British jewelry designer, Pippa Small exemplifies the boho-luxe lifestyle. Her jewelry is earthy, colorful, and organic. I was playing around on Fashionair (her Style Profile is a must see) and there was a wonderful profile on Pippa and a peek inside her “nomadic tent” of a home in London. Her home, like her jewelry is inspired greatly by travel and the different cultures she comes across. In fact, Pippa is much more than a jewelry designer. She has a degree in Medical Anthropology and continues to work with indigenous communities to promote their traditional designs and to generate funding and self-sufficiency. I love how her designs relate so closely to her home. Many times, designers’ homes are in stark contrast to their craft, but in Pippa’s world they fuel one another. Her bohemian spirit and love for travel make her a Style Curator favorite.
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Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of interviewing the incredibly chic and talented Anne Sisteron, owner of her eponymous jewelry collection. I actually met Anne years ago when I was her son’s teacher and had always been a fan of her jewelry and her classic, chic European style. We ran into each other recently and I asked if she would be the subject of my very first Style Curator interview. She obliged and I’m so excited to share with you her beautiful jewelry collection.
Anne was born in Paris and raised in Denmark. She is a former model and now is the mother of two teenage sons in Beverly Hills. Her darling atelier is nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills on Canon Drive and is a favorite meeting spot for celebrities, stylists, and L.A.’s most prominent philanthropic ladies.
Her collection features diamonds, pearls, and semi-precious stones all either designed or selected by Anne. What I love most about her collection is that she effortlessly mixes timeless pieces ( diamond hoop earrings) with pieces that are edgier and more contemporary (currently all her pyrite pieces). This seems to translate to all aspects of Anne’s world-she is classic and timeless yet very forward thinking.
Chalcedony and Diamond Earrings
Anne and I had a lively discussion about design, technology, and whether or not there she should be an etiquette guide for Facebook. I learned that Anne’s greatest inspiration is travel. While she doesn’t have an absolute favorite destination, she spends her summers in Copenhagen with her family and spends many winters hitting the slopes in the Alps.When it comes to Anne’s style philosophy- her answer was simple-beautiful style should be accessible at all price points. Anne’s collection is extremely well priced, yet quality, detail, and design are never compromised. Anne dedicates her time to making sure her pieces meet her standards and well-trained eye. I asked Anne what 3 pieces of jewelry every woman should own -she thought 10 was a better number- but she was able to narrow it down to: a fabulous pearl necklace (you will rarely see her without one of her own designs), chandelier earrings for dressing up or wearing casually with jeans, and a classic pair of diamond hoop earrings.
It was an absolute pleasure meeting with Anne, and of course I couldn’t leave without one of her fabulous designs from her new collection. She even named the bracelet SC-for Style Curator!
Anne’s Website is currently Under Construction but you can learn more about her and her company here.
All Images are the Property of Anne Sisteron Fine Jewelry
A while back, I posted about the Cartier exhibit currently at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco( read it here). Over the weekend, I finally made it up there to take in the gems and history in person. It was truly a breathtaking exhibit-the collection curated was some of the most beautiful jewelry I have ever seen. What really stood out to me where the Mughal inspired pieces-I was drawn to any pieces that included amethyst and turquoise. Below is the best example inspired by the jewels of India.
This particular piece was commissioned for the Duchess of Windsor in 1947. 1947 Cartier Bib necklace crafted from platinum, 18-carat and 20-carat gold, a heart-shaped faceted amethyst, twenty-seven emerald-cut amethysts, an oval faceted amethyst, turquoise cabochons and baguette-cut diamonds /By Nick Welsh for the Cartier Collection © Cartier
My other favorite pieces from the collections were the exotics-Mexican actress, Maria Felix, commissioned some pretty remarkable pieces including a serpent choker consisting of over 2,000 diamonds and the Crocodile choker below-
Legend has it that the Mexican movie star Maria Felix appeared at Cartier’s rue de la Paix store with a baby crocodile model for the necklace. The result was a dramatic, masterly creation that could be worn as two brooches or as a necklace. Each crocodile is made of articulated gold sections. One is set with 1,023 yellow diamonds and has emeralds for eyes. The other has 1,060 emeralds and ruby eyes.
Here is a picture of the actress wearing her creation:
Of course, all the pieces were stunning. What I learned that was so fascinating was that in the early years, all the jewelry was set in silver. In 1900, Cartier began setting the stones in platinum which allowed more diamonds to be compressed in the piece, which in turn, allowed him to sell more diamonds. Cartier’s biggest clients dictated how the jewelry should be set according to the fashions of the time. The exhibit points out that jewelry set in gold was considered less formal (for daytime) than pieces set in platinum, until the Duchess of Windsor started wearing gold more formally. Furthermore, many clients would constantly change the look of a piece also depending on the current fashions. The exhibit not only highlights the gorgeous pieces owned by some of the wealthiest and fashionable ladies, but it is a real glimpse into the social history of fashion throughout the ages. It is a definite must see if you are in San Francisco!
I first learned about Mish Jewelry when I was an assistant to one of his friends and regular clients. She hosted a very glamorous trunk show at her estate and I got to see first hand all his beautiful creations and meet him as well. Mish’s jewelry is inspired greatly by his own interests (nature, gardening, color) and his arts background. Many of the pieces are very traditional, yet every so often he includes playful, whimiscal treasures in his collections.
As a gift, my former boss had Mish pick out a pair of earrings. When I received them, they were tucked inside the most lovely lavender box (his signature color). I wear them any chance I get.
I love this collage from Tory Burch‘s South African Inspiration for her Resort Collection. The colors and necklaces are so brilliant and bold. Iris Apfel (top right) definintely made bold fashion choices and was way beyond her time-truly an inspiration and stylesetter.
I’m heading down to Sayulita, Mexico for a friend’s wedding this weekend. It is a small, bohemian fishing/surfing village about an hour North of Puerto Vallarta. I am so excited to eat fish tacos from a street stand and shop at Pachamama, a small boutique owned by gypsy, bohemian sisters-Nathalie and Sophie Mignot. I first read about them in Gypset-one of my favorite new coffee table books. I am hoping to come home with one of their Tahitian Pearl Necklaces.