A selftaught jewellery designer for the past six years, Anderson’s pieces are made exclusively with vintage stones. designer-jewellery-with-semi-precious-stones, From the 1950s until the 1970s, there were over a thousand manufacturers of costume jewellery in North America but designer-jewellery-with-semi-precious-stones, these big bold colourful stones fell out of fashion, leaving a surplus of virtually untouched stones, explained Anderson. There are now only about seven designers in North America making these handmade couture jewellery.
These luscious stones, some the size of chandelier pieces, are ideal to capture the dazzling personality traits of these iconic actresses.
Grace Kelly’s favourite colour was blue and her icy sophisticated persona inspired his necklace design featuring aquamarine and crystal stones. Marlene Dietrich’s love of rubies and her superb collection of Cartier jewellery inspired his Art Deco style cuffs featuring blood red crystals.
Of course the biggest grouping in his lineup is inspired by the grand dame of beautiful baubles Elizabeth Taylor, whose infamous collection of real gems bequeathed to her from various husbands and admirers, hits Christie’s auction block in December and is already creating a buzz amongst collectors.
Whilst the stones he uses can date as far back as the 1930s, Anderson’s designs are originals. “I call it ‘vintage infuse,’ he explains. “It’s vintage stones, vintage componentry and vintage finishes but it’s a wonderful new piece of jewellery.”
But despite their precious crown jewels type appearance, Anderson feels these are accessories to be worn everyday at any hour.
“It looks great with a jean jacket, white Tshirt and black capri pants or with a cashmere turtleneck,” he says. “It’s meant to be worn and enjoyed. Any woman who buys this type of jewellery obviously enjoys jewellery so they should wear it everyday.”
And what if the fashion pendulum swings to minimalism?
“I truly believe costume jewellery is back to stay. This younger generation has gotten into wearing jewellery I see girls in their 20s wearing tiaras I don’t think costume jewellery is going to disappear now,” he says.
“I think women realize that, yeah, you can look great in a black dress but you look even better in a black dress when you have some fabulous accessories.”