Currently we're lusting over the fine jewellery and bespoke engagement rings from Naveya & Sloane. To celebrate the launch of Liam Celebrations and muse on life's special occasions, we caught up with the lovely Rachel, the owner & creator of Naveya & Sloane, to talk perfect jewels, dream weddings and her five top tips for brides-to-be....
How did Naveya & Sloane come about?
I worked as a designer in the fashion industry for a couple of years and then went on to work in the costume department on Shortland Street where I decided to start my own business. There was a very clear gap in the market for high end jewellery, erring on the timeless side. so I began creating my first collection. My partner Alex was by my side from the beginning and after a year he joined me full time. It grew from there and we eventually moved into custom made jewellery which has become our focus. We are constantly developing, innovating and working on building an internationally renowned jewellery brand.
Describe your dream engagement ring?
I would like the design to be minimal and elegant and love the idea of an asscher, cushion or pear cut diamond set into a design similar to the Naveya & Sloane Imperial Setting. I do also adore yellow diamonds and alexandrites. In saying this, I am a hopeless romantic at heart and would adore anything that Alex proposed with.
What's your favourite Naveya & Sloane piece you've made to date?
My favourite piece from Naveya and Sloane is a diamond set signet-style ring crafted in platinum and set with a ceylonese sapphire which Alex gave to me for Valentines Day.
Describe your dream wedding....
If I could get married in Italy or France I would! Or more realistically somewhere with beautiful gardens to host the special people in our lives. Divine food, champagne, dancing, laughter and a little bit of badminton. I love the idea of having my dress custom made and a perfume designed for the day.
Top five tips you've learned from working with brides...
1. Enjoy every experience leading up to the wedding, it is not all about the day but the experiences you have along the way.
2. Purchase a new perfume for your big day. It is a new beginning and a smell you will remember forever.
3. Have a back up plan in case it rains.
4. Invest earlier rather than later in a wedding band that you truly adore.
5. Don't be a Bridezilla.
What's next for Naveya & Sloane?
Our fine collection will be launching in June which we are all very excited about. It will include a beautiful selection of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. I am a little bit obsessed. From there it will be off to Christchurch, Sydney and London.
Thanks Rachel! x