I’ve blogged about these guys before and I while I loved their concept of selling semi-precious stones at prices cheaper than most decent costume jewellery (to give you an idea, a pair of classic rose quartz earring set in Sterling silver costs just $50/£25) I had a real issue with how they sold their gear.
To keep prices keen there was, understandably, no shop. Instead they either sold at fairs or on Facebook. I rarely make it to the expat fairs – I might do one at Christmas – so Facebook was my only real option: you had to write ‘sold’ in the comments section underneath a picture if you liked what you saw and wanted it – i.e. everyone you were friends with on Facebook could see what you were up to, if they could be bothered.
I am not one of those disingenuous people who desperately want to pass their silver set rose quartz earring off as costing more than I paid for them, but equally I don’t want to advertise to every Tom, Dick & Harry (must do a Facebook clearout) that they were ridiculously good value either.
Why am I telling you this? Because, joy of joys, Lustre – as of today – has its very own online store.
They ship globally. Their jewellery is real. It is good value. Everything is clearly labelled and if settings aren’t silver, Anaita, very clearly, says so. In most cases, however, they are.
I am responsible for the about page on her site which is rather an interesting read if you want to know how on earth she sells what she sells, at such good prices.
Here are some of my favourites from her new collection:
These are on my Christmas list, Agate bracelets with Sterling silver filigree work ($135/£68)
I am also in love with these earrings that appear at the very top of this post too (I like them that much):
They are Kyanite earrings set in Sterling silver ($225/£112)
These beauties (above) are as pricey as it gets over at Lustre HQ. They are made from Sterling silver and enamel. The blue gemstones are chalcedony and blue quartz; the red gemstones are chatham and rubies. Priced at $550/£275 each (although they apparently retail elsewhere for close to US$1,500).
I love the apple-green of these earrings below – reminiscent of good quality jade, which is one of my favorite stones:
The stone isn’t jade though, it’s green onyx and Sterling silver and costs just $65.
Lustre don’t just sell earrings and bracelets – there’s rings, necklaces and lots more – although you can see where my weakness lies.
I’ll say goodbye with this from the Raw collection. Beautifully unusual, it is set in brass with various, delicious-looking granulated druzy stones that look just like raw sugar:
(the white stones are the druzy ‘sugar’ stones). This double line agate druzy cuff costs $185.
This post was sponsored by Lustre. As always, I only work with companies & brands that I like, whose products I would – and do – buy myself. I get no commission from any resulting Lustre sales.
Sterling prices quoted are my own approximations. Prices on shoplustre.com originate in Singapore dollars.