RARE BUTLER VINTAGE BLACKAMOOR BROOCH, ADORNED WITH A MULTI-COLORED CHANTONS, BLACK ENAMELING AND 14K GP FINISH. MEASUREMENTS: 2 1/8" L X 1 3/8" W. Experience an ever-evolving jewelry line that is strikingly fresh yet everlasting from a famed London designer. Nicky Butler exhibits a distinctive and highly recognizable style, noted for his open-work designs and intensive use of crystals and multiple gemstones.
His unconventional approach mirrors museum gallery collections. For 40 years, Glasgow-born Simon Wilson has been at the helm of Butler & Wilson, the jewellery company of choice for film stars and princesses (that big, diamant lizard Diana wore on her jacket lapel was Butler & Wilson, and she often called in to shop there). Wilson is 65 now, but he is dressed in jeans and a long-sleeved black T-shirt with' Wow' across the chest, light hair slicked back like a lounge lizard, and a voice that reminds you of an ashtray of fag-ends.
He talks non-stop, leaving most sentences half-finished before stuttering into the next thought, ideas dripping from the conversation like juice from a squeezed orange. He's always thinking what next, what next, what next, he says, and even his repetition of the words gives some impression of the relentlessness inside his head, the inability to stop even if he wanted to. But it's what your destiny is. Butler & Wilson made fake into chic, and its jewellery has adorned the pages of Vogue for four decades. Big and bold, multi-coloured stones and diamant were used by Wilson to make statement pieces, the kind of jewellery to cock a snook at the sedate or minimalist.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the company is running a fund-raising campaign this year in aid of breast cancer, and has produced a truly lavish coffee-table book illustrating the history of Butler & Wilson designs. Colourful butterfly brooches and exotic flower necklaces that spread spectacularly across the neck like water lilies in a pond, studded diamant skulls and cute teddies, and of course the famous giant diamant spider, pinned to the shoulder of black dresses. Why breast cancer - does Wilson have a personal connection? Really it's because my shop in the Fulham Road is next to the Royal Marsden, the biggest cancer hospital.I have been there 30 years, and these women, they're unbelievable. He loves women - in the generic rather than the specific sense. Women can make themselves fabulous.
When a guy tries to do that it doesn't work. I love that a woman can transform herself.
Perhaps it's the obsessive nature of creativity and design that draws Wilson to the abstract of love rather than the specific. I once interviewed shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, a man with a similar attitude to Wilson in that he demanded complete surrender to the tyranny of ideas inside his own head.He had a driven quality that made beauty the ultimate ideal, at the expense of any personal life. Nobody could live with him, Blahnik said of himself. He could barely live with himself. When he had first come into the room, he had literally cried out when he spotted my glass of water. He demanded, swiftly removing a cork coaster and restoring the perfection of his room, which was adorned with lilies with lime-green stems and a pair of his own exquisitely coordinated and posed lime-green shoes. Wilson's offices, above his South Molton Street shop, are different, higgledy piggledy rooms in a listed building, crammed full of books and materials, vintage clothes (a sideline now for both of his London stores) hung up on the walls. Sequined evening gowns glitter in black and silver and amber-gold. Wilson has a similar zeal for beauty to Blahnik.
I know it sounds corny, but I love beautiful things and I love making beautiful things. I think I've got great taste. Beauty might wither, but style doesn't. You have to know what your personality is going to be. How are you going to be when you are 60?
I don't think you should disappear just because you're 60. Wear a fabulous pair of earrings. You can still be stylish.Wilson feels lucky to have the talent that drives his life. What would I do if I retired? So usually he is too busy when people ask him out to dinner.
When he travels on work trips, he rarely parties, preferring to stay in and work on designs. A couple of glasses of wine and he has a hangover. It is simply too disruptive. In the office where we are talking, a CCTV screen shows what's happening in the Aladdin's cave of his shop below, and Wilson's eyes are repeatedly pulled towards it, almost like an involuntary tic.There they go, swivelling to the screen again. The love of his life? Oh, the business, definitely, he says. Yet there was another love. Like Blahnik, Wilson, who was brought up in Dumbarton, was very close to his mother. "I had an extraordinary thing with my mother, " he says. Was she a very glamorous woman? Is that where his eye for jewellery and design came from? She was your wee Scottish mum who loved her son, and that's all she cared about.
Family, her son Simon and his sister Margaret, were the focus of her life. The item "RARE BUTLER VINTAGE BLACKAMOOR BROOCH BLK ENAMEL 14K GP MULTI-COLORED CHANTONS" is in sale since Sunday, April 19, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Costume\Designer, Signed\Pins, Brooches".
The seller is "bertrammcc" and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.