Designer Spotlight: Ruth Tomlinson

March 17th, 2015 / by Lori / no comments / permalink

Ruth at work in her studio

Ruth at work in her studio

Hometown? Morecambe, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Current city? East London (living). Studio is in Central London.

At Paris Fashion Week

At Paris Fashion Week

How did your jewelry line come about? Being brought up in a creative family I was always encouraged to make. My first jewellery line started when I was aged 14; I used to sell to local shops and do fairs around Lancashire and Cumbria in the North West of England. The current lines we developed as an evolution of my work from the Royal College of Art (2003-05) which were inspired by found treasures and the mysteries of discovered jewels from a bygone era.

Was there a first piece of jewelry that made you want to design your own? Probably a piece from the ‘Fimo’ (modeling clay) instructions booklet! Then, later, maybe a piece from a slightly more sophisticated designer and craftsman – Lalique.

A stack of diamond and gold rings

A stack of diamond and gold rings

Describe your creative process: I absorb the inspirational world around me, process it, sketch it , photograph it. All these thoughts and ideas are then channelled into the form of jewellery. My work often develops on the bench; whilst making I feel very in-tune with the materials I work with and this helps with the design development.

Porcelain flowers

Porcelain flowers

Who is your favorite jewelry designer? Probably some unknown craftsman from the 17th century who created jewels for our sovereignty.

Do you have a favorite piece from your personal collection? (Can be of your design or not) It has to be the Lustre natural diamonds cluster ring, the very first one I made.

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Who is your most consistent inspiration? Mother nature.

Ruth's black porcelain and silver drop earrings

Ruth’s black porcelain and silver drop earrings

Check out more of Ruth’s work here.

Spring Ahead

March 6th, 2015 / by Lori / no comments / permalink

Hi there Folks. On this day as we Spring Ahead we also will be leaping back into our blog world. Spring Ahead happens to be one of my favorite holidays as it is a day that supplies a glimmer of hope that one day soon us east coast popsicles will thaw out. Here is a sweet little round up of some of my favorites items in store now that will act as your harbinger to spring.

Nick Potash lighter

Hand engraved folk art Zippo by Nick Potash.

Rose Quartz Lamp

Rose Quartz Point Lamp for a perfect ambience.

Gigi Necklaces

Gigi Clozeau resin and gold necklaces in all the colors of the rainbow.

Margoni Ring

Margoni rutilated quartz, gold, and sterling silver ring to brighten up hands that are finally out of gloves.

Shibori Scarf

Hand dyed shibori scarf. A perfect transitional piece.

Happy Almost Spring!

Accidental Art Tour

July 14th, 2014 / by Lori / no comments / permalink

For my Mother’s 70th birthday our family took her to Italy. She’s Italian and had never been there, so it was an important trip for us. I decided that taking an organized tour would be the best way to ensure family bliss and proceeded to walk through hour upon hour of our tour guide informing us about Roman history. We made our way through every church and castle, but once we got to Florence thankfully art become the focus. The incredible statues in Piazza della Signoria date back to the 16th century, although the square has been a gathering place since the 1300′s. In the Uffuzi Gallery a permanent exhibition of the dynastic collection of the Medici family houses the largest group of Renaissance masterpieces including works by Botticelli, Raphael and Michelangelo.

Artemis from the year 160AD, the goddess of childbirth and the protector of young girls, in the Vatican Museum.

Artemis from the year 160AD, the goddess of childbirth and the protector of young girls, in the Vatican Museum.

Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini, 1545 AD. At the Piazza Della Signoria in Florence.

Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini, 1545 AD. At the Piazza Della Signoria in Florence.

Madonna of the Milk by Giuliano Bugiardini, 1518 AD. At the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Madonna of the Milk by Giuliano Bugiardini, 1518 AD. At the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Then on to Venice, where the first thing I noticed from my water taxi speeding down the Grand Canal was a Forever Bicycles sculpture by Ai Weiwei! Turns out that I was there just in time for the Biennale Architettura, an Irving Penn Retrospective and THREE different Ai Weiwei pieces.
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Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei, at the Venice Biennial in the gardens of Palazzo Franchetti.

Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei, at the Venice Biennial in the gardens of Palazzo Franchetti.

Alternative View

Alternative View

Escalator/Rainbow Rain by Vidya Gastaldon at Palazzo Grassi in Venice. The sculpture is made from string and yarn and hung from wooden lime tree sticks.

Escalator/Rainbow Rain by Vidya Gastaldon at Palazzo Grassi in Venice. The sculpture is made from string and yarn and hung from wooden lime tree sticks.

Cuzco Peru Children by Irving Penn, 1948. At the Irving Penn retrospective at Palazzo Grassi.

Cuzco Peru Children by Irving Penn, 1948. At the Irving Penn retrospective at Palazzo Grassi.

Two Guedras by Irving Penn, 1971. At the Irving Penn retrospective at Palazzo Grassi.

