“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” ~ Henry Ford
Matchbook Monday, the creator behind the Amorous jewelry line, is currently raising funds for a medical procedure, so I’m sure all sales right now are doubly appreciated. You can learn more about the upcoming event HERE and the backstory behind the issue HERE.
For the last couple years, Matchbook Monday’s Amorous jewelry line has, in my opinion, been the only jewelry designer on par with Earthstones when it comes to detail and quality in traditional (ie, non-mesh) jewelry design. Her creations are intricate and delicate, and she takes a more industrial turn in her designs. Her textures are also yummy which is the difference between good and awesome in this virtual world o’ ours.
The other thing I like about Amorous is that even though her line has always put out products of high detail, she doesn’t price her pieces outside the market. You’re not bled slowly to pay ridiculous prices for piecemeal. Most of her sets are all-inclusive and priced fairly. So, in addition to hitting the quality mark, she’s usually in the “consumer friendly” column as well. If it weren’t for her “where the hell is the store level” store, it’d be a perfect shopping experience.
My favorite sets — the ones that still fill me full of happy are the Antiquarians:
Available in four different base colors — Absinthe (green), Caramel (golden), Chianti (wine/red), Midnight (blue) — with four variations included in each set you get necklaces, earrings, and bracelets in oodles of mix and match variations with different metals. I consider them necessary staples that work with formal and casual looks. The brushed metal beads are kind of a signature of the store and you find them in several of her pieces.
And as long as we’re on about staples, let’s talk Paradigm:
If you’re an Ascot Ball dress junkie, this set is your god. I love the 3D highlight on the chicklets to give that impression that there is a divot at the centers – distinguishing them from flat inset gemstones. I also love how the gunmetal chain adds an urban edge onto what would otherwise be a basic glam set. About that chain – the pattern rocks my socks. Double loop, small link, double loop. Great detail. So often in jewelry all you get is a single repeat link chain; this is a really nice change-up.
The Conquistador features a spin on an Egyptian collar necklace which you don’t see often enough in SL:
This is a modern take on an ancient style and I love it. The monochromatic pearls and metallic pipes compliment each other lustrously. The overall effect is bold enough to accent any fetish wear and stunning enough to punctuate a sleeveless formal. It’s really a showcase set that can be the focus of an ensemble all by itself.
Lastly, for some Southwestern flair:
The Wishbone and Santa Fe jewelry sets are bold and colorful offerings that pay homage to traditional Southwestern flavor while adding a unique bit of spice and personality. Silver is always my preferred metal, but I generally stick to the safer dark silvers that have more of a pewter appearance because I often find that light silver loses character in SL. Both of these sets feature a bright, shiny silver with texture and shading that never loses the eye’s attention. It doesn’t melt into drab gray; it always stays silver. When you look at it closely, you realize that’s because the texture isn’t flat or even just smooth with highlight, but has a rough worked texture — the kind of thing you see in hand crafted jewelry IRL. That’s just the metal. There’s also the arrow fletching pipe bead delight of Wishbone and the unbearably squee-tastic detail of the squash blossomesque Santa Fe.
I haven’t had a chance to pick up all the newest Amorous offerings, but there’s a new timepiece available at her store and the Fallen jewelry set at L’Accessoires:
Where Does She Get Those Wonderful Toys:
Antiquarians Jewelry Sets – L$485
Conquistador Jewelry Set – L$310
Paradigm Jewelry Set – L$289
Santa Fe Jewelry Set – L$315
Wishbone Jewelry Set – L$288
Creator: Matchbook Monday