October 14th, 2008
Butler and Wilson have been making jewellery for 38 years, but it’s only in the last few years that the fashion industry has started to notice them, and if you pick up any fashion glossy at the moment, chances are they’ll be a mention of them somewhere.
Bright jewel colours are really popular this season, and Butler and Wilson have just launched a new range of brightly coloured items including hair clips, brooches and bracelets that fit the bill perfectly. This Three Crystal Owls on a Branch Brooch is made up of all the colours of the rainbow and is super sparkly. This would be a great addition to any coat or jacket, and it’s definitely unusual. It’s also at the lower end of the price range at £38. Whilst it’s quite a lot for a brooch, if you wear it everyday on a jacket that makes it a fairly low cost-per-wear. They have brooches in just about everything imaginable – from owls and rabbits to shoes and buses – so they’d make a great gift.
You can buy online from their website, or they have stores in South Kensington and Bond Street.
October 10th, 2008
Bangles are back – and the rule is the more the better – have them stacked up all the way to your elbow!
Topshop have got some great bangle sets that feature different designs and widths of bangles to give that ‘just wear them all’ look we’ve been seeing this season.
One Multi Bangle Set costs £10, and you’ll get enough there to easily fill up your arm for an on-trend statement look. You can get them in a gold or silver, or get both sets and mix and match them. Remember to stick to just one arm though – even the over the top look has it’s limits!
Head over to the Topshop website or have a look instore and adorn your arm!
October 7th, 2008
Junk Jewels is another great small jewellery company that trades online and from Portabello Market in London. Their website is super easy to navigate and has a lovely layout. You can see all their designs in nice big pictures on one page – no need to click to zoom! They’re also fairly inexpensive, ranging from £6 to £12, and postage is free for all UK orders!
The are lots of lovely charms to choose from, from hearts to birds to horses, but my favourite has to be the Embellished Teapot Charm on a gold chain. The splash of colour on it looks great and gives it an antique, vintage feel, and I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone else with necklace like this! It comes on a short chain for £8, or a long chain for £10.
Head over to Junk Jewels to have a look!
October 3rd, 2008
This season’s big, chunky statement jewellery poses quite the storage problem. Multi-strand necklaces and chunky bangles are just too big for squeezing into those little compartments in most jewellery boxes, and closing the lid proves impossible. As a result everything gets tangled up, put away somewhere else, or even worse -lost.
I think I might’ve found the answer though – this Jasper Conran jewellery box is almost the size of a small suitcase, with six compartments in the top and three pull out drawers. It’s even got a buckle clip fastening to hold the lid down. Granted it’ll take a fair amount of space, but once it’s there it’ll house all your jewellery and more besides, and there’s a handy mirror in the lid so you can try on to your heart’s content.
A box this size doesn’t come cheap, and this retails at £70. But it’s pretty much guaranteed to be the only jewellery box you’ll need, and it’s certainly cheaper in the long run then replaced lost and unrepairable tangled items.
You can get one from Debenhams online or instore.
September 30th, 2008
Urban Outfitters is brilliant for picking up quirky pieces of jewellery that no one else will have. There are a few stores scattered across the country, including their flagship store on Oxford Street, but luckily you can shop online too.
I’m a big fan of antique style jewellery, and Urban Outfitters have got some great pieces. This Pearl Cameo necklace has everything – pearls, a gold chain, and a vintage looking cameo pendant. You’d be hard pressed to realise that it came from a high street store and not your grandmother’s jewellery box!
There are 2 colours to choose from – either a black or peach coloured background on the cameo. Both look great, but the black makes the image stand out more. At £14 this is suprisingly inexpensive for Urban Outfitters, and there are some other bargains to be had in their jewellery range, so have a look.
September 24th, 2008
Tatty Devine is a cult jewellery brand that’s been receiving loads of attention over the summer. Their collections are known for not taking themselves too seriously, and taking inspiration from everyday objects rather than diamonds and pearls. They make jewellery from things no one else would think of, making them completely unique – they rarely follow the current fashion trends. Their A/W 08 collection is no different, as it takes its inspiration from stationery! There’s paper clip earrings, a pencil sharpening necklace and a big gold star brooch.
It’s certainly an unusual collection, but if you’re after something different that no one else has, then look no further.
My favourite is this Big Paper Clip Necklace. It looks just like giant paper clips linked together, and it’s over a metre long, so can be worn loads of different ways. You can have silver paper clips or coloured ones.
It costs £69 and you can buy online or if you’re in London you can visit their stores in Soho or Brick Lane.
September 22nd, 2008
Gold is definitely the the colour for jewellery this season, never mind if it’s real gold or just gold plated. This Bird of Paradise necklace from Accessorize combines the gold look with the current trend for big, statement jewellery.
The cut out spread wings design of the pendant looks great without being too heavy or dense, and can be worn with any outfit. With a short 16 inch chain the pendant should lie flat and won’t dangle down and get in your way. The bird design follows on from the animal influence that’s been seen in a lot of jewellery recently, from horse charms to leopard print bangles.
At only £8 it’s definitely a bargain for such an intricate piece, and one that’ll see you all the way through A/W and even into the summer.
September 18th, 2008
If you’re looking for the newest, quirkiest, most cutting edge jewellery, then look no further than Emma Franklin Jewellery. Whilst the metal based, animal inspired pieces won’t be to everyone’s taste, she counts fashionista Alexa Chung amongst her fans.
Inspired by the country and countryside activities, her latest collection features pheasants, birds and stags amongst others, with a charm of the animals head mounted on a ring, badge,necklace or cuff links, and, in an interesting twist, is designed for both men and women to wear.
Most items are available in silver, gold or gun metal, and there’s also an option to have pieces made in solid gold for an increased price. All of her jewellery is made in her studio space in London, and her work has been featured in Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire.
This Small Shotgun Chain is one of Emma Franklin’s trademark pieces, and the darker metal looks great offset against the gold chain, and it’s unusual looking without being too outlandish. It costs £125, or £770 for solid gold.
Head over to Emma Franklin’s website to see her full collection and place an order.
September 15th, 2008
British fashion legend Vivienne Westwood has recently designed a range of jewellery, and if you’re a fan of her work (and let’s face it who isn’t) you’ll want to take a look.
This Heart Pendant sums up the Vivienne Westwood style perfectly. It features the iconic orb motif she made famous, as well as incorporating a heart charm. The cross that attaches the heart to the chain fits in nicely with this season’s goth trend, and the silver crystal detail offsets the red perfectly, making this one eye catching piece of neck candy.
It’s 22 cm long, meaning it won’t dangle down too low so you can wear it with any kind of neckline – a V neck, round neck, even a shirt. There’s also a tiny Vivienne Westwood tag near the clasp to prove it’s the real deal.
The Heart Pendant necklace costs £70, and considering this is a piece of Westwood it’s a pretty reasonable price. Get it from My-Wardrobe.
September 11th, 2008
There’s nothing like putting a big rock on your finger to make you feel like a million dollars, and this Karen Millen ring is just perfect for that, and the good news is you don’t actually need to spend a million dollars.
It’s a pear shaped rhodium and crystal stone with silver edging and detailing on a silver band. As cocktail rings continue to feature on catwalks as part of the return of statement jewelery, this is a great way to recreate the trend. With multi-faceted edges and a clear stone, this ring will easily catch the light, and the over sized look will make your hands seem more delicate.
It costs £45, so whilst it’s not a real diamond it certainly won’t leave a green mark on your finger as the ring is silver plated.
Get it from House of Fraser online, who are currently offering free delivery on all orders.