School of Hard Knocks – My foray into metalsmithing.

I was holding a gas torch. It was burning blue on the highest flame, accompanied by an intimidating roar. I didn’t trust myself with it, and given my terrible record with heated things, I had good reason not to.

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Stoned – Monica Vinader’s new pieces hit the stores.

But don’t worry, no humans were harmed in the making of these jewellery. The only way stones are getting on people at the British jeweller’s boutiques are in the form of gems safely ensconced in bezels of precious metals to be worn as rings, earrings, and bracelets.

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In Full Bloom – Five floral jewellery collections for spring.

Spring is here… Supposedly. There are no signs of it here in Stockholm. In fact, it snowed yesterday. Well, if nature’s not giving me any flowers, I’m going to find my own, and the ones I like will never wither in winter. Here are five floral jewellery pieces that I’ll take over a bouquet any…

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Castles in the Air – When a jeweller gets her architect friend in on the action.

One’s the queen of wearable art; the other, the master of liveable sculptures. When Simone Ng and Jason Pomeroy put their creative forces together, the result is a unique capsule collection of six rings.

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When Haute Couture isn’t Enough – Five high jewellery creations that threatened to outshine the fashion at the recent Paris Haute Couture Week.

Where would Kate Middleton’s wedding style be without the iconic Garrard sapphire engagement ring or the Cartier tiara? Where would Cinderella be without her glass slipper? I shudder to consider the consequences.

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Hidden Messages – Five ways to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day.

Heart shapes on Valentine’s Day is such a cliché; subtlety is more tasteful. Here are five gem-studded creations that say “I love you” with all the class and none of the crass(ness).

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Handy Candy – Carrie K rethinks arm candy.

It’s a candy bar, without any edible goodies. The delectable-looking nuggets at Carrie K’s new Bling Bar are charms designed for building the perfect arm candy.

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A Familiar Camellia – Gabrielle Chanel’s favourite flower stars in the brand’s latest jewellery collection.

If there ever were a woman who doesn’t care for roses, it would be Gabrielle Chanel. The camellia, with its majestic fullness and neat petals arranged with an almost geometric precision, appealed to her more.

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A Meeting of the Greats – Zaha Hadid gives Bulgari’s B.zero 1 ring a makeover.

Imagine the architectural spectacle that would have resulted if emperor Vespasian had been able to consult Zaha Hadid before he built the Colosseum. Bulgari’s new B.zero 1 ring created in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) is probably as close as we will ever get to that.

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