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Demitasse Jewelry

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Serving Up Delicate Pendants of Antique Silverware

Demitasse JewelryLos Angeles based designer Rachael Chyna White is the mastermind behind Demitasse Jewelry, a delightful and charming fine jewelry collection of antique tableware and serving pieces.  Using gold, diamonds, and other precious stones, this fine jewelry line of teensy pendants of knives, spoons, serves, and more was launched in 2006.   Demitasse is French for half-cup and an emblem of privilege.  Demitasse is not your everyday designer “trend” jewelry because there is such a special element to its pieces.  “Demitasse is unique from other jewelry brands in the sense that it celebrates designs from the past within one medium and is then integrated into an entirely different medium of fine jewelry,” says Rachael.  While other designers borrow from the past within their relative fields, Rachael’s designs are fresh in borrowing from the incredible silversmiths that created an earlier tend market place, but still very much her own.  One example of this is her Orchid Sugar Sifter, which was inspired by an actual sugar spoon used in the early 18th century when flowers were the pattern du jour and renown companies like Tiffany, Gorham and Wallace designed such floral pieces. 

Demitasse JewelryHer inspiration to launch Demitasse developed after reading about vintage fruit spoons in which she found magnificent.  She felt compelled to bring back such “brilliant designs long forgotten and rarely seen or known about.”  Rachael has always loved antiquing, junking, and collecting cups and decanters while also being creative and looking at things from an artistic viewpoint.  While she never collected spoons because she could never find any in great condition, she realized that silverware was likely passed down through generations of most families as heirlooms.  Rachael says, “I like the idea that silverware meant for serving and sharing is kept in the family for generations to admire.”  She learned that Tiffany & Co was actually first known for its incredible silverware and serving pieces before its jewelry and little blue box become icons.  It is an unknown fact that silversmiths were the ones to set a foundation for the road to trend jewelry.  

Just as Rachael was about to graduate with a degree in Journalism, she followed her heart to enroll in FIDM to learn about the fundamentals of a business in design and manufacturing.  Eventually, she went on to work in production and teamed up with Jennifer Kaufman as a buyer, salesperson, and product developer.  In working with Jen, she learned everything about designer “trend” jewelry, from the many brands to independent artisans.  She got to see the successful progression of many designers as they moved on to produce incredible collections in fashion.    Besides being a talented and brilliant creator in designing Demitasse Jewelry, she is also a hard worker as she creates all of them herself without a production or design team.  “Each piece is cast and then fine tuned by hand including the finishing, setting, and antiquing,” Rachael shares.  

Demitasse JewelryRachael’s style of jewelry is quite organic, which feels very fashionable these days.  She personally prefers to wear ornate pieces as she is not a “cookie cutter hearts and stars” kind of girl.  She describes Demitasse Jewelry as Avant Guard and focuses on detail, detail, and more detail!  Her designs are meant to be conversational as each piece has some place in history as setting a stone in a handle or oxidizing the metals to more prominently feature a specific relief pattern enhances the different design elements.  A perfect example is The Summer Fruit Spoon Necklace, featuring little grapes, a strawberry, and a pineapple with a leaf in a bowl that she completely blackens or paves with diamonds.  Shown here with diamonds, this elaborate fruit spoon was modeled after classic fruit settings from the early 19th century when fruit was considered an exotic luxury.  Each piece has some kind of blackening or oxidation to accentuate the special or tiny details.

Demitasse JewelryThe Graduate Spoon Necklace is a lovely and simple piece that exudes a sense of influence and privilege, as it was often given as gifts in the earlier 19th Century.  Perfect for a recent graduate as a token of their accomplishment, this spoon features a classic Mason symbol representing the act of maintaining morality in one's lifelong journey for knowledge and higher education.  Demitasse JewelryThe petite 1 3/4" length of the spoon is distinctively eye-catching while the small pave diamonds in the handle adds lavishness.  For an edgier look that is both quirky and sharp, The Heart Cake Knife Necklace is a must!  Resembling a classic 1950’s wedding cake knife, this pendant features a fashionable puffed heart between the blade and its diamond deco handle.   The intricate detail in the design of this knife, along with the diamond studded handle is sure to slice any conversation.  This fun piece looks great alone or paired with other Demitasse pendants like the baby spoons. 

Rachael shares some of her personal favorites with us.  She has a special place in her heart for The Dessert Spoon, The Fairy Absinthe Spoon, and The Summer Fruit Spoon for their beauty and perfection.  These are a few of the first pieces she produced after months of research, dedication, and passion.  These petite pieces measure on average 1 ½” and capture as much detail as possible while also setting precious stones to give them a greater value beyond their original historical significance.  The history behind each spoon also holds a special meaning.  The Vanilla Bean Knife is also one of her favorites because it was fun to research early ice cream knives as she has a sweet tooth or two. 

Demitasse JewelryIn coming up with her designs, Rachael spends a lot of time reviewing the past as many designers do.  Her newest collection, Demistache, was inspired by the Dada Art movement in the early 20th Century.  These “chic but cheeky” mustaches have been sported everywhere as they pay “hoome-age to facial fashion with an ultra-feminine twist.”  With five different staches to choose from, you can go rocker style with The Freddy (Freddie Mercury) Demitasse Jewelryor artfully sassy with The Dali’la, inspired by the artist Dali.  Lindsay Lohan’s stache of choice is The Alex Stache, a dolled up version of The Georgina Stache, complete with a bold beauty mark in 14K gold or bright pink sapphire.  Like The Georgina, The Alex Stache features a puffed three-dimensional full bodied mustache with a flat back.  Measuring 1 3/4" in length, this hangs playfully from a 30" twisted serpentine diamond cut chain for added sparkle.  Most staches can be made to order with pave diamonds for that extra umph! 

Lastly, one of Lindsay Lohan’s favorites that is too adorable to pass up is The Baby Spoon Necklace (with or without diamonds).  These baby spoons in Demitasse Jewelrysterling silver, yellow, white, and rose gold bring new meaning to the expression “born with a silver spoon.”  Best when worn as a duo or trio, these tiny, delicate baby spoons are undeniably cute and chic.  In the past, people would save up to buy a new spoon to feed their babies.  Whether fancy or simple, baby spoons were keepsakes and treasured the same way jewelry is treasured today.  This spoon is a spin on the classic baby spoon given at a Christening in the early 18th Century. These baby spoons make great Mother’s Day or baby shower gifts as engraving or adding diamonds are options. 

Demitasse JewelryRachael has no set plans for the future, but just hopes to stick around and continue making collectable and wearable art.  “Nothing is more thrilling then seeing a stranger have this affection towards something so little that you literally stressed big over for months,” she adds.    Demitasse Jewelry was embraced with open arms from the entertainment industry as young starlets like Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lavato started donning these pieces around town.  Whether her customers are celebrities or not, as long as they are a fan of something she has created it feels validating.  Thanks to Demitasse, collecting antique silverware is no longer a pastime!  To shop Demitasse Jewelry or for a complete listing of stores that carry the line, visit demitassejewelry.com.

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