Discerning fashionistas will already be aware of cult designer Tom Binns, and have probably ear marked a couple of the designers unique creations for their Christmas list. His jewelry has attracted a celebrity fanbase that is eclectic as it is widespread and boasts A list stars that range from Beyonce to Cate Blanchett and Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga. His elegant pieces, which are always infused with an anti-conformist sentiment, have earned him several prestigious awards including the 2006 Accessory Designer of the Year from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (“CFDA”), the 2007 British Fashion Council (BFC) Award for Best Accessories Designer and the 2010 Elle Style Awards for Best Jewellery Designer.
As for Lisa Hoffman, anyone who loves the idea of scented jewelry is bound to have her on their favourites list, and although she is well known for creating exquisite items of jewelry that include earrings, necklaces and bracelets, this is her first collaboration with a designer. The two artists have teamed up especially to create an organic fusion of jewelry and fragrance: scented necklaces. The seed pod pendants, said to be inspired by the juxtaposition of hard metal and organic lines, are available in five metal finishes (shiny gold, brushed gold, rose gold, deep bronze and rhodium) and contain beads made from wood flour, which is a sustainable, agricultural by-product. The beads are infused with signature Hoffman scents — Japanese Agarwood, Madagascar Orchid, Tunisian Neroli, French Clary Sage and Tuscan Fig.
The pendants have been made using eco-friendly materials and revolutionary technology, and great care and attention to detail has been spent to engineer the fragrance beads so that they deliver maximum fragrance in a minimalist design. The spherical shape of the beads combined with a proprietary scenting method allows for maximum fragrance throw and scent retention. What this means is that your Fragrance Jewelry was designed to be as fragrant as possible in the most efficient way. The vents in the pendant are larger and more concentrated in the middle, growing smaller toward the edges. Mimicking the pattern of fine bubbles in a glass of champagne, they slowly diffuse the fragrance from the perfume beads into the air.The pendant is strung onto a matching 30-inch, 2 mm snake chain that features a simple s-hook clasp. Unlatch the pendant to find fragrance beads infused with your favourite scent. The scent/metal pairings available include Tuscan Fig with Shiny Rose Gold, Madagascar Orchid with Matte Brushed Gold, Japanese Agarwood with polished Deep Bronze, Tunisian Neroli with High Gloss Gold, and French Clary Sage with Silver-Toned Rhodium. The necklaces retail for $250, the cuffs for $300, and the earrings (which will launch in January ’13) for $200.
And don’t forget that it’s easy to replenish the scent in your Fragrance Jewelry. Just check out the refills when you purchase a pendant.