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Bilingual: This Year in Contemporary Jewellery

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It has been an exciting year for contemporary jewellery, here at Bilingual! With a wide range of custom projects for all occasions and some fresh additions to our collection, we’ve certainly been busy! The creative paths we’ve taken over the past 12 months have explored a range of innovative design solutions. But we’ve also noticed several strong elements…

 

1. CLEAN LINES

Pared-down designs, reduced to simple forms, have provided modern, sophisticated and versatile contemporary jewellery choices. While the Eclipse range and Liberty Cuff have continued to be well loved, our clients have also enjoyed making subtle alterations that acknowledge their own unique style, personality and ideas. Clever decisions in metal, finish, proportion and line make all the difference!

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2. FROM THE CRADLE

Our signature ‘Cradle‘ design has undergone numerous transformations this year as it has been embraced as a foundation for many new contemporary jewellery pieces – both custom and as part of our collection. Perfect for stacking, it lends well to both wedding jewellery and casual, every-day wear.

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The slimline design in our new Cradle Pavé Ring features a row of brilliant diamonds that can be matched and stacked with our other Cradle rings. Available in rose gold, yellow gold, white gold, silver and platinum, this little stunner is also perfect for a wedding band and can accompany a custom made Cradle engagement ring. If you want to get more creative, the Cradle Pavé Ring can be made with your choice of any precious gemstones.

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We’ve been having so much fun stacking on the layers of the new Keshi & Freshwater Pearl collections! There are so many ways to wear them – see if you can find your favourite combinations, HERE.

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Stones can be placed in various positions along the face of the cradle, which makes the design versatile for combining with other rings!

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These diamonds and Australian blue sapphire have been reused from other jewellery pieces that belonged to our client.

How could we use your favourite stones in a Cradle design?

 

3. PEARLS

From Tahitian grey to Freshwater white, pearls have been a favourite in contemporary jewellery this year! We’ve incorporated conceptual designs to give this classic water-stone a fresh place in our lives.

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This custom-made ring and bangle set features a light grey Tahitian pearl, which is more rare than darker, black pearls. It is encased in a net of white gold and subtly complimented with 18ct rose gold. A very striking result!

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Fiona’s custom-designed ring promotes a stunning white freshwater pearl, which is softly supported with a wave of 9ct gold.

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Daniel had this brooch custom-made of silver and pearls and presented it to Rebecca this Mother’s Day. The three pearls represent their three children and the brooch celebrates 10 years of marriage together.

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Our new Wisdom collection was inspired by the cycle of learning. Including a pendant, bracelet and earrings, it reflects on the relationships of elders teaching younger children and likewise, elders learning from the young. The feature pearl piece sits between two loops, one larger in scale and the other smaller, to symbolise the passing of wisdom between generations. Thus the orientation of these loops offers two ways in which it can be worn.

 

4. COMPLIMENTARY BANDS

Complementary custom designs have been embraced as a romantic notion in wedding and commitment rings. Designed to honour the couple’s unique connection, complimentary wedding bands possess elements that represent differences yet complement each-other; distinct yet united.

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These commitment rigs were created re-using diamonds that the couple had. Both rings are set in white gold and while the outer faces of the bands are different, both share an internal layer of yellow gold.

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The ‘Echo’ wedding collection reflects a couple’s unique connection with a hidden pattern of the bride’s ring within the groom’s strong, contemporary band: a romantic secret! We have a variety of patterns available or can create a unique pattern just for you!

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The design for this set of complimentary wedding bands was based on the concept of hearts and arrows. The gold imprints on the interior of the groom’s ring echoes the gold heart pattern in the bride’s ring. This custom set is an adaptation of our ‘Echo‘ design range.

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Another wedding set adapted from our ‘Echo‘ design, the bride’s wedding band features sixteen Australian sapphires (symbolising 2016, the year of their wedding), which are echoed as an imprint on the inside of the groom’s ring. His ring is designed to follow the natural angle of the hand.

 

5. LETTERING

Engraving and initials can be a great way of adding a personal touch to a gift or commemorative jewellery piece! This year we’ve noticed a new love and appreciation for hand-engraving in contemporary jewellery design, coupled with the desire for unique, personalised gifts.

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What a great gift idea: personalised cufflinks! Perfect for graduations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, promotions – and any other celebration, really! Customise as you please with your choice of metal, initials and gemstone options.
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Duncan had this butterfly pendant custom-made for his wife, with the nicknames of their children engraved on the back.

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Marta made this pendant for her mum’s birthday. It takes the shape of a ‘K’, the first initial of her mother’s name. The orientation of the “K” creates a subtlety that Bilingual jewellery is renowned for. Her name is also engraved on the base of the pendant. The white diamonds takes centre stage when looped onto a fine rose gold chain which blends with the skin. A contemporary pendant for a classy mum!

