Friday, July 31, 2009

Accessorise me (Black and White)

Black and white jewellery doesn’t necessarily equal boring. You just need to spice up the outfit with some colour. Take this pale grey 3.1 Phillip Lim Silk asymmetric column dress. Simply pair the dress with a pair of shoes that really pop such as these Alexander McQueen fuschia heart peep toes.

Complete the outfit with these accessories for the perfect finish:

Little Black Bag, Steampunk Evening Bag with floral lining by TheSteamPunkTrunk

O Rutilated Quartz Necklace by Occasionalgems
PS. Apparently I have very good taste as between the period of writing this post and choosing jewelery, the piece has been unlisted! Do check out her other designs though.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mish mesh

Every designer has a signature item or material and while I may be fond of pearls, I think my signature is definitely mesh tubing. Before I started my Etsy store, I was actually looking for a mesh tubing necklace and imaging my surprise when I couldn’t find one on Etsy. I decided to make my own as I have been making jewellery for several years now and after making it, a friend suggested that I should sell it online. It was then my idea for my store was born, as I sensed there was a niche that I could fulfil. Of course, until now, there hasn’t been a sale on Etsy yet and so it is slightly discouraging (am I the only one who likes mesh necklaces?) but after scouring through the forums, I’ve been told that summer months tend to be slower and I’ve had someone buy a mesh necklace from me in person so fingers crossed that my store will take off eventually!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Accessorise me (Golden Hue)

There are so many Etsy designers that it’s incredibly hard to single out any one artist as someone to keep an eye on. Instead, I’m going to showcase pieces that would go nicely with certain outfits. Let’s start with the basics, simple black and white T with jeans and some killer structural heels.

Just FYI, there’s going to be a shameless plug for my jewellery in addition to other gems I’ve found on Etsy (for this first time at least). Here are some pieces that would look awesome with them:

Gold Italian ribbon mesh with faux grey pearls and ribbon-wrapped chain from yours truly

Gold Quartz Drop Earrings from Mickstonedesigns

Topaz and Brass Ox Filigree Cuff Bracelet
from Serrelynda

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Beauty of the pearl

If you take a look at my listed items on Chic Infinity, you’ll undoubtedly notice that pearls are a big component in my designs albeit not real pearls (can’t afford them yet! But I do have some nice freshwater pearls that are just waiting for me to do something with them).

My fascination with pearls didn’t come about until last September when I had the opportunity to visit a pearl farm during harvest and experience first hand, how South Sea pearls are created. I used to think that pearls are rather ordinary beings, and after all, there’s a reason for why diamonds are chosen as a girl’s best friends but the more I learnt about how much effort goes into creating a pearl, the more enthralled I was with this jewel.

Did you know that for a well-cared for pearl, the oysters are literally treated like queens? They are injected with the nucleus at the beginning of the cycle and during the initial stages, divers go down to the seabed to ensure they are okay every other day and turn the oyster over to ensure the pearl’s roundness for several months. Then afterwards, the oysters, which are clamped into grids, are lifted up to the surface every week to be cleansed. After two years of hard work by the oyster, the pearl is taken out and if all goes well, the oyster would have spent all this time coating layers of nacre over the nucleus.

I’ve also discovered that pearls aren’t necessary for old ladies. Yes, the phrase clutching one’s pearls still make evokes an older woman but I’m hoping that through my designs, ladies out there can see that pearls can be incorporated into funky statement jewellery and that these naturally created gems are really something to marvel at.

Signing out from the “Pearl of the Orient”

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Will update and post soon! In the meantime, please visit my Etsy shop at