21 Oct 2011
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

Eliane Fattal, the stylish daughter of that generous patron of the arts and legendary fashion icon Jill Rittblat, has been asked by those diamond geezers S.J. Phillips, the Bond Street jewellers, to sift through their vast holdings of antique jewellery and reform it into uniquely fabulous pieces, a very sensible concept as many of these old jewels are somewhat dated, but reworked by Eliane they become brilliantly modern. Vast Edwardian hair ornaments of tremblant dragonflies and skittering swallows, bugs and animals have become flamboyant, often surreal, rings and bracelets or mismatched earrings, and the subtle thing is that many of them are craftily made so they can be unscrewed and worn in a different way.

In this photo, Eliane is wearing her first and favourite creation—and the first to be snapped up— an antique diamond frog sitting on a huge pavé emerald lily pad made by Phillips especially for Fattal’s collection. 

Some are even more whimsical like these spectacles I am wearing in the photo. A pair of 1920s diamond-studded onyx Cartier belt buckles are joined with an opulently onyx-set diamond ring. Francis Norton, co-owner of this treasure house, says he will put lenses in when you buy them…..probably of finely-honed rock crystal if I know Phillips.

The fashionistas are flocking. The Spectator’s anything-but Agony Aunt  Mary Killen fancied a diamond kitty to litter her finger, and Vanity Fair’s Elizabeth Saltzman has commissioned a turtle to toddle up her pinkie.

What’s more these pieces, each one signed by Eliane, are exquisitely presented in emerald-leather-bound ‘books’ rather than trad velveteen boxes, designed, like the exhibition itself, by the sought-after film set-decorator Michael Howells.

2 Responses to “Fattal Attraction”

  1. How divine! they are beautiful + the glasses I adore. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  2. avatar Karena says:

    I adore the turtle ring! Nicky I think those glasses are YOU!!


    Art by Karena

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