Cardinal of London – Luka Pasikowski

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Describe your jewellery style in three words?

Distinctive, darkly romantic, urban

What led you into jewellery design?

I am coming from family of goldsmiths – my father and older brother are jewelers. I have started to come to my dad’s workshop when I was 17 to make some rings for my girlfriend, later on studying sculpture helped me more to understand the form and space.

What materials are you currently working with (e.g. metals, stones etc)

I work mainly in silver.  Also, I like to mix silver with gold elements like settings, layers, ornaments.  Mounting diamonds or pavé setting is used for some more elaborated bespoke pieces.  Garnets and amethysts are my favourite stones to work with. On the other hand, my recent “Interstellar” collection is gold plated and I used fresh water pearls as well.

Who are your favourite designers or brands? Are you inspired by any fashion designers ?

Inspiration is always welcome! It is lovely to see my jewellery going well with some fashion pieces. Fashion is shaped by the moods and desires, it is the search for beauty beyond the functionality of things and my pieces search for this beauty!

As for designers I like timeless, old school 90’s designers like Thierry Mugler and Galliano with their galactic glamour and refinement. From more recent projects Iris Van Herpen’s electric and architectural structured style is appealing to me.  It is also my aspiration to control and shape material and create 3D wearable objects.

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 Iris Van Herpen’s shoes

How do you want the wearer to feel when wearing your jewellery?

Complemented, beautified, refined.

Where can readers buy your jewellery?

Cardinal of London’s website cardinaloflondon.com presents my four collections (about 40 styles). My stockists are Sarah May Boutique in Richmond and Johnny Rocket in Greenwich you can buy some mens styles at thornjewellery.com

Can you tell us any secrets about your next collection?

I am still expanding and promoting my recent collection of rings called “Interstellar”. The rings are incisive, graphic and most importantly – elegant. My intention was to show a new facet to Cardinal’s work, to bring off the galaxy glamour and make some futuristic, elegant rings, which are designed to fit ergonomically.

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Which of your designs is your favourite and why?

The Jewelled Horse Ring is a piece I am still very fond of. I wanted to create a striking, powerful but wearable statement ring, an objet precieux for 21century jewel lovers. The horse Ring is made in sterling silver with a gold champron (with silver studs) and diamonds mounted in the eyes.  Its armour is hand engraved with a unique pattern.  The ring has been acclaimed and awarded at the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards 2012.

cardinaloflondonAnd now let’s see the pieces alive – Styled by Anissa Kermiche and photographed by Thomas Van Cam

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Mango VS Balenciaga

Please don’t tell me you have missed this image from Balenciaga’s 2013 collection.

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AND GUESS WHO is coming up with a similar design this year ? Thank you Mango for this gorgeous ring which inevitably reminds us Balenciaga’s last year ring.

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Lovely Jewellery – Valentine’s

Solange AzagurySolange Azagury-Partridge “hot lips” ring - www.astleyclarke.com

Lulu Guinness clutchLulu Guinness lips clutch Carat Ruby JewelleryPoinsetta pear drop earrings – Carat* London

Love stud earrings Asos.com

Ana Khouri bracelet

Ana Khouri - Lola 18-karat gold diamond cuff

Vivienne Westwood shoes

Lady dragon white with lips by Vivienne Westwood

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Laurence Dacade

Laurence Dacade pete leather ankle boots on Brownsfashion.com

Lipstick

Barry M lipstick www.barrym.com

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Purple rain

As weird as it can sound these rainy wintry days immersed me in a colorful mood. I’m already craving for the pale pastel colours i saw in the catwalks.

While purple rain was playing in my head, i felt like bringing a sparkle of purple into my outfit to brighten up this endless winter. I didn’t dare my favourite colour pink, which is always a bit too aggressive in winter (yes i’m talking about proper neon pink or nothing, not pale, not soft, BRIGHT and GLOWY PINK, that’s the one I love).

