The moment that Noa Sade and Vanessa Lee met in 2008, the two felt an instant connection. So it’s no surprise that when they came together a year later to create Lionette by Noa Sade, their partnership would result in unique and stunning jewelry. Designed by Sade, the handcrafted baubles feature pearls, Swarovski crystals, and opalescent stones to create glamorous, statement making pieces. We sat down with Sade to hear all about the inspiration behind Lionette’s infamous microphone gloves and her best styling tips for incorporating Lionette jewelry into your everyday wardrobe.
What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made?
It was a macramé necklace with the most beautiful center Labrodorite stone. I made it while traveling in Laos and I still have it.
Describe Lionette in three words.
Free, tribal, and feminine
We love the entire line, but we’re particularly obsessed with the microphone gloves. Can you tell us how this style came to be?
When I made the first one it was when it wasn’t so popular. I made it for a belly dance class. That day we learned all about the movement of the fingers and the hands, so I came with my glove and immediately felt the magic. I called it “microphone glove,” as holding a mic is a position of vulnerability and courage, the mic glove will give you power.
Song Sisters Mic Glove (left), Andaman Mic Glove (right)
We understand your designs are inspired by travel. Which destinations have proven particularly inspiring for the the line?
I really cant name one because it’s all about refreshing your mind and life images. These days I feel a lot in Mexico and Berlin.
Which piece or pieces do find yourself wearing most often?
‘Mio’ necklace in rainbow and the ‘Coltrane’ mic glove.
Do you have any styling tips for incorporating Lionette into one’s wardrobe?
Contrast the bling and the casual.