The making of a jewellery Icon

The making of a jewellery Icon

Today I am talking to the designer Thakoon Panichgul who will share his special, very privileged insight into how an iconic jewellery design is born. And the jewel in question is Tasaki’s Balance line, which is now ten years old and has proven to be an enduring success

Tasaki is the largest and most respected jeweller in Japan. It was founded in 1954 by the Tasaki family of pearl farmers and today is the number one producer of Akoya pearls in the world. The company is also the only De Beers sight holder in the country meaning it has first-hand access to top grade diamonds that it cuts and polishes in its own Kobe workshops and uses its own alloy of Sakura gold inspired by the pink of the cherry blossom that is highly flattering on the skin, thanks to its warm colour, particularly apt for engagement and wedding rings. Tasaki has an excellent standard of craftsmanship that goes above and beyond the famously rigorous Japanese standards of perfection. And nowhere is this more evident than in the simple, but devilishly difficult to produce lines like Balance

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Thakoon Panichgul, is a multi-talented Thai-American fashion designer known for his functional and well-designed wardrobe essentials loved by women the world over. Thakoon has had a hugely successful and fascinatingly varied career. As well as running Thakoon Collection, his own brand of stylish, easy to wear women’s clothes, Thakoon collaborates with Tasaki. Prior to this, he was a fashion editor at Harpers Bazaar in New York from where he decided to study fashion at the Parsons School of Design and by 2004 he launched his first collection that was an instant and runaway success.

Thakoon’s work for Tasaki taps into his rich knowledge of both design as well as a deep, and almost inherent understanding of what women really want. Amongst his many designs for Tasaki, the Balance has become an icon. Simple and bold, the Balance collection elegantly breaks convention by presenting pearls in a totally contemporary and daringly minimalist guise. Symmetry meets the soft allure of pearls, the most feminine of all the gems, expertly crafted by Tasaki’s team of skilled jewellers.

Witty, mischievous and unconventional Thakoon’s other designs include Refined Rebellion with a punky feel, the Danger collection that gives the innocent pearl playfully menacing fangs.

Can you tell me about your vision of who the Tasaki woman is and your inspiration behind the collection?

I don’t have one particular woman in mind but I always think in terms of the energy of the women. Taking the reins in revamping the Tasaki brand, I wanted to re-envision and re-imagine the pearl and making it quite young and modern for today’s women. Pearls have been around for centuries but the foundation for the Balance line is around an urban, contemporary woman with a busy lifestyle who wants to wear pearls with jeans, tee-shirts and casual clothes. 

The Balance Collection is ten years old, and one of your house classics, what in your opinion is the core appeal of this longstanding favourite?

I believe it is the simplicity and pureness of the design where pearls are floating on a simple gold bar that captivates the eyes. It showcases the pearl in its true beauty. This simplicity is timeless and powerful. 

How do you keep Balance so fresh and relevant? 

When simplicity is the core, you can play with different codes around this major theme. If you take the recent evolution called the Balance Step, for example, the pearls are not on a single gold bar as we twisted the code and made it slightly more playful and whimsical than the original design. 

Do you have any preference for a particular size or colour of pearl for your designs?

When I first started this collaboration with Tasaki, it did not have much training in jewellery design so I spent time in Tokyo and in Kobe with the pearl technicians and they helped me to find the right pearls that would fit my design. They would select  a pearl and put it on my drawings so that it matched the sketches. In a way, my lack of experience in the jewellery field helped to prevent too much technicality interfering with my design. And I prefer to keep it that way today even if I have acquired quite a lot of knowledge. For example, even if I know that a size 6 or a size 8 are the most wearable pearls, I prefer to concentrate on the look of my creations rather than on the sizes of the pearls. And for the colours, I really love the off-white but it really depends on the design as sometimes a darker hue works best.




Our stunning new pendants have just launched after being designed by Harriet during the height of lockdown. To find out more about the designs and the ideas behind them, we had a chat with Harriet:

What was your inspiration for the new pendants?

I designed these in April 2020 in the thickest part of our lockdown when everything was almost silent except for the sounds of sirens, birdsong and the regular NHS clap. It was such a surreal and introspective time in many ways. We were all missing those we love and appreciating those we were locked-down with and that’s exactly where the inspiration for the designs came from.

Why are there three different pendants and not just one?

One of these pendants makes for a beautiful gift and symbol of a relationship all on its own, but I also thought about people perhaps wearing more than one. A different pendant could represent a different important person in someone’s life, whether that be their family, friends, partner or even their pets!

Who do you think these designs are mainly for?

