When Nicole first saw these onyx carvings she was immediately drawn to the mysterious dark gem with an edge of gentle sparkle. As she tried to describe the gems, her memories of her winters in Michigan came back one layer at a time: the blackness of the matte onyx and the way it seems to absorb all light evokes memories of the velvety dark of the clear winters’ nights, even under the brightest of moons; the sparkle of the druze and the soft curves of the carvings remind her of the gentle Michigan landscape under a blanket of fresh snow.
It is the juxtaposition of extreme dark with ethereal light that formed the basis of the Midnight Snow series. Nicole marries these elements into pendants with impact and elegance, using traditional goldsmithing techniques to create unusual settings. The designs impart an air of timelessness and sophistication.
Midnight Snow’s versatile neckpieces effortlessly bring you from day to evening. They put the finishing touch on this years’ colour blocking trends, and equally elevate your favourite little black dress.
Initially struck by the gentle colours and unusual shapes, Nicole continues to admire the gems’ intriguing patterns and unique play of light. They evoke joyful memories of sunny days at the beach, soft tall grass mixed with wild flowers, and long evenings with romantic sunsets.
The Summer Strand series is based on the ever-changing light and soft colours of Northern European skies. The one-off designs play with the light of the fancy cut gems to create powerful pendants with spectacular effects. The delicate 18 karat multi-strand necklaces beautifully carry the handcrafted pendants.
Summer Strands’ graceful neckpieces and their soft colours elevate your favourite summer dress and create a stir around your evening attire.
Under the gem dealers bright lights it was the crisp edges and intensity of the black that caught Nicole’s attention. However it wasn’t until later that evening that she realized the full power of these minimalist black diamond beads. Peering out from a dark corner in her studio glittered a bright sparkle she could not rationally make sense of. Startled by a sense of “deja-vu” she realised that sparkle had the same effect on her as the first time she saw the phosphorescent seas of the Caribbean at night. Understandably these little beads hung around the studio for a good while before Nicole was finally ready to let go of the tiny wonders.
As these plucky beauties pack such a punch it does not take many diamonds to create a striking piece of jewellery. Respectful of the proportions of the diamonds, Nicole designed a line of minimalist necklaces and earrings, beautifully presented on 18 karat gold. Nicole uses other gemstones and precious metals to introduce colour and texture, creating tension and balance in her graphic designs.
The brightly polished hand crafted silver elements complement the lustre of the diamonds, whilst the bright white of the silver contrasts the stark black of these impactful gems. The use of larger matte black onyx adds a soft and velvety element in contrast to the crisp and bright black diamonds and creates tension by breaking the regularity and altering the proportions of the design. The rich 18 karat yellow gold adds a touch of warmth and luxury to the subtle pieces.
The simplicity of the designs makes this range very versatile: They are subtle enough to wear casually and will easily fit in with your office wear. With the surprising amount of sparkle these guys put out in the lowest of lighting conditions, you’ll find these pieces just as eye-catching on your evening attire.
Although freeborn women in Ancient Rome had limited public roles, history is nevertheless speckled with examples of hugely influential and independent women. The romans took great care in their appearance and, although extravagance was frowned upon, they adorned themselves liberally with jewellery. Besides the obvious display of status, Roman women avidly collected jewellery as it was considered their personal possession, separate from the wealth of their husbands. In contrast to elaborate and complicated Etruscan and Hellenic jewellery, late Roman jewellery employs simple goldsmithing techniques, geometric shapes and introduces the use of gemstones.
Taking a page from late ancient Roman jewellery, the Aurelia collection showcases strong yet simple pieces characterized by prominent use of gems in geometric shapes. The necklaces are a case in point: elegant in its simplicity the gemstone bead sits right in the hollow of your neck on a fine 9 karat yellow gold curb chain. These delicate pieces are great for layering with other jewellery.
Whether you prefer subtle Beryl, bold Onyx or our sparkly threesome, these minimalist pieces are perfect for every day wear. Add a pair of sweet drop earrings to complete the relaxed look.
The ShipShape range celebrates the merchant navy of the Golden Ages. The central element was inspired by the old wooden barrels that were used to transport luxury goods from exotic places: lashed down for transport, but not always staying put.
The range revolves around the Sterling silver riveted cage containing a rolling gem-set element. A minor feat of engineering and skilled craftsmanship allows the gem-set element to roll freely with the movement of the wearer. It gives a little “chink” as it reaches the end – reminiscent of the soft sounds of a marina.
This range includes a Sterling silver necklace, bracelet, statement earrings, drop earrings and stud earrings.
Hidden Treasures explores man’s relationship with the sea. On the one hand the sea provides us with many natural riches, such as nourishment, minerals and indispensable shipping routes. However the sheer force of the water also poses a real threat – taking lives of unfortunate seafarers and the valuable merchandise they were transporting.
The focal point for this range was inspired by the capricious nature of the sea and the treasures it holds, both natural and those reclaimed from man. Carefully stowed away inside this edgy Sterling silver pendant are garnet spheres that roll freely with the movement of the wearer – little hidden treasures in a treacherous sea.
The range includes a bracelet, necklace and statement earrings.
With Nicole’s interest in water sports and outdoor activities, the weather report jargon is often the first vocabulary Nicole learns when she arrives in a new place. Upon moving to Ireland she was struck by the lovely phrase “sunny spells and scattered showers” frequently used to describe the local weather.
It conjures up an uplifting feeling of easily surmountable hiccups followed by moments of beautiful sunshine and above all an enjoyable day outdoors. This is the basis for the Sunny Spells range of graphical designs representing different weather types. These whimsical pieces will put a smile on your face no matter what the conditions outside.
The range includes a necklace, drop earrings and stud earrings, all in sterling silver.