08/24/14

MVintage- Jewellery Shop – Malta

Over the years my obsession with jewellery has increased, I believe they are such a beautiful way of accessorizing any outfit and giving a very stylish result. When it comes to fashion I am very classic but then I like to dress it up with some cool jewellery.

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MVintage is a high street vintage inspired jewellery shop which recently celebrated its one year anniversary in Malta. I have been quite a fan of their jewellery since it opened; apart from my love for jewellery I simply love the vintage style which is classic and timeless. Apart from that the quality of these jewellery pieces is impeccable, and a lot of eye to the detail is given.
The prices are pretty reasonable especially for some of their elaborate necklaces. I have bought two necklaces and a pair of earring from this gorgeous brand and I am finally showing them to you.

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The first necklace is a chunky chain necklace in gold and white, which is very much in vogue nowadays and can dress up every plain outfit. To match this necklace I bought a pair of gold chain earrings which I am simply in love with.

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The second necklace is a simple silver long necklace with black printed beads. It is a beautiful and timeless necklace which looks good with every outfit.

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If you want to purchase any of their beautiful jewellery, you can either go and their Website and it will be delivered to you at the comfort of your own home. If not you can visit their stylish designed “boxes” which hold their fabulous pieces, available at Tigne Point, Sliema, Baystreet, St. Julians and Paola.

Have you ever bought anything from MVintage? Would love to read your opinion down below :),

Thank you for following
XOXO
Sarah-Jane

08/24/13

Emerald Inceptions – Handmade Jewellery by Marcon

Things are certainly progressing both in fashion and in Jewelry design here in Malta. I am seeing a lot of entrepreneurial women out there that are starting to make a new of their own, one of them is Marcon Caruana. Me and Marcon have been knowing each other for a long time but little did I know she had such a talent for jewellery making.

 

I met this lovely lady last week, as she was exhibiting her work at the Gorygoth Malta shop. By spending a few hours with her, i could see how much passion she has for designing, and how much she loves doing it. They are a part of which is why she gives each item a story, that will someday be part of someone else.

I had to opportunity to ask her further about Emerald Inceptions, check them out:

1.How did Emerald Inceptions start?

Working on crafts has been my passion from when I was a tiny tot. I started with cards for different occasions, and even home accessories. My creativity comes from my parents. My mother was a seamstress, and my father was a carpenter.

Like most girls, I also like fashion, clothing, and shoes. Sometimes, because I did not find what I had in mind or wanted, I would look for things that I have at home (a broken necklace or pieces of watches) and then create a necklace or bracelet from them.The initiative to start my small business started when my fiancé and my family saw some of the things that I had done. So they encouraged me to try, and that’s what I did!

 2.What was the main reason you started designing jewellery?

 I have always had a passion for jewellery, especially earrings! My own collection of earrings from around the world is over 350 pairs, it was an obvious choice. Now I mainly focus on large statement couture necklaces.

3.Have you ever had any training to develop you skill?

If I see something I like, I need to understand how it’s done, first and foremost in my head, then once I understand the theory, I can work with tools and different materials, think outside the box and make what I see. I watch videos on the internet and have bought a lot of books that have helped me with what I do. What I know I learnt on my own, if there was a chance for me to take a course locally I would.

4.From where do you get your inspiration?

My main inspiration is derived from a beautiful time that has gone by – the Victoria Era. I mix the style of that age, with similar modern styles, namely Steampunk and Goth.I also get a lot of Inspiration from nature, especially the sea, classic literature, British Shabby Chic gusto and French Vintage glam.

5.Do you sketch your design before you start working on a piece or you are driven by the instant?

 Most of the time I see the design in my head, rather than sketch it, I grab as many wire or beads as I can and lay it out. This allows me to visualize it first.

6.What is your favorite piece of jewellery that you ever created?

Really depends on my mood. My favorite piece is called ‘Cronos Concubinus’ (yes most of my creations have names to explain the story). This two focal necklace, has the most antique clock part pieces I ever laid my hands on, plus a few more.

