Meet The Public Image – our latest international stocklist

Posted in Uncategorized on August 15th, 2012 by jewelheritage

A few months ago we revealed the first of our international stocklists, the lovely Quintessential based in Singapore, now I can reveal our second international stocklist is THE PUBLIC IMAGE based in Belgium. We caught up with the delightful Nele who is one half of The Public Image

1) Please introduce yourself and your store to our readers.

We are Jacks Of All Trades, autodidacts to the bone. My background is social work and my fiance’s is theater and production, we rolled into this together, screwed up a couple of times together and made this work together.
Our strength I think is that we are eachothers opposites and we both have the abillity to recognize and correct our mistakes when needed.
We try to enjoy ourselves as much as possible and don’t take ourselves too seriously, which also keeps us rational and somewhat balanced.
Besides that, our shop is made with a current mind; our energy is green, we only use energy-saving lights, our bags are made of paper instead of plastic and most of the material used for the interior was upcycled.
It’s important for us to not be naive about the period we live in today and we try to reflect this on our business.

2) What is the concept/driving force behind The Public Image?

Essentially, The Public Image started as a T-shirt shop with a T-shirt printing business linked to it. Unfortunately the printshop had to be closed, leaving us with a shop without a concept. This basically became our turning point, we chose to keep the shop but had to take it to a new level.
After 8 extra months of research, fashion weeks and showrooms we found the brands we are selling today and could not be happier.
We are an independent concept store, thriving maximum originality and with a contemporary eye for emerging designers. We have exclusivity for almost all our brands and never stop looking for what’s next.

3) What do you look for in brands? What is the deciding factor when choosing a brand to stock in your store?

Most important aspects of brands for us are quality and originality. Brands do not have to be “big” in order for us to chose them, we even prefer smaller and unknown brands as they guarantee us we got something unique. Another plus of smaller brands is their motivation and enthusiasm, communication is mostly more personal and therefore very nice to work with! Smaller brands mostly make everything local, guaranteeing us honest work for honest pay and it’s got a very small eco footprint since they don’t ship everything back and forth across the world! We like to try out new brands, styles and trends without losing our identity. Although we are a more “edgy” store, our goal is to find something for most people, so within our style we try to be as diverse as possible. This includes styles and prices! We have very affordable collections but also more limited and/or conceptual brands in a higher price range.

4) What is on the agenda for The Public Image for the rest of 2012?

There will be an all girl blog night this month, it will be our first as well! We’ve got a contest coming up in co-operation with Belmodo, we also have a lot of plans for more events and parties and we are planning on visiting London Fashion Week in September.

I think you will all agree the store looks amazing. You can visit The Public Image at Wijngaardstraat 16, Antwerp, BE. their facebook link is here The Public Image

A special Facebook auction for charity

Posted in Uncategorized on August 3rd, 2012 by jewelheritage

We have a super special oxidised silver (we left it in a sulphur mixture for 3 days and has a heavily textured feel to it) ring in a US7 to auction off on our Facebook fan page. The auction will go live on Sunday 5th August and will last till Wednesday 8th August. In order to ‘bid’ on the ring, all you have to do comment on the picture of the price you are willing to pay for the ring. All monies raised will go to our chosen charity www.rawa.org as will all sales from our website for the month of August. Good luck everyone !

New exciting stocklist (1 of 2) to announce. Welcome QUINTESSENTIAL based in Singapore

Posted in Uncategorized on July 15th, 2012 by jewelheritage

We had a lovely email a few weeks back from the ladies at QUINTESSENTIAL based in Singapore, asking to stock Jewel Heritage, and of course we obliged! Sitting alongside brands like House of Harlow and Kenneth Jay Lane, I’d say we were in good company. Below is a little blurb on Quintessential

 

 

Quintessential is a handbag and accessory store that is well known for always being on-trend in its selection of merchandise and labels. Over the last 7 years we are known for introducing new labels into the market often before these labels become internationally well known. It is the only accessory store in Singapore that is regularly featured in over 12 magazines monthly and enjoys daily deliveries of new labels.

If you ever find yourself in Singapore, please do pop along to our latest stocklist!

Another announcement coming very soon!

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Sex and Death: An exhibition

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17th, 2012 by jewelheritage

We were recently contacted by the lovely ladies behind Guts for Garters to exhibit our work in their latest exhibition entitled Sex & Death and we were more than happy to oblige.

The exhibition is a celebration of British designers who are heavily influence by the themes of Sex and Death (in our case Death), as well as showcasing our very own pieces, including the infamous Harbinger of Death pieces, there were many other amazing talents on show. Unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to make notes but I managed to take some pictures.

 

Pop along to 20 Earlham Street, Covent Garden to have a butchers, more info can be found here: http://www.gutsforgarters.com/themes.php?e=1337097600

If you do pop along, we would love to hear your thoughts on it as a whole!

 

 

Sex and Death

Posted in Uncategorized on May 8th, 2012 by jewelheritage

We were approached by the wonderful minds behind Guts for Garters a few weeks back, to be a part of their upcoming exhibition (in collaboration with Fox & Squirrel) entitled Sex and Death. The exhibition is a celebration of British Art & Design that explores the themes of Sex and Death. Of course the Harbinger of Death will be rearing its head and claws.

 

The list of fellow designers showcasing their work alongside Jewel Heritage is stunning and we are so pleased to be a part of it.

