jewellery making

  • Video: Creating the Les Nereides AW11 Collection

    Here's a video showing how French designers Les N?r?ides created the AW11 'Dans La Foret' (translation: In the Forest) collection. This collection features scenes from our European forests with rabbits, hedgehogs and owls. Les N?r?ides also created a special necklace, inspired by the famous tale by Jean de La Fontaine called 'The Crow and the Fox'.

    It's fascinating to see how much work goes into creating each piece:

  • It's all in the detail...

    Les Nereides is one of the most detailed and elaborate jewellery brands that we sell. The work that goes into creating each piece of jewellery is staggering. I wanted to share this video with you - it's the making of the Voluptueuse et Vaporeuse Limited Edition Couture Necklace. Each necklace takes about 16 hours to make - watching the video gives you an indication of why:


    Les Nereides Voluptueuse et Vaporeuse Limited Edition Couture Necklace, ?349.95


  • The Journey of a Dogeared Charm

    Our new Dogeared collection for Autumn/Winter 2010 will be arriving with us at the end of August and we're incredibly excited about it. Season upon season, they never fail to impress us with their innovative new designs. We're just waiting for images of the new collection - as soon as we have them we'll share them with you on our Facebook page. All we can tell you in the meantime is that the new pieces are simply AMAZING!

    Have you ever considered the work that goes into creating Dogeared's famous charms?

    Dogeared's charms are designed by hand, then hand cast in recycled sterling silver by local artisans. Every individual charm is one of a kind (that's the beauty of handmade jewellery!), and completely unique to Dogeared.

    1. Dogeared's amazing design team comes up with a concept for a new charm and sketches it out by hand.
    2. The rendering is sent to a model maker in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, where he creates a master model.
    3. The charm comes back to the Dogeared studio for final approval and finishing touches. The quality and craftsmanship of every piece is very important.
    4. The approved master model makes a trip back downtown to be moulded, waxed and cast in recycled sterling silver - all by hand!
    5. The silver charms are ready to go at this point, but the gold ones have to travel a few blocks down the street to be hand dipped in gold.
    6. Then, all the new charms arrive at Dogeared headquarters to be used in beautiful new designs. Only then do they leave California to be shipped around the world to happy customers like us!

    The Journey of a Dogeared Charm
  • Fiona Paxton - Tambour Beading Technique

    After a recent trip to India, Fiona Paxton returns ? inspired and rejuvenated from her discoveries and excited for the new samples arriving for next season’s collection!

    The manufacturers of Fiona's jewellery are selected for their specialised techniques, one of them being a type of chain stitch embroidery worked with a tambour hook or needle on fabric stretched taught on a frame. This technique originates on the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and Central Asia. Tambour beading is a method of attaching beads to fabric for luxury clothing and decorative fabric. Beads, sequins, mirrors, silk thread, chenille yarns, braids, and gold and silver metallic beads can all be attached with the hook.

    Fiona Paxton Surat Necklace


    The Surat necklace is a great example of combining the Tambour technique with modern chaining and embedded stones creating an overall modern-oriental look. The Surat (recently photographed on Kate Moss) is the perfect way to add embellishment to a casual look, or it can add high glamour to a cocktail dress.

    When using tambour hook the beads must first be threaded onto the continuous thread. A loop thread is drawn up ? making a chain stitch ? with the bead placed on the straight part of the stitch underneath the fabric. Therefore the worker is working on the ?wrong’ side of the work, and designs such as lettering must be working in reverse. If changed of colour or size of bead are required, these are best worked as separate areas.

    Here is a shot of a worker creating the intricate technique???

    Tambour Beading


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