There's a quote that goes "The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart", and a variation of these words came to mind when I first saw the new collection from artisan jeweller Courtney Laine. The difference is, sometimes a passionate heart along with a discerning eye can conjure genuine treasures that we can see and touch, as evidenced by the precious bijoux from LAINE jewelry.
Laine is a young designer whose exquisite, handcrafted approach to beadwork takes
her genre into the realm of fine artistry. Her inspirations are taken from art, architecture, history and fashion and each
piece is invested with fine artisan details using only solid metals (no
plated, vermeil or filled) and natural gemstones.
Her necklaces, bracelets and earrings are clearly opulent, yet they are also warm and personal, and that is wherein the treasure lies. My favourites are pieces from Courtney's Amulette, Vitrine and Héritage Collections which feature fine antique locket centrepieces of extraordinary beauty (it's apparent her search doesn't end until she finds the best), like the Lára Necklace above. This particular 9ct rose gold locket is circa 1880. Inside is a black velvet backing with an antique gilt crescent moon set with seed pearls and two dozen small white freshwater pearls that move freely within the locket. How breathtaking!
Watch the Laine website next week for antique gold locket brooches filled with tiny diamonds and antique trinkets. I just might die.