Posted by byHillTribe on October 27, 2012

Rugged Jewellery is all the Rage!


Back to Nature: Rugged Jewellery is all the Rage

Gone are the days when people yearned for a perfectly-formed dainty piece of jewellery. These days, in a fashion world inspired by bohemia and the desire to be “unique”, people are turning instead to naturally formed materials that convey a sense of spiritualism and earthy charm. The trend for “New Age” jewellery is aimed at the fashion-conscious young consumer and features layered, bulky and rugged pendants, chains and beads. Jewellery design is taking on new levels of originality and “soul”, presenting a new “maximalist” trend where asymmetry, mis-matching and layering are all prevalent. Precious stones, gems, crystals and feathers, as well as leather, rope and aged metal are all used to create a unique sense of imperfection.

Crystals – with their many jagged shapes and unique formations – are an integral part of this new jewellery design trend; no two crystals can ever naturally be the same. These rugged crystals are often paired with other naturally inspired materials such as brown worn leather, treated wood and even flowers. The unique pieces are then combined with precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum to add that luxurious edge.

Beautiful wilderness

Bohemia is the buzz word, and these aesthetics are combined with fine top-end design to create jewellery that is more akin to art; a type of dishevelled luxury that is geared towards the young and trendy. Examples of this ever popular trend are apparent in both emerging and well established brands. One such brand is Dreams of Norway. The Norwegian jewellery designers are inspired by the country’s harsh and beautiful wilderness, fusing soft colours with rugged and sharp shapes and textures. The brand uses locally sourced natural materials such as native crystals, wood, stone and even animal horn to reflect the weathered feel of the vast Norwegian outdoors. Each unique piece of the jewellery range – which includes necklaces, bracelets, rings and even body harnesses – is handmade by a member of the design team, in order to give customers a sense of owning something that nobody else can ever replicate.

Inspired by travel

Australia based Maripossa was created when founder, Lauren Besser, got back from his travels through Central and South America and Africa. He felt inspired by the sights and materials he encountered on his trips, and decided to make a range of jewellery that encompassed the natural beauty of the countries he visited. Featuring natural silver and crystals, each of his beautiful pieces bares its own shape, colour and size. The crystals are cut and dyed by hand in order to make each one extra special and personalised. Besser’s avoids symmetry to create an intended lack of perfection in his designs and also uses his signature web-style woven silver pendants and chains.

Authenticity and intrigue

One particularly unique designer is New Zealand-based Anna Ross, and her label, Kester Black. Instead of the typical sparkling finish epitomised by most crystal pieces, Anna’s crystals are purposely given a matted and scratched finish, making them appear dark, but with hints of deep fluorescent colour. The rock-styled crystals are designed to give off an air of mysteriousness and intrigue, their unique appearance almost startling to the eye. The Kester Black range of crystal pendants are then moulded into chunky shapes and paired with fine distressed silver chains or rings. Anna Ross’ range of eye-catching designs pay homage to the current trend for mythical and tribal authenticity that is becoming increasingly popular.

High cost

The trend for naturally-sourced and rugged jewellery is apparent throughout both high end and high street fashion. However, it is particularly prevalent in the luxury sector, due to the high cost of sourcing real crystals, precious metals and leather, coupled with the high production cost of handmade pieces. Due to their individuality, they are also, unfortunately, more attractive to thieves. When building such an impressive and personal collection of jewellery, it is important to protect it. One is encouraged to protect from theft when buying high-end pieces like the ones mentioned above by seeking out a specialist insurance package that is tailored towards high-end jewellery ownership. The downside of losing jewellery pieces like this is that they are very often one-of-a-kind works of art that are very hard to replace; to protect from loss, make sure you keep detailed records and photographs of your jewellery collection should you be unfortunate enough to lose any of it.



Posted by byHillTribe on September 21, 2012

The Rising Trends in Handmade jewellery


Intricacy and Attraction – The Rising Trends in Handmade jewellery

With all popular products and commodities, trends are constantly evolving and changing in order to keep up with changing consumer demands, with handmade jewellery being no exception. As clothes can be laborious and run the risk of not fitting, you bought music last year, and the romantic present of champagne and flowers went down well on her birthday, its safe to surmise that handmade jewellery has long been considered to be the perfect romantic gift. To ensure that you are up to date with the latest handmade jewellery styles when choosing your precious handcrafted gift, take a look at some of the rising trends in handmade jewellery.