I was imagining the different reasons that people might buy them: perhaps as a gift to themselves as a celebration of having held it together so far in these difficult times, or perhaps as a gift for a friend, mother, daughter or lover to show them how much their connection has meant to them. That they are appreciated, especially with the added perspective that this pandemic has brought.

Can they work for layering too?

I’m really into layering necklaces at the moment as it is such a great way to wear different, special pieces in a highly personal and flexible way.  I often layer these lockdown pendants with other pendants or necklaces and switch the chains around to vary the metal of the chain against the pendant.

I made a short video in August about a few simple guidelines to follow when layering which features the prototypes of these lockdown pendants too, which you can see here.

What are they made of?

They are made from solid Fairtrade 9ct rose gold, solid Fairtrade 9ct yellow gold and solid recycled sterling silver.  I think it is really important to feel good about all aspects of your jewellery which is why we use these ethically sourced materials as much as we can.  Happily, the days it was acceptable to wear a meaningful symbol of love that may have exploited somebody at the bottom of the supply chain are over when you shop with us at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery.

I notice they are on different styles of chains, why is that?

I wanted them to work as stand-alone pendants but also make sure that if they were to be worn together, that they wouldn’t look too contrived or ‘matchy’.

The Fairtrade yellow gold pendant is on a traditional, pretty figaro chain which has one repeated longer link and then a series of shorter links which suits the swirls in the yellow gold pendant design.  The Fairtrade rose gold one is on a very delicate twisted chain which is like an intricate plait to suit the twists on the rose gold pendant. Lastly, the recycled silver one is on a delicate curb chain as this pendant is more solid than the others and so needed a finer chain to set it off best.

What are the chain lengths and types and why are they different from each other?

When I first imagined these worn together I liked the idea of the lengths being graduated and decided that when worn as a set the shortest could be the Fairtrade yellow gold pendant, the middle being the Fairtrade 9ct rose gold and the longest being the recycled silver.  The standard yellow gold chain figaro chain can be worn at 16” or 18” as it is adjustable for flexibility. The rose gold chain is 18” long and the sterling silver one is 20” long.

We do however have other lengths of the silver chain and can easily order other lengths in the golds especially for you. Just give us a call and one of the team will happily help you personalise your piece further and let you know all of your options.

Is it possible to have a bespoke version of this design idea?

One of the things I love most about jewellery is that every individual can bring their own symbolism and meaning into the pieces. This is why we specialise in bespoke jewellery and we’re always delighted to consider bespoke versions of any design.

For example, I was thinking just this morning that the pendants would look amazing in a mini cluster or as a little pendant made to look like a keyring with a tiny birthstone tag attached.  The possibilities really are endless.

Why are you donating £10 of each sale to the NHS charities?

I think lockdown adjusted our perspectives in so many ways. For me, it made me look at the symbolism of jewellery as being part of a gesture of love, connection and thanks to those we care about. I particularly wanted to show a gesture of appreciation to our amazing NHS and give back to them for all they’ve done for us over lockdown.

Autore shines

From the watery reflections of Venice to writhing sea creatures or volcanic explosions, Autore’s Alessio Boschi is fascinated by both the big statements produced by Nature such as volcanic explosions down to little sea-bed dwellers. As well as using Autore’s pick of the pearl crop, turn over each piece and the structure, or gallery, is a work of art in its own right. Here carved golden creatures cavort, and often there is a hidden jewel, just for the wearer to know it’s there. Some pieces come apart, like the spectacular pearl, sapphire and Paraiba tourmaline necklace shown above.

Autore shines

About Copper Jewelry

copper jewelry

How is copper used in jewelry?

Copper is highly malleable and eye-catching with its unique red-orange hue, which makes it a great material to use in jewelry. Although copper is currently a popular jewelry metal, it’s been used for millennia. In fact, the first recorded use of copper jewelry dates back to 8th century B.C.

Due to its natural orange earth tone, copper is a beautiful jewelry metal. Even better, it’s versatile because it’s easy to shape, imprint and engrave.

Popular copper jewelry pieces include cuffs, pendants and rings. Often, copper is paired with leather, or other metals like sterling silver or gold to accentuate its vintage style. Copper beautifully compliments earrings, especially those with precious gemstones in earth tones like red, blue and green.

copper jewelry

Is copper durable?

In its purest form, copper is tough but not strong enough to pair with jewelry. That’s why copper gets mixed with other metals including tin and zinc to strengthen it. Commonly used copper alloys include brass and bronze.

As an alloy, copper is extremely durable and can hold up well over time, despite daily wear. Because copper is durable, it’s a great candidate to use as a jewelry metal. Over time, copper will not rust but instead develop a natural green patina. This is because copper oxidizes and a chemical reaction turns the metal green. Speaking of green…

Does copper make skin green?

