An Afternoon At Monica Vinader

Monday, 28 April 2014
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It's pretty obvious that I've been enamored with Monica Vinader jewelry for several months now, evidenced by photos of her bracelets on many of my collages. I don't own stacks of jewelry myself. Actually, most of them are simple pieces which hold a lot of sentimental value. Take the tennis bracelet for example, which was custom made for me (I wanted conflict-free diamonds) just after Lil L was born. I would love to pass it to Lil L one day.......along with that infamous Hermes Birkin which some of you suggested that I use as a vase (I thought is a brilliant idea!)(It's also an important lesson not to get caught up in buying expensive IT bags).

There's also the rather unique flower shaped Tiffany & Co ring that my husband bought more than 15 years ago. And the small diamond cross pendant I'd purchased in Hong Kong under my friend S's tutelage (who is a jewelry guru/oracle and has an encyclopedic knowledge about the subject matter). That was nearly a decade ago. Before we had kids, wrinkles or grey hair. When we were carefree.....and didn't have to worry about nappies, schools.........

Sorry....I tend to go off on a tangent. A month ago, I received an email from the lovely ladies at Monica Vinader asking if I would be interested in seeing their jewelry up close and perhaps learn a little more about them. What?! Have someone else look after my kid ALL day while I fondle jewelry? Are you kidding me???? Heck, yeah! So off to London I went. Let me just say.....it was no hardship trying on lots and lots and lots of bracelets, necklaces....and diamonds. I LOVE the idea of stacking one pendant over another which I've done on several occasions but never with more colorful and conspicuous pieces.

Thank you to the staff at Monica Vinader South Molton Street and head office for the warm hospitality. I was gifted a diamond riva bracelet though I was under NO obligation to write nor speak about it. The Riva collection is apparently a big favorite of Kate Winslett who has worn numerous Monica Vinader pieces.

24 comments:

  1. Wow - the pieces are fantastic and just my style. The bracelet is gorgeous - so wearable and chic for everyday!

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  2. I am a big fan of fine gold jewellery and I love the colours of the stones in the Monica Vinader jewellery, they remind me of beautiful beaches and clear seas...so summery, so stunning x

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    1. Come to think of it....you're right. I can imagine wearing some of them on the beaches of French Riviera (dying to get some sun. Rubbish spring weather!)

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  3. Love her aesthetic and own a couple of her pieces, though I will say that the gold plating does wear off and tarnish rather quickly. If she worked with gold fill or 14k gold, I would love to buy more pieces.

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    1. I was informed that customers are welcome to bring their pieces in should the gold plating wear off as they're re-plate it again.

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    2. Oh that is great! I will bring my pieces with me when I visit London this summer - thanks!

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  4. I was just there, I really love their pieces but I was much too shy to whip out my iPhone and start snapping.

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    1. Madly in love with that bracelet.

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    2. I'm still rather shy about snapping away so I generally ask for permission. 90% of the time, most of the stores are absolutely fine with it knowing that it's free advertising. One cheeky guy at the Partridge market in Chelsea reminded me to tweet and instagram the photo! BTW, at L'├ęclair de genie in Paris, tons of people snapped away like crazy! I was so shocked.

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  5. Ahhh I remember the cross pendant! Your afternoon sounded like so much fun - wish I were there. Congratulations on the lovely bracelet :) S in NY

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    1. I've never been to THAT many jewelry stores in 2 days! Can't believe it's that long ago.

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  6. Gosh what pretty pieces, I seem only to be able to wear very small pieces (though I love statement necklaces and that's my statement) and these are sublime

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  7. Wow, I simply adore these designs! So pretty, delicate and chic. I imagine the pieces to be timeless also. Wonderful photos Marlene :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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  8. So many beautiful pieces Marlene. I can understand why you jumped at the opportunity. Your bracelet is absolutely perfect and such a special piece. And look how well it goes with your diamond tennis bracelet! They were made to be worn together.

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  9. Love love love all if this jewellery. Especially the pendant. I will have to drop some major hints next time my birthday is in striking distance.

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  10. There is hardly a day when I don't wear my MV friendship bracelet. I absolutely adore it. Thank you again! Lovely photos Marlene.

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    1. I actually thought of you when I received their invitation. In fact, I mentioned your lovely feedback about their service and bracelet to them.

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  11. Gorgeous bracelet, although I would be terrified of catching it and ripping as it looks so delicate. I do love those pendants though. The colours and textures work so well. One can but dream! Susan, London

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  12. Lovely pieces. I fancy that ring, very me. H xx

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  13. So beautiful- I want everything!!

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  14. I love the round turquoise necklace with the gold chain, it's so pretty! And the Riva bracelet is amazing too - very elegant and minimal piece of jewelry!

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  16. Oh wow! That bracelet is beautiful!

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