Bianca and I first connected through Instagram; on meeting, we spent the best part of the afternoon chatting about life, love and travel with a bit of everything else thrown in too! Before long we decided it would be fun to create a project together and having fallen in love with Bianca’s compass pendant design, we looked at how it could be evolved and grown.
The Compass narrative was very clear to me – we’re all on our own journey in this life and sometimes it’s going great guns and other times not so much… and I’ve always turned to my jewellery for comfort, somehow investing in it my own emotionaly strength for those times in which I need to draw on it, bestowing back strength and security when I needed it.
With Compass I imagined pieces that would feel exactly this way; this being the perfect gift for self or someone in your life who might need something special to hold on to during hard times or that feels wonderfully life-affirming in the good times.What started off as a midi-sized compass – with three stones to represent Find Yourself (pearl), Know Yourself (garnet) and Love Yourself (lapis) – soon turned into what you see in these pictures: three different sized necklaces in silver or gold vermeil (plain or with stones!), studs, hoops, ring and bracelet!
Last summer, with Bianca’s hand-crafted samples in hand, we set off to the Portuguese southern coast to soak up the sun and shoot the imagery to evoke collection’s look and feel. And we are so excited now to share it all with you! (Obviously we took a gazillion photos, and do hope you enjoy them!)
Ps. The compass necklaces comes in three sizes – I’ve been mixing up the lovely little baby one, the midi with a pearl and plain large gold compass. You can choose to add a ‘Find Yourself, Know Yourself, Love Yourself engaving on the back, your initials and whether to add a stone – to make it personal to you or your loved on!
Love From Bianca & Julia
We grew up all over the world.
Some times we lost our way,
always searching for home and heart
to come back to. Stay strong and
centered in life & love and know your
compass will always guide you.
We believe that in this life we are
forever cycling through the motions of
learning to find yourself, know yourself
& love yourself.
We also believe in the power of
symbolism, and that wearing jewellery,
which means something to you, can
create around you protecting
forcefields of love, strength and
Wear any of the Compass pieces in the
knowledge that it was created to share
protecting forcefields through magical
symbols of love & strength that will
guide you safely through your own
personal journey. Hold on tight when
you need to and dance proud & strong
when the moon is high.
All images by Bianca and myself on Olympus Pen F and various lenses.