Two weekends ago, we drove to the wuthering heights of Tournehem-sur-la-Hem, a small village in the north of France. A tip by a well-known photographer was enough to make us rummage the area for a hill called “Mont Saint Louis”. There, tucked away on the green crest, were the weather-beaten ruins of a 15th-century gothic chapel. Since the chapel is not visible from the road, it’s only frequented by initiates (formerly Gallic druids, today wanderers, hikers and photographers). We marvelled at the wide views of what seemed to be never-ending rolling hills and plains, seemingly unspoilt by human habitation. The expanses and moors were wild, wistful and longing for French counterparts of Emily Bronte’s tragic heroes Catherine and Heathcliff.
It was the perfect setting to showcase a piece of perfection that I’ve warmly welcomed into my jewellery box lately. It’s a silver cuff from Repoussé Jewelry by Galmer, a brand of fine luxury silver jewelry designed by iconic silver artist Michael Galmer who has a background in designing for Tiffany & Co. I love how the brand effortlessly seems to blend the lines between timeless and modern, eye-catching and wearable, whimsical and sophisticated.
The intricate peony detail of my cuff and the subtle touch of gold in the center of the blossom are just lovely and while I wore it, my eyes were drawn over and over again to the illuminating sheen that reflected from my wrist and made me feel luxurious in every way. I wore the cuff with a billowing maxi dress from BCBG making for an outfit that would not be out of place at a Viennese ball. However, the cuff would look equally beautiful dressed down with just a simple knit sweater or dress.
It’s almost winter in this part of Europe and the temperatures have dropped below 10° C, but standing there on the wuthering heights of the Mont Saint-Louis, my dress catching the wind, my skin the warmth of the evening sun and my cuff the radiance of the dying light, I couldn’t have felt warmer inside.
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