Purple seemed to be the right alternative to spice up a black outfit.

I for the occasion styled my sister Sarah and shot the whole thing where I live in Covent Garden. Have a look at our purple lady of the day :)

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ASOS Sweatshirt with Embellished Eagle : asos.com

Topshop earrings

Givenchy Rottweiler print clutch bag www.givenchy.com

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Silver necklace bought in a market in Buenos Aires

Purple rain

Sarah’s earrings from Topshop are no longer sold as i bought them last summer. They costed me only £25 and have been noticed EVERYWHERE i’ve been. It has certainly been a great purchase for me, compared to the many many other pieces i sometimes buy and never wear. I have found those Shourouk earrings which would have been absolutely perfect for this outfit. Slightly more pricey though, but let’s consider the craft behind it and the quality. Besides, isn’t your birthday coming soon :) ? Lucky you, mine’s still far…

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Close up : Sarah is wearing from left to right a ring from Mango (summer 2014) – Middle finger Chain ring from Djula jewellery – And articulated ring in gold and silver (Market in NYC)

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Skirt from River Island

Suede mix ankle boots from ASOS 

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I hope this colour inspired your day, I think it left Prince speechless and contemplative :)

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 Sarah is wearing

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Bejewelled accessories

Bejewelled accessories

Because, because, …

Because I only have 10 fingers and too many rings, because my poor ears can’t bear the weight of too many earrings, I am announcing that my clothes also need to wear jewellery. And it seems like designers have heard my wishes :)

Nicholas Kirkwood pearl shoes

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check  http://www.nicholaskirkwood.com

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Miu Miu has been way ahead others with Swarovsky embellished clothes and accessories. I’m loving the last 2014 resort campaign featuring the up and coming french actresses Lea Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos who co-star together in the film “Blue Is the Warmest Color”, posing next to each other in the transitional season’s prints and bright pastels.

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Miu Miu jewelled pumps

The A-list shoes: Miu Miu revamps the classic pump with a handful of sparkling sequins and stones.
The Resort 2014 collection features desirable encrusted, patent or bold-floral-printed pumps to make your feet happy and your wardrobe richer.

Because, because, …

Because I’m happy …. sings Pharell, so will your feet sing when you will decorate with jewels of all kinds :)

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Erdem incrusted leather outfit

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ALDO Enroelid Multicolour Gem Box Clutch Bag

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Dolce & Gabbanna embellished shoes

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Valley embellished-heel suede pumps

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Stella Mc Cartney

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Simone Rocha pearl shoes

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Art Deco – Revisited

Art Deco, a highly influential design style born after WW1, it emerged first in Paris before gaining popularity all over the world.

Typified by strong geometric shapes, vivid colours and ornamental luxury it was a natural ignition to some of the last century’s most admired jewellery creations.

Some of the most famous Art Deco jewellery designers/design houses include Cartier, Tiffany, Erté, Frederic Boucheron, René Lalique and other important figures.

Art Deco broke some the hard and fast rules when it came to the purpose of jewellery. Rather than just an indication of wealth as understood through it’s monetary value the emphasis was as much on artistic vision and innovative use of materials such as glass.

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Incredible creation by René Lalique.

Jewellery Weekly takes a look at how the Art Deco style has been revisited in contemporary culture.  We should not fail to mention the cinematic interpretation of the famous novel The Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrmann in collaboration with Catherine Martin that was released in May of this year.

Famed jewellery house Tiffany created all the Art Deco jewels for the film which starred British Actor Carrey Mulligan.  We can only imagine how much fun she had modeling such divine creations!

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Carey Mulligan wears Tiffany jewellery for Vogue UK.

Unsurprisingly the press surrounding The Great Gatsby and the Tiffany collection inspired Art Deco jewellery and fashion collections throughout high-end and high-street stores alike.

