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As an Australian company, we love working with Australian designers! Today we take 5 minutes to go behind the scenes with 8 Other Reasons founder, Charles, to talk LA, affordable designs and being the life of the party.


Why did you start 8 Other Reasons?

I saw a gap in the Australian accessories market. There was a clear divide between designer accessories and price pointed accessories. I wanted to create a line of accessories that carried the aesthetics of a designer label without the price point.

How has the brand changed since you first started it?

The brand has evolved as I have evolved as a designer, like any brand. Since moving to LA two years ago, I have become heavily influenced by the culture and diversity here. The brand is emblematic of my Australian design discipline fused with the diversity of culture here in LA. 


Who is the 8OR customer?

The 8OR girl is unapologetically sexy – what we like to call a baller bohemian. She is beautifully intense and always perfectly undone, the stone cold fox in boots, and the life of every party.


How do you imagine the pieces from the latest collection being worn?

All the pieces are designed to be worn together – more is always better!


Which is your favourite piece from your latest collection?

I don’t have a favourite. I really did enjoy using marble howlite, as it is was a new an exciting material that I have never worked with.


What are the essential ingredients to one of your designs?

Quality, affordability and diversity in design are all of equal importance.


What’s next for 8 Other Reasons?

With out giving too much we are launching some exciting collaborations with US retailers and a men’s line!


With the warm weather comes the festivals. If there’s ever a time to go all-out, it’s now. Here are some tips about amping up your festival style with some bling.

Put a ring on it

Pile those rings up high! More is more with this look. Remember to distribute them unevenly around your knuckles to balance them out. Depending on how many rings you’re working with, sometimes it works to keep everything the same metal but with mixed textures for a stylish but eclectic look (see Gigi Hadid’s look above for inspo).


Skip the flower crown

Instead of going for a typical Coachella flower crown (and definitely ditch the Indian headdress), opt for a jeweled headpiece that will work perfectly at a festival, as well as seeing you through all the summer weddings you’re invited to.

Mix gold and silver

Break the no-mixing rule (it was dumb anyway) and have an awesome #armparty of gold, silver, beads and twine. Stack ‘em high or keep it simpler if you have lots else going on, but don’t forget to mix or you’ll look like a shop window!

Channel Khaleesi

Chokers are back in a big way – literally! A big brass choker is going to set the tone for all the finer layering pieces you can adorn yourself with. Use is as your showstopping piece, and build around it.



Why did you start Laurie Fleming Jewellery?

I began making jewellery while I was still studying design at OCADU in Toronto. One day a friend and I walked into a bead store and got inspired to try jewellery making just for fun. I kind of fell in love with it from there and just couldn’t stop. I always loved making things and working with my hands, so it was completely natural that I fell into it. Studying design was extremely useful to creating the brand and figuring out how to refine my style as a jewellery designer, though I didn’t enjoy the type of things I was working on at school. I found I enjoyed jewellery and entrepreneurship so much more and so I decided to continue on and start my own company after I graduated. 


Did you always know you wanted to be a designer?

I always knew I wanted to be in a creative field, but it takes awhile to really figure out what medium you prefer to create and think in. I tried many things growing up and in school, from painting to graphic design, art direction and brand strategy. Jewellery felt the best and really stuck, especially because of my interest in fashion. I think it would benefit every creative to try a bunch of things and experiment, because you never know what you’ll end up falling in love with. 


How has the brand changed since you first started it?

The brand has really grown with me since I began. It takes a long time to find your style and refine your look and I’m definitely still striving to do that. Every season improves leaps and bounds and gets a bit closer to what I really want to say and achieve with the pieces. I really want to create a special atmosphere and feeling to the collection that was lacking in earlier pieces. It’s also become a lot more unified and extremely thought through. When you first start creating you want to experiment and try different materials and styles until you find what suits you. 


Who is the Laurie Fleming woman?

The LFJ woman is someone who is much more than she appears at first glance. She has a real depth about her that reveals itself in her details. She’s unafraid to forge her own path and style. 


How do you describe your aesthetic to someone who has never seen your pieces?

Ethereal, otherworldly, and a feminine balance of light and dark. 


How do you imagine the pieces from the latest collection being worn?

I designed the pieces to be extremely versatile, so that everyone can make their own endless combinations. A lot of the pieces are reversible, convertible, or can mix and match. There are necklaces and rings ideal for layering and statement pieces that can be worn on their own. 


Where are you most inspired to create?

I’m most inspired when I’m completely relaxed at home with some tea and can spend hours sketching out pieces. 


Which is your favourite piece from your latest collection?

That’s a really hard question because I actually wear all of them all the time in various combos! I would probably have to say the Versare Earrings. I wear those the most and I hope those can stick around for many years in the collection as real classics. 


