March, month of exciting jewels and events

March offered a very exciting red carpet jewels during the award season that we could barely keep up! So much inspiration and gorgeous pieces!

We're massive fans of bold, colorful and dramatic pieces and the Oscars really didn't disappoint. Meanwhile in Stockholm, our girls Allegra and Mary Anne made their way around the awards and festivities.

Seen on the Elle Gala, Polar Music prize and celebrity events and it's amazing to see how a jewellery piece transforms with each person and style. If it's a gala, a dinner party or a birthday party, jewellery is always right! BIG jewellery, is always right. At least that's what we think.

Love,

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Wedding fever

So February is one of the two big wedding months and we've been lucky enough to meet some lovebirds to design their perfect rings.

 
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Weddings are of course, not only about the wedding rings but also about the bride jewels as well. What's so great today is that brides are inspired, not only by classics but also by jewels from other cultures and countries. Colored gems, patterns, style of ring, it's all open for discussion and it's very exciting! 

The reason February is such a big wedding month, is because a wedding requires a lot of planning and you need to be prepared, to give each and every little detail time. Picking your venue, menu, flowers and of course, your jewels. This years most favourite jewellery piece is the head piece. Most cultures share this jewel, some in form of a Tiara, hair clips or a full on head piece.

Luckily the wedding fever wont end here in February but will continue all through the spring! Cause we can't have enough!

Love,

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2018, the year of making statements

At the end of each year we always take time to reflect over the passing year and what we experienced. The good, the bad, the challenges and the wins. 

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Instead of looking back, we just want to thank everyone that made 2017 a very exciting year and now focus on making 2018 an even better one. There is a certain energy around new years, a momentum, a drive. Let's just capture that and use it to make amazing, mindblowingly fantastic jewellery!

We have some very exciting collaborations and projects this year. We are going bigger, bolder and more colorful then ever! We're growing our team, we're extending the Home of Eve family and we just can't wait to get started! 

Like most of our clients, we are looking to make our dreams come true, to create the most extraordinary, high quality, crazy artistic jewellery pieces and we can't wait to share them with you all.

Here's some of 2017's best statement jewellery.

2018 should be the year when we make a statement, this is you and this is what you want to wear! Let us help you make your greatest statement and you'll shine forever.

Love,

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Unisex Jewellery

So what does that even mean? Well the word unisex of course means that the object can be used by both males and females but how does that look in the jewellery world? 

There's either been the traditional male jewellery, except for the cufflinks, tie pins and watches usually result in plain flat rings, silver cuff bracelets or leather jewellery. Some might even wear long pendants. The more fashionable men have even been using the classical Cartier bracelets as a standard daily wear. Black is usually the go to color.

And course, we have exciting artists like Prince and Elton John etc who created the 80's look wearing earrings, brooches and other accessories to add on to their looks. 

But true unisex jewellery, should be neither of these things. Not just plain, not just black. Men should dare to wear gems, colors and shapes. Unisex jewellery to us is a creative and exciting jewellery piece that doesn't lean on any specific gender. It should be picked simply for it's style. 

Men are more interested to accessories to today and we couldn't be happier about that! So lets give men something more interesting then just cufflinks and bracelets. Let's give them more then silver and white gold. Let's give them unisex!

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Happy clients = happy designer!

Blessed as we are to design for others, it is a special feeling to design for people you know and love. Being asked by friends or family to design their special engagement ring or wedding ring is the highest honor and compliment. And I have to say this year is special in that way since many friends are planning their proposal or planning their weddings. Fun times!

Mid august we started a design project with a family friend who wanted to celebrate her life and give herself a great 50 year old present, a gold Diamond ring! The best present in our opinion ;) While she was inspired by our own HE Bridal set we went for a square design, big Diamonds and a beautiful message, to live here and now. Im pleased to say that she was more then happy with the result and so were we!

