I started collecting antique handpainted medals in 2005. Then in 2006, I made them into charm necklaces.
It first got featured in my old TV show F in 2005, then in Metro Magazine April 2006
Then I acquired new medals (not antiques) from a craftsman in Europe and worked on the most ornate frames in Manila myself. I never stopped wearing my charm necklace. I liked piling them on. This was in 2008.
In 2009, I made them in 14k gold earrings upon the encouragement of Ingrid.
I created custom-made pieces for those who really loved them. These are all in 14k gold. Medals come from Europe while a local goldsmith worked on my designs for the 14k gold frames here.
Then this year I made my first 14k bracelet.
Last week, I shot at home with Xeng Zulueta doing my makeup, Felicity Son groomed my hair and Dix Perez shot the photos and videos. I wore my own charm necklace.
Before I went retail in 2008 at Accessory Lab, 2nd Floor Power Plant Mall Rockwell, I had this photo taken by Marlon Pecjo. Makeup by Xeng Zulueta.
While having my morning coffee, I saw this. Hanneli Mustaparta styled the new Dolce & Gabbana fine jewellery collection for Vogue.
I am speechless.
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This one’s from 2008
Had some custom made orders
Maybe I should really start taking this jewellery “business” seriously…