In the musical 'Camelot' with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Guinevere sings 'Tra la, it's May, the lusty month of May. That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray.' I'm not sure about going blissfully astray, but May has been a very good month so far, despite the less than ideal weather. As is always the case, a good month does mean I may be seen as going blissfully astray with my orders for more A-AAA grade gemstones. My good month usually means (I hope) a good month for my wonderful gemmologist who supplies me with 99 percent of my stones. (The other one percent is usually an opal or two supplied by my wonderful opal specialist.) I placed my order this morning and will anxiously await delivery. Amongst the stunning gems that will soon be featured in my one-of-kind designs are AA+ pink sapphires, AA+ London blue topaz, some bright orange AAA-grade carnelian and a pale blue AAA-grade chalcedony focal. The opals? My one opal offering found a lovely neck on which to shimmer and shine, but the timing was perfect. My opal specialist is sending me a large opal mined in Utah. It is colourful and I am sure it will be as beautiful in 'real life' as it is in the photograph that was sent to me. I am so lucky to have found such wonderful suppliers for all my gemstones. After all, the better the stones I get, the better the pieces of jewellery I design and offer on the website and at events and through stockists. I love being able to invest in my business with money as well as my time and passion for creating.
May has been a good month in so many ways. In addition to my inclusion in the 'Jewels for June' feature in Tatler magazine, I received a phone call (finally and at last) from Vogue. I had been hoping and praying to hear from that veritable bible of high fashion. They saw my feature in Tatler and loved the design and colour play of my work. They went to my website to see my other designs and felt that I was the perfect designer to feature in their jewellery feature pages. And so, I am thrilled to say that Ailleas Designs will be featured in the October, November and December issues of Vogue. It is so exciting and I don't for one minute feel that this means I can rest on my laurels. If anything, it spurs me to do more and better. I only hope I succeed, not only in my eyes, but in the eyes of my customers around the world.
So, stay tuned. Photo sessions for my new pieces (there are more waiting in the wings as I type this) will take place over the next fortnight and I anticipate a debut of new pieces in the first weeks of June.
|'Periwinkle' - new iolite and peridot pendant |
currently on offer on the website.