The left and middle  images is the Bespoke ring with shiny white gold, 1.25ct round brilliant Diamonds in prong setting. The engraved message "här & nu" means "here & now", a beautiful reminder to it's owner to live in the moment. To the right is our HE Bridal Diamond Ring, with matt white gold and 0.56ct princess cut Diamonds in a channel setting.

So designing jewellery doesn't mean you need to go crazy, even the simplest designs needs to be carefully planned with feeling and style. Go on our Bespoke page if you also want to plan your special piece.

We also received an email from a previous Bespoke client wanting to show us that she still loves her necklace and bracelet and wear the often. That is the best compliment you can receive in the middle of a hard working day. Thank you Helena! 

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Proposals & Bespoke Bridal jewellery

The summer came and passed. It's of course a very romantic time and love is surely there in the hot summer air. Many guys and girls got themselves prepared to propose to their special someone or some are just starting to plan for the big moment. 

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Obviously, it's both scary and exciting to plan a proposal or get proposed to but it can also be a bit nerv wrecking. The pressure of picking out the right ring can be a little overwhelming. Some girls might have the ring picked out years ahead and some might not even know what ring they want.

So if you're a man looking to propose, you might be faced with a challenge. Do you pick out a ring and hope it will be great or do you turn to someone for help? Even the second choice can be daunting.

Maybe you don't have to do neither! To design your own dream wedding ring is very exciting and romantic! Proposing don't have to be with a ring box. Imagine a gorgeous setting, you've shared some beautiful words about how much you mean to each other, you bring up an impressive bouquet of roses with a letter that tells your lovely lady that from this day you intend to marry her and she gets to be part of designing the most perfect, beautiful ring that is unique and personal, just for her. That's romantic!

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The little black gems

So last post we talked about how the colored gems are finally back in trend. Well black is also a color and definitely a classy one! No matter time or trends, black is the color that will stay elegant.

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Coco Chanel gave us the little black dress, the little black jacket. Well we also need the little black gem to give our wardrobe an edginess and contrast. There are some gems to choose between but the blackest of them all is the Onyx. With it's opaque body it really gives a strong effect and it's silky surface is lovely for a faceted cut or just as a flat. 

Here's an image of our previous Bespoke piece, white gold cufflinks with Onyx and Diamonds. A great example where the Onyx complements the shiny Diamonds with a bold look.

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The black Tourmalines are also popular since they're widely available and inexpensive (compared to most gems). Of course you have the black Diamonds. Who doesn't love Diamonds, right? Giving the high lustre and of course, the luxurious feeling. There are so many lovely options for the little black gem cocktail ring and we love them all! Almost equally ;) 

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Colored gems, back in trend!

I couldn't be more happy to be writing this post! As a gemmologist, focused on colored gems, I might be biased but they are the big deal! I love Diamonds just like everyone else but a deep purple Amethyst, an ocean green Paraiba Tourmaline or a colorshifting Alexandrite just makes me jump of joy! 

Okay, so colored gems never really go out of style but they have really started to come back into style when it comes to wedding and engagement rings which makes me very happy. Several of my latest inquiries have been about having Emeralds or Sapphires for their engagement solitaires. All I can say is YES! YES YES YES! 

There are so many great options for colored gems in the engagement/wedding ring but the classics are of course Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies. But why not venture off and try some pinks, purples, orange or even yellow? I just love it!

Maybe someone might even be as brave as to try colored metals, like Rose, colored Titanium or like our HE Set of bands, have black Rhodium? I really hope so! 

To get some colorful inspiration check out our own creative Couture pieces. 

 

Wedding fever!

In most countries, summer is the wedding season and it is so on! Also, alot of people get engage and started their plans for coming wedding dates next year. It's a wedding season either way.

The most exciting part of weddings of course are the jewellery (okay, we might be biased here, haha). Being part of a special journey like that is a privilege and of course very exciting as a designer cause you get to feed of the couples passion and love to make something very special, for them. Which is what Bespoke Bridal Jewellery is all about! 

It doesn't have to be crazy and different, but adding a little touch like, text, symbols, having a unique shape or a specific cut or stone will mean a lot for the person wearing it and the couple will have a story to tell for the rest of their lives everytime somebody looks at their ring. 

