Monday, 15 April 2013

STREET SPARK: MODELS OFF DUTY

Are they really off duty looking this fabulous??? 
Of course they are....they are MODELS looking spectacular!
Some of my favourite off duty....
 Ana Beatriz Barros

Soo Joo Park

Natasha Poly


Anja Rubik

Jessica Hart


Miranda Kerr
(images tumblr)


Jen X

Friday, 12 April 2013

SPARKLE





















images via tumblr

Wishing you a wonderful weekend full of sparkle and fabulousness!
Jen X

Thursday, 11 April 2013

VINTAGE INDIAN CLUTCH BAG

Do you remember yesterday's post, showing the vintage clutch bags from my recent trip??
Well I left this one in a girlfriend's letterbox today.







Happy Birthday to the Divine MRS J! 
I hope this bag joins us on lots of happy outings involving champagne!
Jen X

MY INDIAN TREASURE CHEST

It is just as well I don't have a lot of shopping time on my trips to Jaipur, as I am busy finalising the designs for Jen Nicholl Jewellery 
Oh gosh I could get myself in trouble!! 
I can't begin to tell you how gorgeous the handicrafts are. I adore the textiles especially. 
So yesterday my trusty, very friendly and helpful courier arrived at my front door with his usual happy grin. He always has a chuckle as he comments " just back from another trip I see". 
The smile is bigger on my face as I accept my cloth covered hand sown boxes.
So here we go....
 Quilts


Gorgeous soft Indian Cotton Pyjama's for the little Sparks.
They come in their own cute bag.




Divine Clutch bags made from beautiful vintage fabrics. 
Each one is unique, I adore these!




A close up..aren't the colours and textures gorgeous??



Tribal Boho Bags

A close up of the boho bags


Yes, you would be correct, they are turbans! Every 11 year old needs one right? 
My twin boys looked very cute in these at breakfast today.
 

Block Print Table Linens


I feel a GIVEAWAY coming on...I may have gone a little crazy this time!!!!
Jen X

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

JEWELLERY OBSESSION: JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS

Do you remember the jewellery auction of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis?
 That was nearly two decades ago! 
Sotheby's of course assigned rather modest prices and the jewellery pieces attracted 10 - 20 times more than estimated. An overall result of $34.5 million (US) was achieved.
Well here is another opportunity to purchase one of Jackie's pieces.
 This brooch is currently for sale at Betteridge



The brooch features a gold Roman coin and 18K gold and emerald spray.
It is believed Jackie wore this on her first visit to Greece.
I can't help but thinking this is a "bargain" at $10,000. 
Yikes I hear you cry...allow me to explain...
The results from the auction in 1996 were phenomenal!
Of the 584 pages of the auction catalogue, 329 pages were dedicated to fine and faux jewellery.
(The catalogue itself is one of a collector's item) .
There were many spectacular pieces. 
The jaw dropping 40 carat diamond engagement ring from Onassis. Estimate $500,00-$600,000 it sold for $2,587,500. 
A 47 carat Kunzite and diamond ring , estimate $6-8,000 it sold for $415,000.

image via 1st Dibs

This whimsical scarecrow brooch by Van Cleef, featuring a green chalcedony head with top hat and scarf decorated with rubies, sapphires and diamonds.  
Estimate $1200-$1500, sold for $101,500

image via Vogue IT
The very famous three strand faux pearls, estimated $500-700, SOLD $211,500.
There are numerous other examples.
If you take into account these results plus the fact in 1996 Gold was approximately $400 (US)  per ounce, compared with today's value of around $1700 per ounce, the brooch seems like a bargain! 

So if you are in the market for a gorgeous trinket previously owned by one of the great icons of the twentieth century, you know where to look!

Jen X


Friday, 5 April 2013

MWAH!

I love this MWAH board! 
 image Beautylish

Glitter Guide has recreated the board with their favourite lipsticks. 
Cute, don't you think?
MWAH and Happy Friday!
Jen X

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

BEHIND THE SCENES: JEN NICHOLL JEWELLERY

Do you fancy a peak at some images from the 

 New Cocktail Rings coming soon.
The Sterling Silver will be heavily plated in rose gold. 
A Bespoke Peridot and Diamond Ring.
Can you see the pop of green and "white" near the gold bezel setting?
The gold band is almost finished.
Beautiful emerald cut stones waiting to be set.

Blue Chalcedony Hoops getting some white glove love.

This is the first thing the skilled artisans see as they enter the workshop on the whiteboard.

My little pile of lavender jewels for some new earrings.




Nothing beats the vibrant colours of natural gemstone beads,
the perfect rainbow!
You have no idea how time flies for me in the stone room, my favourite place.
Decisions Decisions....
Which ones to choose???

Jen X