I took a holiday from my blog and my english posts, but with Christmas around the corner, I realize that I have a lot of things and news to tell and especially share with you. And that I’m eager to tell you about it. So, this is part one of my Christmas ideas, this time focused on French and British jewelry brands I like to follow. Don’t worry, I kept an eye on some quite budget friendly pieces 😉
EFFRA LONDON – minimalist design & old fashion inspiration
This is a jewelry brand I discovered on Instagram about three years ago. I loved the pendant above because it reminded me a family fine necklace my mother used to have with a small medallion with an engraved angel. She lost it in Paris, when we’ve been robbed in our flat (what a story!). Often when you loose a family piece of jewelry, you feel the need to replace it – don’t you?
Effra London is a British brand created in 2014 by William Floyd-Maclean, distinguished as Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2013, and partner with Andrew Jennings, from the watch brand Larsson & Jennings, the two of them joined by design director Robbie Davies.
Very appreciated by singer Rosie Lowe, DJ Jon Rust or Suki Waterhouse and musician Neneh Cherry, the jewelry has a small bird as a symbol, inspired by traditional British tattoo. The swallow brings sea stories: seems like sailors would choose this tattoo for their necks and hands as a reference to the number of miles they covered as well as to encourage a safe trip home. Polished gold, matte gold and silver, each piece is crafted in London’s famous jewelry district of Hatton Garden.
ANISSA KERMICHE – pearls and tradition nostalgie
London based French – Algerian designer Anissa Kermiche is taking fashion by storm, as her first collection was a great success on the famous fashion e-commerce site Net-à-porter. Fascinated by pearls, Anissa knows how to propose a minimal design with a romantic touch. Her most famous pieces so far, Paniers Dorés, inspired by Chinese fortune cookies, have been featured last year in most of the street style shoots during Fashion Week. Supported by Leandra Medine, Pandora Sykes and early supporter blogger Camille Charrière, Anissa’s brand, launched in 2016, has already a high-end fan club.
5 OCTOBRE – vintage touch & raw approach
Passionate about vintage pieces, precious stones and jewelry, Sophie Pfeffer is collecting old perles and ancient jewelry sets, from oriental pieces to European 19th century ones. She launched her brand in 2004 and had an immediate success with the press and fashion buyers. The collaboration with French concept store Merci started in 2009, when Sophie was asked to create an exclusive collection to be presented in Paris and New York. Since, Sophie collaborated also with Swarovski, Musée Maillol and Maison Olga.
MONSIEUR PARIS – craftmanship & fine details
Nadia Zaoug, the French designer born in Kabylie (Algeria), became in a few years one of French ladies favorite jewelry brands. With a diploma in sociology and experience in publishing, Nadia decided to create her brand after meeting a jewelry craftsman. All pieces are 100 % handmade in the atelier of the brand, rue Charlot in Paris.
ROSIE SANDERS – sophistication & Neoclassical Couture
Fascinated by Renaissance, British Rosie Sanders has a background in fine art and visual anthropology. Her strong aesthetic sense combines romantic floral inspirations with an edgy contemporary design that she defines as “Neoclassical Couture”. Winner of UK Jewellery Awards ‘New Designer of the Year’ in 2015, Rosie also won the 2014 British Jewellers Association ‘Cocktail Rings on the Catwalk’ Award. Designated as Professional Jeweller HOT 100 ‘NEXTGEM’, she is also member of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths.
“I am interested in the process of finding something extremely modern through something very historical. I’m fascinated by how the foundations of one era are based on another, how the future of fashion, identity and power builds on the past.”
Photo credits: Effra London, Anissa Kermiche, 5 Octobre, Monsieur Paris, Rosie Sanders