What are the essential ingredients to one of your designs?

Sugar + spice + Khaleesi 


What’s next for Laurie Fleming Jewellery?



It seems a shame to invest in beautiful pieces that you’ll only wear once – especially if wearing them will always remind you of your wedding day! Here’s a few ways we think bridal jewellery can be transformed to make sure you can wear it any day you want.


Give the world a sneak peak of your sparkles by tucking them under a button-up shirt. How about a patterned silk one for work, or a washed denim one for weekend brunch? Try Peter Lang’s new rose gold necklace encrusted with crystals. As perfect with a sleek white gown as it is with a work shirt, it will make a bold statement when you need it. 


With festival season coming up, put a little twist on your Spring style with a draping headpiece. How about this incredible draping Swarovski crystal one, with antique gold strands? It would look just as beautiful with a flowing bridal gown as it would with your old Beatles t-shirt.


Layer some of your more formal pieces with more casual ones for a head-turning everyday look. Pearls and diamonds are perfect for this, mixed with some glass beads to add colour, plus a bit of plain gold or silver to anchor everything.


Lift any outfit up with a pair of statement earrings. Channel your inner Olsen twin (post-2008) by matching Elizabeth Cole’s crystal babies with a simple marle t-shirt and capri pants. Perfect for cocktails with the girls.


In Conversation with Natalie & Cole of Bones + Feathers Collective

 TDH: How did the two of you meet and come to gel creatively? 

Natalie: I met Cole’s roommate at a party in LA and she kept telling me that needed to meet her roommate. She thought we’d get along because I was reading a book on serial killers at the time and Cole was reading a book on decomposing bodies. When we met, it was kind of love at first, creepy site. We’ve been friends and have been working together ever since.

TDH: Tell us about your brand background –when and how did your love of jewellery and your business begin?  

Cole: Nat was interning for a designer in LA who had suggested she start an accessories line to bring to market with his. She texted me asking if I wanted to start a line together and I said, “yes, we’ll make things out of bones+feathers!” We liked the way it sounded, so we made that our name.  

Natalie: We initially started out making fresh flowered headpieces and Kate Bosworth wore one to Coachella. It was kind of the look of the festival that year. People started emailing us for linesheets and our brand info. We had no idea what any of that was. All we had was our name, so we decided to make it more of an official brand and segued into jewelry.

TDH: How did you come to find and determine your aesthetic? 

Cole: I’m a bit more girly of the two us and tend to wear sheer dresses and skirts. Natalie tends to dress more masculine, but we are both very minimal. I think that’s what we try to incorporate into all of our designs/our aesthetic. Every piece is feminine with a bit of edge.  

Natalie: Yeah. Everything we make kind of has that juxtaposition of hard and soft, city and nature, masculine and feminine. We try to bring that feel into everything we create.

TDH: Talk us through the conception, designing and making progress of your jewellery in LA. 

Natalie: We normally brainstorm and pull pictures of what’s inspiring us at the moment, things that we are into. We discuss our ideas and Cole will sketch them out in water color paintings/drawings. We bring that to our production, who then create a mold/prototype of our designs and we go from there. 

Cole: It’s nice making and sourcing everything in LA. We are super hands on and can create close relationships with all of our vendors. Every piece goes through us before being shipped out to stores.

TDH: What was the inspiration for your latest collection?  

Natalie & Cole: Quartz. Prisms. Minimal, geometric shapes. The ocean. Nature.

TDH: Who are the designers and brands you look up to or love to follow? 

Natalie & Cole: We are actually really obsessed with Australian designers and bloggers at the moment. We love Oracle Fox Blog, Lack of Color hats, The Mania Mania jewelry. And then we obviously love Givenchy, Celine (Phoebe Philo), Acne, and we want to own everything blogger Maja Wyh wears.

TDH: What are three words you’d use to describe the Bones + Feathers Collective brand? 

Natalie & Cole: Dreamy. Masculine. Feminine.

TDH: What materials do you use and why? And where are they sourced?

Natalie & Cole: Everything is made from brass, raw quartz or onyx, and then plated in either 18K Gold or Silver. We love the durability of brass and the way it wears over time. We love that it tarnishes and changes color. We just started getting into the balancing energy of crystals and are obsessed with the shape, both raw and cut. Everything we use is sourced in LA.

TDH: Describe the ultimate Bones + Feathers Collective customer –who is she/he? 

Natalie & Cole: A non-asshole who knows what they want.

TDH: What’s next for Bones + Feathers Collective  –any brand collaborations or new collections in the works? 