The increasing desire to be unique

While the mods of the 60s prided themselves in collectively bragging sideburns, pointed shoes and neat narrow trousers, and the punks with their pierced noses, pink hair and shocking dress sense meant there was no way you could miss them, in contemporary society there seems to be a common desire to be unique.

Unlike the jewellery that has been churned out in factories for the high street and designer brands, the wearer of a beautiful handmade necklace will not run the risk of there being umpteen other ladies at the Christmas Eve party wearing the same necklace.

The raw materials that many handmade jewellers use to produce their products vary tremendously. Materials such as pearls, resin, amber, shell, turquoise and coral are crafted to create geometric shapes, bright colours and truly unique pieces of jewellery.

As the demand for unique jewellery rises, in which no-one in the world would have the exactly the same piece, handmade jewellery is becoming increasing more unique. With asymmetry, striking colours, and bizarre concoctions of materials, progressively gaining presence on handmade jewellery stalls across the world, handcrafted jewellery is evolving with the collective desire to show uniqueness.

Celebrity endorsed statement jewellery

With actress Eva Mendes stepping out in a stunning turquoise collar at the Golden Globes, the handmade statement necklace has made its way into the modern jewellery must haves.

Once upon a time celebrities stood accused of following each other like sheep. They may have more money than sense and be able to afford to wear a different pair of Swarovski crystal earrings every day of the week but there is a growing trend in the celebrity world to exploit the unique and charming merits of handmade statement jewellery. From huge stones, gems and rocks, to metal beads, designs and even feathers, eye-catching handmade statement jewellery is becoming a regular feature of the red-carpet premiers.

For example, American actress, model and film producer, Brenda Song is a self-confessed fan of rare jewellery that has been crafted by hand, and was recently seen stepping out in a fabulous antique handmade jewellery set.

Pieces of jewellery that have been meticulously created by hand with lavender blue gems have been in relatively high demand in recent years. Due to the natural beauty of these semi-precious stones there are always slight variations in the shape, colour and appearance, and no two pieces of handmade lavender blue jewellery could ever be the same. American actress Paige Davis is reportedly a big fan of lavender blue jewellery having been snapped by the paparazzi recently sporting a stunning mystic lavender blue necklace.

Handcrafted jewellery for any occasion

Whilst there may have been certain codes of jewellery practice for different occasions, there is a growing trend for bold, bright handmade jewellery to be suitable for practically every occasion. Weddings, for example, would typically be an occasion where one would wear a small, subtle silver necklace, a pair of inconspicuous pearl earrings and a dainty little bracelet. Nowadays, wedding guests can get away with unique handmade jewellery that can even be bordering on the bizarre. Handmade jewellers are selecting only the finest pearls, crystals, and other beautiful raw materials to guarantee that each piece of handmade wedding pieces of art is finished to an exceptionally high standard.  With the increasing demand for beautifully rare handmade jewels for practically any occasion, items of handmade jewellery could be regarded as being one of the most perfect romantic gifts. Whether it is opening a breathtakingly rare bracelet on Christmas Day that has been painstakingly created in the foothills of the Himalayas, being presented with a stunning handmade ring on Valentine’s Day, or being given an especially well thought out hand crafted amber broach on a birthday, these valuable gifts radiate romanticism, thoughtfulness and are widely regarded as the perfect romantic gift. In fact any woman, and many men for that matter, would enjoy being given an exquisitely made unique piece of jewellery on their special day.   Jewellery that reflects the receivers’ personality rather than the ubiquitous and monotonous factory-churned high street and designer jewellery that, by comparison, has little personality or character, can be one of the most treasured gifts a woman, or man, can be given.

Whilst the world of handmade jewellery may be traditional, unchanged and timeless in its making techniques, it is still as fashion commodity and, similar to all fashion commodities, is a dynamic and fast-moving one whereby trends are consistently evolving.

Posted by byHillTribe on May 14, 2012

Casting silver daisy flower pendant logo, Part 2


We’re making headway with this logo and want to make sure we keep this blog updated for everyone interested. Our customer decided to change how her initials look on the daisy flower pendant. Here’s what we’ve revised the design to be.

Three letters on 3 different petals. We have yet to agree on the font and size of the flower so this will be the next step. Slow progress but this is crucial as making a master can be costly if the design is not right from the start. We leave it to our customers to decide on how the item should look and feel since we are quite confident the outcome will be good!

We’re looking forward to hearing back from her soon.