I love so many amazing jewels it’s hard to know what to share, but here’s a selection that tickle my festive fancy.
I discovered Alex Ramsay at the recent Craft Central Made in Clerkenwell event: which is a great place to buy jewellery directly from the makers themselves. Alex Ramsay works principally in precious metals to create exquisite objects for top interior designers – but this Christmas she has also created a series of individual pendants that double as Christmas decorations and each delicate handmade silver and pearl mistletoe is slightly different.
Jewellery by Cabinet keeps popping onto my radar: so I did a bit of investigation. Formed by two textile graduates, Cabinet combines unusual materials to create bohemian jewels with an 80s touch. I love these Myan Swarovski Shadow earrings, which come in yellow or rose gold, available from Young British Designers.
A call out on twitter led me to this intriguing seaweed pendant by Sea Sparkle, which was inspired by finds on the beaches of Devon and Cornwall.
I chanced upon the designs of Milena Kovanovic at Tent London (which I still have to write up, bad bad me) – a trained gemologist, she hosts a great website which features work by herself and other designers. Her Ursula Studs feature freshwater pearls nestled in gold plated silver, just one of her beautiful designs that utilise unusual combinations of metal and gems.
On instagram I have discovered the Vanilla Ink Studios website, which stocks a variety of interesting designers. I particularly like modernist jewellery by Jane Gowans but my favourite pieces are sold out: I also like work by Katherine Seaman – this gold plated brass pendant was inspired by a broken pottery shard and looks satisfyingly heavy.
These bold skull gem rings inspired by mythological symbolism are by Jewel Heritage and they look great stacked up on top of each other.
Also discovered on the Young British Designers website is this inscribed pea pod necklace by Comfort Station, who inhabit a beautifully designed shop just down the road from me.
I am a massive fan of Scott Wilson‘s jewellery and I am always tempted by his wares when I visit the twice annual Cockpit Arts open studios: a great place to grab a bargain. For those of you who aren’t quite so easily placed to visit such events its possible to buy one of his bold architectural pieces online from the curated Valery Demure shop. His Swarovski barrel collection is one of my favourites: and this necklace would be a real show stopper for whomever wears it.
For something far simpler and sweet as pie, how about this ace wishbone pendant by Muru Jewellery?
At the weekend I fell in love with Moko Sellars‘ bone china jewel rings. Her unique approach to jewellery making stems from a background in product design.
On a more affordable tangent I am still hankering after one of the limited edition Me & Zena pieces for the Saatchi Gallery. Perhaps this enamel paint splash heart?
Inspired by mineral formations, Craft Central designer Mandana Oskoui creates unusual abstract jewellery such as these criss-cross earrings.
And as ever Tatty Devine comes up trumps for Christmas with this festive design. The Christmas Spirit Necklace will fire up party conversations a treat.
Now you just have to choose what suits your loved one… More present ideas coming up shortly! Follow me on instagram and twitter for sneak peeks of my fashion, jewellery, art & craft finds as soon as I see them!
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