Natalie & Cole: We have a few collaborations we are in the middle of working on that we can’t talk about just yet. We did a necklace with singer Tori Kelly which was really fun. We hope to do more with other artists and singers. We are beginning to sell vintage on our site, which we are really excited about. All one of kind pieces we’ve found in LA.  

Interview conducted by Claire Deane for The Dark Horse Jewellery 

In Conversation With Libby of Lemon Jewellery


TDH: Tell us about your background –when and how did your love of jewellery and your business begin? 

L: I’ve worked in the Fashion Industry for years in Design and Production but in 2013 I was at a bit of dead end career wise. My boyfriend and I decided we needed a change and we packed up and moved to Bali. Quite a few of our friends in Bali have amazing labels of their own and they were all pushing me to try my own thing. Without their help and encouragement I’m not sure Lemon would have been born! 

My professional background is in garments and swimwear but jewellery is what I was really drawn to doing. I have always used it as a way to express my personal style, layering up in bold/unusual pieces. Starting Lemon felt like a way for me to make something that was different and exciting. 

TDH: You have a very specific aesthetic. How did you come to find your style?

L: I have always had a strong personal style and knew when starting Lemon it was important I created pieces that I would be proud of and would want to wear myself. I’ve always been fascinated with the grotesque and quirky so I wanted to create jewellery that embraces the unusual and make pieces that were genuinely different.

Inspiration shots from the @lemonjewellery Instagram

TDH: Talk us through the conception, designing and making progress of your jewellery.

L: I am based in Melbourne but also spend part of my time in Bali, where the jewellery is produced. My pieces are made by hand through combining the stones with brass and silver. I like to have a theme or concept in mind when I design my pieces and whole collections so that they all tie in together and can be worn layered or as stand-alone pieces. I try to put love into the design of each piece. 

TDH: What was the inspiration for your latest collection? 

L: ‘Filthy Hearts’ is ultimately about flaws and the beauty found within imperfection. The idea is based on a quote that I have used throughout the range and engraved on the inside or outside of certain pieces: “I love you in spite of your filthy heart”. 

The handwriting used on the inside of the pieces is actual my partner Sam’s handwriting which is a personal touch I love. The range takes organic shapes and pairs them with unpolished off beat stones. Hardware and armory is also a feature with bolts, plates and chains throughout.  

An image from the collection, ‘Filthy Hearts’ –source from the Lemon website. 

TDH: Which Lemon Jewellery pieces will you be launching on the Dark horse?

L: Pieces from the Filthy Hearts Collection, which I’m really excited about and can’t wait to see them up on the Dark Horse!

TDH: Who are the designers and brands you look up to or love to follow?

L: My biggest inspiration comes from my friends with their own labels and brands –Lottie from Lottie Hall, Jock from In Minds Eye and Dakota from SKYE & Staghorn to name a few!

 It is so amazing to see how hard they all work and it really pay off for them. They are such a strong emotional support for me and encourage me to keep at it and stay in touch with my personal style and aesthetic. 

And for broader inspiration I love to follow anyone who is doing something a bit different. Independent photographers and artists who are creating unusual and bold work, that is always really inspiring.

Left Image: Sourced from SKYE & Staghorn | Centre Image: Sourced from In Minds Eye | Right Image: Sourced from Lottie Hall

TDH: What are three words you’d use to describe the Lemon brand?

L: Moody. Imperfect. Beautiful.

TDH: What materials do you use and why? And where are they sourced?

L: The stones in my collection are actually sourced by my boyfriend in outback QLD by hand. They rough cut natural occurring combinations of pyrite, copper and quartz. 

TDH: Describe the ultimate Lemon customer –who is she? 

L: I don’t know if I have a particular customer in mind when I’m designing although I love the idea of my jewellery being worn by a strong independent women who knows her sense of personal style and self, and she wears Lemon as a way to express that. But honestly it doesn’t need to be that complex either; anyone who thinks the pieces look cool and feel comfortable in them is enough for me! 

TDH: What’s next for Lemon Jewellery –any brand collaborations or new collections in the works?

L: I have played around with the idea of collaborating with some friends but nothing is in the works yet! Would love to though! I am working on my third collection currently which I am really excited about and can’t wait until its ready to share with the world!

Shop all Lemon Jewellery here.

Interview conducted by Claire Deane for The Dark Horse Jewellery



We couldn’t be more excited to introduce a new brand to The Dark Horse stable, YCL Jewels! To celebrate, we’re taking 5 minutes behind the scenes with YCL Jewels founder, Fabienne, to talk crystals, sacred geometry and how this former nurse followed her dreams to become a jewellery designer.

