Liberty Sparkles

Liberty Sparkles

I've been out of the loop with all the shifts and changes going on in London's department stores but I did notice that Liberty's jewellery deparment now has a spacious and dedicated space on the ground floor, pushing the bags out to where the tea room used to be.  Rightly so, as its newly relaunched Jewellery Emporium now houses around 35 designers, making up an eclectic selection for a discerning customer that according to the buyers, can't seem to get enough of jewellery.  With popularity of fashion-fine jewellery growing, it was interesting to learn about certain trends developing.  For example, apparently earrings are flying out of the glass cases.  Last year it was rings.  This year it's about ear jangle.  I can't get onboard what with my unpierced ears and metal allergies but Liberty's selection definitely makes me want to reconsider keeping my earlobes holeless.

Today and tomorrow, Liberty have selected a few of their jewellery designers to come to do trunk shows, in-store personalisation events and general meet n' greet.  Yesterday, I got to meet a few of them, educating myself about a field that feels at times sprawling and growing at an even faster pace than apparel.  Beyond the jewellery designers in London, I'm generally clueless unless I come across designers in boutiques or via direct emails.  

For instance, I SHOULD know all about New York-based jewellery label Lulu Frost.  Designer Lisa Salzer and her maternal side of the family (where the name Lulu Frost is derived rom) have been involved in the estate jewellery business for years.  This gave Lisa the opportunity to salvage antique and vintage pieces, break them up and collage them together into unique pieces, which she has been doing since 2004.  Now the collection comprises new pieces in addition to the antique collage pieces.  Lulu Frost also has quite a lovely Tumblr.  You know me – always monitoring the quality of in-house blogs.  Turning old treasure into new jewellery pieces isn't a new concept but Lisa has a sharp eye that enables her to compose pieces that are harmonious.  I particularly love the 100 Years Collection, where necklaces, earrings and bracelets span a century with elements that might include a Victorian brooch, an Edwardian buckle and then post-war bakelite pieces all into one collage. 




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On the more contemporary and slightly more accessible end of the scale is Venessa Arizaga, another name that I should have immediately known.  This goes to show how much tunnel vision I have where clothes and shoes are concerned, eclipsing everything else around.  Perhaps Venessa herself understands as she is rooted in apparel design, having worked for the likes of Carolina Herrera and Zac Posen.  However it was her love of travel which took her to Puerto Rico where she began to spontaneously make jewellery using silk threading to weave charms, chains and shells together.  She hasn't looked back since and she has had a roaring success with her well-travelled mixed media jewellery, as she is currently stocked in Opening Ceremony, Bergdorf Goodman and now for the first time in Liberty.  What with my recent trip to Mexico City, obviously anything Day of the Dead related was going to get me going.  All her past collections are availble to order on her website, so you can have anything from avocados to skull charms hanging off your wrist or neck.  







Ek Thongprasert is the one name that I knew but not through his jewellery as I remember his graduate collection from the Royal Academy of Antwerp.  Since then he splits his time between his hometown Bangkok (where I met him back in May) and Antwerp and likewise also has two lines – Curated, his clothing label that is mainly sold in Thailand and his mainline jewellery, which was developed further from his graduate collection.  His main signature is the rubber silicone jewel necklace, a distinctive take on "fake" jewels.  On top of the silicone base though, Thongprasert has added bling as a contrast point and for Liberty, he has created an exclusive nine piece collection as seen here.  Ruby Chadwick, Liberty's junior buyer for accessories and jewellery wears one of the Ek pieces well with her Richard Nicoll jumper.  Ek himself also wears his own jewellery well, matching the dark teal of his shirt with the silicone necklace.    







Last but definitely not least are these knuckle and wrist dusters from the relatively new jewellery duo Daimyo, made up of artists Thomas Khadafy and Martin Cornejo.  Their chunky and robust jewellery features Asian and in particular Japanese motifs taken from Noh and Kabuki theatre.  





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  1. Serdane

    2012-07-12 at 4:48 PM

    So nice to discover new inspiration out from the boundaries we’re used to.