Lulu Frost for Whistles Necklace

New York Designer Lulu Frost http://lulufrost.com/ has created a sumptuous collection for high-street label Whistles including this standout piece, the Sandra Necklace.  Visit their online store for more pieces including these fab earrings - http://www.whistles.co.uk/

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British statement jewellery label Jerboa offers this powerful statement necklace ‘Deco Waterfall’.  The combination of the geometric pattern and golden tassels combined with freshwater pearls is perfect for modern day flapper-girls. – www.jerboajewellery.com

Deco Waterfall by Jerboa Jewellery

We recently discovered ‘nOir jewelry’ by Leeora Catalan http://www.noirjewelry.com/ and fell in love with her Art Deco style creations.  Who could resist the Deco Cubism Bugle Bead Necklace (Black/Gold).

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We will be sure to revisit Art Deco again in the coming months; we hope that it’s influence on art and jewellery will never end.

Alexandre Corrot for Djula

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In 1994, Alexandre Corrot launched his jewelry line. He opened his first store, featuring modern, geometric designs in the heart of Paris’ famously chic Latin Quarter. By 2004, Alexandre Corrot had become renowned within Paris’ exclusive community of luxury retailers. His collections expanded to feature diamonds and precious stones set against white, yellow, rose or black gold, quickly becoming “must haves” on the Paris scene.

Today, DJULA is clearly recognized as one as the most famous, in‐demand jewelry brands in Europe with an emphasis on fashionable yet timeless design. His hand‐crafted collections exude a delicate, seductive originality that drapes modern women in French elegance.

Describe your jewellery style in three phrases
Elegant, Easy to wear, At affordable prices.

Which of your designs is your favourite and why?

One of my favorites is a bracelet, because it s exactly what I like: An antique, vintage design combined with modernity.

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Would you describe yourself as an artist?
I am not an artist, I am just a jewel lover.

Describe the place where you design/make (studio, bench etc)
My office is  in a 18th century building in Paris ( rue saint honore 75001 ). The decor is very pure with light colours and designer furniture.

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What led you into jewellery design?
My passion for jewellery!

Isn’t it hard to design female pieces as a male ?
For me, I like a woman who is very delicate and sensitive. For the men, I like strong, a rock and roll influence, it’s not complicated.

What materials are you currently working with (e.g. metals, stones etc)?
I am currently working with gold for women and silver for men. I exclusively use the diamond, as it is the stone which is very dear to me.

Are there any films or music which inspires your designs?  Describe the process…
My collections were initially heavily inspired by the early 20th century, with strong nods to the “Roaring Twenties” and the Art Deco period.

What is the best and worst thing about being a jeweller ?
I don’t want to lie, this job is like a kid’s dream. I create what I imagine and work with beautiful stones and precious materials. For my business, I travel to a lot in different countries, it’s a real opportunity and a real pleasure.

If you could go back in time to get a piece of jewellery, where would you go and what would it be?
It should be in Italy between Florence and Venezia in the 17th century ( Both men and women wore fantastic jewels with such beautiful style.

How do you promote your brand?
To promote my brand I make numerous appearances in big French and international magazines. I also participate in events such as Baselworld, Hong Kong Fair and Las Vegas.

What has been your biggest design challenge so far?
My biggest challenge Is right now : with the development of the Mens collection.

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Are you influenced by fashion designers – how closely do you follow the fashion world?
I really like the universe created by Rick Owens.

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How do you want the wearer to feel when wearing your jewellery?
To simply feel him or her self!

How long does the design cycle take – from inspiration to manufacture
The cycle is very quick.  This is my strength, As soon as I feel a new desire from the customers in my shops,  I can create few simple pieces in my workshop and then check if its immediately commercial.

If you were not a jeweler what would you be?
I love perfume,  One day I hope to create a Djula fragrance.

Where can readers buy your jewellery?
They can purchase in our shops in Paris or our points of sale throughout the world. They can also consult my collections on our website – http://djula.fr/en