HARRODS PRESS BREAKFAST LADUREE LONDON

I attended a breathtaking Harrods Press Breakfast at Ladurée, Parisian tearoom since 1862. We were indulged with jewellery and delicious macaroons!

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I met lovely Ece Şirin from Bee Goddess, charming Stephen Webster and inspirational Bec Astley Clarke from Astley Clarke (my visit to Astley Clark showroom). Firstly we took the opportunity to try on Meira T sapphire and ruby slices (interview with Meira).

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I also tried on Annoushka‘s intricate creations, gorgeous Pomellato rainbow rings, the fun creations from Mawi as well as Bao Bao Wan‘s everyday luxury collection ( interview with Bao Bao Wan). The show-stopping rings from AS29 were also on display (interview with Audrey Savransky). We enjoyed the Lara Bohinc pink signature jewels and Amedeo Jewelry masculine carved pieces.

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The Harrods Jewellery display was a marvellous first impression as we entered. The table sized flower arrangement was created by Moyses Stevens. Each jewellery piece was displayed on grass among the flowers, giving one a sense of treasure hunt. Our favourite new designer discovered is Bee Goddess. The Bee Goddess diamond and gold collection bring together mythology and sacred meanings from around the world. The key inspiration of the collection is the creativity, fertility and the loving compassion of the Goddess. The roots of which go back to the Bee Goddess, the mother of all Goddesses from Catalhoyuk – known to be the first settlement in the world – Anatolia in 7500 BC. Each Bee Goddess symbol invokes an archetypal meaning and story to enrich the life of the wearer. The Bee Goddess approach to jewellery is fresh and inspirational. We are looking forward to visiting Ece Şirin in Istanbul to discover more.

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I was delighted to meet Stephen Webster and tried on his innovative and glamorous signature designs. There is great energy in his necklaces and other fabulous creations. His jewellery is not static, instead it’s made up of powerful statement pieces. Each piece is instantly recognisable as the designs are so unique. The strong British heritage of traditional goldsmithing has given Stephen Webster the skills and artistry to create rather shocking pieces. Expect to be amazed at the collection with it’s great design, flawless materials and painstaking attention to detail.

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During the event, Bec Astley Clarke shared the story behind her new Fao Collection with rose-cut morganites and heavenly Rose de France. Named after after Bec’s grandmother, there is a supremely personal element in the collection. Bec’s grandfather, Sir Cyril Astley Clarke, was a geneticist, lepidopterist and President of the Royal College of Physicians. He was also an enthusiastic researcher of butterflies. It was Fao who suggested that he combine these two passions.  By researching the genetic wing patterns of the Swallowtail butterfly, Cyril was able to develop a treatment which has since saved thousands of babies’ lives. The jewellery designs are inspired by the microscopic patterns found within butterfly wings. Bec Astley Clarke inherited Cyril’s wonderful butterfly research and the butterflies decorate the walls of both Astley Clarke London Boutique and Design Studio. There is something marvelously British about butterflies, the jewellery in the Fao Collection is designed to reflect this.

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Harrods knows how to finish the event with a smile. Thank you for the gorgeous Stephen Webster earrings we picked for our goody bags!

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Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

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