Will wearing copper make your skin green? Yes. Unfortunately, this is part of the copper jewelry experience. While many assume this is due to low-quality copper, it’s actually a chemical reaction.

Copper Jewelry

When copper mixes with skin sweat, it oxidizes and sometimes leaves a greenish hue on your skin. This is chelated copper which does not absorb into the skin, rather stays behind and leaves a stain. That said, copper stains aren’t permanent and can be washed off with soapy water. In fact, many believe chelated copper to have health, holistic and spiritual benefits.

To minimize copper stains, clean your copper jewelry regular or buy sealed copper jewelry. Sealed copper jewelry is lined with a thin layer which protects your jewelry from tarnishing, and prevents skin discoloration or staining.

Are there health or holistic benefits to wearing copper?
Another reason copper is popularly used in jewelry is because of its symbolism and healing properties. The same oxidation process which turns your skin green actually causes enzymes to absorb into the skin and ultimately, enter the bloodstream. Why is this a good thing?

Remember how copper is an essential mineral in our bodies? Well, sometimes we don’t have enough copper and this leads to copper deficiency. Associated symptoms of copper deficiency include fatigue, weakness, pale skin and cold sensitivity. Wearing copper jewelry helps allow small amounts of copper into the body. Proponents of copper jewelry also claim to experienced symptom relief from circulation issues and arthritis.

Some also believe there are holistic and spiritual benefits to wearing copper. Copper symbolizes love and balance, and was used to heal and protect during ancient times. Many claim that wearing copper balances both the spirit and body.

How to clean copper jewelry
You’ll want to clean copper jewelry regularly to keep it clean and shiny. Wash copper jewelry with warm water and soap. You can also use a soft bristled brush to gently scrub away grime.

To protect copper jewelry from tarnishing, you can polish it with an acidic item like lemon or vinegar. Simply soak the jewelry in the acidic liquid for up to 20 minutes, then wash it off.

You might also be wondering, can you shower with copper jewelry and can copper jewelry get wet? Absolutely! In fact, the warm water will help keep your copper jewelry clean.

Is copper jewelry valuable?
Copper jewelry ranges in value from inexpensive to fine jewelry. What type of jewelry you’re buying dictates the price point. For instance, vintage copper jewelry may be more expensive than copper jewelry from a street faire or market.

The alure of copper jewelry also depends on if it contains precious stones or embellishments. The most important factor to consider when buying copper jewelry is to purchase from a reputable vendor.

There you have it! As you can see, copper jewelry is unique, eye-catching and contains natural healing properties. Copper jewelry is available in a variety of styles, including engraved, carved, polished, mixed-metal and etched. Copper pairs well with other jewelry metals like sterling silver and gold , making it a diverse and unique metal to add to your jewelry collection!

Traditional Jewellry

Traditional Jewellry

Marriages in India are synonymous to jewellery. The traditional jewellery of India is what makes the Indian weddings so rich and unique in their own manner. There are exclusive designs and works which complete the traditional look of the jewellery. The traditional gold jewellery is passed on for generations and families hold jewellery made many decades ago. The different jewellery includes armlets, bracelets, bangles, necklaces, earrings, fingerings, toe rings, nose rings, anklets, pendants and waistbands.

Different regions and cultures follow their unique designs and works. The south is known for its extensive temple based large deigns, the north is known for its exclusive carved designs, the west is known for its mirrored and stoned works and the east is famous for its beaded work. Many trends are taken from the Middle East regions but the designing is unique.

Traditional Jewellry

Pair of toe rings is a symbol of a married girl. These toe rings are usually made of silver and can even be studded with a stone. There are different styles of nose rings worn by women of different cultures. In the north they were large nose rings, sometimes the nose rings are bigger than the bangles they wear. The larger nose ring denotes the wealth of the husband. In the west nose rings are called nath, they are made of pearls and stones. Necklaces of traditional temple designs or the eminent kolhapuri sajh designs are sought after. North Indians cherish the traditional panchangal, which is a five ring connected gold jewellery for all the fingers in a hand. The waistband also known as kamarband is made out of gold or silver and is studded with precious stones. Earrings come in varied designs and types; there is the traditional long jhukams, which are long and bulky with detailed designing. The anklet is of two types; moveable and immovable. The flexible ones are made by joining rings of the metal, usually silver and the immovable ones are made like bangles with a gap to fit into the leg. The traditional Indian jewellery dates long back and is still famed for its design. These popular works are one of the sought after designs worldwide.


