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Cat Meffan

Can I try EVERYTHING on please?

Last night my ever-cool friend Kate and I paid a visit to the LAPADA art and antique fair in Berkeley Square and I think it’s safe to say that Rob is glad he wasn’t there otherwise his savings might not have survived the evening!

Kate writes a great jewellery blog, The Cut London, which has a focus on emerging and extremely talented jewellery designers. She also has a bespoke engagement ring advice service and is designing her own jewellery collection at the moment… AND still manages to look ridiculously chic every time I see her – yes, she is a woman of many talents. Anyway, that’s enough praise for her, I’d like her head to be able to fit through a door the next time we meet!

Like I said, we popped over to LAPADA to peruse the antique jewellery and what a lovely evening we had. It’s a good job Kate was with me, otherwise I’d have pestered the staff to try everything on!

The LAPADA Fair is an event where more than 17,000 visitors from around the world attend over the course of five days. Private collectors and art and antiques enthusiasts flock to the Fair, where an expert committee of 50 specialists pre-vet every piece on sale at the show.

Kate introduced me to the Grima jewellery brand, founded by Andrew Grima and now run by his wife Jojo and daughter Francesca Grima.  Their edit of jewellery on display last night was a mix of old pieces from the 70’s and new designs from Francesca and Jojo.

Grima 1973 square Opal surrounded by baguette-cut Diamonds in Yellow Gold

Grima 1973 square Opal surrounded by baguette-cut Diamonds in Yellow Gold

Grima 2012 Frog ring set in Diamonds and Yellow Gold by Jojo Grima

Grima 2012 Frog ring set in Diamonds and Yellow Gold by Jojo Grima

Cabochon moonstone rings

Cabochon moonstone rings

Grima 2011 coral brooch - worn by Jojo Grima last night

Grima 2011 coral brooch – worn by Jojo Grima last night

Some serious rings from Grima Jewellery

Some serious rings from Grima Jewellery

 

… BUT, our favourite piece of the night has to go to this exquisite 1970’s diamond box ring by Grima.

THE ring

THE ring

While we mooched around catching up on life, we also spotted a few other bits which I took some secret snaps of – oops! Check them out below…

Multi coloured sapphire and diamond stacking rings

Multi coloured sapphire and diamond stacking rings

I fell in love with this antique sapphire and diamond bracelet.

I fell in love with this antique sapphire and diamond bracelet.

For the ultimate cat fan... or just someone called Cat :)

For the ultimate cat fan… or just someone called Cat 🙂

Miss Baxter trying on the aluminium fan earrings by JAR

Miss Baxter trying on the aluminium fan earrings by JAR

 

The LAPADA Art and Antique fair is on until Sunday, so do check it out if you get the chance! x