Two Guedras by Irving Penn, 1971. At the Irving Penn retrospective at Palazzo Grassi.

Street Art in Rome

Street Art in Rome

Lori's selfie in front of Non-Object a 4 sided stainless steel by Anish Kapoor.

Selfie in front of Non-Object a 4 sided stainless steel by Anish Kapoor.

Wedding Jewelry

June 23rd, 2014 / by Lori / no comments / permalink

Last weekend in Montauk, Simone and Kris, two beloved members of the Adorned family, got hitched! Simone, the general manager at New York Adorned, has always been a serious jewelry hound. For months leading up to the date, “wedding jewelry” was a major topic of conversation between her and Lori.


. As everyone reading this blog knows, jewelry is a beautiful way to mark the milestones of your life A piece given to you or worn at an important event, like a wedding, becomes sentimental and is thought of as an instant family heirloom; A talisman with intrinsic value to pass down to your children, that tells the stories of your life and holds sweet memories.

This custom Marla Aaron heart lock, given to Simone by Lori has her and Kris’s initials, the date of the nuptials and TLF (true love forever) engraved into it.

True Love Forever

True Love Forever

With so many summer weddings happening, we thought we would put together a group of pieces that would work perfectly for the bride and groom. Wedding bands that we know our customers would appreciate and a few other pieces that will give you a little extra added sparkle to your already magical day … We LOVE love!

Elizabeth Street Diamond and Gold Band with Lauren Wolf Men's Gold Sea Urchin Band

Elizabeth Street Diamond and Gold Band with Lauren Wolf Men’s Gold Sea Urchin Band

Todd Pownell Men's Band with Inverted Black Diamonds

Todd Pownell Men’s Band with Inverted Black Diamonds

Steven Battelle Gold Women's Band

Steven Battelle Gold Women’s Band

Vintage Yellow Gold and Ruby Floral Ring

Vintage Yellow Gold and Ruby Floral Ring

Lola Brooks Diamond and Gold Cuff Links

Lola Brooks Diamond and Gold Cuff Links

Lola Brooks Sapphire Necklace

Lola Brooks Sapphire Necklace

Polly Wales White Sapphire and Gold Necklace

Polly Wales White Sapphire and Gold Necklace

Lou Zeldis Diamond and Gold Drop Earrings

Lou Zeldis Diamond and Gold Drop Earrings

Symbiotique Silver and Gold Opal Drop Earrings

Symbiotique Silver and Gold Opal Drop Earrings

THINGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME

May 7th, 2014 / by Lori / no comments / permalink

So often we go through life without even thinking about how our dear Mothers have formed us as people. So we asked our LOVElies what the one most important thing that their Mom taught them as a child that still resonates with them as adults, and what Love token they would happily bestow on them for it…


Lori and her Mother, Nina
“When you’re in a bad mood, dance it out.”

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The perfect Mother’s Day gift: Vintage Opal Nest Ring
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Victoria and her Mother, Colleen
“You have to work for everything you want.”

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The perfect Mother’s Day gift: Figue Noir Classic Candle
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Kinga and her Mother, Grazyna
“You’ve made your bed, so lay in it.”

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The perfect Mother’s Day gift: Single Long Quill Necklace
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Colin and his Mother, Sophia
“Eat your veggies.”

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The perfect Mother’s Day gift: Aluminum Double Timer
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Zoe and her Mother
“Courageously pursue your heart’s desires and celebrate life by embracing all that it has to offer.”

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The perfect Mother’s Day gift: Beaded Lips Pin
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Love Adorned Book Club: Rin Tanaka’s Harley-Davidson Tome

April 7th, 2014 / by Roxanne Fequiere / no comments / permalink

For a handful of American companies that have managed to stay in business for over a century, their names immediately conjure up some kind of mental bookmark, whether a familiar logo or catchy jingle. Harley-Davidson enjoys a similar level of brand recognition, but beyond their distinctive black, orange, and white emblem, the company has established an instantly identifiable visual language. A singularly unique style, the look usually involves leather, patches, and heavy boots, a postwar phenomenon that has since become universal, frequently referenced in media ranging from film to fashion.

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Ponystep Spring-Summer 2014 Editorial Starring Kate Moss

Pre-WWII imagery of Harley-Davidson riders, however, has typically been a bit harder to come by. Enter Rin Tanaka, a Japanese writer and irrepressible vintage aficionado who’s channeled his passion for American heritage brands and subcultures into a series of self-published, cult-status* books under the publishing name My Freedamn.

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “H. Addison Bowie.” A motorcycle dealer on H Street.

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “H. Addison Bowie.” A motorcycle dealer on H Street.

Harley-Davidson: Book of Fashions, 1910s-1950s is the result of Tanaka’s time spent in the massive Harley archives. Sifting through over 100,000 photos, he managed to whittle down H-D’s extensive history into five decade-specific chapters. The results are equally informational and inspirational—images of cloth and leather helmets mingle with rarely seen photos of African-American and Japanese-American bikers. Customization has long been a staple of the Harley community, and images of studded kidney belts from the ’30s and club shirts from the ’40s and ’50s are among the stunning catalog-style photos presented throughout the book. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a casual admirer of the Harley-Davidson style, this book is an essential.