 

6. ROSE GOLD

You’ve probably noticed that rose gold has gained a lot of attention this year! As a metal that subtly blends with most skin tones, it is a sophisticated choice for wedding bands or pieces that are designed to highlight stand-out features, like a gemstones. Both contemporary and elegant, it’s an everlasting favourite.

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The colouring of these comfort-fit bands offers a subtle alternative to more traditional yellow gold as they blend with the skin tone of their wearers.

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Matthew proposed to Cassie with this stunning two-tone rose and white gold ring. He liked the symbolism of the two metals coming together and wanted to present her with an elegant ring that had a unique presence without being too ‘showy’. Naturally, Cassie was thrilled!

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The rose gold setting of this eternity band cause the black and white diamonds to appear as though they are floating against the skin.

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For this wedding band, the groom knew exactly what he wanted! The result was a two-tone matte rose and polished white gold band, with a comfort fit on the inside. The slim, white gold element stands out against the subtlety of the rose gold, which adds structural durability to the piece.

 

7. COLOURED GEMSTONES

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This beauty has a unique sparkle as it features a brilliant parti-coloured sapphire set in a rose gold and diamond band. This design awards the sapphire prime position!

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Julie has had this magnificent opal in her family for years. Now, it features prominently on her hand in this modern, diagonal design!

green_tsavorite_garnet_earrings_rose_gold_gem_stone_stud_unique_customThe green tsavorite garnets in these earrings sure do stand out! When worn, the rose gold blends into the background as the gemstones take centre stage!
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Sue had this stunning piece created from eight other rings that she had inherited. The yellow topaz is a gorgeous feature piece, beautifully complemented by a host of brilliant pavé diamonds.
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February’s birthstone adorns this contemporary jewellery piece, custom-made in the style of our ‘Discovery‘ ring. The off-centre, minimalist style allows the emerald-cut amethyst to truly shine!

 

What has caught your eye this year?

 

The Bilingual Design Process: Fiona’s Ring

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience our unique custom design process?

Our exclusive method is far more involved than you may think… Here, we share Fiona’s journey with you!

 

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1. Beginning the Design Process: Consultation & Concept

The first step in our design process was to meet with Fiona to find out a bit more about her, discuss her ideas and dreams, and how we could create a beautiful ring for her. She filled out our special questionnaire designed to uncover some of the things that held meaning for her, and from this, we developed some themes and concepts to drive the design of her ring. We then displayed these ideas visually as a concept board.

 

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2. Design Options

Based on Fiona’s concepts, we developed a couple of design options for her to choose from.

 

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3. Second Consultation & Measuring

Fiona met with us a second time to discuss the design options and decide which one she would like to develop into the final ring. She chose design option 1 to be made into 9ct Yellow Gold, featuring a white freshwater pearl. We also measured Fiona’s finger to make sure her new ring would fit her perfectly.

 

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4. Production & Presentation of the Final Piece.

Once we had settled on a design and determined the final measurements, we were ready to make Fiona’s ring! Here’s how it turned out……….
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Let us make you custom jewellery with our unique design process! Book an appointment today!

Bilingual Celebrates 10 Years of Innovative Design!

Bilingual Jewellery Timeless and Classic Design 10 Year Anniversary

This year we are so proud to be celebrating 10 years of Bilingual Design! We’ve come so far in a decade: from a handful rings in 2005 to over 500 original designs to date. We certainly have been busy and it’s been exciting to look back and see how things have changed!

By telling us what dream you’d like to fulfil in the next 10 years, you can win a custom-designed Bilingual ring valued at $1000 (see below)!

But in the meantime, this is our story…

After finishing a design degree and being a finalist in the Shell Young Achiever Awards, Marta and Salvatore started Bilingual Design in 2005 with the dream to create innovative jewellery pieces for men and women with timeless and classic designs. They wanted to design pieces with strong concepts that were unique and provoked conversation.

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Marta and Salvatore with their first ring designs (C-Ring, Instinct, Harmony, Salvation, and Destiny) at the Shell Young Achievers Awards

Marta and Salvatore began selling their jewellery at design markets Australia wide, which gave them a good chance to meet people and receive instant feedback. “The markets have a really good buzz in the air and you get to meet so many people from all walks of life as well as chat to other designers who are doing their own thing”, Marta says. But the market experience also had a few challenges. Often, it could be difficult setting up and packing away the stall and also having to come up with creative displays that could be flat-packed for transport. And of course, the weather!

