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Maniamania Takes Diamonds to the Dark Side


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Maniamania’s darkly elegant baubles are about to find luxe new life as the brand branches out with Immortalia, its first fine-jewelry effort, set to launch on on March 10. Fans of the five-year-old line’s quietly macabre aesthetic will no doubt delight in Immortalia’s jumping-off point: Victorian and Georgian memento mori (from the Latin meaning “remember you will die”) trinkets. Here, though, the ghoulish 19th-century wares have been stripped of more literal motifs like skulls, withering blooms, et al., in favor of sophisticated styles that should please a variety of customers. Pieces range from Equinox, an upscale take on the knuckle ring featuring a delicate crescent moon with a pavé of gray and white diamonds, to Mineralia, a whopping cocktail ring in white gold, rutilated quartz, and champagne diamonds. For those with marriage on their minds, there are both an engagement and wedding band on offer. All nine of the collection’s styles, which are priced between $1,180 and $8,200, are handmade to order in New York using only ethically sourced and certified gems. The release also reunites Maniamania with Lindsey Wixson, who lends her otherworldly pout to the campaign. As designer Melanie Kamsler tells it, “We haven’t deviated too far. Our muse and inspirations are the same, it’s just a more sophisticated interpretation.” Have a first look at the collection here, exclusively on

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ManiaMania’s Dark Delights



Halloween will come and go, but well-executed macabre knows no expiration date. It’s in that spirit that Aussie jewelry label ManiaMania has launched its holiday capsule, Curiosities. The brand’s first foray into home goods (which debuts exclusively above) bears many of the familiar motifs of its beloved baubles, like zodiac signs and undulating serpents. Considering the brand’s co-founders, Melanie Kamsler and Tamila Purvis, have cited both Theda Bara and Anita Pallenberg as muses for their jewelry, it’s no surprise that ManiaMania’s approach to lifestyle would be equally bewitching. There’s a candle in rich black wax (and perfumed with black dahlia), weighty key chains engraved with moon phases, one-of-a-kind geode bookends, and a washed-out black canvas tote. The goods all smack of the brand’s penchant for what Kamsler calls “morbid exotica.” From the candle’s darkly Nouveau exterior to ethereal soaps cast from real quartz, “the collection embodies the magical and the occult elements in all of our pieces,” Kamsler told “It’s a bit of all our favorite things in one.”

Curiosities by ManiaMania is available from today at Prices range from $29 to $140.

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Abbey Lee Gets Manic(Manic)


The boho love-child look is having a moment—again. You can thank the Australian duo of Melanie Kamsler and Tamila Purvis in part for that. Their jewelry line, the ManiaMania, goes heavy on the silver, bronze, and hippie-friendly crystals, drawing inspiration from free spirits like the Australian artist Vali Myers, the muse of their latest collection, Reve. “She was a gypsy who roamed around the world as a free-spirited dancer in the underworld of a post-war Paris, later becoming an artist and muse to many icons of our time, such as a young Patti Smith and Marianne Faithfull,” Purvis explains. “She drifted the world from Positano to New York’s Chelsea Hotel.”

To celebrate the new range, Kamsler and Purvis (an art director and stylist who met while working at the Aussie magazine Russh) commissioned fashion photographer and filmmaker Barnaby Roper to shoot the new pieces on an ecstatic Abbey Lee Kershaw (“our dream girl for the project,” according to the designers). “We wanted to take our aesthetic to a new place that was a little stronger and not as ethereal,” Purvis says. That strength makes the free spirit flinty. Crushed velvet can raise an eyebrow or two, but leave it to Abbey Lee to make it work.