Check out the latest blog post for new pieces in the works, artist inspiration and contemporary jewellery related articles and events.
December 8, 2014 Holiday Giveaway!
Hello Monday! Brighten up your week and enter our holiday giveaway on Instagram for your chance to win a pair of Adamite Drop Earrings. Just follow @britlynsimone on Instagram and repost this image with #britlynsimonegiveaway The winner will be announced on Saturday. Good luck babes! Xx
November 16, 2014 American Field Pop-Up Market
We will be in Brooklyn, NYC NEXT WEEKEND vending along side heaps of other great American made, independent artisans. Check out American Field for a full list of vendors, musicians and activities. Come down and shop local!
November 7, 2014 Bespoke Commission
14k yellow gold and diamond Polus Necklace heading to the client in time to make its debut this holiday party season!
This bespoke commission was a collaboration between myself and my client (who also happens to be a very dear friend). She came to me having a vague idea of what she wanted: a beautiful, yet understated everyday-wearable gold necklace with just a hint of shine. We worked together from there, her explaining what she envisioned while I sketched in my notebook. Once the design had been perfected I took my drawings to the bench and began working on the final piece. The best projects always start with a vague idea and a good cup of coffee! If you have a bespoke creation in mind and would like to set up an in person or online consultation please email me via the contact page.
November 4, 2014 Bold Gold
18k gold Dioptase Crown Ring on its way to Pieces of Eight Gallery in Melbourne. The Dioptase Crown Ring along with all other pieces are available per client request in 18k gold! If you are interested in a custom gold piece please email me via the contact page.
July 15, 2014 Think green.
Rich greens against matte charcoal remind me of moss covered boulders and lush jungle floors. I rarely add green to my color palette, but after making a bespoke emerald engagement ring I think I'm hooked.
July 11, 2014 Bespoke Engagement Ring.
So excited to finally show off this bespoke engagement ring! 14k gold, emeralds and clients own 2ct rough diamond.
April 12, 2014 Britlyn Simone on the Pieces of Eight Blog again!
A lovely little post from Pieces of Eight in Melbourne featuring some new work they just received. Thanks babes!
April 10, 2014 Below the Surface collection proofs are in!
Looking through proofs for the new collection from our photo shoot last weekend. Many great shots to come!
April 4, 2014 Adventures Unknown.
Had a hard time parting with this necklace. The beauty of being a maker is the ability to let what you have created continue on its journey without you.
March 25, 2014 At the bench.
A well loved solder board. Taking a moment to appreciate the residual marks and colors created from hours spent at the bench. Lots of new pieces have been created in this tiny space and I'm looking forward to previewing them in the coming weeks!
February 22, 2014 Flirting with Spring.
Inspired by the beautiful weather today, I bought some flowers, dusted off the camera and had an impromptu photo shoot.
February 4, 2014 A visit from Saint Valentine.
Faceted and rough garnets caught in a little patch of sunlight on the bench this morning. I think St. Valentine may be up to something.
January 18, 2014 A tangle of earrings on the work bench today.
Can you spot the new designs? Finished photos coming soon!
January 1, 2014 Hello Twenty Fourteen!
We are working away on some exciting new designs for the new year and can't wait to reveal the finished pieces! Stay tuned.
December 25, 2013 Happy Holidays!
December 20, 2013 More Thoughts on Contemporary Jewellery:
Damian Skinner has written an interesting article on the differences and similarities of the world of contemporary jewellery vs luxury fine jewellery.
"Sometimes I find myself wondering if I should escape the airless world of contemporary jewelry in favor of the much larger, better-funded jewelry world that Vanity Fair On Jewellery represents. The thing that keeps me on this side of the fence is the critical potential of the contemporary jewelry object. Sure, diamonds might be out in the world being exchanged and worn and valued in a way that contemporary jewelry can only dream about, but in the end, these diamonds are not reflexive in themselves about their historical links or how they are being used and valued. The objects and their makers aren’t engaged with making the potential of jewelry part of their subject matter in the same way as happens frequently in the contemporary jewelry field. I like cerebral bling, loaded with conceptual carats."
You can find the whole story here: Vanity Fair on Jewellery
December 17, 2013 Britlyn Simone featured on the Pieces of Eight Blog today!
I am influenced by the geometry of every day life, from the beautiful symmetry in nature, to the modern industrial landscape. For me, jewellery is a vessel that unifies personal narrative and material exploration, creating objects that have both history and memory.
November 19, 2013 We are in Brisbane!
Join me in celebrating the launch of the new Fio : Contemporary Jewellery and Design this Friday 22 November from 6-8! Head down to New Farm in Brisbane to check out some beautiful contemporary jewellery and support independent artists!
October 20, 2013 Britlyn Simone on the Arbor Blog!
Photo Credit: Ellinor Mazza, Arbor Brunswick
September 17, 2013 Sneak Peek:
Sneak peek of some new earrings! Just sent these and other beauties to get gold plated. Look out for them at COTA in Sydney and Arbor in Melbourne.
September 4, 2013 Britlyn Simone Arrives in Melbourne!
Britlyn Simone is now stocking in Melbourne! We are super excited to be the newest edition to Arbor in Brunswick.
"Arbor is a boutique jewellery store located in Sparta Place, Brunswick. Part of a dynamic and creative community, we showcase beautiful handmade jewellery and objects, as well as a small selection of quality Australian-designed bags and wallets. We maintain a strong focus on Australian designed and manufactured jewellery, with a select international designer collection." (Source Arbor)
Arbor is located at Shop 12, Sparta Place, 459 Sydney Rd.
August 29, 2013 Thoughts on Contemporary Jewellery:
Here is an excerpt from an article in The Age interviewing Nina Cueva of COTA on the subject of contemporary jewellery. "Contemporary jewellery is difficult to put a monetary value on. Unlike traditional jewellery, such as a diamond ring or solid gold necklace, the value of contemporary jewellery lies in the idea and the process. Certainly the materials used can fit into the equation, but a contemporary brooch made from resin or a necklace made from volcanic stone can be more valuable than a diamond ring.
"The amount of time involved, the process, as well as materials do come into play. But you need to understand the position of a certain contemporary jeweller. Are they collected by galleries and museums? When did they produce this work and how does it fit into the context of their careers?" says Nina Cueva, who operates COTA Gallery (Courtesy of the Artist) in Sydney with her partner, contemporary jeweller Cesar Cueva."
Read the full article here: Treasured Perspectives
July 24, 2013 Britlyn Simone has arrived in Sydney!
Britlyn Simone is excited to announce we are the newest member of the COTA family!
(Courtesy of the Artist) "..is a compendium of stories and visual
insights which shine a light on creative individuals and their studio
practice. With a focus on innovation, style and provenance, COTA reveals
a glimpse into the creative lives of artists, designers and makers with
a shared passion for the handmade. COTA is an independently curated
Gallery, Store and Magazine that maintains a diverse and active forum in
which to engage with contemporary art, design and lifestyle products."
(Source Courtesy of the Artist)
COTA is located in the famous Strand Arcade in the Sydney CBD at Level 2 Shop 124, 412-414 George St. Strand Arcade
July 17, 2013 Gem Daydreams
I find myself getting
lost in the beautiful colors and natural patterns of gemstones. It is quite amazing
what can be created with a bit of time, pressure and patience.
Just the other day I stumbled upon an interesting article in the NY Times by Carl Zimmer titled In Glittering Gems, Reading Earth's Story. It's a fascinating short read that I would recommend if you are interested in the history of these shining beauties.