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Paddington Markets, Sydney

 

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Our stall at Paddington Markets, Sydney

By 2010 Bilingual was starting to take on more custom design work. People were asking for their own unique pieces and Marta had developed her exclusive custom design process. In 2013, Bilingual Design launched their flagship store in Lilyfield, Sydney, which was an exciting turning point for the brand – with the likes of Amanda Keller toasting to our success! Bilingual’s new home has allowed the brand to offer its clients the convenience of all-day (and evening) appointments and the shopfront has built a reputation as a destination point in Sydney’s Inner West.

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Amanda Keller and Jacinda Gugliemino at the Bilingual Shop Opening in 2013

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The new Bilingual shop in Lilyfield

So what is the secret to our 10-year journey? Remaining true to out philosophy of creating timeless and classic designs that embrace innovation and are made for longevity. We look forward to continuing on our passionate pathway exploring creative jewellery design for another 100 years!

We would love for you to celebrate with us! Come along to our 10th Anniversary Show during 8-9th of August and enter our ‘Win a Ring’ competition, where you can win a ring, custom-made for you to the value of $1000! All you need to do is tell us what dream you’d like to fulfil in the next 10 years. Click HERE to enter now! Competition entries close 31st July.

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Bilingual wedding rings featured……

Spring is in the air and the wedding season is upon us. Our Union wedding ring and Momento ring are featured in Issue 21 of the very beautiful White Magazine. Take a peep and have a read. White magazine’s manifesto reads as “We are here to inspire, encourage and challenge and to bring back the meaning of true love. To create a positive change in our culture …..” Inspriring creative idea’s just like Bilingual and our wedding rings !!!
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The Inside Story…

The Bilingual Custom Ring Design Process

If you were at the Bilingual Design Store opening last month, you’ll remember that all those who attended could enter a draw to have a custom ring designed to the valued of $500. As our winner Jacinda has found firsthand the bilingual custom ring design process is like no other.

We are so close to finishing Jacinda’s ring from our store-opening competition. Much like we do when we custom make anything for our clients, we had the winner fill out a questionnaire about themselves. There were some very strong key words to play with!

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The design brief

On Saturday August 17th while Bilingual was at our pop up studio at the Powerhouse Museum, I designed and carved three concepts out of wax, so the winner had a few options to choose from.

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Custom Ring sketch ideas Part I.

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We loved the LOUD idea – and so did our winner!
Here it is – ready to be polished and presented to our winner!

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Custom Design ring cast

Why not create a custom ring of your very own. We can create your design from any concept you desire. If you would like any further information on the Bilingual custom design process watch our video or contact us.

Milestone Collection | Celebrate….

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We are delighted to announce the new 2013 Milestone Collection. Why not embrace your 15 mins of fame in 2013! Did you break a personal best? Win an award? Open a new business or are you about to celebrate a big occasion?

Illustrate your achievements with one of our designer rings or designer earrings and cufflinks. Each piece features the year 2013 (MMXIII) in roman numerals in a subtle yet stunning way. Personalise your very own Milestone Collection piece and select from silver, gold & a rainbow of sapphires or diamonds. I love the subtlety of this piece and the significance it holds for you can be your little secret! But I will let you in on mine….I’m celebrating the opening of our new studio/store! Gold bezel on silver ring with a yellow sapphire is my combo!

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Welcome to Bilingual Design

Welcome to the Bilingual Design blog and thank you for joining us in our journey. Bilingual is a 100% Australian owned and operated design label. We design and create unique jewellery and objects that enable both men & women to express their individuality. Our collections comprise mostly of rings, including wedding rings, neck pieces, bangles, earrings and contemporary family trees.

Marta Niegowska our founder creates only one exclusive collection each year. Our collections are locally made, timeless, contemporary and concept driven whereby every piece reflects a story that relates directly to how and why it was designed. Thereby giving each piece longevity, which is a nice alternative to the fashion houses of today, where “it” pieces come and go each season.

We design and explore various ideas through our pieces that induce humour or provoke thought. More than just a beautiful adornment, wearers of our designs are drawn to concepts as much as our craftsmanship. Each piece of custom designed jewellery goes on a journey through the design process of sketching out initial ideas before moving on to paper models and then finally experimenting with wax prototypes.

After a piece is crafted in metal, we wear the piece extensively to make sure comfort and wearability are of an exceptionally high standard. It is this attention to detail and assurance of quality that has our clients referring their friends and family at every opportunity.

Some of our most popular designs are our custom made wedding rings with clients thrilled to have a one off exclusive ring created to symbolise the most important union of their life.

Do visit us online, browse our galleries or give us a call on 0420 961 312 so that you can be on the way to owning a classic Bilingual collection piece, a custom hand crafted piece of jewellery or a Bilingual Family Tree.

Stay tuned for Product news, upcoming events, guest posts and special interest posts.