Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Shimell & Madden’s cuboid necklaces – can anyone say lust-have?

Sometimes, you’ll work on a project that will really pique your interest in a certain genre or item – for me, it was the Coldlilies shoot I styled that got me thinking about jewellery in a bigger way than ever …

Fri, Dec 7, 2012, 14:30

   

Sometimes, you’ll work on a project that will really pique your interest in a certain genre or item – for me, it was the Coldlilies shoot I styled that got me thinking about jewellery in a bigger way than ever before. So when an email from Shimell & Madden winged its way into my inbox it didn’t take much to have me drooling over their beautiful minimalist architecture-inspired pieces.

Their pieces are so eerily perfect, they remind me of (obviously) cubist art, but also of the later work of Matisse and Picasso, when it seemed like they dedicated themselves to taking things apart, to dissecting the very creation of all objects, man-made and otherwise. These shapes are so simple, yet they seem so original; they seem like toys, and then, so grown-up. In a way it would have been simple to make these out of perspex and go down the Tatty Devine route, but I am so glad that Shimell & Madden decided to make theirs in gold-plated silver, sterling silver and oxidised sterling silver. The metals lend so much more of an edge . . .

You like? Shop them online, or save your money and wait for the inevitable and disappointing copies from Topshop, Urban Outfitters et al.

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