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Inspired by the magic of ancestral jewellery Ilado Paris's pieces are meaningful, symbolic, simple and stunning.  Designed and made by talented and passionate designers and artisans from France and around the world, their first collection of pregnancy necklaces are a unique, contemporary interpretation of an ancestral Mayan tradition.

Ilado was founded by two childhood friends (and mothers) in Paris who left their jobs to follow their passion and desire to create simple beauty amongst the chaos of modern life.  Here is what they'd like us to know about their brand and beautiful jewellery: 



BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: We are Celia Bonahon and Sandra Zeller, 2 childhood friends and young mothers based in Paris. Originally, ILADO was the name of an African peninsula where our friendship began when we were 10. In 2015, 20 years later, fascinated by the meaningful beauty and the magic of ancestral jewellery, and inspired by our own search for meaning and harmony in the hectic pace of our lives as young mothers in Paris, we left our jobs as fashion buyer and marketing director to create ILADO Paris!

WHY WAS IT CREATED: ILADO Paris offers “Jewellery for the Soul”. In today’s world, where the loss of meaning and the stress of our fast-paced modern lives take us away from ourselves and from what is essential, we imagine jewellery that you wear to feel good, to express who you are, to inspire you every day. We capture jewellery, beyond its beauty, to its deeper meaning, by connecting with its magical and spiritual essence celebrated for thousands of years around the world. In our industrial cultures where most objects look all the same, we look for talented and passionate designers and artisans from France and around the world, to perpetuate the beauty of traditional know-how at the heart of contemporary creations, that are unlike any other.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: Our first collection of Angel Caller jewellery offers the first contemporary interpretation of an ancestral pendant that has been celebrated for centuries in many cultures, from Indonesia to Mexico. It contains a silver ball that emits a subtle and harmonious chime when shaken. Legend has it that this sweet jingling sound, that is unique for each pendant, is magic: it has the power to call the wearer's Guardian Angel. In Mayan culture, it was worn during pregnancy to protect expectant mothers and their babies. After birth, the familiar soothing sound will reassure and calm the baby, as a reminder of the warmth and comfort of the womb and the invisible presence of its mother.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: All our Angel Caller necklaces are beautiful gifts for mums-to-be or for your loved ones! Our favourite one is the U Angel Caller necklace with its minimalist and elegant contemporary design and its adjustable length chain. Our chiming pendants are unique pieces, handmade by a craftsman in Taxco, Mexico, in the greatest respect for tradition. They are then gilded with fine gold and suspended at the end of precious necklaces by a French or Italian manufacturer. Our creations are carefully packaged in a joyful cotton pouches that comes in a protective box made of recycled materials.


I recently meet Polly from new maternity brand Just Polly. Just Polly is a capsule collection of simple, stylish maternity staples - but that you could also wear post/pre pregnancy and that you can breastfeed in. Made in the UK the pieces are great quality and very versatile they can be dressed up and down and would be perfect for anything from weddings to work.

Here is some more info and what Polly needs you to know about her brand:


DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: from concept April 2013 - launch date October 2015


WHY WAS IT CREATED: There were so many different scenarios around me with women finding it difficult to find stylish maternity wear & also nursing clothes for easy breastfeeding. From my sister giving birth and shortly after attending 4 weddings that summer, she had to find rooms to ‘hide’ in, take off her dress and basically strip down naked to breastfeed and i thought to myself there must be an easier way? Another friend at a wedding was without her baby in tow and had to also strip down in a toilet cubicle to express her milk. Then the idea came about at work from a hair and make up artist, she was pregnant and we would chat away on shoots about how she struggled to find good maternity wear that fitted properly & also her frustration with still wanting to look fashionable at work. She said she felt really unfashionable and frumpy especially working on fashion shoots. Another colleague refused point blank to come to the Christmas party because she felt ‘like a whale’ and there were no good maternity party worthy clothes. Talking to more and more women around me of how they struggled to find any maternity clothes that were stylish and practical, i felt compelled to create Just Polly so women could still feel fashionable and comfortable for during and after pregnancy with clothes which would reflect their personal style.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: The Just Polly collection is manufactured in the UK and each piece is named after a friend, family member or someone involved in the creation of Just Polly. Each fabric is carefully sourced using quality fabrics from all over the World. Often weeks are spent sourcing the perfect fabrics until i can get exactly what i have in my mind for that piece.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: Just Polly is a quality, stylish and practical maternity wear without looking like ‘maternity wear.’ Some of the pieces in the collection are staple forever pieces so you won’t be throwing them away post birth, you’ll have longer wear from the collection with nursing in mind. Although Just Polly is not a slave to trends we will always keep you up to date so you look and feel your best during and after pregnancy. Also, some of our prints are Limited Edition so you shouldn’t be turning up to that wedding in the same dress as other pregnant guests!