Monday, 16 January 2012

Lilygrace Originals

Chatting to Hazel Mathiot leaves you in no doubt that the fine artist is passionate about jewellery and the 30s and 40s inspired designs she creates are one-off collectible pieces you’ll want to treasure.

Inspired by American designer Miriam Haskell, Hazel hand makes each piece with love and care, combining both precious and ordinary elements to make what can only be described as wearable art.  Her new website is currently under construction, but one peek at her current collection available on Etsy shows you the gorgeous range of earrings, pendants, chokers, cuffs and necklaces available, each sumptuously made from a beautiful array of corals, glass beads, embroidery, vintage silks, lace, organza, freshwater pearls and rhinestones. 

What’s so lovely about each item is that they come with a little story.  Click on any of her designs and you get a detailed description of how its been made and what precious stones she’s used.  Each pair of earrings, each necklace, each choker has a whimsical name and once bought, they’re sent to you packed in a complimentary organza gift bag.  Halfway between fine and costume jewellery, Lilygrace designs are playful, romantic, lustrous, delicate and dainty; think Belle Époque and Showgirl; think roses and teardrop pearls. 

As she’s online, we’re lucky Hazel’s going to be at this year’s fair, so you can get a chance to chat to her yourself.  Not only does she take commissions, but they’re a specialty.  She can design a unique piece for you to go with your dress or for the bridesmaids, perhaps in your favourite colours and stones or incorporating a family heirloom.  She’ll also be bringing along some gorgeous bridal crowns, which have yet to be launched on the site, so you get a first peek.  You heard it here.

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