Many of the traditional designs are available only in certain places. Thus buying them online makes more sense. online jewellery shopping saves time and gets you the specific design you have longed for. There are different kinds of designing techniques. Some of them are Filigree, Meena and Kundan works. Filigree work involves minute designing; this work is mostly done on silver. Silver is carved into very thin wires and the design is made by molding the wires. Meena work involves filling the metallic design with different colours. This renowned design is famous from the Rajasthan. Kundan work is made out of precious stones and joined by gold or silver. This work is so famed that it is being made by oxidized metals and false stones and is a trendsetter since ages.

The benefits of online jewellery shopping not only limited to cost saving and time saving factors but it is also a convenient mode that carries different attractive offers and discounts that is quite important while shopping for a jewelry. Moreover, some sites on internet are selling jewelries for general public and for dealers that increases the choice for buyers to look out for best deal.

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Silver Jewellry

Silver is a metallic element with atomic number 47. Its symbol is Ag, from Latin argentum, from the PIE root reconstructed as *h₂erǵ-, “grey” or “shine”. A soft, white, and lustrous transition metal, it has the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and reflectivity of all metals. This metal occurs naturally in its pure, free form (native silver), as alloyed with gold and other metals, and in minerals such as argentite and chlorargyrite.

Silver Jewellry

Most silver is produced as a by-product of mining copper, gold, lead, and zinc. Silver has long been valued as a precious metal. More abundant than gold, silver metal has functioned in many premodern monetary systems as a species of coin, sometimes even alongside gold.

Purity is usually measured on a per-mile basis; 94% pure alloy is described as “0.940 fine”. In addition, silver has a wide range of applications beyond currency, such as in solar panels, water filtration, jewelry and ornaments, high value tableware and furniture (the term silverware emerged), as well as investment in coins and bullion. Silver is used industrially in electrical sockets and conductors, in specialty mirrors, window coatings and in the catalysis of chemical reactions.

Silver Jewellry

Its compounds are used in photographic film and X-rays. Dilute solutions of silver nitrate and other silver compounds are used as disinfectants and microbicides (oligodynamic effect), added to bandages and wound dressings, catheters and other medical equipment.

Gold Jewelry

As we know, Gold is the classic setting for most jewelry which prized for its beauty and versality. It is also the most malleable type of all metals, due to that condition, It can’t be used for jewelry in purest form.

Gold Ring

As for the standard measurement of gold is the karat. Pure gold is 24 karats, it means that 24 out of 24 parts are all gold. Gold is combined with other metal alloys to increase its strength. For example, 18K gold is 18 parts gold and 6 parts other alloys; 14K gold is 14 parts gold and 10 parts other alloys. 10K gold is more durable, with 10 parts gold to 14 parts other alloys. More the other alloy parts combined, more durable the gold is, but the karat is also decreased.

Type of alloys thats used with yellow gold include copper and silver. Rose gold is created by combining gold with large amounts of copper, while green gold results from mixing gold with copper, silver and zinc. When creating white gold, pure gold is combined with copper, zinc and nickel or palladium.

Rose Gold Necklace

Since antiquity, yellow has been the color most associated with gold. White gold is a beautiful complement to exceptionally white and bright diamonds. Also, white gold jewelry is plated with rhodium, a shiny metal that increases the whiteness and strength of gold. Sometimes, white gold is confused with platinum, though they are entirely different metals. White gold and platinum vary in strength, resistance to scratches and shades of white.

In some jewelry pieces, white and yellow gold are paired together, producing a beautiful two-tone look. You can also find yellow, white and rose gold pieces or white and rose.

Diamond Pendants

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A diamond of high quality such as MEC Ultimate displays the appearance of Hearts & Arrows patterns that are shown as the result of a supreme ideal cut diamonds which attracts and reflects the maximum amount of lights. Hearts & Arrows diamonds have three distinguishing factors: perfection in polish, symmetry, and proportion.

The MEC Ultimate diamond is certified by GIA and is measured and graded based on four individual Light Performance parameters: Brilliance, Sparkle, Fire, and Light Symmetry, and result in an overall Light Performance grade by Sarine Technologies. These are what MEC truly has, truly a Light of Perfection.

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Diamonds are used in engagement rings. The practice is documented among European aristocracy as early as the 15th century, though ruby and sapphire were more desirable gemstones. The modern popularity of diamonds was largely created by De Beers Consolidated Mines, which established the first large-scale diamonds mines in South Africa. Through an advertising campaign beginning in the 1930s and continuing into the mid-20th century, De Beers made diamonds into a key part of the betrothal process and a coveted symbol of status. The diamond’s high value has been the driving force behind dictators and revolutionary entities, especially in Africa, using slave and child labor to mine blood diamonds to fund conflicts. Though popularly believed to derive its value from its rarity, gem-quality diamonds are quite common compared to rare gemstones such as alexandrite.

Diamond Pendants