Weak in the Presence of Beauty. July 2017.

Dear Rowley, It is ten years since Cartier last launched its high jewellery collection, L’Inde Mysterieuse, in London at Lancaster House. That was one of the most glamorous parties of my life, crowned when legendary beauty the Rajmata of Jaipur made one … Continue reading

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Jewellery for Gentlemen. May 2017.

Dear Rowley, Well, the manuscript for Jewellery for Gentlemen is finished and at the last count we have about 500 pictures in the files; many of them shot especially for the book by Andy Barnham. I’ve gone cross-eyed checking thousands of Academy … Continue reading

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Stepping Out. February 2017.

Dear Rowley, I haven’t been in one of those ‘sky is blue, moon is new’ moods for such a long time. For both of us, winter in London is like salt on a slug, darling. Seasonal affective disorder isn’t even … Continue reading

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All the Riches of Araby. November 2015.

Dear Rowley, With the exception of the Cheapside Hoard exhibition at the Museum of London, I think we can say without bias that the Victoria & Albert Museum curates the most spectacular jewellery exhibitions in London if not the world. The … Continue reading

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Alpha Males. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, Much excitement at Bloomsbury Towers when an invitation arrived to preview Solange Azagury-Partridge’s debut men’s jewellery collection Alpha at No 5 Carlos Place. Solange is one of that elite club of contemporary fine jewellers to design pieces acquired … Continue reading

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