History repeats

Pending much of her career as an interior designer, scouring the Philippines for collections of furniture, heirlooms and artefacts, Filipino-Australian Natalya Lagdameo developed an intimate appreciation for the archipelago’s fine arts and crafts traditions. It’s this keen eye she brings to her jewellery collections, reinventing priceless Filipino treasures into stunning, contemporary works.

“Jewellery design started as a hobby,” she says. “I had a small collection of colonial Philippine jewellery introduced to me by my father, who is an antique dealer in Manila.
He taught me the history behind furniture pieces, local fabric, architectural styles and artefacts from the different regions. I felt it would be fitting to use the traditional styles
in a modern setting.”

Lagdameo travels the Philippines not just sourcing pieces for her artwork, but meticulously recording the history that comes with them. She takes note of the stories, details, patterns and symbols represented by the pieces to learn more about their provenance, age and use. 

The Alfajor Drape necklace – pictured here on Lagdameo – is a handmade, gold-plated alfajor chain (filigree pattern joined by rings) with baroque pearl drops – the pearls are sourced from Palawan. “This style of chain was introduced by the Spanish in the colonial period and is still made by artisans from several provinces,” she says. See

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Loves me

He/she loves me, loves me not, loves me … the childhood game of plucking petals off a daisy inspired Nikki Partridge of Partridge Jewellers latest collection.

The whimsical limited-edition range features diamond set petals and heart-shaped coloured gemstones, intricately crafted in sterling silver, 18ct rose or yellow gold.

Aside for the gorgeous designs we also love that all proceeds from the sales of the chains go to KidsCan, a charity in New Zealand that helps children living in poverty reach their potential by meeting their basic food, clothing and healthcare needs.

Priced from $129, the range will be available from all Partridge Jewellers stores from December 5.

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