Designers You Should Know: Dannijo

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I learned about the beautiful sisters behind Dannijo Designs while browsing the Saks Fifth Avenue online store. I found myself drawn to their effortlessly stylish hand-crafted pieces of art.

Jodie and Danielle Snyder started making jewelry using their cardiologist father's surgery equipment. They quickly found their passion for jewelry-making and launched Dannijo, a brand synonymous with affordable luxury and trendy jewelry. 

Their items can be found in stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Shopbop, Holt Renfrew, Lane Crawford and Harvey Nichols.

As part of their social responsibility initiative, all Dannijo packaging is made in Rwanda as to promote sustainable economic opportunity for women in underdeveloped nations. 

Check out our favorite additions to their collection and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Jewelry Porn: Napoleon's Bling in Australia

If you're in Victoria, Australia this week, then you must check out Napoleon Bonaparte's belongings at Australia's National Gallery of Victoria. The collection includes 300-pieces of Napoleon's jewelry, watches and silverware. Not to mention the furniture, paintings and other ornaments owned by the Emperor of France from 1804 and 1815.
The intricate designs, the precious jewels, the history behind every item... that's what drives me to blog about this industry. 

"Among the impressive collection on display is a 200-year old Breguet “touch” watch by French horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet. 

The watch belonged to Napoleon’s youngest brother, Jerome Bonaparte and is impressive not only because Breguet was considered the leading watchmaker of his day, but because the design of the watch was advanced for its time. 

Encrusted in old mine cut diamonds which stand in to indicate the hour, and pearls that indicate the half hour, the ornate arrow turns with the watch’s movements and tells the time without the wearer needing to open a cover. 

The watch was considered a forward piece of technology within that era, and was popular among younger people who wanted to know the time discreetly by feeling the face of the watch without the ceremony of taking the watch out of their pockets."
Check out some of the gorgeous pieces from the exhibition, titled "Napoleon: Revolution to Empire".

Bling Must-Haves from CC Skye

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

We are currently obsessed with everything CC Skye. She's a beautiful and talented jewelry designer from the States. You should read her journey to become one of the most successful jewelry inspirational and a case-and-point for all of us who want to ditch the 9-5 for a creative and lucrative jewelry career.

Her gorgeous pieces can be found in over 800 retail stores around the world. Not to mention on the hands, necks and wrists of A-list celebrities.

What's not to love about her brand new collection (which now includes bags and other accessories)? Check out our favorite pieces.

What do you guys think about her background and her designs? Let us know in the comments section below!

Diamonds Are Girls Best Friend:Knuckle Ring

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Check out this awesome 4-finger snake knuckle ring made of diamonds andwhite gold. Love it!

Young Chinese Designer Reinvents the Knuckle Ring

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Warning: the below works of art will blow your mind. 

Payson Ni just graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and has already been named Young Jeweler of the Year by Bentley & Skinner. Personally, rarely do I see something to inspirational and creative coming out of the jewelry industry. 

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to dig out much information but we have hope! Both the new collection AND the online shop will be coming soon. I personally can't wait to see what else is in store from this young talent. But from the looks of it, these rings (which are of Chinese landscape) will cost and arm and a leg. 

Offices of the Most Creative & Influencial People in the World

Trying to get work done in a pile of food, empty coffee cups and stacks of paper on your desk is probably the worst way to start the day. I'm not an overly-neat person, but my workspace can't look like a tornado hit it if I want to get stuff done and, of course, done right.

If you need some inspiration for creating the perfect desk / office then take it from the world's most creative (and influential) people.