"Marriage is like a gold ring in a chain, whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity." - Khalil Gibran

For a lot of people, looking for that special ring feels very scary. It's a lot of pressure, stress and confusion since the world of jewellery seems like a mystery to most but that's why we're here. To help you get started, to get you excited, to make you feel that you will finally get that dream piece of jewellery you always wanted. Not what the cashier thinks you have to buy ;) 

Visit Bespoke Bridal Jewelleryand we'll take it from there!

 

More travels and Icona Pop!

June moved really fast! Again! Summer is always an exciting time and as usual, we head back to our beloved Stockholm! And this time daddy Pierre also got to come along. Me and the little monster will stay in Stockholm for the full summer, enjoy the gorgeous scenery that this amazing city has to offer.

 

After two great months of April and May we've kept up the pace with some more exciting Bespoke & Bridal work! We can't stress enough how special each and every Bespoke job is for us. Getting to know our client, be inspired by them, create with them and then get to see the result & how happy it makes them, is priceless! 

 
 

Also, last month we got the exciting news that our latest Couture piece Mary Anne was going to be worn by the talented duo Icona Pop for the very popular Swedish tv show, Så mycket bättre. Doesn't Caroline Hjelt look absolutely stunning? 

Have a fabulous day everyone!

 

New meets and the month of May

Spring is a season that always rushes by. Or are all the season that way? I'm not sure but time flies, that's for sure! With some trips behind us in april and some bigger events we had a more quiet and focused month of May. 

With some decent time behind the beloved bench with some great drawing sessions, practice and some exciting Bespoke work it feels like I've been reborn again! It's one of the most rewarding feelings. Just getting the chance to dive in, let playfulness take over and see what comes of it. That's what all artists need at the end of the day, to come back to basics and just play with it.

The heat has taken over Dubai. Plus 40'C and it's just the beginning. But nothing can keep us away from the sandy beaches and the gorgeous view that is the Dubai coast.  

To top of this great month we also had the pleasure of visit the very talented Furne Oné in his Amato Couture showroom in D3. The dresses where breathtaking! Furne was super sweet and we got to present Allegra and Mary Anne. 

So all in all, May was a great month filled with positive and creative energy! So we're almost moving in to June where we will travel back to Stockholm to enjoy the sweet swedish summer and we're gonna use so much of that energy as we can for more exciting and creative designs. Stay tuned!

 

Starstudio Pressevent & Stockholm city

Blessed as we are, we are fortunate to travel back and forth between the magnificent cities Dubai and Stockholm. So after a great month of March in Dubai we headed of to Stockholm for Starstudio's press event day.

We were very excited to be able to present and talk about our beloved Couture pieces and to finally unveil Mary Anne to the world! Meeting other amazing Swedish jewellery brands, talking to jewellery enthusiast, jewellery editors, stylists, photographers and so many other interesting people. It was a fabulous day and Starstudio really did an amazing job organizing it. 

And the location was the best part, Strandvägen 7A with its gorgeous old architecture, right next to the iconic dock of Nybro with the sunniest spring weather Stockholm could offer. It was magical. It was a Kodak moment everytime you looked out the window. 

After the event we spent another week of family, friends and work where we managed to go back to winter with -2 and snow. Stockholm in the spring is fascinating that way, you get all 4 seasons in one!

 

Dubai, The City of Art & Fashion

This time of year is always exciting in Dubai! You have the Art season, Art week, Dubai Design Days, Art in the city, Sikka Art Fair and of course, Dubai's own fashion week, Fashion Forward. So for us design geeks, it's heaven on earth!

Unfortunately we could not attend all these fabulous events since it's collided with a very longed for- trip to South Africa (a whole other blog post for that later). 

We were invited to attend the glamorous event for Guess's 35 year celebrations and SS17 catwalk. The amazing Shereen Mitwalli was the host and Paul Marciano himself was there to tell us more about the history of Guess. We brought our Allegra with us of course!

