Jade’s Jewels

Jade’s Jewels

Rebecca from The Clothes Horse and I met up a few days ago and over a cider, we geeked out quite a bit over the details, semantics and ins and outs of blogging with comment-and-return etiquette being one of the subjects that came up.  Unfortunately, I no longer really have the time to go through comments, checking out everybody's blog and do I tend to stick to my faithful Bloglovin' list (over 300 blogs but only one slot a week to look at em all…).  I probably worked myself up into a guilt trip over all the foul blogging sins I had committed but this morning, when I looked at my comments and found this gem, I reasoned that if something compels me to go and seek, I'll rampantly stalk that commentor if I have to…

So this comment popped up on the previous post which touched on how I justify my spending on clothes…

my degree show I researched Couture garment details for my jewellery
collection especially Schiaparelli (as she was the QUEEN of amazing
details, see her trapeze artist buttons!).

This is an extract from an open letter written by Elsa Schiaparelli,
requested by the Daily Express on May 21 1936. It is titled; "From
Europe's Most Discussed Dress Designer To Her Daughter". It is easy to
feel guilty parting with a chunk of money for a piece of clothing, but
worse to spend the same on twenty poor quality garments that won't last.
When we are next tempted, let's listen to Elsa Schiaparelli's words of

"Your first inclination will surely be to buy as much as you can for
your money. Don't give into it…You can only get to know good clothes
from bad by looking at good ones. So, when you see a smart woman, study
her. Only the rich can afford cheap clothes. If something you see looks
worth twice the price, you may be sure the illusion will not last. What
you buy must be good."

I then had to compulsively click on this Jade Mellor who had left such a delightful comment, who then turns out to be a jeweller, concentrating mainly on rings, all of which I'm now completely enamoured with.  Another quote…

"I am interested in the relationship between jewellery and clothing and
how the two can converge such as the intricate embellishments found in
haute couture or forgotten items from decadent fashions of the past. My
passion for these historical details and my research into such inform my
jewellery through which I hope to bring these qualities to modern and
contemporary wearable pieces."

Influences of the past is all very well but how does this translate to a contemporary setting?  The first thing that strikes me about her pieces is that they all evoke the feeling of a jewel buried in the ground.  Like if you played about with an amateur metal detector in the garden and found a coin, thinking you had stumbled onto a Roman treasure when you were a child.  Except the rings that Jade Mellor makes which have a resin based and are then shaped from a diverse array of materials: marble, granite, pyrite, carnelian and quartz to build into something that might have been found in its natural state – like an eroded hole in a rock as well as having a polish to it that makes them mighty fine to stack up on the finger.  According to Jade's sole stockist (Kabiri surely needs to get in here!), Franny and Filer based in Chorlton in Manchester, there's also at the fine price of ¬£35-¬£40 each – stacks of them in multiple figures is an even bigger temptation…

Some pleasingly chunky rings from her Facet collection… a ring resembling a sweet is no bad thing in my books…


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Older pieces include these La Maison Bulles rings…


She also combined the facets of old buttons to incorporate into these rings… I loved how on the original button it said "Best Ring Edge" which of course prompted Jade to put it on an actual ring…

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Her fascination with buttons extends to these collar pieces which I think are from an older collection…

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Her most recent work that is available to order directly from her are her 'Hewn' rings that seem to come in a never-ending array of formations, which is down to Jade's hand finishing on each one as well as unpredictability of materials… again, making them irresistible to ring-stacking…



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I also love that she predicted the mighty lion's roar that would ensue at Chanel's latest couture show with her Panthera Leo collection which features this fellow as a ring, a brooch and a handsome bag clasp… Jade herself was inspired by 18th century Georgian furniture embellishments…

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Oh, and the final word from Jade… she has a very good list of clothing vocabulary at the bottom of her blog, some of which I'm dying to use in posts if I can possibly fit it in…

…Carbuncled, Bedaubed, Plumy, Monocled, Inwrought, Gussied, Crocketed, Crested, Cloisonne, Clinquant, Tufted, Tesselated…


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  1. Anna Searle

    2010-08-03 at 10:20 AM

    Loving the Geometric qualities to her work.
    You maybe interested these guys jewellery……

  2. Nolita

    2010-08-03 at 10:45 AM

    I LOVE the Panthera Leo collection, is it possible to buy it somewhere online? The bag is exquisite.

