Jewellery brand of the month: Buttercup’s Babe

I’m kicking off the year with another Australian brand, this time:

BUTTERCUP’S BABE

The brand hasn’t been around for very long, but already has a reputation for intricate and much-coveted designs.

The First Day of Christmas (a.k.a. a partridge in a pear tree!) is my Holy Grail of brooches. I’d love to own it, but I don’t know if I ever will, it sells out so quickly. Maybe next Christmas?

First day of Christmas brooch

This Humble Harvest brooch has a lovely autumn theme, with fruits and vegetables aplenty.

humble harvest brooch

Moving on to Easter, the Easter Wreath brooch is an Easter egg garlanded with pretty flowers.

Easter wreath brooch

The Three Wishes brooch is a sweet homage to Aladdin.

three wishes brooch

The ‘I Move the Stars For No One’ brooch was inspired by Labyrinth, so obviously, I want it.

I move the stars for no one brooch

Find Buttercup’s Babe at the following locations:

Website: buttercupsbabe.bigcartel.com

Etsy: etsy.com/uk/shop/ButtercupsBabe

Instagram: instagram.com/buttercupsbabe

Facebook: facebook.com/buttercupsbabes

Jewellery brand of the month: Sstutter

I’m back in the UK for my next brand, the amazing:

SSTUTTER

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.

Monarch butterfly necklace - magenta jewel

For something a bit more delicate, the Hummingbird, available as either a pendant or a brooch, is ideal. This is the Flowers colourway.

Hummingbird - flowers

The Owl necklace is available in a number of colourways; this Onyx version reminds me of the owl in Labyrinth.

owl necklace - onyx

The animal heads are really popular: I like this Snow White version of the cat necklace.

Cat necklace - snow white

Finally, this statement Crocodile Necklace is an utter masterpiece. It is available in pink and this Gold Jewel colourway.

Statement crocodile necklace - gold jewel

Find Sstutter at the following locations:

Website: sstutter.co.uk

Instagram: instagram.com/sstutteruk

Facebook: facebook.com/sstutter

Jewellery brand of the month: Kitschy Kittens

The next brand I’m going to explore is:

KITSCHY KITTENS

Kitschy Kittens are based in Australia and make cute acrylic brooches with a distinctive look.

I bought this Harry Potter-inspired Hogwarts castle brooch.

Hogwarts brooch

This Spooky Time clock brooch is on my wishlist.

Spooky Time brooch

I also love this Once Upon a Time brooch.

Once Upon a Time brooch

The Little Mermaid is my favourite Disney film, so I love this Ariel brooch.

Ariel brooch

This Alice in Wonderland brooch is beautiful too.

Find Kitschy Kittens at the following locations:

Website: kitschykittens.bigcartel.com

Instagram: instagram.com/kitschykittens

Facebook: facebook.com/kitschykittensdesign

Jewellery brand of the month: Brooch the Subject

This month, the spotlight is on Australia-based:

BROOCH THE SUBJECT

Brooch the Subject has been going for a few years now and has garnered a reputation for beautiful and well-made designs.

I bought this little Tomte brooch just before Christmas last year.

tomte brooch

Sadly, I missed out on the Christmas Fairy in the same release.

Christmas fairy

This Kitschy Kitten clock brooch was one of the brand’s earliest designs.

kitschy kitten clock brooch

I love the Emerald City brooch.

Emerald City brooch

Next on my list is this gorgeous Victorian-inspired design.

Victorian-style brooch

Find Brooch the Subject at the following locations:

Etsy: etsy.com/shop/BroochTheSubjectAus

Facebook: facebook.com/broochthesubject

Instagram: instagram.com/broochthesubject

Jewellery brand of the month: Curiology

This month’s brand is the UK-based:

CURIOLOGY

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.

Cemetery Necklace

The Cathedral statement necklace is dramatic and detailed.

Cathedral statement necklace

The Dearly Departed necklace is made from layered acrylic.

These Edgar Allan Poe cameo earrings are perfect for fans of Gothic literature.

Edgar Allan Poe cameo earrings

This beautiful ‘It’s Only Forever’ sterling silver owl necklace is inspired by Labyrinth.

