I love a spot of online shopping. I miss that here in Singapore, online boutiques are still very few and far between. The idea of being able to jump on your computer and order beautiful things at a time when most shops are closed and you’re in your pajamas may not be your style, but I have to confess than on some nights I can think of nothing nicer.
Cue Pinwheel Jewels which is totally and utterly online, has customer service down to a T (free postage, don’t like it when it arrives? Send it back for free for a full refund etc) and – most importantly of all – sells the sort of jewellery that I love.
It’s costume, yes, but it’s grown-up costume: designers are international, two of them made pieces for Jackie O for goodness sake, and one of them designs jewellery for a big French fashion house (not giving anything away but the initials of said fashion house just might be LV). He also happens to produce things of an excellent quality under his own name. See what I mean? Serious costume drama.
I bought this, main picture at the top of the page, within 5 minutes of meeting Lianne (this is a sponsored post but ended up with me paying her. Note to self: I am quite possibly the world’s worst business woman; must sort that out) who is the brains behind the boutique.
Lianne has spent time in Australia and the US and has a great eye for design. Although everything on her site is pretty wearable, for me there were two clear winners:
My jade and enamel cuff (it’s actually resin, not real jade, but the colour is exquisite and for the price, it’s not going to be real) is by Kenneth Jay Lane who I think is my favourite of Pinwheel’s designers. This piece forms part of a modern jade inspired collection on the website which Lianne has curated called ‘Not Your Mother’s Jade’. Love it.
Her Great Gatsby collection came a close second though, by Ben-Amun. This deco pearl tassel necklace was strangely fantastic when worn with a T-shirt and shorts which, naturally, I was wearing when she came round (it sometimes feels like I never wear anything else).
The other things to watch are the super chunky $88 bracelets by Parisian designer Luc Kieffer (first picture at the top of the post). Bold coloured, glossy and expensive looking, they make you question why on earth good quality, costume jewellery is not taken more seriously by people. For me, if I can buy something that costs under $300 and it makes an impact when I wear it, it’s precious, never mind what it’s made from.
In terms of other less pricey pieces, Pinwheel Jewels also sell things around the $50 mark including these earrings which I liked very much:
Great fun, they’re light to wear too ($56).
Changmoh readers are entitled to a 10% discount on purchases SGD$200 and above from Pinwheel Jewels between now and the end of September 2013. Just enter the code CHANGMOH10 when you checkout (they ship internationally too).
*This post is sponsored by Pinwheel Jewels. Note to readers: I don’t write, and never have written, favourable editorial posts for money. If I say I like something, it’s because I like it. I have full editorial control of sponsored posts and only write about products that I genuinely love. In most instances (sadly) no one pays me for my opinions. If that changes, I may start to make some money but my opinions will never be for sale. Here endeth the first lesson. Rant over!*