Lovely, glass, interior and geodes plus alot more at the Dubai Design Days! We also met the lovely Cecilia Setterdahl, a Swedish carpet print maker. So exciting to see more Swedish designers in Dubai.

We managed to spend two lovely evenings at the Fashion Forward. Attended some lovely talks, saw amazing presentations and the best part, the Amato Couture show! It was beyond gorgeous! I've always been a fan of Furne Amato's work, very Alexandre McQueen (my favorite fashion designer). We love the theatrical, magical and powerful setting and dresses. Spectacular! 

Dubai is the melting pot for the fashion and design in the middle east. So much talent, so much creativity. People flying in from all the MENA countries to be part of this hub of design. Amazing. We feel so blessed to be part of it. 

 

Inspiration Is All Around!

What an amazing start to the year. Fashion week after fashion week, London, Stockholm, NYC, Paris and then we've had the Grammys, Oscars, Gold Globe and the Swedish Grammies to just mention a few. We've barely covered haft of them but of course, we have been influenced! 

Jewellery isn't just a craftmanship and treasure, it is fashion! It's very important still to distinguish fashion jewellery from fine jewellery BUT if we just look at the concept of fashion, jewellery is very much part of it. We complement or even build our entire outfits on our jewels and that is always clearly shown on the red carpet. 

Fashion weeks and awards of course differ a lot from each other. Fashion weeks are all about the creative, the art of wearing and styling while the awards highly glamorous and thrilling! Oscars was definitely a favourite!

 
 

Jessica Biel's choker from Tiffany & Co. was an absolute masterpiece! From Tiffany's Blue Book Collection, the "Whispers of the Rain Forest" piece has over 200 baguette Diamonds and over 350 individually shaped petals. 18K gold, platinum and Diamonds is a master combo!

 

The Oscars Jewels 2017

 
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One of the most glamorous event of the year took place last night. We were or course checkin our the jewels! Naturally we look for the larger the life, spectacular, bold and creative pieces, cause that's what we love here at Home of Eve. 

Last year had more color, more bolder gems but there definitely were some great statement pieces this year too. And there seemed to be a popular theme, chokers. Big ones, creative ones and classic ones. 

Jessica Biel in Tiffany & Co. is our absolute favourite this year. Janelle Monea in Forvermark is a great example of someone using this event to show creative and luxurious jewels. Amazing! Taraji P. Henson just looks stunningly feminine and classy in Nivad Modi  (who seemed to be very popular this year). 

Here are the more classical, all Diamond pieces we loved this event. Charlize Theron in massive Chopard earrings (how can you go wrong with those?), Kate Bosworth in minimal but sharp Piaget set and our own Oscar winner (from last year) looking sweet and classy in Bvlgari. 

Our two favourite ladies in the jewellery industry, here being worn by Kate Hudson (Loarrain Schwartz) and Amy Adams (Cindy Chao). Earrings are such a great playful jewellery to wear and they looked perfect!

Such an exciting event and tonight it's on to the next one, Grammis Galan in Stockholm! 

 

In With The New!

So we are already a bit into 2017. 2016 blew past quickly and was a very interesting year for us.

We got to introduce our gorgeous Allegra to the world, we shot beautiful pictures of our HE Cube Collection and of course, our amazing son Sebastian was born. Also we were featured in both "Bröllopsmagasinet" and Plaza Magazine.

A lot of the time was spent in our home town Stockholm, enjoying the beautiful views of the late and bright summer night to the darker white snowy winter. Always an amazing inspiration and of course, one of our driving forces here at Home of Eve. Now we're back in beautiful wintry Dubai, working one new and exciting Couture pieces and bespoke work. 

We are and always will be the mix of these two majestic places. This surely will be our most exciting year so far so stay tuned on our social media and website to see what's to come.

Lots of love!

 

Nordic Shopping Market

So it's taken us some while to come back to the blogging but finally, here we are! 

