Friday, 29 November 2013
rubies, rings, and the stories they tell
Earlier last week I visited eg etal, a contemporary jewelry and objects gallery and shop in Melbourne's city centre. I love being in the city in the sunshine, and walking up the narrow hill on Flinders Lane, past the old buildings and beautiful small independent shops, is a nice thing to do here – a real Melbourne-love moment for me. It always looks especially good at this time of year, with the big, leafy trees and historic details on the rough walls. Things bricked up like this make me think of the Victorian Window Tax, although that's obviously not what's happened here! Or at least I hope not! And these basement windows always make me think of London, and beautiful terraced houses and secret underworlds just metres away. We were there in celebration of eg etal's 15th birthday. To mark the occasion, the senior artists each created a piece for the Ruby Collection – rubies are traditionally used for 15 year anniversaries. Jewelry has obviously been on my mind quite a lot lately, with our wedding coming up, and I was happy to learn a bit more about something that was until recently quite alien to me. The idea of working with an artist on something that will be a special investment, symbolising so much, appeals to both John and me. And as someone who finds so much importance in the stories attached to vintage clothing I wear, I like that you can create a new story when working on jewelry with an artist, and support the local creative community. A million times better than just something off the shelf! The artists showed us their work. I am not good with my hands, and the closest I've got to metal working was soldering an electrical connection a few years ago. And sure, it worked, it was fine, electricity flowed, but it definitely wasn't beautiful! That people can work something solid into something beautiful genuinely amazes me. I loved this one because it reminded me of when John and I first got engaged years ago, I told him I liked the idea of a plain wedding ring with jewels on the inside so no one else would know they were there! He did not share this vision (!) and my tastes have since changed, too, but I still really appreciate this idea. So special and personal and the opposite of showy. I didn't want to take too many photos of the rings while the artists were talking as that seemed a bit rude, so you'll have to pop in and have a look at the rest yourself if you can! I did take a photo of the cute ruby-topped cupcakes. They were red velvet and lived up to their name, all velvety soft and delicious..! Afterwards I met up with John for a lunchtime coffee. I shared my cupcake with him. Had to touch the glitter first though, obviously. And this is what I was wearing: my vintage yellow dress with the blue and green embroidery, and my snakeskin heels from yoox. Cannot believe how practical these shoes are. They go with everything! The cool change was trying to come through, so the sun was swamped by low white clouds, rushing about in the big winds and making the temperature plummet. Making my hair take on a new style, too..! I'd decided that navy nails would look good with ruby rings, what do you think? And, while we're on the subject of rings, I picked up John's wedding band today, and I can't wait to show you! Happy Friday!