This post is in paid partnership with Mela e Pere, an elevated jewellery brand.
Accessorising extravagantly isn’t something that comes naturally to me.
Day to day, you’ll see me wearing a white gold charm bracelet – a gift from my parents for my 14th birthday – and a white gold necklace – a gift from my parents for my 18th birthday. I rarely wear anything else. Costume jewellery has never appealed to me, not really.
Throwaway accessories that coordinate with an outfit for one season in the year isn’t something that’s ever sat well with me. Firstly it was because I was lazy and sleep in these two pieces, but these days I appreciate the glint of gold, the Midas touch that comes with jewellery to treasure.
For instance, I always revel in letting people know where my most-worn accessories are from: the bracelet and necklace are love tokens from my parents during my formative years and form a safety blanket. My handbags are a token of hard work, the years of saving for each bag, stories from the shopping experience, and the enduring thought process behind carefully selecting them.
Of course that isn’t to say I never stray from my mainstays. You’ll often see me proudly wearing pieces from my friend Ella’s jewellery collection, and more recently these Mela e Pere designs have been added to my treasure trove. You see, these trinkets are beautifully crafted by two designers whose studio takes residency in Sham Tseng, the village in Hong Kong where my Mum grew up.
Made from natural gemstones and stainless steel metals, the designs and brand is the brainchild of French and Korean makers. Their thoughtful approach to the craft and the brand’s ethos ring true in each piece. This moonstone bracelet is a clever, adjustable piece – an essential for me, as I have oddly small wrists. The coordinating necklace gleams just-so in the light and there’s a genuine white moonstone from India at the back, to complement up-dos.