Last Saturday we stepped out in the open again after spending a couple of months just working the bench. The nordic business councils in Dubai together arranged a christmas market and we had the opportunity to meet some lovely people and present ourselves, show our precious HE Cube Collection and spred the knowledge of how wonderful it is to have your very own dream piece made! 

The winter has finally arrived in Dubai and you can just feel the whole city coming alive. Also, christmas is just around the corner! It was amazing feeling the excitement, see the kids dance around the christmas tree, meet santa and play winter games. 

Christmas is the season of gifting and watching our beloved HE Cubes get gift wrapped makes us happier beyond compare!

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She's Allegra

This is a big week for us. Finally we can make our big reveal. She's here, Allegra.

She is now live on our website where you can send in a request for order. She is not stocked or available in shops. She is purely hand made and will be ready for her new owner within 30 days of order confirmation. 

As we say in our vision statement, "Our vision is to create an extraordinary design experience where the client walks away with their own dream piece", we also mean our dream pieces. And that's what Couture is. It's where we let our creativity run completely free. 

It's our ace card. It's our crown jewels. These are the pieces where our clients can get a whole other type of design experience. To experience the real Home of Eve designs.

We hope you'll grow to love her as much as we do!

Love,

 
 

A Lack Of Passion Is Fatal

Passion. It's one of our four values at Home of Eve. And probably the most important one. The definition: "A strong and barely controllable emotion." 

We're all passionate about something. It can be family, love, work, a cause. It's a internal drive we have to strive after something we feel compelled to do. It's bigger than ourselves. We all express it differently.

As a designer and illustrator I feel a strong passion for creating. It makes my heart race faster than a Ferrari when I know that I'm creating something very special and of course it's whats lead me to start Home of Eve.  

What's amazing about the feeling of passion is that it usually starts early. Kids clearly show their personality quite clear and I knew in a very young age that I loved to draw and write stories. So whatever I wanted to or not, I was bound to end up working in creatives. There are times I wish I could do something more simple, haha, but it doesn't last for long. I love what I do, cause it is my passion. We all know that we would be happier people if we gave it a shot. Even if it's a long one.

After years working jobs I hated, believing working with jewellery and drawing should only be my hobby I felt empty. Also, I felt depressed thinking that going for that dream was impossible. With a lot of help & push from my husband, by moving to Dubai, I had a shot and I wasn't going to let it pass me by. Life is amazing that way. 

It needs to be said again. Cause life without passion is barely living. Therefore, a lack of passion is fatal.

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Craftsmanship.

This is one of our four values: Craftsmanship, Artistry, Passion & Finesse. 

The definition of Craftsmanship: "Skill in particular craft", "The quality of design and work shown in something made by hand".

What first drew me to jewellery was the idea of being able to physically create something so complex, beautiful and durable. I love getting my hands dirty and where better do it then in a workshop full of gold and gems. I spent two years learning silversmithing, gem setting, gem cutting and I loved it so much. But like any other craft you need to dedicate your full time, your every waken hour to that specific craft to master it fully. I knew just smithing the jewellery wasn't going to be enough for me. I wanted to be more focused on the design and gemstones. So I choose to continue my studies in gemmology and illustration.

My years behind the bench are the best thing I ever did for my passion. It is absolutely essential to understand the complexity of the materials and it's important to respect the work that's behind the finished result. Thanks to that I can carefully choose my partners in making and make sure our jewellery are up to the quality and also that the design comes out exactly like I've planned. 

What I mostly love about the craft is that even today, in 2016, we still carry out the same methods as we did hundreds of years ago (but of course there are a lot of new modern tools and techniques). Cause jewellery making is one of the oldest crafts in the world and have existed in all civilizations. The same goes for gem cutting. Fashioning of gems goes back hundreds of years, even though the methods weren't so precise as they are today, beautiful jewellery were made!

As mentioned before, I wished to have been a master at all aspect of the jewellery business but unfortunately no one can. But it doesn't mean that still can't get my hands dirty. As one of my many hobbies, I still cut gems from time to time. And I will never stop.