The exhibition runs from the 15th May for approximately a month, at 20 Earlham Street, Covent Garden. Once we attend the private view, I will do a more in-depth blog along with some beautiful pictures!

Story behind the new collection

Posted in Uncategorized on March 17th, 2012 by jewelheritage

I’ve decided to give an insight behind the latest collection, ‘Don’t bite the Apple Eve’. The title itself is from a lyric by none other than Jay Z, in a verse where he (after he says don’t bite the apple Eve) describes the, almost decline of women in society and in a way, blames Eve for their fall from grace. The lyric and imagery must have sub-consciously collided and thus the new collection title was born. This was after I decided that I would go down this quite sensitive route of almost ‘religious’ imagery.

Temptation in Eden Lucas Cranach's Adam and Eve

We all know the story and the strong symbology of the snake, the tree, the leaf, the forbidden fruit. It was just too good of an opportunity for us not to take to interpret this story into wonderful wearable art. One thing we did decide for this collection was to show people we can do small and dainty but still keep our signature Jewel Heritage style. The stacking ring was a perfect way to showcase this and to tell the story of Adam and Eve. We deliberately chose a non-traditional leaf, when it came to designing the ‘Cover me quick’ ring. Several reasons spring to mind but the main one was the fig leaf is not a very attractive leaf and the forbidden tree suggests that it maybe a fig tree which according to most scholars in religion, is a tree that bears fruit not on Earth.

Garden of Eden stacking ring

We don’t want to go too deep with this collection, we just wanted to see if we could achieve something beautiful using a rich tale full of beautiful imagery. What do you guys think?

SAMPLE SALE!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 10th, 2011 by jewelheritage

Hello everyone!

Finally the sample sale is here, we only have one design that was meant to be released with the skull collection we did, however we decided against doing so and here we are having our first sample sale. There are only about 20 rings so be fast. It is one size, a UKM which is between a small and a medium. It is a brass finish, our logo is on the inside of the ring so you know it is a genuine Jewel Heritage ring! Pricing includes standard first class postage but we will offer a recorded/faster service if need be. £13 shipped to the UK and £15 International. No refunds or exchanges as it is a sample sale. Any further questions please feel to email us at info@jewelheritage.com

Sample sale ring

Sample sale ring

Jewels of the Nile animation

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8th, 2011 by jewelheritage

Here is a little animation we did for the ‘Jewels of the Nile’ collection and here are a few pictures. Music by Lana Del Ray – Video Games.

Jewels of the Nile – click on this link for the video

Trust in Fashion

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21st, 2011 by jewelheritage

Trust in Fashion

We were very honoured to be asked to participate in the ‘Trust in Fashion’ fundraiser. The event is part of the ‘Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity’ that helps families with sick children. Hosted by Sadie Frost and Trish Halpin (the editor of Marie Claire) and held over two days, the 29th and 30th June, at One Mayfair it will surely be a glamorous affair with donations from the like of Mulberry,Chanel, Alexander McQueen and of course ourselves! This is an event we are very proud to be asked to be a part of. For more information please visit www.trustinfashion.org for more information on the organisation and to buy tickets to the event.

Taking care of your jewellery

Posted in Uncategorized on June 4th, 2011 by jewelheritage

I thought it very important after my previous blog on our plating process seen here http://jewelheritage.com/blog/?p=70 to follow up with how to care for your jewellery. We currently use gold and rhodium plating as well as a standard polished brass. (Please read plating post to see what we plate upto etc)

Brass

Brass is a non-precious metal that is used by many jewellery designers. Brass will react with sweat and water which in some cases will leave dis-colouration on the ring and finger. What we suggest to keep brass looking shiny is Brasso. This can be found at any hardware store. Literally a pea sized drop on some cotton (pads/cloth) and go over the area to bring it back from a dull looking ring. To help protect the ring we suggest that you do not wear it whilst you are in contact with water. If you are planning to wash your hands, take it off. The same goes with anything that will have you in contact with water. I personally cannot wear brass as I suffer from rather moist palms. I tend to wear only gold plated items or sterling silver.

One of our brass items

Gold and Rhodium plated items

Plating is used on metals such as brass and sterling silver to give the appearance of  gold without the hefty price tag. Plating will eventually wear over time as it is a base metal coated in gold and rhodium but there is no reason why the plating cannot last you a few years if you take care of it. With gold and rhodium plated jewellery, you take the same precautions as you would with brass. Try not to let it come into contact with water, it will not discolour any part of your finger but it will add to the wearing away of the plating. As well as keeping it away from water as much as you can. If you wear perfume do not spray it near any gold plated items (necklaces/bracelets/rings) as this will add to the jewellery becoming tarnished at a faster rate. If you use hand lotion or body lotion always let it soak into your hands/body properly before putting on any plated jewellery. If you find that your jewellery has become dirty of a bit dull we recommend using a lightly damped cotton cloth and to go over the ring in as few strokes as possible. We have found this to remove marks quite efficiently. You can also use a very, very small amount of detergent (fairy liquid or whichever floats your boat) to the dampened cloth and use long sweeping strokes very lightly. You do not want to rub too hard as this may have an effect on the plating. You should either let the ring dry naturally or use a hair dryer. If you take these precautions the plating will last you longer and will look like new with each wear. We also provide velvet pouches, so please ensure you keep your items in there as this will also help. Jewel Heritage will always state the finish weather it be in brass or gold/rhodium plating in every item description. If you need any further advice please feel free to email us through the contacts section of the site.

One of our plated items