You know that feeling when you meet someone creative? Someone who might channel their creativity one way but show it in so many other ways?
That’s how I feel about jewellery designer Renee Blackwell. I’ve known Renee for many years now, initially through seeing her designs for sale at the famous Eumundi Markets on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, then working with her in fashion shows and lately following her travels via her blog and Facebook page.
I’ve even been out to her hinterland hideaway and visited the creekside “studio”, Harmony House, where her design work “happens” and every time we’ve come in contact, I’ve been blown away by her sassy style.
Renee exudes a confidence that comes from knowing who you are and how best to show that off.
This was the look Renee had going on when we last met. Love.
Of course, it does help that she has some pretty stunning jewellery pieces at her disposal to wear 😉
Renee Blackwell Design pieces sit well on Renee but they sit equally as well on the thousands from around the world who have bought, loved and wear her designs every day.
For me, it’s Renee’s ability to bring a little of her style and her influence into creating unique pieces of art that make them a stand out for anyone’s accessory collection.
Each is a work of beauty and Renee’s signature style is the use of sterling silver plus one-of-a-kind vintage and antique buttons, as well as gemstones, semi-precious stones, cut crystal-including Swarovski crystal, Australian stones and other unusual “found objects” in her designs.
These form the cornerstone of the design of her earrings, pendants and rings, which are hunted down and found during Renee’s international travels. It’s also the travel itself which fuels the inspiration for her designs.
I travel to Paris each October to find my vintage buttons from a variety of vintage dealers we’ve been working with for years. I buy the buttons on their original button cards. They are from the late 1940s and early ’50s, era. This is why they are in perfect condition and can be used in my jewellery designs.
It makes you wonder what those buttons might have otherwise been destined for, doesn’t it? That’s the romance of it all for me, right there in each vintage button. Renee then brings that romance alive.
Here’s a little snapshot of some of my faves from Renee’s current designs:
I’m going through a jewellery phase at the moment where I’ll always wear at least one cocktail statement ring on my right hand and work those back with a pair of drop earrings but I can feel a re-found love of the pendant necklace coming on soon. They’re just too amazing not to embrace.
The key thing to remember when working statement jewellery pieces into your wardrobe is to let those pieces be the statement.
Don’t make them “compete” with what you’re wearing, instead make them the focal point of your whole outfit.
As they are works of art, consider your whole outfit the gallery. Where you hang your piece of art has to do that piece justice.
For more information about Renee Blackwell Design jewellery or to find a stockist near you (there are so many Australia-wide and in New Zealand), visit the main website: www.reneeblackwelldesign.com or to buy direct, make an inquiry through Renee’s blog: allthingsrenee.blogspot.com.au
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
Renee Blackwell Designs, together with Styling You, is giving you the chance to win one of three Renee Blackwell Design pieces. To enter, simply leave a comment below answering the following question: what’s your most treasured piece of fashion jewellery and why? The top three creative responses will win one of the pieces pictured below. This competition opens Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 6.15am and closes, Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 6.15am. Entries will be judged on originality and creativity. The winners will be notified via email and their details listed here. For full terms and conditions, click here.
1. Pendant (Swarovski crystal, 1940s era French enamel button set in sterling silver) $310 | 2. Butterfly and Swarovski crystal earrings $110 | 3. Silver and blue Swarovski crystal earrings $110