It's Only Forever owl necklace

Find Curiology at the following locations:

Website: curiology.uk

Etsy: etsy.com/uk/market/curiology

Instagram: instagram.com/_curiology_/

Facebook: facebook.com/CuriologyUK

Jewellery brand of the month: Painfully Pretty

The next brand I want to talk about is the Australia-based:

PAINFULLY PRETTY

Painfully Pretty creates beautiful acrylic jewellery themed around mental health and chronic illness. They also offer accessible jewellery options, such as magnetic clasps for necklaces.

The red cameo brooch is from the Melancholia collection. I have it in purple, but I also have my eye on this red version. John Keats’ poem Ode to Melancholy is engraved round the edges.

cameo brooch

The Semicolon Parasol brooch is from the same collection. It is decorated with a semicolon, which has become a mental health-related symbol.

parasol brooch

The Blossoming brooch is inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson and is made up of three purple anemone flowers. It has a clasp on the back to thread a chain, so you can also wear it as a necklace!

blossoming brooch

The Flora Watch Dial brooch represents the ‘Radium Girls’, who worked in factories in the early 20th century and became victims of poisoning.

Flora watch dial brooch

The Corset brooch is another piece from the Melancholia collection. Inspired by Victorian corsets, it is engraved with the phrase “Laced by expectations”.

corset brooch

Find Painfully Pretty at the following locations:

Website: painfullyprettydesigns.com

Etsy: etsy.com/uk/shop/painfullypretty

Instagram: instagram.com/painfullyprettydesigns

Facebook: facebook.com/painfullyprettydesigns/

Jewellery brand of the month: Designosaur

The next brand I’d like to talk about is:

DESIGNOSAUR

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!

George the chameleon necklace

I have one of these dino charm necklaces, and I love it. They are available in several colours.

Dinosaur charm necklace

Recently the brand released a range of dino-themed zodiac jewellery. The dino for Cancer is the ankylosaurus.

Ankylosaurus necklace

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.

Sabre tooth tiger necklace

I also love this wooden dodo brooch.

Dodo brooch

Find Designosaur at the following locations:

Etsy: etsy.com/uk/shop/designosaurYEAH

Facebook: facebook.com/designosaurYEAH

Instagram: instagram.com/designosauryeah

Twitter: twitter.com/designosaurYEAH

Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine

Entrance to the exhibition

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.

Early examples of TD's work

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.

New examples of the brand's work

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.

Plan for the archway of stars in Greenwich

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!

Giant jewellery shapes

Jewellery brand of the month: CherryLoco

The next brand I’d like to focus on is the UK-based:

CHERRYLOCO

CherryLoco is run by Lauren who designs her acrylic jewellery in Glasgow, Scotland.

My first purchase from the brand was this awesome pair of Jem-inspired earrings.

Jem Glitter Star Earrings

The brand specialises in spooky and Gothic-themed jewellery: this Whitby Abbey cameo brooch is a fine example.

Whitby Abbey cameo brooch

This reversible necklace is especially awesome: the Gingerbread Man and the Gingerdead Man, which are also available as separate brooches.

Reversible necklace

This crystal heart brooch is beautiful.

crystal heart brooch

Recently CherryLoco have started making more elaborate designs: I particularly love this Enchanted Garden key brooch.

enchanted garden key brooch

Find CherryLoco at the following locations:

Website: cherryloco.com

Etsy: etsy.com/uk/shop/CherrylocoJewellery

Instagram: instagram.com/cherryloco_jewellery

Facebook: facebook.com/cherryloco.jewellery

Jewellery brand of the month: Bonnie Bling

Since I’m heading off to Scotland in just over a week, I thought I’d write about a Scottish jewellery brand, namely:

BONNIE BLING

Bonnie Bling is run by Mhairi from Scotland, and most of the jewellery in the collection is inspired by Scottish culture and slang. There are some great pieces as part of the range.

Currently, the one piece I own is this Wee Cow Necklace, also available as a brooch and in a variety of colours including pastels.

wee bling cow necklace

I’m also lusting after this Tunnock’s Tea Cake brooch.

tunnocks teacake brooch

Not to mention these Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer earrings.

tunnocks caramel wafer earrings

The Waverley Necklace shows the world’s last existing seagoing paddle steamer in necklace form.

waverley necklace

This Billy Connolly brooch has proved popular among fans of the comedian.

billy connolly brooch

Find Bonnie Bling at the following locations:

Website: bonniebling.co.uk

Instagram: instagram.com/bonniebling

Facebook: facebook.com/bonniebling

Twitter: twitter.com/Bonnie_Bling