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We are very inspired by LTAF ORIGIN. A design and craft research project by Jorinde Meline Barke, creator of label J-M-B JEWELRY, and Frank Michels, co-initiator at the great Berlin-based industrial design studio GECKELER MICHELS. The outcome of the project is a set of four different jewelry pieces implemented in an ancient indian lost-wax casting technique called Dhokra. During preliminary research, anthropological literature led to Dr. Jaidev Baghels’ workshop in Kondagaon — in the city of Chhattisgarh, India — a renowned hotspot for Dhokra. The jewelry pieces were crafted on site under Frank Michels’ assistance with both primitive and thoroughly fascinating means. Dr. Jaidev Baghels’ son Buphendra Baghel played a decisive role with leading the making and his team of skilled workers. The seemingly simple process turned out to be a complex and almost alchemistic affair, reminiscent of the Bronze Age’s enormous power of technical and social revolution. Into operation came materials such as sulfur yellow beeswax and black industrial paraffin way, river bed mudd, cow dung and earth from termite’s nests. Remains from used brass vessels were being recycled, and two hens were sacrificed in order to arouse a succesful casting operation. read more…

Recently we fell in love with the jewellery of Anna Sheffield.

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Rebecca Schiffman designed a lovely jewelry collection inspired by architectural motifs found on New York’s Upper East Side. Crossing the neighborhood for more than 29 years she got inspired by the old and elegant ornaments. The collection (now running with kickstarter) will feature jewelry pieces based on at least 20 different motifs which will be read more…

I love this picture by Sparrow Salvage. …“a rather substantial collection of random little interesting things…”

Galerie BSL in Paris presents this absolutely beautiful series of jewellery by Lito Karakostanoglou. The pieces are made using real preserved scarabs with their incredible natural colors, combined with gold and diamonds. ‘God the creator, messenger of the principle of the eternal return in Ancient Egypt*, collected by collectors of curio, used by contemporary artists read more…

The fantastic accessories and object makers Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons will open their first shop tomorrow. ‘Occulter will house selected works from the Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons archive as well as pieces designed exclusively for the shop. The location will also host the unveiling of new collections and debut collaborations with other eclectic read more…

Designboom shared this beautiful project by london based designer Tithi Kutchamuch and frequent collaborator Nutre Arayavanish. ‘The Housemates’ is a collection of 6 unrare hidden lives in our house, caterpillar, ant, spider, fly, fruit fly, cockroach, inspired by collectors of rare insects and can be worn as brooches. Available here >

A few weeks ago my eye was caught by the Carbon Dater, a diamond-tipped pen for writing and illustrating directly into glass, but Sruli Recht just released a new project. A 10carat white gold ring with the ability to attach three uncut rough diamonds on it. “So now, she chooses which stone to wear – read more…

Studio Juju made these beautiful cases to store your jewellery, to enrich the experience of choosing, matching and wearing the right accessories, almost as a ritual…

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Last week I came across Grau Wal and some how it triggered me, it opened my eyes for some kind of culture and history of braids. I was pleased to do a short interview with Eve Cahill & Anna Rybakov, the two friends behind Grau Wal to find out more about their inspirations and future plans. read more…