Rin Tanaka signing his book (via A Continuous Lean)

Rin Tanaka signing his book (via A Continuous Lean)

In addition to his prolific bibliography, Tanaka is also the man behind Inspiration LA, an annual vintage clothing and Americana trade show that attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. For vintage devotees, the event is more than worth the trip, but we have it on good authority that Inspiration may be heading east to New York next year—fingers crossed.

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*Speaking of cult status, only 10,000 copies of the H-D Book of Fashions were printed, and according to Tanaka, Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum may have a few copies left, but otherwise they’re completely sold out. You’ll definitely want to get your hands on a copy at Love, Adorned before they’re all gone.

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Celebrating: March Birthdays

March 24th, 2014 / by Roxanne Fequiere / no comments / permalink

Before there was aquamarine, there was bloodstone. Deep green with flecks of red-orange, the stone was believed to have been created when Jesus’ blood dripped down onto the gravel beneath his crucifix. From that violent origin story came a strong association with courage and battle, as referenced in this traditional verse: “Who in this world of ours their eyes/ In March first open shall be wise/ In days of peril firm and brave/ And wear a bloodstone to their grave.” 

During the early twentieth century, the the National Association of Jewelers—followed by the general public—demoted the bloodstone to secondary status, putting aquamarine in its place. A blue or turquoise variety of beryl, aquamarine translates to “water of the sea,” and depending on who you ask, the gem comes from mermaids’ treasure chests, can summon the dead , may increase intelligence, and/or was worn by sailors to prevent seasickness.

Mined in Brazil, Madagascar, and Kenya, among a few other far-flung spots, there’s a chance that you may discover some of your own here in the United States, in Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains. A better bet? Stopping in to Love, Adorned, where there are a number of aquamarine pieces just waiting to be picked up (plus a few bloodstone pieces, for all the traditionalists out there).

What’s in store: 

1) A 14K gold and aquamarine ring—made in the ’80s, just right for today. 

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 2) Multifaceted teardrop earrings set in 18K gold, made by Lola Brooks.

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3) Raw bars of aquamarine wrapped in gold and strung onto a Lou Zeldis necklace-cum-art piece.

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4) An 18K gold single trident earring, punctuated with an aquamarine and created by Chad Ypon.

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Kat + Roger

March 2nd, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

Since we seem to be stuck in a never-ending New York winter, the custom color palette California ceramicists Kat+Roger designed for us is definitely causing daydreams of a warm beach by the ocean.

Kat+Roger cups, $65 bowls, $130-$175

Kat+Roger cups, $65 bowls, $130-$175

Roger Lee bringing one of K+R's bowls to life

Roger Lee bringing one of K+R’s bowls to life=

Kat+Roger Planters $75, $195

Kat+Roger Planters $75, $195

The duo (in work and love) throw, detail and paint each of their ceramic pieces by hand. And though they look pretty enough for mere decoration, don’t be afraid to eat, drink, be merry and then put everything in the dishwasher. If you stare long enough at the blues and greens maybe you’ll start to feel like you’re here…

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Bobby Dazzler

February 22nd, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

We are pretty excited to be making room for some new friends from the UK, so come by Elizabeth St. to welcome our own selection of Bobby Dazzler dolls.

Every one has their own story

Ballerinas, pirates and tattooed men; every one has their own story.

All of the dolls from Bobby Dazzler are made by hand in south London by Rosie Short & Fumie Kamijo with reclaimed fabrics. They’re available in human and animal varieties, but we stuck with humans for now. Each one is unique in its own quirky, special way and can make you wonder how you didn’t know you wanted a stuffed pirate.

The doll-makers, Rosie and Fumie (photo courtesy of The Guardian)

The doll-makers, Rosie and Fumie (photo courtesy of The Guardian)

 

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Spiritual Skin

February 17th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

Tattoo’s may seem ubiquitous amongst the cool kids now, especially if you live in a city like New York or Los Angeles, but they are far from a recent trend. In Spiritual Skin: Magical Tattoos and Scarification anthropologist and photographer Lars Krutak takes a serious look into the ancient rituals of tattooing and scarification in tribal communities from Papua New Guinea to Sub Saharan Africa.

Spiritual Skin $200

Spiritual Skin $200

 

In his work that began about a decade ago, Krutak explains that tattoos and scarification are not merely for looks or to demonstrate status or accomplishments. For these cultures they are imbued with magic that provides strength, protection, and power with the universe. The Author gives a brief explanation here:

Whether or not you think tattoos are magical the photos are stunning and give a peek into worlds that, while they seem far away, are filled with people that have hopes and fears.

 Photos by Lars Krutak

 

 

 

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