ITEM OF THE WEEK:
|Rio bracelet, Monica Vinader|
Monica Vinader’s band of friendship bracelets includes the colourful Fiji, Metallica Rocks collection and beaded Rio with a number of exclusive variations in between, from fluro shots for Net-a-Porter to diamond studded bands for Harrods. No surprise then that we have crowned Monica Vinader ‘Queen of Friendship’. To celebrate the art of stacking and perhaps to even get you started we are giving away one of Monica’s beautiful Rio bracelets to one lucky Adorn London reader.
In the meantime, Juliet asked Monica to reveal a little more about her take on the friendship bangle and why no rules apply to stacking!
Juliet: Monica, what inspired the first wave of friendship bracelets under your eponymous label?
Monica: I’ve always been drawn to colour and layering pieces of jewellery and I found myself starting to wrap simple coloured threads around my wrist and wear them knotted, mixed with my bangles and watch. The idea to create a range of friendship bracelets progressed soon after and the Fiji Bracelets were made, shortly followed by the Rio. My fascination with semi-precious stones and the meanings behind them remained very important to me, and I loved the idea of associating meanings with colours and to translate this into our friendship bracelet range. Now, each colour thread represents a different meaning or feeling, eg calm, energy and love.
Juliet: Did you ever expect that from your first collection you would expand into so many more variants?
Monica: I had always dreamed of creating vast collections and had hoped that one I day I could. The friendship bracelet range has proved to be so popular that we have recently extended the collection with the new Gem Fiji Bracelet. This mixes colourful threads with topaz, sapphires, rubies and tanzanite to create a very ‘grown up’ look.
Juliet: What has the friendship bracelet done for the MV brand?
Monica: The Monica Vinader brand has always represented colour and fun, and the addition of the friendship bracelet range has cemented this. Our collections have always been very much based around stacking and layering – people love to play with their jewellery, mix combinations and colours and the Fijis and Rios have proved to be the perfect medium.
Juliet: How do you stay ahead of the pack?
Monica: I carry my sketchbook with me wherever I go and take inspiration from various aspects of life. I am forever sketching new designs and thinking of new colours and finishes. There is so much room to develop our friendship bracelet range and I have recently designed a Diamond Fiji collection exclusively for Harrods which will be available from the end of April.
I have also collaborated with Elle España to create a charity friendship bracelet for disaster relief in Japan. The bracelet will be available to buy from our website (www.monicavinader.com) from 15th April. Priced at £20, 100% of the profit will be donated to the Spanish Red Cross to aid their fundraising efforts for Japan.
Juliet: How would you style your ‘stacks’?
Monica: My only rule with stacking is that there are no rules! Our collection is made to completely mix up and create your own combinations. Rose Gold Vermeil worn with Sterling Silver, a navy Rio mixed with a bright orange Fiji – the options are endless! It’s really about playing with the collection and creating your own personalised stack.
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