July 15 2011
I have a brief breakfast with Mel at Coco Maya on my way into work but don’t linger, as today my heart is racing – there is a total work pile-up. The first call was one from an Oscar-winning costume designer requesting a bespoke piece of jewellery for a Hollywood blockbuster. I need to design it and get it made in less than four weeks! Hmmm, let’s see if we can do it. It’s a tall order.
Next: a client has bought a pair of earrings and wants a necklace to match. We don’t have one, but I manage to design it and get it mocked up on computer by one of the girls, and emailed off to him within the hour. Jewellery emergencies do exist!
Then I compile a guest list for the new collection launch party in September and send out “Save the Dates”. Then another working lunch in the office – boring…
In the afternoon, Stella pops into the shop for a visit, but I am stuck in a meeting talking about the other cities in the world that might appreciate a bit of Solange jewellery. Even India is mentioned, which I like the idea of, but is possibly not quite right for now – although they certainly appreciate a jewel. Those Maharajas were definitely not minimalist; that incredible Cartier necklace made for the Maharaja of Patiala has been reassembled using some old and some new stones. I dream of having a shop to visit in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the Menagerie necklace is almost complete. It’s a new piece of high jewellery, which is a Noah’s Ark of sweet creatures, childlike and naïve, some rendered in glass enamel. It's going to look gorgeous on.
It’s really hot and sticky in London this evening. The pubs are overflowing, and the streets are full to bursting. It’s Friday, and you can feel everyone’s excited at being released from the work week.
A funny thing: I never really wear necklaces. I feel slightly trapped in them. But tonight I make the effort and wear the Random necklace to a friend’s birthday dinner. I’m so much happier dressing up for friends than for formal occasions.