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Natalie Shau – Digital Art

Natalie Shau is a mix media artist and a photographer from Vilnius, Lithuania. Influenced by religious imagery, fairytales illustrations and eclectic art world, she taps into the myths, dreams and steers the play of thought to where there is no rational boundary. She explores the complexities of human emotions, by suggesting vulnerability and strength of her surreal and extraordinary creatures.  Natalie renders fantasy and reality themes provocatively and elegantly.  Besides her personal artistic projects, she rigorously creates artwork for musicians, theatre, fashion magazines, writers and advertisement campaigns.

Forest Baby by Natalie Shau
Forest Baby by Natalie Shau
Powder by Natalie Shau
Powder by Natalie Shau

To learn about her and her vision, I had the opportunity to ask her few questions:

What inner force inspires you to create? 

Inspiration is usually the beauty of nature and art (any kind, literature, painting, photography, cinema).

What about motivation, what is the outside force that compels you to create?

Motivation for me is when people like what I create and support my artwork.

Secret Emotions by Natalie Shau
Secret Emotions by Natalie Shau

Do you aspire to drive public awareness on current social or political issues when you are creating a work of art?

Some social issues sometimes, but political absolutely not. Everything nowadays is extremely polarized. And you are running a risk to get into a lot of trouble if you were to express your opinion, freely. I am certain many people prefer not to talk about what they really think nowadays. Specially when you are a public person. 

Mon Plaisir by Natalie Shau
Mon Plaisir by Natalie Shau

What is your dream project? 

I would be very interested in creating a movie & a crazy photography set based on some dark fairytale. 

Justine by Natalie Shau
Justine by Natalie Shau
Snowflake by Natalie Shau
Snowflake by Natalie Shau

And, do you have a particular designer / brand / production that you would like to be involved in their’s marketing campaign? 

Well maybe Gucci? That would be nice. 

Do you have creative patterns, routines or rituals?

Yes, I usually work at night. Daytime I just can’t concentrate.

What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?

Listen to your inner true self.

What does women empowerment mean to you?

Don’t be a victim and fight for your goals.

What are your tips about building a brand name as an artist?

Just a lot of work, people develop styles only by creating and working.

What do you do to conquer fear or self doubt:

In such circumstances, I always think that I have so much while many others don’t even have basic things. So I must not complain. 

What are you thoughts about the blockchain technology specially in support of digital art? 

Well, I have not yet looked deep at it, yet, however, I am very very happy that there will be more possibilities for artists.

Would you consider using blockchain technology platform to reach global art enthusiasts?


What are the problems in the Art Market that you would like these platforms to solve?

Well the biggest problem nowadays for independent artists is of course how to fund themselves and have the possibility to acquire new materials for their art projects. 

What super power would you have liked to have ? and why?

Being able not to sleep. So I could create more and visit many places. 

Which movie would you have liked to be the leading actor?

La Reine Margot 

What is your life motto?

Stay true to yourself.

Fashion Photography "Snow Yak" by Natalie Shau
Fashion Photography “Snow Yak” by Natalie Shau
Fashion Photography "Kristina" by Natalie Shau
Fashion Photography “Kristina” by Natalie Shau
Cradle of Filth 1 - Music Art Works by Natalie Shau
Cradle of Filth 1 – Music Art Works by Natalie Shau


Natalie Shau has collaborated with many brands, please refer to her website:


The impact of Blockchain Technology on Diamond and Jewellery Industries

Imagine the beauty & the emotional connection to your fine jewellery is supported by conflict-free, fair labour and authenticity. Imagine that, one day, with a click on your cell-phone you can trace from it’s inception to production, the history or the past ownerships. One of the biggest challenges of fine jewellery specifically the diamond industry is the convincing fakes, the swags and the misleading claims.

Resolving these issues requires integration of innovative solutions into the trade such as Blockchain Technology. The transparency and the verification systems provided by this technology, corroborate trust and significantly reduce frauds whether in insurance realm or counterfeits.  By creating immutable records to track and protect the valuable goods through Blockchain Technology, manufacturers and brands set the seal on the authenticity & ethical trade. Ultimately creating a progressive world where everyone is a winner.

The disruptive technology promotes socially fair transactions, prevents compromising reputation, and establishes personal connections between the customer and the brand.  The industry is warming up, leveraging Blockchain Technology to generate value for it’s customers and reduce costs. One of the technology companies, offering solutions underpinned with Blockchain Technology for diamond industry is Everledger. A global start-up creating thumbprints across the supply chain pipeline to protect the ownership, authenticity, reputations and the challenges that bear a heavy cost not only for the owners, insurers, but to all parties involved.

Industry leaders such as Debeers are also investing in new platforms supported by Blockchain Technology to create highly secure database to record the activities throughout the supply chain while making sure that the sensitive data will remain between parties involved in the transaction. Thanks to Blockchain Technology,  the ownership joy of DeBeers refined collections is largely expanded.




























