Dan Ahwa is fashion editor for Viva and Canvas magazines.

Fashion: Silver lining

Sculptural silver jewels with an artisanal bent take centre stage for spring
Aiya wears Natalia Peri oxidised silver earrings $309. Photo / Greg Bowker
Aiya wears Natalia Peri oxidised silver earrings $309. Photo / Greg Bowker

While chain stores and high street fashion retailers do a great job shifting product week after week, when it comes to jewellery, designs straight from the original creative sources provide plenty of inspiration for those wanting something special.

Artisan jewellers are experiencing a new-found revival in a sea of familiar shapes and styles, with new inspiration to be found from the likes of Tauranga-based jeweller Nat Peri and her label, Natalia Peri Jewellery; and Auckland-based Emily Pearce of Embr Jewellery, whose collection consists of sculptural earrings and geometric rings etched with unique grooves and kinks for something unique for the wearer.

Meadowlark sterling silver choker $759.

Roula Dfoundi sterling silver and onyx ring, $510, from Et Vous.

Lindi Kingi black onyx ring, $99, from The Mint Republic.

Kenneth Jay Lane ring, about $189, from Net-a-Porter.

Roula Dfouni polished and oxidised sterling silver ring, $610, from Et Vous.

Sophie Buhai chain bracelet, $1045, from Simon James Concept Store.

Givenchy hoop earrings, $380, from Matches Fashion.

Louis Douglas sterling silver and fresh water pearl bracelet, $360, from Tessuti.

Carolyn Baker silver and copper brooch about $480.

Balenciaga Fall 2016.
Balenciaga Fall 2016.


Regular cleaning can maintain the shine of your silver jewellery. Look to commercial cleaners or try a simple homemade method:

• Mix one cup of boiling water with 1 Tbsp of salt and 1 Tbsp of baking soda.
• Pour the mixture into a flat pan lined with tinfoil (shiny side up).
• Gradually add ½ cup of vinegar.
• Let jewellery sit for 5-10 minutes.
• Rinse in water and lay on a towel to dry. Once dried, use a professional polishing cloth as tissue and paper towels can cause scratching.

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