Leyla Cemal; Simple Pleasures

I’m into jewellery in a big way; by big I mean chunky, gaudy and loud.  I’m a child of the 80’s and some of my earliest memories are watching my mother get ready to go out and festooning herself with baubles that a Christmas tree would be proud of.  Luckily for me, I inherited a lot of her shimmering treasures, which I wear on a regular basis.  My love of OTT is ingrained, genetic and inexorable.  Or so I thought…

This week I went to a press launch for My Flash Trash, the brilliant brand by Made in Chelsea’s Amber Atherton, and was presented with a smorgasbord of sparkling beauties to photograph. Remarkably my eye was caught not by the biggest and brightest, but something altogether more refined, chic and elegant. Leyla Cemal is a new jewellery designer based in East London, who launched her self titled brand in 2012.  She combines delicate femininity with geometric shapes to a subtly dazzling effect.

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The use of triangles in Cemal’s work imbue her pieces with a symbolic mysticism; triangles have ancient and multi layered meaning that traverse creed and culture.  The simplicity of the jewellery means that the wearer can attach their own meaning and significance.  I’m probably reading far too much into it, but to me these jewels have a talismanic quality.  Plus it’s all really pretty, so one way or another it’s a total win.

Leyla Cemal’s collection is simultaneously delicate and statement making; it feels like jewellery that grownups wear.  I’m a sucker for anything that creates a sense of tough femininity, a look that I had previously achieved with the ostentatious trinkets of my past.  I’ll always have a place in my heart for the splashy 80’s sparklers I inherited from my mother, and I’ll treasure them forever. But cometh the hour, cometh the woman – and the hour is neigh. It’s time to draw line in under my childish self and progress to a more adult, sophisticated look.  Leyla Cemal’s jewellery is the perfect place to start.