Madeleine Blaine, aka Gallardo and Blaine Designs, designs and hand crafts jewellery in the UK and Ireland. Madeleine has been making her own jewellery for 15 years after her passion for design was ignited by travelling the world and witnessing the amazing variety of both the ancient and modern arts. This in turn sparked her interest in archetypal symbols, such as the heart and the tree which feature in much of her work today.
Madeleine's other great inspiration is nature and this reflects in the organic and flowing forms she uses in her designs. Her love of colour has her using a mixture of both silver and gold plate which make her designs incredibly versatile to wear. The use of unusual and exquisite gemstones, hand picked by herself from around the world, make her work stand out. She is careful to keep a balance, so that the flowing curves of the designs enhance the natural beauty of the stones without detracting from them. Her work has been described as magical, enchanting, and even branded 'art nouveau with a modern twist'. They are all works of art to wear.
At iapetus we spend a lot of time carefully sourcing and picking the pieces we offer. Everything you see has been crafted to a high standard, ethically sourced, be that made in the UK or fairly traded from our International artisans, and lastly is quirky and unusual - something which should surprise, delight and inspire you to gift buying greatness!