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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Dazzle Me


Jessica McCormack

After my wind-up jewellery box featuring a tutu-ed ballerina and a sound track straight from the  local ice cream van was brutally manhandled in a burglary last year I spent several months sourcing sparkling trinketry. My major pieces which whizzed out the door included my engagement ring, my wedding band, my eternity ring and a much adored family heirloom. 
After much ado I decided that I wanted just one ring to replace them all - I'll hold off on that LOTR cliche. I fell in love with a beautiful vintage piece from Joseph Bonnar in Edinburgh but my diminutive size 3.75 ring finger ( that's width, just over a UK I) proved to be a bit of a problem, the only solution was "off with its head" and the addition of a brand new diamond encrusted band which I felt would steal the soul of the flapper who had once worn it. 
I let it go and sulked all the way to Bond Street where I fell into the arms of that filthy rich cad,  Harry W and went on to chink glasses in Tiffany, Cartier and Boodles. 
Now that I have just one piece from what was once four, it feels a little bit too much both on my finger and geographically. 
(in Beverly Hills it would be  a mere bagatelle) 
For one who was never really interested in  fine jewellery, I have been unable to give up rummaging in the magpie's nest  and have just discovered the most wonderful  jeweller in London: 
 New Zealand born, Jessica McCormack whose bijou scintillating emporium is  nestled  just across from The Connaught; all the better for sparkles after sparkles.

( Her favourite wine is Stolen Kiss Rose - have any of the Antipodeans whet their whistle upon it?) 

One day I would love to have her make me a more wearable every day piece, something unusual with a vintage feel. 
Cheque books at the ready...



















all pics courtesy : Instagram.

57 comments:

  1. Well the sparkle factor of this post certainly woke me up! What a shame about the loss of that Jew box. I good friend still has her too, and you damn well know I secretly wanted one!!!!! Both those rings are all stunners and with your impeccable taste dear, I'm sure you will select the perfect piece. Those emerald pieces are quite beautiful.

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    1. They do tickle your want spot don't they?

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  3. oh yes. oh yes. oh yes. Gawd yesyesyes.
    I'll have what she's having.

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  4. Whoa, those are some serious stones!!! My favourite is the pear shaped diamond pendant in the first pic. Still sad to hear about the loss of your jewels but hopefully shopping for the replacement has been fun (did you find 'the one'?).

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  5. I'm so dizzy right now. I think I need a Gravol and a couch

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    1. Will have to google Gravol.

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    2. Ah, think it's our Stugeron - I can't catch the ferry to Orkney without it.

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  6. I am so sorry for your loss Tabitha! I guess this sentence itself pointing out how I love jewellery. I am sure the robber is in his worst now, when so many of us, blog readers/lovers/fans wish him secretly so bad for what he/she has done to you. I wish there would be a way to sheare with you a picture of my latest Chopard treasure, that arrived some time ago straight from Cannes with my husband. I have never been awaiting so much for husband return before but shhh...

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    1. All four have been dealt with - the £35,00 damage to my home was worse, along with losing all of my family's photographs and letter's/cards from my parents.

      Lesson learned: Do not keep sentimental things in the same drawer as jewellery.

      Oh K - email me - it is on the side - I'll show you mine if you show me yours!

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    2. Deal and Done! Please check your mailbox.

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  7. You are right - I have never seen such short fingers!

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    1. I don't follow you. 3.5 is the width not the length!
      It equates to just over a UK I size.

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  8. I think I must be not much of a girl - have never been much of a diamond ring person - I have had my mum's for 13 years and keep forgetting to size it down to me! Are those all your fingers covered in diamonds? Am imagining you having a jewel of a time doing that!

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  9. I've never been a jewellery person either, I would never want to own a lot of gems again, it's just not me.

    Ah - you missed the last line: 'all pics instagram' .

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  10. Ph my that emerald knuckle duster you have on your middle fingers, let it be mine! I'll sell my soul
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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    1. It's lovely - these are all from Jessica's instagram feed.

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  11. Dazzling. I have a large diamond gathering dust in the bank's safety deposit box but the bad associated with it means I will pass it down to a great grandchild or someone who does not share my memories. Right now I knock around in a simple Tiffany etoile ring I bought for myself just because one day in a former life and a lapis and gold number I got in a Bulgari sample sale. Those sparklers are inspiring some glitter desire...

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  12. It has been very hard purchasing jewelry to replace something that was stolen. Still can't let it go that somebody stole my shit...and I was quite fond of my shit. Sigh. Feel for ya baby.

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    1. It's the letters and photographs that were harder to get over, dirty dogs.

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  13. wowzer! dont know the wine you mention.

    I never had a ballerina music box..so jealous , sorry its gone

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    1. Oh I thought someone over your way would know it.

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  14. What delicious vintage-inspired jewellery, Tabitha. I am glad you have found a beautiful replacement for your rings; you know, I did the same thing when we were robbed 15 years ago in similar fashion. Just one big sparkler to replace three rings which they swiped.
    Jessica sounds like quite the find, and I adore her beautiful skirt. x

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    1. I remember that Patricia, I thought it was wisdom incarnate!

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  15. I am so sorry you had your jewels stolen!

    LOVE the square one on the middle finger, as well as the square (or is ti ascher cut) on the index finger of the hand with purple nails. Perfection!

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  16. Total magpie here, all that sparkles truly is my drug of choice.

    Dying to see you in an emerald as big as your head:). Just channel Liz Taylor, you'll be perfect. I hope you are recovering from the theft, so horrible.

