I can't believe it has been four months since I last shared any of my news with you. The months have been spent very busily preparing pieces - not only for my own websites and events, but for my stockists as well. It has been such a busy but very rewarding time. I am thrilled to announce that my jewellery can now be found at Inverewe Garden & Estate in Poolewe - a National Trust for Scotland property. You can also find my jewellery at Lochside Crafts in Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye and at Stewart's of Drymen outside Glasgow. I am continuing my relationship with Duncan House, also on Skye, and The Perfume Studio and Aroma Cafe, although they are stocking only my bronze and copper jewellery from my other jewellery brand, The Selkie's Haunt. All in all, it's been busy. But I wouldn't have it any other way.
If you check my calendar on the website, you will see that it is going to be a very busy summer season. I am taking part in the exciting new market in Ullapool and look forward to setting up shop there every Thursday starting June 12. But, prior to that, I am really excited about exhibiting at the Dornoch Gallery from May 31 - June 14. It promises to be a very exciting time.
Regarding press appearances, I am continuing my relationship with Tatler and Harper's Bazaar and in the autumn and the run up to Christmas, I will be dipping my toes in the water of the City of London when I appear in Square Mile Magazine. It's all good. Exposure is so important when running and growing a business.
In addition to all this, I was honoured to be asked to create the bridal jewellery for a young lady in Aberdeen. It was a joy to make her dreams become reality and, because of the commission, I found an experienced and well-respected supplier of pearls from here in the UK. So, in addition to my 'pedigree' stones from my wonderful supplier, I now have a supplier for superior quality cultured pearls along with my source for Australian opals.
|'Three Moons' Moonstone Necklace|
My website has seen some additions in the last couple of days. I am thrilled to unveil my 'Three Moons' necklace. This necklace features a focal 'dangle' that is comprised of a trio of AAA-grade moonstone in grey, cream and peach. The necklace features a trio of small rondelle beads in the same three colours. This necklace is sure to make the transition from spring to summer, to autumn to winter. The colours are perfect for every time of the year. I have created earrings to complement the necklace. These can be found on the website now.
|'Fit for a Queen' lapis lazuli|
and vesuvianite earrings
In addition to this beautiful necklace, I am thrilled with the final design that I created to complement two of the most beautiful, deeply blue lapis lazuli beads I've ever seen. These two lapis lazuli smooth heart briolettes are of a good size and such a deep blue. I have paired them with small rondelles of vesuvianite and lapis. The heart briolettes are AAA, but I would classify them as AAAAA. They are just that beautiful. I call these earrings 'Fit for a Queen.' The name alludes to story that lapis lazuli was the favoured gemstone of Cleopatra. We have historical evidence that lapis lazuli was very popular during the time of the Egyptian Empire. It was not only used as a gemstone, but it was also used a source for dye and for cosmetics. It was often ground and used as eye shadow. When burying their dead, the Egyptians often included a scarab made of lapis, believing that it would protect the individual in the next life. No doubt, old Cleo would love these earrings. The blue of lapis lazuli makes the silver sparkle even more. These earrings are available on the website right now.
|'The Faerie Queene' morganite and cultured pearl bracelet|
Look for three new designs to debut on the pages of Tatler, Harper's Bazaar and The World of Interiors when the June issues of those magazines hit the newstands on May 1st. But be warned, pieces that appear in the magazines sell very quickly so they won't last long. (Of course, if you'd like to see them on your very own screen, subscribe to my newsletter, where all will be revealed on May 1st.)
As always, thank you for your interest in Ailleas Designs. It is very much appreciated.