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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|CHARITY & SALLY 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 6 = Ring Sizes L, M, N. Inner Diameter measures 16.5mm
Size 7 = Ring Sizes N, O, P. Inner Diameter measures 17.3mm
Size 8 = Ring Sizes P, Q, R. Inner Diameter measures 18.1mm
Size 9 = Ring Sizes R, S, T. Inner Diameter measures 18.9mm
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.
All items in the La Luna Rose shop clearly label the length of the chain used for that design. Unless otherwise stated, all La Luna Rose necklaces are adjustable in length by 2" / 5cm. All necklaces in our Essentials collection have a finer chain and are adjustable y 1"/2.5cm in length.
Beaded Bracelets - La Luna Rose Sundown Sandy beaded bracelets are fastened with an adjustable clasp giving two size options for the 'average' wrist. One sits at a total circumference of approx 16cm and the other at 18.5cm. As all our pieces are individually hand-made, this may vary slightly. If you are concerned about your desired size, please feel free to email us & we can measure one up specifically for you in the design you will be ordering.
La Luna Rose Colour Creator Cuff Bracelets are also fastened with an adjustable clasp giving two size options for the 'average' wrist based on a wider design. One sits at a total circumference of 17.5cm and the other at 19cm. These fit slightly larger than ou As all our pieces are individually hand-made, this may vary slightly. If you are concerned about your desired size, please feel free to email us & we can measure one up specifically for you.
La Luna Rose Sideshow Sally Beaded Bracelets are constructed with a 'loop' system meaning that they do not open up completely but can be adjusted largely in size from a small wrist size measuring 14cm circumference to a larger wrist measuring 19cm circumference. To open them just pull at the end of the beaded section and to close them once on your wrist, pull the tassel heads gently. Again, if you are unsure please feel free to email us here & we can help you work out your size.
Solid Bracelets - Adults Our Solid bracelets are available in 3 sizes and measure 18cm in total circumference for a size SMALL, 19.8cm for a MEDIUM and 21cm for a LARGE. If you would like to check your wrist size, grab a strip of paper, string or tape measure and you can measure your wrist with 3 fingers underneath the string also. If you are still unsure and would like something smaller/bigger made for you, send us an email here and we will see what we can create.
La Luna Rose chain bracelets fit much like the beaded bracelets with an adjustable clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 17cm, 18cm and 19cm.
*For the Chunky Monkey bracelet we suggest a tighter fit. To be sure of your size here, measure your wrist circumference and use this to order the correct size as shown on the product page.
LA LUNA ROSE ESSENTIALS SIZING
All measurements are on the product pages. Our Essentials necklaces are available in 16" length with an smaller loop at 15" and 18" with an smaller loop at 17".
Our Essentials Bracelets measure 17cm in length with an smaller size loop at 15cm.
Our Essentials Rings are offered in size 6, 7, 8 and 9. We are more than happy to make smaller or larger sizes on request, please just email us here.
LA LUNA ROSE PETITES SIZING
Petites Bracelets - We have a number of options for our bracelets for little girls - they're our top seller and little girls just love them! Our Beaded tassel bracelets have an adjustable sizing system and comfortably fit a little girl from aged 3 - 14. Girls 14 and upwards are recommended to fit our Adults collection however if they have small wrists they will still fit the Petites range. To measure a little girls wrist, please wrap a piece around their wrist with 2 fingers underneath. Mark the paper, and lay flat to measure with a ruler.
Our Petites Sideshow Sally Bracelets are adjustable in length and open up to 18cm in circumference. If you don't have a direct wrist to measure, this bracelet system is almost fail safe and accommodates almost all wrist sizes.
Our Petites Sunday Sandy Bracelets measure 12cm in length with 3 options of length within the clasp system.
Our La Luna Fiesta Bracelets measure 14cm in length/circumference and all have the abiloity to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
Our Solid silver bracelets for little Petites (To add charms onto) are available in 3 sizes. Baby 4.5cm in diameter (Recommended age 3-5), Small 5cm in diameter (Recommended age 6-10) and Medium 5.5cm diameter (Recommended age 10-15).
Our Petites Chain Bracelets measure 15cm in length with an smaller loop at 12.5cm. If you need larger, feel free to order an adults size.
Petites Rings - Our Petites range also offers rings for little girls. Please measure your childs finger first to ensure you are ordering the correct size. We would recommend a size 3.5 for girls 6-8 and a size 4.5 for girls 8-13 and a size 5-6 for 14-17year olds. However - every finger and body is different! Any questions, just send us and email here and we would be happy to help.
Petites Necklaces - Our La Luna Rose Fine Chain Necklace measure 15" in length with an extra size loop at 14". Our La Luna Fiesta Necklaces measure 34cm in length and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
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.