Six jewellery designers beguile with a treasure trove of the finest bling
Gabrielskloof’s Favourite Things Market: 11 December (5 – 9 PM) & 12 December (11 AM – 6 PM). Location: Gabrielskloof, Botrivier, Western Cape, South Africa.
How to drive: From Cape Town: follow the N2 in the direction of George. About 5 km past Botrivier take right turn at sign ‘Gabrielskloof’. From the other side: about 15 km past Caledon turn left at sign ‘Gabrielskloof’.
Yvonne de Wit is one of the 6 selected South African jewellery designers presenting the latest designs.
Set to warm your heart and start your Festive Season in high spirits, this annual market outside Bot River in the Overberg, features all things handmade, homemade, creative, delicious, fresh and beautiful. Every last product at the assemblage of stalls carries this wine and olive estate’s stamp of approval.
A new addition to this year’s line-up with be six talented jewellery designers who will transform the estate’s private wine tasting lounge into an exclusive Pop Up Shop of unique and bespoke jewels ranging from brooches and bracelets to earrings and oh so fabulous bling.
Each of these designers is super talented and adds a unique charm to this haven of diverse trinkets and treasury. Young and old will have a field day as there will be timeless and on trend pieces for every taste and pocket.
“There’s no better way to celebrate the season than by gathering with your family and friends to celebrate good food, exceptional wines and charming local finds. Our Favourite Things Market is more than just a Christmas Market for you to buy all your gifts in one go. It’s a showcase of the many wonderful and rare things made by the talented people and you get to hang out with them,” shares Nicolene Finlayson, the creative organiser of this sensory affair.
Gabriëlskloof’s Favourite Things Market takes place on Friday, 11 December from 5pm until 9pm or swop the maddening malls for some countryside bliss on Saturday, 12 December from 11am until 6pm. Entrance is free.
Below the photo gallery with a selection of Yvonne’s work you will find an introduction (with links that open in a new window) of all participating jewellery designers.
More about the six jewellery designers:
Yvonne de Wit: She collects stones and soils from a wide range of locations and transforms them with sterling silver into jewellery. Every unique handcrafted piece is a reflection of a landscape somewhere in South Africa and an Ode to Mother Earth. Her second line is ‘sculptural retro jewellery’.
Aileen Fevrier “Fielafooi jewellery”: Handcrafted sterling silver artisan jewellery, made with love, with all things lovely and nature being her biggest inspiration.
Geta Finlayson: Jewellery designer with more than 40 years experience, Geta’s designs are all about contrast, colour, form and texture. She works exclusively with gold, silver, and precious- and semi-precious stones, getting her inspiration from ‘seaside living’ in her hometown, Hermanus.
Debbi Weylandt: For the past 12 years Debbi has been studying design with a German Goldsmith and more recently at Ruth Prowse and works mostly in silver. These days she also experiments with leather and other unique materials and rare findings that she has collected during her world travels over the years.
Simone Toerien “Folkloriikka”: She draws inspiration from moonlit woodlands and dreamlike ethereal landscapes, snowy peaks and crystal lakes. Ancient folktales, passed intimately between centuries. Simone is a former graphic and web designer with a passion for jewellery design.
Ariane Beaumont: She is inspired by the shapes that surrounded her whilst growing up on their beautiful Beaumont farm in Bot River. The grain of wood, the curves of leaves, the swirl of water and the elegant simplicity of nature’s many designs that grow more interesting the longer you look at them. She enjoys working with silver for its more understated durability and sometimes also incorporates wood from the ancient water mill on the farm.