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{at the shops: nallik by jean balke, new york}

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. . . always adore a perfect juxtaposition — vintage & modern, old & new, simple & ornate — and what could be better than rough-hewn, natural elements paired with delicate chains and glamorous gold?

nallik, a word borrowed from the inuit language, cannot be translated directly, but means protection and nurturing in a loving way; according to designer jean balke, the “Inuit people appreciate that we are all connected to each other and our surroundings. They respect the environment and know it contains everything we need to live.”

balke, who grew up in germany, lived in helsinki, london and san diego, currently resides in nyc; before she began designing jewelry, she worked as a photographer and art director, and has travelled to over 45 countries, drawing inspiration from the people and landscapes she has experienced along the way; the result is this utterly perfect mix of rock & refined . . .

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{p.s.} previous at the shops:
* florence & florence, uk
* lady grey, new york
* ralph lauren, paris
* neology by mina, brooklyn
* mrs. press, australia

{all images from nallik}

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