We all love making a statement, but the notion of wearing a pig’s head on your finger doesn’t automatically signal high fashion. That is until you see jewellery by FSAugusta. I always think eccentric fine jewellery must be so hard to get right for jewellery designers, because you’re in danger of having it likened to some of the kitsch crap pushed on ebay (plastic cassette players on ready-to-rust chains, you know the sort). FSA’s collection however, hits the high fashion nail on the head and manages to simultaneously be fun AND totally beautiful. And so it should be, when it incorporates gems such as coral, onyx, emeralds and sapphires into its pieces.
FSAugusta Pig Ring with Black Diamonds
Thorny Devil Amethyst Earrings
FSA reminds me why I love brands with signature items… forget clutches, ballet pumps or trench coats – FSA has akomodo dragon. Collection one introduced the baby komodo hatching from it’s egg on earrings, necklaces and rings…
Komodo Egg Ring with Yellow Gold and Agate Spots
Hatching Komodo Dragon necklaces
By FSA’s second collection, komodo has hatched, and now a grown-up dragon dominates the collection, featuring on various pieces. How. Cute. Is. That? (And How. Brilliant. A. Marketing. Campaign. Is. That? – I’m sold!)
All hail Lisa Galibardy, who has lifted the bar on quality, quirky jewellery. http://galibardy.co.uk/ has a sumptuous collection of beautifully eccentric rings, necklaces and earrings, inspired by anything from tattoos to teeth to animal skulls.
In between bouts of essay writing/revision at Uni, I would finding myself drifting onto this site and falling into an accessories trance and by 9pm, I still might not have finished the first paragraph of the essay but I would have several excellent outfit and jewellery combinations worked out. Now, being a fully fledged worker and OUT of my student overdraft for the first time, I no longer have to dream – my galibardy tattoo necklace arrived in the post the other day. Oh, never have I been so excited to receive mail.
You know you’re onto a good thing when the home page dons a surreal Alice in Wonderland-esque scene…. Not only does Lisa design amazing jewellery but she knows what’s big right now, and that we’re all lusting after mad hatter pendants and cheshire cat rings. Yes please!
I mustn’t go mad though, just as tattoos become addictive after getting your first, so do tattoo necklaces. I might find that overdraft rearing its ugly head once again…