In the past two weeks, I’ve been reading Hilary Mantel‘s Wolf Hall and further immersing myself in the dangerous world of Henry the Eighth’s court by watching HBO’s ‘The Tudors’. I feel like I’ve been visiting with Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell, and can’t decide who to sympathise with more – yet. Attending the launch of master jeweller William Llewellyn Griffiths’ latest Metal Couture boutique in Melbourne’s iconic Royal Arcade fit neatly into the Tudor theme of cunning, opulent, dangerous beauty. Llewellyn Griffiths’ work reminds me of a vignette from Gormenghast, all oxidised silver and burnished gold, almost obsessively finished with minute architectural details and encrusted with diamonds and gems. Today’s brief photoblog showcases several pieces on show in the new Metal Couture showroom, and a few of the wonderful folks lucky enough to join in the opening celebration. Many thanks to Pybus PR for including us in the proceedings.

Above is just the piece for Anne Boleyn. Don’t you think she’d just go off her head about it?

Bloggers Chloe Ting and Dasha Gold from The Trendspotter

L-R: Dasha Gold, Jane Hayes of Jane Hayes Consulting, Designer Adam Tsen and the legendary Shiva

Leeyong Soo of Style Wilderness, Dasha and Kyra of Pybus PR

Leeyoong with most excellent Melbourne instagramming legend, James Nolen – @jfnolen

No time for photos of little ole’ me except for a sneaky snapshot of my fingerwaves and a glimpse of my ‘metal couture’ rose gold tunic.