Who doesn’t love some jewellery for Christmas? But gone are the days of dog-earring the pages of a H.M. Samuels catalogue. Now, I’m all about the small, independent jewellers who offer that personal touch.
When it comes to jewellery, independent designers are leading the way. They’re producing items that knocks socks of the traditional high-street retailers. Why wear Swarovski when you can have a hand engraved and personalised pendant from a local artisan?
Like many people this year, I’m trying to avoid large retailers this Christmas. I have been shopping more local, independent designers when it comes to beauty products, accessories and jewellery. I would like to do the same for fashion – but sizing is a huge barrier for that. Instead, second-hand and timeless, versatile purchases win the day for clothing.
With jewellery, however, I have no issues. And I’m pleased to say that (family heirlooms and my bespoke wedding ring excluded) all the jewellery I wear is from small designers who pour their heart into their beautiful creations. These are a few of my favourites.
One and Eight
One and Eight are a Devon based designer and maker specialising in contemporary porcelain and fine metal jewellery. All their porcelain pieces are hand made by them in their Devon studio where the kiln runs every night to fire the beautifully crafted pieced.
Their silver and gold chains and clasps are made by a small hill tribe in Thailand and shipped over to have the ceramic pieces added. All their packing is not only utterly adorable, but it is also reusable. I use the cute little bottles, stoppered with a cork, for storing beads, buttons and safety pins.
This Christmas, they can deliver right up until the Royal Mail second-class cut off – which is December 18th for all those wondering when to post their Christmas cards by.
Emma L’Amour jewellery is all hand made, at home, by Emma herself. She specialises in personalised jewellery made using traditional hand stamping techniques. These involve manually lining up the stamps and giving them a good ‘whack’ with a hammer. Because of this, no two Emma L’Amour items will ever look the same, adding to their charm and individuality. She can also create custom pieces to give a real individual touch to your piece.
As each piece is made to order, Christmas shipping deadlines for the UK are 8th December for standard delivery and 15th December for priority.
And top of my wish list? It has to be the Gold Mini Disk necklace embossed with the initials of my baby-to be … although we might need to wait for Valentines Day for that one.
Clover & Swift
Clover & Swift only launched this week but wow! I am loving their aesthetic of classic gold jewellery with a bohemian vibe. The company is another Devon business with items designed or sourced by the founder, Hannah Dawson. Hannah wants to evoke joy with her pieces whilst inspiring and manifesting positive energy.
The majority of pieces available for dispatch within 48 hours but some of the Wishing lockets, personalised pieces and bejewelled hoops are made to order so take a little longer. All pieces come in plastic free, biodegradable packaging.
So, have I inspired you to buy from an independent jeweller this Christmas?