Britt’s Pick: The Nairobi Collection by Belle Étoile



You already know that enamel has been dominating our summer jewelry sightings, so if you haven’t taken notice already, it’s time you’ve begun. With a wide variety of enamel and enamel-style pieces on the market, there’s a huge range of prices for your customers (and you) to choose from. For affordable, fashionable styles, nobody does it better than Belle Étoile.

From the brand’s Patterns collection, this suite of jewelry (each piece is sold separately) is depicted with a design called Nairobi. It’s bright, it’s cheerful, and it’s everything I want in a patterned piece for late summer into fall.

 

 

Belle Etoile Nairobi earrings
Nairobi earrings in sterling silver with Italian enamel and CZ, $185

The earrings (above) are my favorite. Something about their triangular shape seems conducive to the pattern that decorates them—I think it reminds me of something like a pennant. The shape is also continued in the pendant below—a perfect match. But the pattern is equally beautiful on the matching ring and bangle bracelet, too, blanketing the pieces like an embroidered quilt.

Belle Etoile Nairobi pendant
Nairobi pendant in sterling silver with Italian enamel and CZ, $225

 

Belle Etoile Nairobi ring
Nairobi ring in sterling silver with Italian enamel and CZ, $175

According to the brand, the collection is inspired by the capital of Kenya: “It captures the vibrant colors and spirit of this bustling metropolis. Featuring hand-painted, multicolored Italian enamel on pavé-set sterling silver, Nairobi pays homage to the gorgeous patterns and textiles of this beautiful region.”

There’s a bit of personal inspiration that helped create the designs seen here, too. “One of my best friends married her longtime boyfriend from Kenya, and some inspiration for this collection actually comes from the colorful clothes he always wears,” says Carolyn Thamkul, executive vice president of Belle Étoile.

See more of Belle Étoile’s fall 2018 releases by visiting belletoilejewelry.com.

Top: Nairobi bangle in sterling silver with Italian enamel and CZ, $350