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It was about 2-3 years ago when I found myself in Las Dalias in Ibiza in front of a beautiful little jewellery stall which, I found out later, belonged to Nikki and Jorge, 2 very special people. Their label MoNO (the website merely reflects a fraction of their talent and extraordinary pieces though) features an eclectic mix of pieces: rings, necklaces, cuffs, earrings, the list is long. Each piece is hand crafted in Ibiza or to use Nikki’s email signature ‘in paradise’ and tells its own little story. It is that, that makes the pieces even more special, when either Nikki or Jorge tell you where each stone has come from, which material was used to craft a certain ring and why they used a certain type of thread to make a particular necklace.
Back to Last Dalias though and my first encounter with MoNO jewellery – It was there and then when I fell in love with their pieces, particularly a multi-ringed ring featuring several bands, silver, gold, copper and rose gold. A little like Cartier’s trinity rings but again very different.
The ring is made up of different bands which can be coin exteriors, square or round bands, the choice is yours.
Fast forward a few years and I am now the proud owner of exactly that ring and I love it so very much. My version is a mix of 6 rings (they can also make it with 3, 4, 5 or 7 rings): two silver, two yellow gold, one copper and one rose gold with 2 being smooth round, 3 being square bands and 1 being a patterned coin exterior. My boyfriend (I love you) got it for me as a surprise, had it engraved and fitted with my birthstone which makes it even more precious to me.
Nikki and Jorge have since become friends and I’m always very much looking forward to seeing them when we visit the island. They are two very talented and kind-hearted people, who work at their own pace, producing one of a kind pieces with the greatest amount of care and attention to the smallest detail – a rare find. If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Ibiza make sure to visit their stall either Saturdays at Las Dalias or Sundays at the market in the beautiful village San Juan. If not and you’re interested in finding out more, email them. They have a great selection of photographs and can send pieces world wide.
My thing at the moment are ankle scarves.
Some time ago I was given a beautiful Prada silk scarf which unfortunately though is so not me. In the conventional sense, think fifties open car scenario, at least. But I have since found some great ways of incorporating it into my wardrobe: I wear it as a bandana, instead of a belt and most recently also as an ankle scarf.