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  17. I am partial to the 'tutu of diamonds' ring with a circle of emeralds in the last shot.I love looking at beautiful jewelry but it seems to get in my way of a good time when I wear it.

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  18. love all the sparkles…. that's a very sad occurrence to loose all your special rings at once though - maybe there is some advantage for me in the fact that I can't physically remove my engagement ring and wedding band easily (at all).
    I wouldn't say I have a huge haul of jewels of my own anyway - my Father took my husband aside very early on in our relationship and offered him the advice not to "bother" with Jewellery as it's a bad investment. Thanks Dad.

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    1. So funny Heidi, my husband isn't the type to buy me jewellery, my pastor treasure trove was mostly family heirlooms. I dreamed that I was in your house last night!

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    2. Really?! How funny. I've had a conversation with you a few years ago in a dream. You sounded Australian though. No accent!

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  19. My GOD! Want them all! They are simply stunning and I will herby start collectiong vintage diamond jewellery! Blink

    Hugs,
    stina

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  20. Darling T,

    Well, no jewellery boxes needed here or, indeed, ever anywhere as we could not amass anything worth stealing from the pair of us! We argue (to ourselves, most likely) that really we are not diamond or emerald or ruby people and that bold, chunky plastic can work just as well........but, we have to say that you have chosen some sparkling treasures here. And, to make no further bones about it, we should steal any of these gorgeous goodies immediately.

    As you say, it is the subtle way in which these pieces appear to be timelessly traditional classics whilst still being contemporary. One can imagine that they would not look out of place accessorising any outfit for there is a certain restraint on the 'bling factor'. Lovely, lovely!

    And, how wonderful that we have found you here, darling T. The perfect title for your blog for that is exactly how we think of you. Ready of wit, sharp of mind, well chosen of word and mistress of repartee. Fabulous!

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  21. Enjoy your new piece! I don't wear much jewelry either but then will wear something to go to market bc the whim takes me. It's a shame that some trinkets are in the darkness of a safe when it shines :)

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  22. whoa, how could you choose? such beautiful designs. i've read stories about people who have lost everything either through burglary or natural disaster and oftentimes after the initial shock, they say it is quite liberating and joyful to start over. do you agree?

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    1. No. they too took every photograph I had of myself with my mum and dad - they are all gone now, I can never replace that.
      As I said above, never store your sentimental loves with jewellery, burglars empty the lot lot into their sad sacks.

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  23. Dearest and Daring Mrs. B.
    I’m not sure what is best about this post, the baubles, the various fingernail paints and polishes, or the wonderful hand gestures (particularly the fist of strength – as in buy me a dozen of these jewels or else). I do hope the good Mr. B – has been working hard and saving his pounds for as fetching as Mrs. McCormack is, I suspect her prices are even more fetching…

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  24. We were burgled years ago and they took all the jewelry tat i was not wearing...childhood christening pices and family heirlooms. I was devastated...but never replaced any of what was stolen.
    Those letters and photographs obviously are far more valuable...if they caught the crooks did they say what they did with them?
    Hope you find your dream ring...

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  25. That is horrible to read about your irreplaceable sentimental items.

    Is that gorgeous pear at the top yours?

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  26. I'm blinded by all these dazzlers!! I have skinny twig fingers so have never worn any rings with a sizeable rock weighing my arm down..but these are so fabulous! I'm curious,where did you pick the lucky one?
    I'm so sorry about the photographs and letters, their loss is irreplaceable and their value insurmountable.

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  27. Can't stop giggling at the comment about the length of your fingers;-)
    Love all the bling here...the texture on the feather earrings is stunning!

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    1. I know, if only those young mitts were indeed mine.

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  28. GO FOR IT!
    Have to say the bit with the emerald green is loverly!
    Which fingers are yours?Adore the eggplant nails.............

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    1. None, I have old wrinkly paws, these are all from the lovely Jessica's Instagram account.

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  29. Wow some rocks!!! The insurance premium would be massive.

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  30. so glad she's a kiwi! I absolutely love her outfit, a roses on roses, who would have supposededs.
    yes i was thinking these were your fingers as you have such great skin. My hands are like meat cleavers but I still think what the heck and wear one of my three rings, two are from Afghanistan and one from the wilds of San Francisco, downtown

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  31. Oh...wow!!! sorry not the jewels,I am such a clot "who the heck is this Badinage who keeps appearing on my pad????" kept zapping you off,saw the name on another post and the rest is history.....as per Tabitha such a new witty non de plume super :). Are you still doing dachies on pin it?
    My emerald engagement ring is green with envy at all your stunners!

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    1. Moving the blog soon, once I get the new address ready!

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  32. Count me among the clueless who didn't know who "Badinage" was! Lovely gems! Happy to find you again!!

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    1. I know, too confusing, will start anew soon.

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  33. Had a second look and decided I'd like the Emerald shown in the fifth photo please:).

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  34. This is quite an assembly of beautiful pieces...all way out of my reach. I am loving JM's outfit and she does look quite interesting. Great pic of her!

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  35. Ah yes, I can hear the tinny tune from my little yellow jewelry box with the dancing ballerina. Funny how I can't remember where my car keys are but that, I remember.

    Mr. C&G is not a bauble buyer (tres triste) and I've often thought how I wished I had my own funds to buy myself something sparkly, something that speaks to me instead of a piece that someone else thinks is me. It's so awful what happened, the loss of those precious things can never be replaced, but how great to start with something new. Cheers to new bling beginnings and looking forward to seeing what you choose for yourself! --Laura

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