I created this haute couture necklace, using very rare trinkets, original antiques, such as the tip of a fountain pen from the 1900’s, two steam watch machines pre-WW1, brass and antiqued bronze charms. The chain work is all handmade, comprising of oval loops and the other strand is tiny propeller style links. The beads used for the center strand of the necklace are mostly light grey jade glass and the center bead is black diamond colour with AB colour Czech polished and multifaceted, super pretty when they catch the light.

The story behind it is that the God of Time (Cronos in Latin) had a lover (Concubinus in Latin) – that is why two focal – and the couple, even though two individuals, create a beautiful harmony together which is this couture one of a kind necklace.

7.It is common that most designers develop a certain bond with their designs; do you find it hard to sell a piece of jewellery that you have worked so hard on?

Yes!!! I cried and was shaking when I sold my previous favourite items. It is so emotional for me to find a buyer for my pieces, because we instantly connect. Knowing that there is another person out there that understands and loves your creation is a beautiful experience for which I am very thankful for and motivates me.

8.What is the future for Emerald Inceptions?

Keeping a constant progress to me is very important. Staying in touch with my current clients and understanding the potential for future ones takes time. I am now more determined to create more awareness about mixed media art jewellery and continue to spread the word about Steampunk locally.

However in the next few months a massive change will happen to EI which I cannot reveal for now 😉 But it will be amazing!

I can’t wait to hear the good news for Emerald Inceptions :). Btw watch this lovely braclet I got and some pictures of the display and work by Marcon:

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

08/13/13

Mini Accessories Haul

Hi guys,

So about a month or two ago, I really needed some retail therapy so I bought a couple of items from various websites online. I have been craving for a couple of handbags and I have been loving these designer smile bags. They can vary in pricing at it depends if they are real leather or not and even which colour you choose. I thought of treating myself for the real deal. I was initially going to it all in black but then the smile wouldn’t be visible, so I opted for the black and white one.

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I am absolutely in love with this handbag, might buy another one in a different colour as it is super cute. It is quite a heavy bag and can by tiring if you wear it on your wrist for a long time. However comes with a nice long strap which can give you a different option of how to hold this handbag. I also love that is has these metal studs at the bottom of the bag which can keep it from getting dirty, if you leave it on the floor.

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I also got this lovely summer handbag for a cheap price on e-bay, I use it currently for work because it quite spacious and very light to carry. It’s perfect for summer, as I like to carry light objects.

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When it comes to jewelry, I have been seeing women wearing necklaces with their name tag which were very popular in the 90’s. The 90’s has definitely come back in 20th century. I managed to find the sterling silver necklace with my name on it and I bought it from ebay. I really like it, and many commented on how cute it looks.

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Well that is all for now guys, keep posted as I have some interesting new make-up look coming up and more reviews for you guys, so keep posted :D.

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

08/11/13

Event – Caps and Stones – Yana’s Jewellery and LD Collaboration

Hey guys,

So last week, I had the opportunity to visit this lovely event by two talented designers. Called caps and stone at Yana’s Jewellery store.

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I was introduced to Yana thanks to my lovely blogger friend Martina from All things Fabulous. It was a lovely event, and it is nice seeing Maltese designers come up with great products and great ways to make a name for themselves. Being a designer myself, I know how hard it can be to actually succeed as designer here in Malta, so it’s always nice to see this happen.

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I have the opportunity to talk to these lovely designers for a small amount of time, and it was interesting that they didn’t initially collaborate on the pieces they displayed. They actually created the pieces separately buy they synced completely together.

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If you want to know more about the designers, do check Martina’s interview which you can check here.

Yana’s Jewellery Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yanas-Jewellery/139352609527405

LD Facebook page :https://www.facebook.com/LuisaDiaconoDesign

I will definitely visit the store again and buy me a lovely necklace as they are simple gorgeous. Even the print on the caps and t-shirts are beautiful and lively, perfect for this Summer. Simply a well done for such an artistic event.

Xoxo

Sarah-Jane