Not just a ‘shiny piece of coal’ – the jewellery of Hamilton

Last week, after almost 3 years of having the soundtrack on repeat, I FINALLY got to be in the room where it happens at Hamilton in London, along with The Goblin and a whole bunch of family and friends. I cried. A lot.

 

And I have A LOT of feelings about the show, the top 3 being:

1) How amazing Jamael Westman & Rachelle Ann Go are as the Hamiltons

2) How I will never be satisfied with a Washington who isn’t Christopher Jackson

3) How It’s Quiet Uptown will never not make me cry (especially when sung by the divine Rachel John).giphy (3).gif

I also have a lot of feelings about the gorgeous costuming, which Paul Tazewell, acclaimed Broadway costume designer, created as a modern, minimalist version of 18th century silhouettes. It’s a combination of old and new right after my own heart*, all in a palette of lush colours.

 

The minimalism doesn’t just stop at the clothing, with the only jewellery in the show being the main female characters’ delicate drop earrings (aside from King George’s bling, of course!). They’re a gorgeous example of minimal styling, because they add a little sparkle without taking away from the incredible vocals and rich dresses.

 

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Like the costumes, the Hamilton ladies’ jewellery is a stripped-back version of what women of the Schuylers’ status would have worn during this period of history (although not that stripped back; in late eighteenth century America, less jewellery was definitely more). Hair adornments and brooches were the accessories of choice at this time. Necklaces, when worn, tended to be of a choker style, and earrings were relatively simple (albeit expensive) gemstone drops.

 

Following the Revolution, at the start of the nineteenth century, American jewellery manufacture briefly boomed at home, as well as there being expanded import options. The Neo-classical trend in Europe carried across to the States, with pearl, topaz and amethyst designs gaining popularity.

 

However, from their portraits, it seems the real-life Schuyler sisters were even simpler in their tastes than the styles of the time:

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Angelica (by John Trumbull)
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Eliza (by Ralph Earl)
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And Peggy! (by James Peale)

I, of course, made myself some Hamilton-themed gems to wear to the show, focusing on the star motif….

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These may make their way into the Tiding of Magpies store one day…
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Loving wearing my long threader earrings through multiple piercings at the moment for a different look…

Judging by the costumes and the historical jewels, perhaps I should have worn a pair of my gemstone drop earrings instead so I could pretend I was a Schuyler sister! Come to think of it, maybe I’ll do this tomorrow – I just need to find an orangey-pink outfit to go with my rose quartz drops…

 

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Some interesting articles on the costume design process:

http://tyrannyofstyle.com/costume-design-hamilton-broadway

https://www.thecut.com/2016/06/see-the-original-sketches-of-hamilton-costumes/slideshow/2016/06/09/hamilton_sketches/

Also, shout out to this blog for providing endless portraits of 18th and 19th century American women – https://b-womeninamericanhistory18.blogspot.co.uk/

 

*Maria Reynolds aside, because, come on now, this show is better than that stereotypical ‘vampy’ red…

 

Hoopy days!

Hoops are back online, everybody! After a brief interlude while we were refreshing the photography, my line of gorgeous, dainty little charm hoops is back with NEW charm options and some lush new pictures. New designs include rose gold hammered discs, and a gold nature charms collection featuring shells, leaves and crystal quartz chips.

Perfect for pre-planning your festival wardrobe…

Check them out here!

The Top 3 Jewellery Trends from London Fashion Week SS18

It’s London Fashion Week again, and although shows have barely finished, the jewellery trends are already clear. Here are the top 3…

1) Mismatched/single earrings

Undoubtedly the runaway craze for designers this Spring/Summer Fashion Week, mismatched or single statement earrings have been everywhere on the London catwalks. From enormous, single works of ear-art at Fyodor Golan and Burberry to dainty mismatches at Simone Rocha and Mary Katrantzou, and large, graphic singles at Paula Knorr to Eudon Choi’s more delicate geometrics, this trend clearly isn’t going anywhere next season…

2) Minimal/no jewellery

This LFW, a lot of designers have chosen to forgo jewellery altogether (boo, hiss). Designers as different as Anya Hindmarch, Huishn Zhang, Chalayan, and Richard Malone had one thing in common: they kept the focus on the clothes with their stripped-back looks.

3) Chunky necklaces

A few designers have decided to buck the earrings-or-nothing trend with some serious statement necklaces. Topshop and Christopher Kane went with statement chokers, Roland Mouret with huge bone pendants, and Holly Fulton with bright, 70s-inspired beads.

Bonus list: my top 3 collections so far

Simone Rocha

Victoriana gorgeousness with some seriously fancy hairclips I’m definitely going to attempt to copy for work…

Temperly London

The whole collection looks like a 30s socialite would wear it on the French Riviera and I bloody love it. It’s full of embroidery, sequins, and tulle, three of my absolute faves. And, yes, this pick is may partly be because one of the dresses looks a loooot like my wedding dress!

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Fashion witch vibes + graphic tees + endless glitter = a no-brainer for my final top 3 choice. I mean, just look at this aesthetic:

I want this entire outfit immediately:

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That’s all on Fashion Week. Join me next week for a nostalgic one: the first in my new series exploring the jewellery in Disney films.

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