Reign Sapphire Corp., is another custom and branded jewelry company, that is incorporating Blockchain Technology to authenticate sapphires as a conflict-free and accepts Bitcoin as payment via Bitpay on  They offer Australian sapphires, designed in Beverly Hills with chic and modern aesthetics appealing to millennials.

Reign Sapphires
Baguette Double Ring in Yellow Gold


Flexible Stiletto Earrings
Flexible Stiletto Earrings




Amor Ring
Armor Ring

Digital Artist & Blockchain Technology

Art and culture are credited for our communities wellbeing, education and enlightening our emotional world. Various types of political statements, beliefs or social values have been produced and communicated through Art, Music or Literature by struggling artists and independent content creators of all kinds. Although, the digital revolution has reshaped the Art and Media industries by introducing different ways of production, distribution and enabling reasonably priced promotional campaigns, still the technology has its flaws.  For many artists and content creators working with brick-and-mortar institutions, streaming or other social web-based platforms is a gruelling route. Why? simply, because of the unfair treatment by the powerful intermediaries as they offer insignificant royalty fees, commissions or payments.

Ipso-facto, keeping the torch of artistry lit, requires transparency and incentive.  So enter blockchain technology. Progression from the age of information to age of value, the blockchain technology serves the two essential elements for support and creation of art. How? Well, the simple idea behind the technology is that information or anything of value such as music, art, money, IP, deeds,… can be securely stored and relocated on a expansive global distributed ledger or database, run on numerous machines. The principle behind blockchain is to fulfill common needs by establishing trust through mass collaboration and clever code.

The transparency factor is about the provenance and the authenticity of the art of all kinds. A well documented provenance confirms that the piece is authentic, not stolen and the history of the ownership.

The application of blockchain technology for verification and ownership of physical art has been employed by number of companies such as Verisart in Los Angeles, Tagsmart in London and Ascribe in Berlin. They provide certificates of authenticity and provenance records.

The concept of ownership and provenance can be used for digital art. Once the art has a story together with the element of scarcity, it becomes collectible and eventually adds financial value. Beatriz Ramos, a Venezuelan artist and CEO of , has created decentralized digital art marketplace on the blockchain offering the transparency factor along with a social network where artists speak to each other through drawings.

The incentive factor allows the ethical and fair payment to the artist. The common good practiced at the very best as art lovers reach their “high” from the ownership and have fulfilled their moral imperative by supporting the artist fairly and directly. At the same time, the stimulus is significant for the artists to be in charge of their creative work and gain from their magic.








Fall/Winter 2017/18 Men’s Jewellery – Pins, Earrings, Cufflinks

Our selection for Fall/Winter 2017/18 jewellery for men continues with pins, earrings and cufflinks. Finding jewellery that has a meaning for you, complement your nice attire and very likely to be conversation starter is about having some poise and being in control. Whether you choose punk, gothic, industry or refined aesthetics, keep in mind that “less is more”. The sartorial elegance of cufflinks to edgy earrings and playful pins,  make sure that your choice in jewellery embodies your desires and asserts your esteem and social fancies.


Dior – Autumn 2017 Bee Vermeil Cufflinks & Rhodium finish silver cufflinks

Torrini Jewerly –  18K gold diamond Made in Italy  & Sterling silver eagle crest cufflinks- Hand made in Florence Italy

Oh My Got Cufflinks


Dior – Autumn 2017 Black leather flower brooch & Bee pin badge in rhodium finish sterling silver

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Saint Laurent – Multi design brooches  & Set of five hearts and star shaped pins



Ambush Nail Earring  & Ambush Cross Earring


Raf Simons – Silver hoop earrings W/R balls 

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Enfant Riche Déprimés

Men’s Jewellery Guide Fall/Winter 2017

Careful selection of jewellery allows the nondescript style to make a statement. Your wardrobe selection whether is subtle or festooned should allow pieces of jewellery that grace your getup.

Since 25,000 years ago, a simple necklace made of fish bones to present day diamond studded jewellery, they reflect a sentiment. As part of our interactions, jewellery is employed as symbols of luck, protection, respect, commitment, love, fertility or belief. Overtly or covertly they unveil our assertions.

Increasingly the artistic expression with the readily available materials & tools of production allow designers to be more creative and craft predominant trends of season or year from expensive to affordable styles. Our pick for Fall/Winter 2017 Men’s jewellery:


Mid length and slim chains compliments the outfit, whether with biker chic t-shirt or french chic tugged under the collar of the shirt.

