I’m back in the UK for my next brand, the amazing:
Sstutter is one of the most unique acrylic jewellery brands out there. It is the brand of Phil Wykes, who designs and makes each piece. Each design is usually produced in one or more limited-edition colourways.
This beautiful Monarch Butterfly necklace in the Magenta Jewel colourway is definitely going to be my first purchase.
For something a bit more delicate, the Hummingbird, available as either a pendant or a brooch, is ideal. This is the Flowers colourway.
The Owl necklace is available in a number of colourways; this Onyx version reminds me of the owl in Labyrinth.
The animal heads are really popular: I like this Snow White version of the cat necklace.
Finally, this statement Crocodile Necklace is an utter masterpiece. It is available in pink and this Gold Jewel colourway.
Curiology, established in 2010, focuses on Gothic and spooky jewellery made from a variety of materials: plastic, wood, paper and metal. There is a monthly Coven Club with new designs, and regular limited editions alongside the standard range.
The Cemetery Necklace is a staple of mine.
The Cathedral statement necklace is dramatic and detailed.
The Dearly Departed necklace is made from layered acrylic.
These Edgar Allan Poe cameo earrings are perfect for fans of Gothic literature.
This beautiful ‘It’s Only Forever’ sterling silver owl necklace is inspired by Labyrinth.
Designosaur is based in Brighton, and makes jewellery and other fun items inspired by dinosaurs and other fun concepts. The company is run by designers Jacques Keogh and Karli Dendy, and has been in existence since 2012.
George the Chameleon was a joint venture by Designosaur and fellow Brighton brand Hello Dodo. I love him because he goes with everything!
I have one of these dino charm necklaces, and I love it. They are available in several colours.
Recently the brand released a range of dino-themed zodiac jewellery. The dino for Cancer is the ankylosaurus.
It’s not just dinos: this sabre tooth tiger necklace is on my list, mainly because it was the chosen symbol of my favourite Power Ranger.
The UK jewellery brand Tatty Devine turns 20 this year, and to celebrate has launched a touring exhibition, Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine, which kicks off in London before visiting various cities around the UK. As a longtime fan of the brand, I paid a visit on its first day.
The free exhibition, hosted at the Lethaby Gallery, King’s Cross, tells the story of how Tatty Devine founders Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine met at Chelsea College of Art and began to work together, making jewellery out of guitar plectrums, leather samples and other bits of so-called “junk”, running a market stall selling their wares, and eventually, after a trip to New York, settling on acrylic as their main material. With the aid of a laser cutter, they began making jewellery from this versatile substance, and over the years have refined their techniques, pushing the boundaries of what acrylic can do.
I was interested to see examples of the pair’s early work, as this was long before I became a fan of the brand. Some of the early pieces were pretty cool – I wouldn’t mind a keyboard belt. I also didn’t know that the Tatty Devine logo was supposed to resemble the logos in old-style 50s records.
Examples of pieces from every stage of the brand’s heritage were on display. I did find myself with a big wave of Tatty regret as I viewed pieces that have long since vanished from stores (especially the fortune teller statement). However, I also saw a couple of pieces that I do own – one being the William Morris brooch.
I really loved the exhibition as a big fan of the brand. After its stint in London, it will visit various venues around the country – so keep an eye out!
Today I’m going to write about one of my favourite brands:
Hello Crumpet is run by Claire, originally based in the UK but now located in the Netherlands. Due to its focus on literature and Shakespeare, it’s a brand that I particularly love, and some brooches are even available via the Shakespeare’s Globe shop!
The brand is named after founder Claire’s cat Crumpet, so it seems only natural that a cat brooch is available.
Many brooches are Harry Potter-themed, including this Tales of Beedle the Bard book brooch.
For Easter this year, this gorgeous Lindt-style bunny brooch was available.
Game of Thrones fans will like this “Winter is coming” brooch.
This awesome skull brooch brings to mind the famous quotation, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” and is available at the Globe shop along with others, including an ‘Exit, pursued by a bear’ brooch!