SOUTH KENSINGTON HIDDEN GEMS: GEMOLOGUE BOOK AND SPARKLY THINGS TO DO IN LONDON
Strolling through my favourite area in London, South Kensington, I recently stumbled upon a cute independent bookshop with a spacious window display filled with the most beautiful editions of world’s best books. You should’ve seen my beaming face when I noticed GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips book among them!
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GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips was published last May and I am so honoured to have been receiving your amazing feedback ever since! Thank you all for tagging the book in your Instagram posts and sharing how inspiring it is for your personal jewellery journey!
“GEMOLOGUE is a fun jewellery bible full of styling tips, Liza Urla mixes jewellery by many contemporary designers in fine and costume with vintage staple pieces. The book is filled with colour, texture, shapes, I really enjoyed its eclecticism. Although the book has clearly been well researched and conceived, I love the fact that clearly Liza does not take jewellery too seriously. Her take on jewellery in GEMOLOGUE is playful, irreverent and joyful” – Valery Demure, Jewellery PR and Consultant
If you haven’t got your copy yet, make sure to order it on Amazon!
If you happen to be visiting London anytime soon, follow my GEMOLOGUE book shopping guide to South Kensington below (with an added bonus of my favourite spots in the area)!
7 THINGS TO DO IN SOUTH KENSINGTON LONDON IN GEMOLOGUE STYLE!
SOUTH KENSINGTON BOOKS INDEPENDENT BOOK SHOP
In the heart of South Kensington you will find this lovely book shop, serving Londoners since 1940s, and now specialising in Visual Arts, Architecture and Photography. Visit it soon, before the stock of my book runs out! You’ll find it either in the front window display or in the Fashion section between Cartier and VOGUE books. Just loving my neighbourhood bookshops at the moment!
Address: South Kensington Books, 22 Thurloe Street, London SW7 2LT
VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM JEWELLERY ROOM
Next must-see spot for all jewellery lovers from around the world is undoubtedly the Victoria & Albert Museum and its newly renovated Jewellery Room in particular. With free admission, you won’t believe the dazzling splendour to indulge your eyes with! Over 3,000 magnificent jewels: from Celtic breastplate to diamonds worn by Russian empress Catherine the Great. Make sure to check the inner secret garden too – a photo worthy spot all to yourself!
Address: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
BIBENDUM OYSTER BAR
Oysters for lunch is such a treat! Despite the fact that seafood at the Bibendum Oyster Bar is beyond delicious, it’s the building itself that’s worth paying a visit. Opened in 1911 as the headquarters of Michelin Tyre Company it used to be one of the grandest venues in London, and a place where motorists of the past century could get their types changed. Stained glass windows depicting the famous mascot, painted tile walls and mosaic floors all there for you to enjoy over a mouthwatering seafood platter, while imagining your retro car receiving a royal treatment.
Address: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW3 6RD
THE CONRAN SHOP
Another amazing South Kensington spot for all jewellery and furniture lovers is The Conran Shop. A beautiful selection of tasteful, yet affordable costume jewellery, home accessories and gifts definitely make it to the list of non- trivial souvenir ideas. I just love strolling through this huge 2-floor shop on a gloomy London afternoon and always end up leaving with unexpected cool finds!
Address: The Conran Shop, Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW3 6RD
Next up on our London jewellery shopping agenda is Joseph Multibrand. Wearable minimalist designs, staple fashion items an a vast section of shoes and bags is a satisfaction for my eyes every time I pass the store front. And when I go inside… I just can’t resist buying something from their cool contemporary jewellery selection!
Address: 77 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 6RE
PARLOUR BY THE ICE CREAM UNION
D is for Dessert! A recently opened Parlour by the Ice Cream Union is a must visit if you have a sweet tooth like me! Supplying ice cream for top London restaurants, the Ice Cream Union has an mouth-watering selection of flavours from irresistible Banana Split and Mascarpone to unique Blood Orange and Blackcurrant sorbets. Make sure to try my favourite delicious vegan flavours!
Address: 166 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, London SW1X 0AW
OBLIQUE NAILS & BEAUTY
At the end of you South Kensington day trip, refresh your manicure in GEMOLOGUE style! Pop by the Oblique Nails & Beauty salon and you will be surprised just how perfect your nails will look after your appointment. That’s a place where magic happens to my nails – all the photos of my signature flawless French manicure speak for themselves! And if you’re hesitating about the design, get inspired from the pages of GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips book!
Address: 19 Bute St, London SW7 3EY
Have you been to London before? Let me know in comments and share YOUR favourite spots in the city!
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I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery.
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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.
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, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
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