Necks are a thing of beauty and should never be neglected under any circumstance. I’m not always great at showing mine off. It’s an incredibly sensitive part of my body, so I tend to cover up with high collared blouses or scarves. But wearing a statement necklace is like donning a special item of clothing — it completes as an outfit.
In this case, bare shoulders and a skirt worn as a dress provides the perfect canvas to let a beautiful necklace do all the talking.
The first necklace I was ever given was a fine oval-shaped pendant with a gold, blue and red enameled picture of a Chinese goddess on it. Dad brought back from a trip to China when I was a kid. He came home late one night after being away for the longest time with a stash of gifts; clothes with cute motifs, felt tip pens, colourful backpacks and the pendant is the one thing that I’ve kept all these years. I don’t think it was expensive, but it holds sentimental value and I’ve never been able to find another one like it.
And that’s what I love about jewellery. It’s enduring and precious objects tend to hold memories and special stories.
I love statement jewellery and with necklaces like these two (pictured) it’s all about showing them off. Wearing a piece of hand crafted jewellery is like bringing a piece of visual art to life — it’s all about your interpretation and making it your own.
These necklaces are beautifully hand crafted by exhibiting Wellington-based jeweller Nik Hanton who uses natural materials like leather and wood, and she applies traditional methods such as binding and hand painting to create unique wearable objects with a stunning contemporary edge.
Let It Linger
My spine tingles
and I arch my back as lips touch
below my ear, across my shoulders
drifting at the base of my neck.
It’s warm and ticklish
like dipping my foot
into a cold
on a hot summer day
Please let your mouth linger
awhile longer until
the dishwasher has
it’s rinse cycle and I’m wide awake
ready to start the day.
Style File: Necklaces and leather cuffs by Nik Hanton. To find out more head to nikhanton.com
Photography: Sly On The Wall