  3. Lady Smaggle

    2010-08-03 at 11:30 AM

    I was thinking the exact same thing today Susie! Remember back in the day when we used to comment on each other’s sites all the time? I wish I had more time to do that again! Just wanted to say hi and touch base and say I still read your blog every day!

  4. Lady Smaggle

    2010-08-03 at 11:31 AM

    I was thinking the exact same thing today Susie! Remember back in the day when we used to comment on each other’s sites all the time? I wish I had more time to do that again! Just wanted to say hi and touch base and say I still read your blog every day!

  5. MIn It

    2010-08-03 at 11:39 AM

    This post is amazing! I am really interested in that kind of work..I have checked the web/blog…and it¬¥s great..Thanks

  6. jen

    2010-08-03 at 12:15 PM

    Now you showed us these fantastic jewels, where oh where can I get them? I’m not in Manchester. At all.

  7. shiv

    2010-08-03 at 1:04 PM

    Great post! and I was very excited to find out that the shop is basically down the road from where I live :D.

  8. Hannah

    2010-08-03 at 1:18 PM

    These jewels are fabulous!

  9. Jade Mellor

    2010-08-03 at 1:27 PM

    Thanks so much Susie for your wonderful post! You completely get it! And thanks for the comments guys, if you want to buy anything i accept payal and I can send out to you directly. I can make specific sizes in the style you like, just let me know in an email at info@jademellor.com
    Hewn rings are between £35 and £40 and if you want to know the prices of anything else just let me know.

  10. s.

    2010-08-03 at 1:31 PM

    these are beautiful.
    simply, and truly.

  11. Angie

    2010-08-03 at 1:46 PM

    The ring is made with lapizlazuli is my fav…I love the stone and never seen something like this before…Nice!

  12. Becca

    2010-08-03 at 2:18 PM

    So many gorgeous pieces! I really like the bubble rings, as well as those beautiful blue hewn rings.
    I love that I can always expect to find new and creative clothing and jewelry designers via your blog, I don’t now where you manage to find them all, but so glad you do.

  13. Christopher kane

    2010-08-03 at 3:02 PM

    Great blog! Very nice pictures.

  14. Sarah Betty

    2010-08-03 at 3:10 PM

    I ADORE that lion’s head. It would look amazing on a white t-shit in place of a bowtie….?
    Sarah Betty x

  15. Karolina

    2010-08-03 at 3:50 PM

    these are wonderful!!!

  16. Eline

    2010-08-03 at 5:20 PM

    I actually don’t agree with the first quote. I think time is the most important factor if you want decent stuff. If you have the time you can compare prices vs. quality, although mostly second hand, you can really find things that will not only last but are also gorgeous and sometimes fairly cheap. Because let’s not forget certain designers commission their clothes in the same factories as H&M but, to put their ‘made in Italy/whatever’ label on it, the finish the details in said country…
    That said, those jewels are gorgeous.

  17. susie_bubble

    2010-08-03 at 6:03 PM

    Eline: Well, to be fair, Schiaparelli was saying this in 1936!

  18. Pia

    2010-08-04 at 2:23 AM

    love the lion piece! Check out my blog and book on Amazon pia..me!

  19. X Alex

    2010-08-04 at 2:54 AM

    ‘Quality over quantity.’ I wish my mum had Elsa Schiaparelli’s wisdom and told me that earlier.lol
    Love the texture and the fossil effect of the button rings!

  20. Trademark Lawyers Melbourne

    2010-08-04 at 4:07 AM

    The second piece are really pretty. so fancy

  21. Estate Lawyers Melbourne

    2010-08-04 at 4:09 AM

    the lion bag is really classic. i wanna it for sure

  22. Cendrillon

    2010-08-04 at 6:35 AM

    LOVE the collar/button piece!

  23. eloise

    2010-08-04 at 8:36 AM

    Holy shit! Susie, I adore these mineralistic jewels! Fantastic find! x

  24. Clairey

    2010-08-05 at 9:28 AM
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