Interview with Bahgsu Jewels creator Maggie Orli
Maggie Orli is a traveling, silversmithing, gypsy gal with bright eyes for nature. In 2008, she started Bahgsu Jewels and has been crafting one of a kind adornments ever since. Bahgsu’s aesthetic is very much entwined with a respect for wild, natural forces and the products of those processes, specifically raw stones and crystals. Maggie’s passion for showcasing the many million-years old works of nature is obvious in her jewels. There is something anciently feminine about adornment with nature; Maggie plays into this magic and has made a living sharing it with other women.
Jewels by Jacqueline began in 2009. Starting at the local Byron Bay markets, Jacqui's jewellery heralded a new sensibility in Byron style - an eclectic mix of industry meets coast. Muted tones and oxidized silver, striking angles juxtaposed with delicate chains and intricate detail inspired a younger generation that here was a look they could call their own. Jewels by Jacqueline has since built a cult following amongst the locals and holiday-makers alike and word is starting to spread, JBJ is now a sought after brand at select boutiques across the country.
It's not just the financial climate putting us off shopping this winter. Arctic temperatures make it hard enough to get out of bed in the morning and the thought of contemplating gale force winds puts me right off that designer sale.
Having already made a true spectacle of myself fumbling around with non-functional umbrellas, notions of a glamorous Nordic Shopping Expedition are about as realistic as cutting out chocolate.
Anyway, why go out when it can come to you?