TDH: Why did you start YCL Jewels?
F: I’d been making jewellery since I was 13, and I’d always loved it, but never realized it was something I could do as a career! I always knew I wanted to start my own business though. I started Your Core Light as a blog, and wanted to create something tangible to extend my message, and was visiting my local markets in Brisbane, where I was inspired by a beautiful crystal designer, and YCL Jewels was born!

TDH: Did you always know you wanted to be a designer?
F: Not at all! I was a nurse before starting YCL, although I had always been quite creative, I love singing and writing songs and painting. Once I started the business, 2 years ago, I knew I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
TDH: How has the brand changed since you first started it?
F: When YCL first started, the brand was very different! I had a very bohemian aesthetic, and now my vision is much clearer. Bohemian style for me felt very safe and comfortable, and now I know that I want YCL to be high end, high quality and beautiful. It’s so important to me that I maintain the beautiful intention of the crystals and sacred geometry of the designs, while creating pieces that can be worn every day.

TDH: Why did you want to work with crystals and sacred geometry?
F: I wanted to create a high end jewellery line that harbored mindfulness and intention, but also looked beautiful – and made the women who wore it feel the same way. I wanted my customers to be able to wear something that was on trend and in style, while creating a movement of mindful women who are also stylish and really embrace who they are. I see my pieces as tools that allow the women who wear them to embrace mindfulness, for example, each piece has a tiny garnet drop at the clasp that remind the wearer of the intention of the piece.

TDH: Where are you most inspired to create?
F: I’m inspired when I’m reading – and often things will come to me in dreams! The latest collection, Relics, came to me in a dream – I saw a variety of different artifacts and treasures that I have collected throughout my journey laid out in caves. It was surreal! Reading opens me up to different worlds and infinite sources of inspiration.

TDH: Which is your favourite piece from the latest collection?
F: The Waterfall of the Heart Necklace, because it encompasses the femininity of the natural womanly shape and it flows with the shape of the body. I like to think it inspires women to honour their bodies as it falls over their heart chakra.

TDH: How do you imagine the pieces from the latest collection being worn?
F: Sometimes I think of the pieces paired with a beautiful flowing summery dress, while other times I like to think of the more feminine pieces paired with a really tailored, corporate outfit – but always with multiple layers.

TDH: What pieces of jewellery do you never leave home without?
F: At the moment, I’m always wearing the Hero Infinite necklace.

TDH: What are your own personal jewellery relics collected over the years?
F: I’m a jewellery hoarder! I still have jewellery from when I was a baby, fine jewellery I collected when I was last in Japan and costume rings that are so tarnished, but I still adore them.

TDH: What’s your favourite, all round crystal for a crystal newbie?
F: I love rose quartz, it’s the stone of love and when we love ourselves, anything can happen!

TDH: How do you design each YCL piece to infuse it with intention?
F: I think about what our YCL woman would wear, and then I design to the shape and flow of the body and the flow of energy centres or chakras. I love to choose crystals that will work with the energy centres of the body too, for example a rose quartz works beautifully over the heart chakra as it promotes self love, opening of the heart and inner peace. I love to add little unexpected touches too, like a garnet by the clasp, and everything is made with 100% gold fill, so it can be worn every day without tarnishing.

Interview conducted by Claire Deane for The Dark Horse Jewellery


Fashion's biggest night of the year is finally here! Held in NYC at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MET Gala's theme this year was "China: Through The Looking Glass".

The decadent rich colours mixed in with beautiful embroidery and exquisite jewellery created a dramatic statement on the carpet. Celebrities helped create further drama this year with over the top earrings, not shying away from a bold lip added with a elaborate earring.

Get the look with our new designer available at The Dark Horse, Elizabeth Cole. A celebrity favourite and with her jewellery made for the red carpet, we have the perfect edit online.

View more images on our Facebook page or shop our new bold earrings.


The Bombay Collection is that perfect collection for the girl who wants to achieve an effortless style. That style everyone envies, the girl who didn't put in much effort yet always looks stylishly chic. The art of layering necklaces is something she has mastered and is easily achievable by mixing our Sihor Charm Necklace with the Delhi Lariat. Wear this with a button up shirt, your necklace's peaking out, the perfect mix of sexy and stylish.


Fallen in love, but payday isn't until next week? If it's over $100, and you've got your eye on just one piece (for now), we have a take home lay-by system to help you! This mean you can wear your special item now and pay for it when pay day rolls around later! Did we mention you'd be crazy not to take advantage?

The lay-by policy can be used for one item at a time for any item over $100. Unless an item has completely been paid off, another item can not be purchased with the lay-by service. A 30% deposit must be paid initially and the item will be sent out to you immediately!

You will then have exactly four weeks from the date you paid the deposit to finalise the payment. Just log into your account and choose how much you would like to pay.

Image // Laurie Fleming Choker