Known for her role as presenter on the hit Kyknet show Boer Soek ‘n Vrou, Marciel Hopkins is a well-known South African TV presenter, international model, actress, life coach, motivational speaker and social media influencer.
Her bubbly personality, positive attitude and all-round lovely demeanor has made her a favourite among SA audiences. And while she may be best-known for helping South African farmers find love, Marciel recently realised her own happy ending when she married her partner of six years, Handré Lourens, in a fairy-tale Autumn wedding in the Boland of the Western Cape.
Marciel looked radiant, and stayed true to her signature style by keeping her dress, hair, makeup and jewellery, simple and sophisticated. For her wedding earrings, Marciel turned to local moissanite jeweller Stella Moissanite to custom create a pair of timeless stud earrings that would complement her wedding gown, and that she could cherish and wear for decades to come.
Known as Marciel’s Studs, the beautiful moissanite earrings comprised a cluster setting of 14 small baguette moissanites set in sterling silver. Timeless, striking and one of a kind, Marciel’s studs are the epitome of simple sophistication.
Ika van Wyk, founder of Stella Moissanite, tells us a little bit more about the process of creating Marciel’s beautiful moissanite earrings:
What was it like working with Marciel and how did the partnership come about? “I approached Marciel right after we launched my business to ask her if she’d be interested in wearing my jewellery. The timing was great, as she announced her first season as the new Boer Soek ‘n Vrou presenter right at the time we started working together. We have been fortunate to enjoy working with her for two years now. She’s down to earth, has a timeless and minimalist personal style and really takes great care of her partners and sponsors. She gives back so much more than what is expected of her. I am very privileged to be associated with her.”
Tell us a little bit about the design process, and how you came up with this beautiful design for Marciel’s studs. “It all started with understanding her vision for her wedding day; what dress she’d be wearing, her hair and makeup, how she wanted to feel. She likes straight lines and angular designs, and also likes what she calls “plain jewellery” – she’s a great stud earring fan! So we opted to work with an angular stud design but elevated it to make it wedding day appropriate by creating a cluster of baguettes rather than just a single stone stud earring. It worked very well with her dress’s perfect straight necklace and her engagement and wedding ring set. And she’ll be able to enjoy her earrings for decades to come because they are timeless and easy to wear up or down. Marciel was very involved in the ideation stages as we consulted over WhatsApp for a few weeks while she was traveling cross country and to exotic locations for work.”
Why do you think moissanite is such a popular choice for wedding day jewellery? “Apart from it being precious and beautiful, it is also modern and a sustainable choice of gemstone. Many young brides are making the decision to have their wedding and engagement jewellery made with moissanite because it a forever-piece of fine jewellery that will not break the bank or leave them with guilty consciences.”
Is this design available to purchase? “Yes – we’ve made Marciel’s wedding studs available to pre-order on our website for a limited time at www.stellamoissanite.com.”