Monarc Jewellery, a London-based brand by New Zealander Ella Drake launches new collection ‘Medailles d’Amour’, September 2018.

Medailles d’Amour from Monarc Jewellery is a new ready-to-wear collection of alphabet characters, pavé set with ethical, sustainable aboveground diamonds. Each letter serves as a heartfelt memento to signify love, and can be worn to recall a special person, event or memory. “I created the Medailles d”Amour collection from the idea that we often wear our jewellery as a reminder of a significant part of our lives. So as much as the word ‘medaille’ is a literal translation of medal, it can also be an emblem, a shield, a talisman. These pieces can be fun and playful, or they can be a potent symbol of something much deeper,” Ella Drake, Founder.  ‘Medailles d’Amour’ (medals of love) is an aboveground diamond collection. Aboveground diamonds are 100% atomically identical to earth-mined diamonds, but they are made in a foundry using intense solar power; production is boutique, carries zero carbon footprint and is based on modern day craftsmanship and social responsibility. Their provenance is assured which means these diamonds carry no hidden costs of human suffering or exploitation. “From the outset, I wanted to create jewellery that is more in line with the core values of love, friendship and marriage. Monarc’s aboveground diamond designs bring sustainability and transparency to jewellery items that signify some of the most treasured moments and memories in our lives. I want people to be able to share tokens of love with each other that don’t come at the cost of another’s happiness. Aboveground diamonds are the responsible way to ensure this.”

The letter pendants are available in necklace and bracelet formats, in silver or solid 9k yellow gold. The spine of each character is peppered with diamond stones and has a delicate blackened finish. These tokens make perfect gifts to be worn as bridesmaid or bridal jewellery. Ella will be publishing this collection through a series of intimate interviews, we have a snippet here but follow Ella at Monarc for more.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO LOVE YOURSELF – HOW DO YOU EXPRESS SELF-LOVE?

KARLA DEVINE: Since having my one-year old daughter Peggy, self-love really just means having a moment for myself! These rare moments are usually spent doing a yoga class, maybe getting a facial when I’m really lucky, or just taking an afternoon nap. I’m also really big on long, hot baths in the winter evenings. I never scrimp on food and spend a lot of time considering meals – whether it’s spending time and money to make myself something that’s really healthy and delicious, or maybe it’s an indulgent treat or nice meal out.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO LOVE YOURSELF – HOW DO YOU EXPRESS SELF-LOVE?

EMMA CASSIDY: I always prioritise my happiness, the love we give others is a reflection on our own relationship with ourselves; it is the foundation that makes it possible to create beautiful relationships with others. I have a naturally curious mind; I’m constantly dreaming and exploring new interests whilst learning about myself along the way, from astrology, nutrition to meditation. I thrive off discovering experiences to enhance this crazy life journey. Surrounding myself with friends and family that enlighten me brings me the most joy. Escaping to the seaside will always cure everything, being creative and most importantly, fresh colourful flowers – everywhere!

WHAT DO YOU DO TO LOVE YOURSELF – HOW DO YOU EXPRESS SELF-LOVE?

SKY CRIPPS-JACKSON: Emotional health is a real focus of mine. Nurturing your own emotions unconditionally is paramount to one’s ability to love and be loved. Allowing space for myself, meditation in stillness and movement is some of the most sacred time I set aside in my everyday.

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