Like all the best meet cutes, the first time I spotted the gold Ina Beissner ear cuff on a stylish reporter at Berlin Fashion Week she disappeared into a crowd before I could enquire about it. Weeks of longing ensued and then, one day, completely by chance (the romantic movie theme continues), I saw the same piece (Kaeli mono earring, €638) gazing up at me from under a glass counter at chic Prenzlauer Berg fashion boutique Ofelia. I bought it immediately, and have worn it near-nonstop since.
To me, this piece of jewellery represents everything I love about my adopted city: understated, sleek but with a bit of attitude. It’s worn over the ear lobe; I love it for offsetting a fitted suit or to add an element of Berlin punk to a floaty summer dress. I now have my eyes firmly on the diamond-studded 18ct-gold version (€2,865) and also a chunky gold ring, another firm favourite, by the same designer – Lima-born, Berlin-based jeweller Ina Beissner, who has been producing her minimal-with-edge pieces since 2010.
Her Chikka collection (made to order via her e-store), for example, includes a hip take on classic gold hoop earrings (from €690), with a pin fastening, that comes in a variety of sizes as well as diamond-studded versions (from €2,400). Her newest necklaces (from €1,600), meanwhile, are inspired by her Latin roots, dangling delicate pins on slim chains. In plain gold or silver, or topped off with either a pearl or diamonds, these stylish pendulum rods (which launch later this month) would give me the sartorial balance I need in this crazy city.