There’s a synergy of colour between jewels and make-up; a new lipstick or eye pencil is often described in shades of stones such as amethyst, coral or aquamarine blue. “I’ve always believed the art of colour can transform how you feel,” says Lisa Eldridge make-up artist, Creative Director of Lancôme and judge on Kim Kardashian’s E show, Glam Masters. The comments left by some of Eldridge’s four million followers after one of her YouTube make-up tutorials confirmed that fact. The colourful rings she stacks like translucent smarties across her fingers received almost as much attention as the blushers and lipsticks she was demonstrating. “I realised the people who follow me are very engaged,” she explains, “even when I move one ring to another finger I’ll have hundreds of remarks about it.”
Eldridge’s first ring was commissioned in the Vogue office, when she became engaged in 2007 to Robin Derrick former Creative Director of Vogue, and I introduced the couple to jeweller William Welstead to make her sapphire engagement ring. Since then she’s developed a mild obsession, regularly adding new vivid colours to her ring collection. Following the realisation that her ring style was being mimicked around the world she decided to create the Lisa Eldridge Collection launching tomorrow at Dover Street Market, consisting of 25 gold and sterling silver rings set with stone shades chiming with the colour palette of an eye shadow box, such as pink tourmaline, spinel, citrine, peridot and blue topaz which have been sourced by Welstead in Bangkok and India.
Over the years, Eldridge has amassed a large collection of vintage compacts, blushers and lip stick holders; rare Cartier Art Deco as well as pieces by surrealist Salvador Dali and Biba. “I’ve always thought of them as jewels,” she says, “and I’m using a 1920’s rouge pot as inspiration for the boxes.” Eldridge has designed blush-pink suede boxes; inside the rings rest on silk cushions fashioned from vintage lingerie, underneath a powder puff to polish the stone when required. “It’s important to me that the suede is vegan,” she continues, “and that the rings have been made in English workshops in Dorset.” They make mouthwatering cushion-cut and oval shaped tints for the finger, no tutorial required, but they definitely merit a manicure.