2010: A Jewelled Perspective by Kathryn Bishop


Kathryn Bishop Adorn London Jewellery BlogWell, what a year for jewellery and what a brilliant inaugural year for Adorn London! With everything from London Fashion Week’s street style snaps (with an ardent eye on the jewellery) to interviews with the likes of Vogue jewellery editor Carol Woolton and the dynamic Bec Astley Clarke, Juliet’s depth, detail and dedication has been magnificent. There is nothing else like Adorn London, and as platform to discuss and introduce new jewellery trends, designers and much more, it’s firmly set to stay.

The jewellery world itself has been delivering more star designers, more scintillating jewellery and more must-have pieces than ever before. We’ve seen some of our best-loved British jewellery designers – including Alex Monroe, Monica Vinader and Fiona Paxton – reach new heights, while emerging jewellery talent including Hannah Livingstone and Myia Bonner are set to be 2011’s bright-young-things. Everything from the UK Jewellery Awards and London Jewellery Week, to the way in which designer jewellery has been embraced by the X Factor and fashion powerhouse ASOS, has helped determine who and what’s been hot in jewellery this year.

 Classic Diamond by Myia Bonner designer jewellery/ Adorn London Jewellery Website
 Myia Bonner’s ‘Classic Diamond’ pendant

Choosing one specific highlight in jewellery from 2010 is tough. Not just because there is so much out there, but because my heart has been stolen by so many wonderful things. For me, attention to detail is what has set apart many jewellery designers this year; something as simple as brilliant packaging has helped secure several designers on my wish list. Narrowing down was never going to be easy, so I’ve chosen my favourite trend, my favourite item of jewellery and my must-have new designer it seems there is a clear theme: shape vs colour…

Favourite Trend: Deco-meets-Geo
With Holly Fulton at its helm, this trend has had me wide-eyed since I first saw Holly’s pieces back in 2009. The combination of modern, solid-looking acrylic jewellery with the hues and shapes of the Art Deco movement has had me wishing for some of her jewellery ever since. Playing on size and shape in a similar way, London jewellery designer Michael Milloy wowed in AW10/11 with his geometric-feeling collection of black and gold cuffs and necklaces in resin, brass and studded with Swarovski crystals. I’m enamoured with the shapes, the weight and the texture of this trend…

Holly Fulton/Adorn London Michael Milloy designer jewellery/ Adorn London Jewellery Website
Holly Fulton Michael Milloy

Favourite item of jewellery: Jordan Askill Gemstone Heart Ring
Although a necklace can make an outfit and bangles always add a splash of colour or sound, rings have always been my must-have. Jordan Askill is an Australian sculptor and jewellery designer with a career working at Dior Homme in Paris, and awards for his jewellery designs. I first saw one of Jordan’s rings – a simple gold heart – earlier this year… And then spotted his pieces at Liberty and fell for the little gemstone Heart Ring, set with sapphires, emeralds and garnets. The shape, the colour, the vintage feel from the millegrain stone setting – I love it!

Jordan Askill designer jewellery/ Adorn London Jewellery Website
Jordan Askill’s  ‘Gemstone Heart’ ring

Must-have new designer:
One designer stood out for me this year and it’s easy to see why. Spotting her work in Kabiri, and later her new collection at London Fashion Week, the lovely Merle O’Grady is my one-to-watch for 2011. Her gorgeous SS11 Poolside collection plays on the kitsch candy colours of a seemingly 50s American swimming pool; pink flamingos, glittering turquoise water, pastel-hued parasols… While the shapes hint at something both futuristic and a little Native American: pointed, sharp and tassled. The geometric feel to Merle’s designs is what I love. Here it’s pared down – softer almost – giving her work a new edge – one that leaves me choosing a whole wardrobe around Merle’s gorgeous collection!

Merle O'Grady Spring/Summer 2011/ Adorn London Jewellery Website
Spring/Summer 2011 ‘Poolside’ earrings by Merle O’Grady

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