Italian Vogue!

Oh yes, hybrid handmade husband's shoe made it into Italian Vogue!  But I have equally exciting news - the Oyster is finished.

Oyster Necklace, June 2011 by Cari-Jane Hakes
I love the symbolism that an oyster represents - it uses grit and irritation to make beautiful pearls. And so this necklace is for a woman who has endured, who has taken all the grit that has been thrown at her and turned it to her advantage. It has been the making of her and she is all the more beautiful for it.

Oyster Necklace, detail, June 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes
I have made the 'dangle' detachable for days when the wearer needs something more minimal.  And so the idea that started on the beach in August 2010 (here), that was sketched out (here) is finally in my hands.  Made from silver, gold and one vintage pearl.

Elsewhere today - this BEAUTIFUL piece of coral washed up in my post box all the way from Swanborough Prints.

Detail of Natural History Blue Coral fine print adapted from 1800's 
It is a wonderful symphony of blue and intricate pattern.  I keep staring at it.  I will leave you to discover it in all it's glory in Minnie's Etsy shop.  Thank you Minnie.  I love it and would indeed be so surprised to snag such a gorgeous thing in my net!

For shoe lovers everywhere, I give you, Italian Vogue! 

The Mojito Shoe by Julian Hakes, Italian Vogue 2011
For more information on this shoe click here and for up to the minute up dates on its launch you can become a 'liker' on Facebook (click here).

It made it into UK Elle magazine too.

The Mojito Shoe by Julian Hakes, Elle UK 2011

I thinks that's enough excitement for one day don't you think?