thoughts of warm, golden beaches and shimmering, underwater landscapes. (And did we mention they look amazing with a tan?)

Rok Chix Chunky Silver and White Cocktail Ring   Rok Chix Silver Shell Stud Earrings

Coral is a fascinating organic material and comes in a variety of colours, including white – as in our Chunky Silver and White Cocktail Ring, £60. A summer classic, this serious cocktail ring makes a real statement.

Meanwhile no ocean-inspired collection would be complete without silver seashells, as in our Silver Shell Stud Earrings, £29 (exclusive to – pretty shell-shaped studs that will definitely get you in the mood for your summer holidays, whether you’re planning long weekends at the coast or heading off to tropical climes.

Rok Chix Silver Seashell and Gems Charms Bangle Rok Chix Silver Seashell and Gems Charms Necklace

And no beach would be complete without sea snail-type shells, such as those in our Silver Seashell and Gems Charms Bangle, £45, and Silver Seashell and Gems Charms Necklace, £40. Both feature a handmade silver seashell charm alongside a coral nugget as well as a faceted blue quartz gemstone, a reminder of the colour of the Caribbean sea.

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Fashion gets rough

Finally. The fashion world is finally catching up with the growing band of jewellery makers who are using uncut, natural gemstones in their designs. According to leading jewellery blog Adorn London, at the Autumn/Winter 2012 Chanel show models were apparently decked with “rock crystal protrusions”.

Well, as a jewellery designer who likes nothing more than working with natural, uncut, raw gemstones, I like the sound of that.

The Adorn blog writers, Juliet Hutton-Squire and Maia Adams, predicted that uncut gemstones would be a trend this year in an article they wrote for Professional Jeweller magazine last May. The design world is currently fascinated with the natural world, they wrote, with “geologically inspired” looks including uncut gemstones getting jewellery makers excited.

One of the examples they cite in the article is an ad campaign for Tom Ford eyewear, where a model wears a massive, natural, quartz crystal pendant. And very nice it is too (you can always rely on Tom Ford).

So if you start noticing gorgeous, raw gems gracing the models in the pages of your favourite fashion magazines this year, just remember where you saw them first – see, for instance, our fabulous Silver Torque with Aquamarine Nugget, £125, which features a slab of magnificent natural aquamarine; our Silver and Ruby Superstar Earrings, £50, which have gorgeous uncut rubies set into little silver stars; our Raw Diamond in Gold Blossom Necklace, £85, with its amazing uncut, natural diamond; and also our Silver and Diamond Glitter Cup Ring, £75, a unique design that features an encrustation of tiny natural diamonds that look like the best glitter you’ve ever seen.
pure002.jpeg  wild002.jpeg  wild013.jpeg  wild004m.jpeg And that’s just to name some of the examples of raw rocks used in Rok Chix designs (browse our collections to see more).

Rock on, as they say!