What’s the one thing that always makes you late for a swanky night out (or, let’s be honest, a sofa night in in these viral times)? Well, apart from not being able to find your house keys, your car keys, your scarf, half of your favourite pair of heels, your handbag and your phone?
Get a grip
It’s fastening that dang clasp on your necklace isn’t it? You know, that one that has your arms and hands contorting behind your neck into some sort of wholly unnatural geometr[..]
Did you know, dragonflies have been around for 300 million years which makes them older than dinosaurs, and one of the world’s first living insects! Pretty special huh? We certainly think so, and – as lovers of the natural world - we’ve turned to these ageless, shimmering beauties for inspiration for our latest pendant kits.
Ayes to the right (and left).
Before we go on, here are three fascinating facts about dragonflies we just had to share:
1. Their massive glob[..]
Hot off the press, we wanted to introduce you to our latest beautiful jewellery kit; our Floris Stretch Bangle. It may look intricate with its delicately intertwined flowers, but we promise, it’s really simple to put together and we’re dying for you to give it a go…
The home stretch
One thing we love about this bangle is that it’s created using Griffin Elastic Jewellery Cord. The cord is incredibly easy to work with - and strong too – but being elasticated me[..]
Golden leaves tumble and twist, cheeks glow apple-red with cold, and a brisk wind whips the woodland floor into a frenzy of excitement. The forest is a place of natural exchange, sharing and inspiration, and this month’s ruffle bracelet project was born of such beginnings.
Whistle down the wind
Returning to the studio after an invigorating forest walk, we felt inspired to create a piece of jewellery that reflected the crisp freshness of the breeze, the dancing exhilaration of the lea[..]
We explore the history of one of our favourite and most versatile beads, the Presiosa Ornela seed bead, and introduce you to a dramatic spiral seed bead necklace suitable for every level of jewellery designer.
Our relationship with jewellery dates back many thousands of years. Indeed, the discovery in 2013 of 130,000-year-old Neanderthal eagle talons adorned with deliberate cuts and notches led archaeologists to believe that they had discovered the world’s oldest kn[..]
One of the most common things we hear from people who would love to have a go at creating their own jewellery is: “We don’t know where to start and wouldn’t know which colours to choose”.
So here you have it, the perfect beginner’s project, with a simple accompanying step-by-step video and free instructions. And the most exciting bit; we supply the design, YOU choose the bead colours.
Elegant luxury* (*and it won’t break the bank – shh!)
Traditional or modern?
Pine-scented trees, sparkly baubles, twinkling lights, red-nosed reindeer, ruddy-cheeked Santa, brandy-soaked puddings, holly, ivy, mistletoe and presents galore…
These are just some of the things that shout Christmas louder than any collective jingle of Christmas Number Ones blasted from high street stereos each winter, assaulting us with their dubious Christmas cheer. Bah humbug!
Roll back the blatant commercialism of Christmas though, and underneath [..]
We delve into the murky depths of All Hallows Eve, and take inspiration from this annual festival of ghoulish remembrance for two of our latest seasonal jewellery kits. Read on to find out a little more about our two-beautiful Autumn-inspired necklaces. As a special Halloween treat, we are also offering 25% off our Autumn Collection including the featured bracelet kits to help inspire your own design journey.
Halloween – why all the fuss?
All Hallows’ Eve, or Halloween as i[..]
According to research published in 2015, we Brits are well and truly bouncing back from the recession when it comes to our wedding budgets. Last year, we spent an average of £16,364 on the big day; 28 per cent more than we spent in cash-strapped 2014, and a whopping 36 per cent more than the £11,947 we spent in 2010.
Interestingly though, while we now seem far more relaxed about blowing the budget on our big day, the recession does seem to have taught us a thing or two about f[..]
Categories: The Design Studio
We tend to think of decorative jewellery as a relatively recent phenomenon. In fact, archaeological evidence suggests that early humans may have created and worn beaded jewellery up to 75,000 years ago, making it one of the world’s oldest expressions of individuality and status.
Did you know?
Two beads made from ostrich eggshell were discovered by archaeologists in Tanzania in 2004, and are thought to be around 70,000 years old. They are believed to be the world’s earliest [..]