Natasha Sherling takes a look at seaside inspired jewellery as Irish designers dive headfirst into the trend …
A perennial summer theme, trips to the seaside are once again inspiring jewellery collections this season. In the same way floral jewellery will always bring the nostalgia of spring and making daisy chains to wear, we are drawn to coastal motifs as reminiscent of being young and picking up shells during beach walks on long hazy days – and the catwalk agrees. Anna Sui’s models were overloaded with seashells; Missoni’s models looked earthy and elegant in mismatched earrings. From high end to the high street, so many designers have jumped on board, with pretty dangling earrings at Marks and Spencer, pearl detail shell rings from Oscar de la Renta, and of course the limited edition & Other Stories x Mia Larsson collaboration that I spoke about last week.
Being an island nation, Irish designers have long looked to the shore for inspiration so there is lots of homegrown design to choose from too. Some years after their launch, I’m still drawn to Martina Hamilton‘s take, depicting the jagged edges of broken shells in rose and yellow gold, or silver, as a nice point of difference.
Helena Malone‘s Celestial Mechanics draws on treasures found in rock pools, while Vivien Walsh‘s tiny shells jangle together in large groups on bracelets and earrings, reminding me of carefree holidays wandering through harbours in the warm night air before sitting down to dinner.
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