Well, this is me, Rosie and the creator behind all this delicious jewellery. Something I have been really excited about with launching our blog is getting to share with you a real 'Behind-the-scenes' look at what we get up to on a daily basis and what goes into creating each & every beautiful La Luna Rose piece. Over the next few months I want to share with you the stories of our makers, our processes and how our designs come to fruition.
I often get people asking me ‘So Rosie, how did you come up with this design’ and well, as much as I would like to have a straight forward answer for them so they can happily put that piece of the puzzle together, my creative brain just isn’t wired like that. I also get a number of questions about where La Luna Rose is made and, well, for this one I do have a one word answer ‘Bali’. But the truth is, my jewellery doesn’t get made on the whole island of Bali. Nor is it constructed by just anyone. I have decided to put together a series of blog posts here to start to tell the story behind our collections, how they come about, who is behind making each piece and what goes on behind those pretty pictures on our social media and website. So, here we go, Part 1: A behind the scenes look at where a La Luna Rose Collection starts off.
Phase 1: DESIGN.
The line of where a particular design begins is slightly blurred. As you can imagine, I work on designing our new collection, whilst still selling our previous range and promoting our current range – ah the beauty of working across seasons! Although ideas are constantly floating through my ever-working brain, to me, the beginning of a collection is when I block out a couple of weeks in the calendar, grab a whoooole bunch of A3 paper, colourful pens, some old magazines and get down & dirty drawing. Time away from the computer screen is always a treat but often hard to maintain! I try and allocate an hour each morning to get all the admin out of the way (Post yoga!) and then hit the pad of paper.
Generally my ideas have already been previously formed in my head whether from a recent travel mission, a photo I have taken on an adventure, textures that I have been inspired by in nature or random thoughts that come into my mind in the middle of the night (I have a little black book next to my bed for these ones – otherwise they can keep me up for all hours!)
Often I find myself going for very long walks during this time as most of my ideas ( I would go as far to say 95% of them!) come when I am out in fresh air and pounding the pavement/beach/park. I also like to get out and about and see what colours are happening in nature & society, homewares stores etc. Colour is a huge inspiration for me so anywhere I can find it is guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing.
My designs will often begin with a random doodle (similar to those I would draw on my school books back in the day) and evolve into some form of geometric creation. I will just draw & draw for days until I have something that stands out to me, something unique, something potentially wearable and something worth expanding on.
From here I will use that as a centre piece to develop a range from. Keeping design lines, shapes, colours, sizes, angles the same throughout a selection of earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets to generate a cohesive looking collection. Our bracelets continue to be our top-selling pieces so I make sure to spend a good chunk of time on these designs, which are pretty fun as they are repeat patterns. Colour is the most important thing here which means....selecting bead colours.
I'm not sure if you have ever tried to pick out bead colours from a supplier manual but I can tell you it is tiring on the eyes to say the least! Our beads are TINY and the color variations are so small but can make a huge difference once they are beaded into one of our designs. With pages and pages of beads, I often need a few extra set of eyes before confirming our new seasons bead order. The below design on the right that I am pointing to has approximately 1450 individual beads sewn together....let's just say it's the small things that make a difference!
A few weeks later and once I have a semi-polished looking little collection of ideas to develop, I hand over my designs to both my silversmiths and our beaded pieces to my beautiful beading guru Anise to work on the next VERY important part – Sampling.
We’ll be back in touch in a couple of weeks with our next post on our Sampling process. For now, go and check out or latest collection ‘Urban Loft’ and see if you can tell how we work to create a series of cohesive designs across the different styles. You can see the whole collection here.
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As a small brand like Luna & Rose, we know how important it is to support each other and empower other businesses we love, trust and believe in! Today, we want to show you our favourite Black Owned Fashion Sustainable Brands, a way for you to discover new resources, while taking care of our planet.
As we’re doing our best to keep ourselves educated and updated on the Black Lives Matter movement, one of our favourite ways to do so is to listen to podcasts. We’ve been loving learning from teachers, historians, and just regular people experiencing racism and issues we don’t even know about.
As we’re launchingour new Signet Rings, why not take the time to learn more about this timeless piece of jewellery?
First and foremost, signet rings represent a wide range of personalized ring, usually representing family symbols, signs, monograms and more. They were used to represent someone’s identity and they were traditionally used to sign into melted wax. How amazing is that?! A unique representation of someone’s signature right on their finger. In that sense, signet rings were extremely meaningful.
Luna & Rose necklaces come in a variety of lengths from 18" to 23". Our 18" chain necklace is made from our Fine Chain with the 20" and 23" length chains in our 'Everyday' Chain. These are the same chain design, just slightly heavier in weight for the longer lengths. For a rough guide (as we all have different, amazing bodies) the 23" chain sits around or just above your nipple line...
We're big fans of layering necklaces and I'm pretty sure you are too. All of our chains are adjustable in length by 2" to make sure you can style your layers to perfection and mix them up with other pieces in your jewellery wardrobe.
Although all necklaces are adjustable, for the perfect layered look we suggest that you purchase your necklaces on different length chains. This way you get to see the beauty of both pendants and there's less chance of scratching! We also personally like wearing the smallest pendant on the shorter length and the larger heavier pendants longer. That's just our personal choice though, we're all awesome & individual humans and ultimately you get to decide how you style your pieces!
Below is a little guide of some of our favourite pieces layered and their lengths:
|SALLY T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS||SMALL (Size 6-10)||MEDIUM (Size 10-14||LARGE (Size 14-16)|
|CLASSIC T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS||SMALL (Size 6-10)||MEDIUM (Size 10-14||LARGE (Size 14-16)|
It is important to note that different countries have different sizing methods.
Most of the world goes by number sizing which is the easiest and most accurate.
Because we sell our jewellery all over the world, we have decided to stick with number sizing and have put together the below chart to help you out. The most common size for ladies is a size 7 and size 10 for man. If you are unsure of your size you can measure the inner diameter of one of your own rings and refer to the below measurements.
Feel free to email us at email@example.com if you have any further issues.
Please also note that if you are ordering a wide band ring, its usually a good idea to go up a size.
Size 4 = Ring Size H 1/2. Inner Diameter measures 14.9mm (Recommended Pinky Size)
Size 5 = Ring Size J 1/2. Diameter measures 15.7mm (Recommended Pinky Size)
Size 6 = Ring Sizes L, M, Inner Diameter measures 16.5mm
Size 7 = Ring Sizes N, O, Inner Diameter measures 17.3mm
Size 8 = Ring Sizes P, Q, Inner Diameter measures 18.1mm
Size 9 = Ring Sizes R, S, Inner Diameter measures 18.9mm (Recommended Male Size)
Size 10 = Ring Sizes T 1/2. Inner Diameter measures 19.8mm (Recommended Male Size)
Size 11 = Ring Sizes V 1/2. Inner Diameter measures 20.6mm (Recommended Male Size)
Size 12 = Ring Sizes X 1/2. Inner Diameter measures 21.3mm (Recommended large Male Size)
If you require a ring in a different size in any of the designs offered, please send us an email here and we will see what our clever silversmiths can do for you.
Luna & Rose chain bracelets also have a 2" adjustable chain length with a clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 16cm & 17.5cm
If you require any other sizes for any of our items, please just let us know and we will see what we can whip up for you! You can contact us here.