  2. Maya

    2012-07-12 at 5:16 PM

    Great post! I’m a huge fan of Venessa Arizaga. I always drool over her merch at Opening Ceremony in NYC.
    Love to see a jewelry-focused post. I’ve been looking for some new baubles.

  3. ttea

    2012-07-12 at 6:33 PM

    I love the jacket in the first picture that the woman is wearing. The jewelry is really amazing, I like the big chunky necklaces .

  4. Raffles Bizarre

    2012-07-12 at 6:34 PM

    Oh my goodness all these pieces are stunning and super inspiring!

  5. Joelle

    2012-07-12 at 9:01 PM

    Amazing jewels! The green jewelled set would great in so many different style :).

  6. Stylogasm

    2012-07-12 at 10:11 PM

    I adore the beautiful Latin American themed jewelry, and the calacas.. uuyyyy me vuelve loco las calacas!
    Great photos and insight Ms Susie!!

  7. Lera

    2012-07-12 at 10:17 PM

    The combination of jeans shirt and a neckles looks gorgeous!

  8. Melaina25

    2012-07-12 at 11:35 PM

    I’m a total sucker for skulls! Going to look at Venessa’s site now.
    Hope to see you linked up at What I Wore Wednesday Just grab the badge or link and comment and you’re good to go!

  9. Miss P x

    2012-07-13 at 12:48 AM

    After seeing these beautiful necklaces statement necklaces are definitely going in my holiday suitcase.

  10. Rhoda

    2012-07-13 at 1:54 AM

    oh i want all their items! so quirky and gorgeous!

  11. Viola Arisci

    2012-07-13 at 6:15 AM

    Your post is very usefull! Today I’m here in London for some style research (I’ m a footwear Product Manager and Italian blogger) and my first stop will be at Liberty !
    I’ m looking forwards to see some interesting jewelry designer e discover new important items!
    Thank you Susie!

  12. The Nude Stylist

    2012-07-13 at 8:19 AM

    Looks amazing! Lovely pictures. Can’t wait to go and check it out x

  13. Susan

    2012-07-13 at 2:59 PM
  14. M (@crumbsncashmere)

    2012-07-13 at 3:22 PM

    These are all so wonderfully theatrical and artistic. I’m a sucker for bakelite and mixed materials and I absolutely adore the idea of the silicone “jewels” combined with the bling-ier materials: especially the grey, black and absinthe colored piece. Got to get my paws on some of that!

  15. Lilith

    2012-07-13 at 3:42 PM

    necless on first picture is amazing !

  16. Peter

    2012-07-13 at 7:42 PM

    The charm bracelets and necklaces are brilliant!
    x Peter @ http://low–

  17. stylenotes

    2012-07-13 at 10:37 PM

    all the jewellery is sooooooo nice! i want it all!!!! please check out my blog, it would mean so much!

  18. Mitha Komala

    2012-07-14 at 5:04 PM

    omg those accessories are rad! love all of them =) xx
    Letters To Juliet

  19. Olive

    2012-07-15 at 1:57 PM

    it’s a very wonderful necklaces..

  20. callahan brooks

    2012-07-16 at 3:12 PM

    I absolutely love looking around this section in Liberty I could spend hours looking around there, I love the lady who works in the Anina Vogel section she makes it even more magical! I always seem to find a new designer in there somewhere, I would of loved to of met them!

  21. Anette

    2012-09-25 at 5:46 PM

    Oh my gOd, the Daimyo’s!!!! <3<3<3 I haven't seen these pieces!! I love that they have taken elements of their previous collection into this one. And that it's gold! :))

  22. Barbour

    2012-10-07 at 7:23 AM

    Ek Thongprasert’s necklace collection are lovely and charming!!!!

  23. customized jewellery

    2013-05-21 at 5:59 AM

    Lots of beautiful jewelries but I don’t like those who have a skull design.

  24. Olya

    2013-10-03 at 9:30 PM

    Great article, and I love your writing style. Nice inspirations!
    Best wishes,

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