Hi lovelies. Have I got a treasure trove full of eye candy for you today. I’m under the spell of the beautiful designs from Matter of Fakt, a local jewellery label based in Cape Town and founded in 2013 by former art director and graphic designer Mary-Anne Grobler.
When it comes to jewellery I am notoriously picky. My tastes gravitate either to antiques and period costume jewellery or more avant-garde objects with a handmade, whimsical feel. I’m also weird when it comes to jewellery in that I never wear it when my kids are very young and because I always seem to have a baby on the hip, I haven’t worn jewellery (apart from the occasional brooch) for ages. I don’t know why, perhaps it’s because my hands are always so busy wiping snot or bums or changing nappies or putting on school shoes or cooking or digging in the mud for worms or rescuing little people from high trees or garden walls or packing up the car boot for the beach, that I feel the need to be super practical and unadorned. Ready for action, so to speak. That is, until I spied the most magnificent raw stone teardrop turquoise and brass ring by Mary-Anne at Fabricate at the Gardens Centre the other day, and now I’m dreaming of owning several of her show stopping one-of-a-kind pieces. The range consists of all sorts of beautiful bijoux including rings, bangles, necklaces, ear cuffs and earrings, but the designs that really stopped me in my tracks are the rings and necklaces made of crystallized raw stones (also called Druzy stones) that have been hand-dyed and hand-cut. I find their design and materials totally fascinating: an intersection of modernity and bohemian chic but also with an extraordinarily otherworldly spirit about them, as if they could have been unearthed at Pompeii or fallen from some asteroid passing close to earth or conjured up by some 21st century alchemist-designer. Like The Fifth Element meets the Queen of Sheba in a piece of jewellery. The first range was launched officially at the 2013 Design Indaba to much acclaim and Mary-Anne is now showcasing her second collection, Mirage, featuring ‘new colours and shapes,
inspired by the tempestuous beaches and desert landscapes of the West Coast of Southern Africa’. People, I might still have a baby on the hip but I think I have my bling mojo back!