Monday 27 April 2015


To say that I have a weakness for unique jewellery would be an understatement. That's why I just love the work of jac & hugo, an Australian maker of modern, graphic pieces.

Sydney-based Jacqueline van Heyst, the artist behind the brand jac & hugo, is a stylist by trade who lived and worked in New York for 10 years. She started working with silver mid 2012, and can be proud that her jewellery line now ships from Sydney to customers around the globe.

So who is Hugo, you wonder? Her loyal Portuguese Water Dog. I'm told he's very much a part of everything that happens at jac & hugo, present from design to distribution and a much-valued member of the team.

Architect Pyramid Ring in sterling silver large statement ring inspired by I.M. Pei

EARTH / ROSE GOLD chunky ring

RING pentagon sterling silver asymmetrical fine jewellery handmade in Australia

Jac's pieces are not only unique just because of their shapes, they can also be personalised by hand-stamping lettering. Whether it's your children's names, a special date or even a quote, Jac can make it happen.


To celebrate Mother's Day, Jac generously offered to give away one of her VENUS bangles (picture below) valued at $220! The VENUS bangle is solid .925 sterling silver and made to order. Personalised with a hand stamped message, a saying, or children's names and year of birth.

Named for the Roman goddess who encompassed love, beauty, victory and fertility,
VENUS is heavy enough to look fabulous on her own or can be stacked with other bangles and bracelets. Stamped .925 on the inside edge.

TO ENTER, simply head to Instagram and:
- follow @jacandhugo
- repost the giveaway image from @acutabovetheretsy, hashtag #retsyxjacandhugo and tell us, in your regram, what you would have engraved on the bangle if you won it (NB: hand-stamped messages cannot exceed 20 characters)

Full terms and conditions are below. Good luck!

CONGRATULATIONS @thewildlifeofkate, the winner of the bangle


If you don't want to leave it to chance, you could always head over to her shop now. Use the special code "ACUTABOVETHERETSY" at checkout, and you'll receive a 10% discount

Ring smooth ORGANIC shape in sterling silver, large and chunky

Find jac & hugo on Facebook and Instagram (@jacandhugo)

Competition T&Cs: This competition is open to residents worldwide. Entries must be received between April 26 and May 4 (8pm AEST). For entries to be valid, you must enter via instagram, follow @jacandhugo and repost the jac & hugo giveaway picture which can be found @acutabovetheretsy. When reposting, use the hashtag #retsyxjacandhugo and tell us what message you would have engraved on the bangle (hand-stamped messages cannot exceed 20 characters). The winner of the giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received throughout the promotion period and will be notified by @acutabovetheretsy via Instagram. Private accounts may enter, but must send a screenshot of their entries to

All pictures above are ©jacandhugo, except for the second last one in this post, which is ©acutabovetheretsy

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