Luis Morais, Hematite beads, 14kt gold – to the Bone NecklaceLuis Morais - To the Bone Necklace

Jade Jagger Bullet Necklace

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Dean Harris – Wishbone Pendant Necklace

Dean Harris wishbone pendant necklace

Miansai Anchor Pendant Necklace

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Miansai- Moore half cuff double rap bracelet


Luis Morais – Eye of Horus Bracelet


Miracle Icons – Beaded Necklace



Cantini MC Firenze – Beaded Bracelet  OR Philippe Audibert – Lozzi Bracelet




M.Cohen – Feather Cuff Ring


Spinelli Kilcollin Pluto Ring


Loren Stewart – Round Signet Ring

Marco Dal Maso – Ara Ring

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Part two of jewellery trends for earrings, cufflinks and pins soon to be published. 

Featured image from deviant art.

By Nessa: One of a Kind Accessories


By Nessa
By Nessa

Looking to have accessories that tell a story? Well, the friendly and talented Nessa, an Iranian born Canadian accessories designer re-creates fantastic tales and symbolic images that ensure originality.  Creating stories to illustrate “My Wonderland”, “What if” and “My fantasies” are at the core of her artistry.  She tastefully adorns the thematically focused accessories, capturing the bygone eras by hand painting and print collage. Nessa’s unpretentious wanderings to the art world and the realm of imagination characterizes her timeless accessories.

Tell me about your beginnings, what set you on this path: Well, this all started at the time I was living in Dubai. I had spent quite some time concentrating on paintings with a focus on very feminine themes. Dubai was a haven for anything luxury, but I thought most of the fashion being offered lacked a touch of individuality. That is when I started experimenting with painting designs, more spcifically traditional/nostalgic Persian designs, on women’s shoes and accessories. I received great feedback from family, friends, and a small group of followers I had and the rest is history.

What does Nessa means:  It means women/ feminine in Arabic but to my surprise the word also has origins with different meanings in Hebrew, Irish and Greek.

By Nessa
By Nessa

Walk me through the process of your creations: it all starts with anything that inspires me. It could be a poem, a nostalgic image, a character or a story. Then I start playing with ideas on how to incorporate the vision into a design and what to put the design on. Would it work better on bags, shoes or something else, what material would best suit the design, what kind of colors should I use, and things like that. Sometimes it can happen as quickly as the first try, sometimes it would take many many failed attempts after which I might change the idea altogether.  I have a whole collection of items I have started work on, but had to abandon the idea one way or another.

Why “by Nessa”: well, since I love arts in any shape or form, and because I love working on different things,  I didn’t want a name that would pigeon hole the scope of my work, so I guess “By Nessa” allows me to do anything, or even change direction completely without having to change the name.

What does individuality mean to you: I guess is to see things a little different than most. I mean almost everyone has their individual interpretation on nuances of daily life, events, fashion and etc, but some people are capable of seeing certain things in a different light. I strive for that.

Which is your favourite art movement / period  in Iran and why: l am most fascinated by the Safavid period and the Persian miniatures representing stories and ways of life of this era.

PhotoEditor-1472231980738How do you choose words / quotes for your calligraphy designs: sometimes its just the matter of using certain words that simply look great on a design, but most of my inspiration comes from Rumi’s and Khayam’s poems.

What is your favourite quote from Persian literature: It’s hard to pick only one but l like Kayyam and Rumi’s the most.

When you are commissioned, what is your advice for an anniversary gift: anything that represents a memory or personality of the receiver. If one sees the gift and immediately relates it to that individual, then it’s the right gift, and it could be anything.

And your advice to a woman buying her partner a birthday gift: The same applies.

What inspires you: being an artist, I have the privilege to let my mood determine a source of inspiration. Therefore, it really could be anything.

Do you have a muse or fashion icon: I like anything old and classic in fashion from 1920’s to the 1950’s.

Who is your favourite designer: Chanel

What is your style, Gucci or Roots: Gucci of course, if I can afford it.

What is your favourite accessory: I like any big, crazy and out of ordinary, specially rings most.

What is power: The freedom to choose, and to control the outcome.

Are you a Coachella person or attending a Symphony Orchestra performance at Royal Thomspon Hall: Symphony Orchestra at Royal Thomson Hall.

How do you overcome fear and doubt: just believe, if in nothing else but at least in yourself. I read somewhere, courage is not being fearless, it is being scared but doing what you have to do regardless.

As an immigrant, a woman and a designer, what are the challenges in your vocation that government/ community should be aware and subdue: I wish there were more venues specially in rural areas that offer a space for artists to work and display their art. Toronto is great at that, however the small towns as part of Greater Toronto, (I live in Newmarket) lack these types of facilities.

What is your idea of social responsibility:  that is a tough one. Not sure, I guess to remain true to the message the artwork is trying to represent and refrain from  misinterpretations and assumptions.

Favourite book, and why: I generally stay away from fiction. I like philosophy and psychology subjects, things I can actually apply in real life.

Among celebrities, politicians, overall public figures who would you like to create an accessory for:  l have created quite a few pieces for some celebrities and public figures still I like to design for “Farah Diba” and “Golshifteh” as well.

Favourite travel destination: I  would love to go to Morocco and Spain.

 Your life Motto: You can reach anything if you want it bad enough.


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