I love jewellery darlings, which I’m sure you are all very much aware of, and was delighted that last Thursday evening (March 31st) I was invited to attend the Chupi Spring/Summer 2016 launch, held in the design atelier of Powerscourt Townhouse, South William Street. This jewellery brand is one of my favourites and if you haven’t heard of Irish designer Chupi Sweetman before, you are in for such a wonderful surprise! Alongside her team, this brunette beauty is a multi-award winning jewellery designer who creates jewellery that is influenced by the imperfect natural beauty of feathers, twigs and leaves complimented by the most sparkling of gemstones. The SS16 launch event was a great way to celebrate all that the brand Chupi has achieved thus far, as well as introduce the newest designs to the public. I bumped into my lovely friend Carol of Jolly Caucus Race and caught up with friends Lisa Mc & Ali Ryan of Goss.ie and Sarah Hanrahan of I Come Undone, which was so lovely as I love catch ups at such events! With big gold balloon lettering at the door and pink balloons filled with confetti, brilliant tunes, Teeling Whiskey cocktails, Prosecco and doughnuts – this was one hell of a fashionable party!
I was the kid covered in glitter & glue, the one making some new crazy things out of paper mâché, I never thought I’d end up making beautiful sparkly jewellery as my career. I went from scruffy student to serious designer overnight and I loved it. After six years in fast fashion I wanted to create something that would last, to celebrate Ireland’s design heritage and my love for wild and natural beauty. I’ve always been fascinated by jewellery, how serious jewellery marks a moment in your life. I fell in love with sparkly things; now every piece I make has a story, it’s where the magic is. I create a delicate jewellery collection made for your inner magpie. – Chupi Sweetman
The new SS16 collection features a lot of the Chupi signatures from designs made to look like twigs, to leaves & acorns and gemstones of all sizes and colours including green, white & orange that perfectly reflect the Irish heritage. These were all on display at the launch, alongside star sign pendants, hollow star & heart rings, interlocking circle necklaces & bracelets, textured knots and gemstone rings. All Chupi jewellery is designed, handmade and finished in their Dublin City studio giving the customer beautiful jewellery that has been made with 100% love, and because of their unique designs it means that no two pieces are identical. Speaking to Chupi on the night, she told me about how many of their signature pieces are actually cast from wild and natural things she finds on her travels, that are then turned into these jewels.
Much of Chupi jewellery is made from 18k gold over solid sterling silver, and they use semi-precious stones for the rings that are also sourced on the Emerald Isle. What’s more, Chupi offers free worldwide shipping and 100 days for returns, with special orders taking between 2-3 weeks long. The new collection makes for great gifts for all of the family, your best friends or even your bridesmaids. If you’re a bride looking for that “something new”, Chupi jewellery would definitely have a style suited just for you. Keep an eye out in the next few months for my Wishlist post and photos of my own Chupi bracelet!
Visit Chupi, Top Floor, Powerscourt Townhouse, South William Street, Dublin 2
A big thank you to Chupi and her team for a wonderful evening, and to Teeling Whiskey for the tasty cocktails!
Images © Nirina Plunkett