Monday, 6 September 2010

Beautiful Bracelets and Bangles

One of the main reasons for starting this blog was that I am constantly amazed by the number of small businesses out there making beautiful items - jewellery is just one of these. There are so many talented and individual jewellery makers out there, who create individual pieces - that there is something out there for every taste and budget. I have decided that there are so many that more than one blog article is needed, so for this piece I am going to focus on bangles and bracelets. 

As we all know it is very easy to pop into Accessorize or a high street jeweller when you are looking for a gift for someone. However, why not try out some of the jewellery internet shops I have found, and track down that perfect gift.

Sea Glass Bracelet £27.00
The Beach Shack Project has some stunning bracelets made from sea glass collected on the beaches of Cornwall. The fact that the sea glass has been shaped and smoothed by the action of the sea makes each piece unique. This is then enhanced by the patterns made with the silver plated wire that holds the sea glass in place.

I then found CeeGee Jewellery design where the jewellery is all designed and made by Carolyn Grant. I particularly liked this gorgeous Caribbean Sea Lampwork bracelet, made using Bali sterling silver beads and 3 glass lampwork beads, made in CeeGee Jewellery's own workshop. Once again this is a unique piece that you won't find anywhere else.

If you are looking for something that is a little more chunky then Pennydog Jewellery is a great place to start. Kerry, who runs Pennydog Jewellery, specialises in affordable resin jewellery and has a great range to choose from, such as the transparent moss bangle shown. However, I also love the hundreds and thousands resin bangle, which is exactly as it sounds - hundreds and thousands embedded in resin.
There are many charm bracelets out there, but if you are looking for something with vintage style then Miss Ladysmith is a great website to visit. New pieces are added to the website and Etsy shop every week so there are plenty of items to choose from. This beautiful Mother Earth charm bracelet made from a fantastic range of beads it could be worn in the day or evening.

Finally I found Cloversoul who handcraft their jewellery in their studio situated in the North of England. Their indivdual style using  English solid sterling, hand marked silver leads to the production stunning jewellery. It was hard to choose my favourite piece, however in the end I went for this classic Beaten Track Breeze bangle, just the thing to go with that little black dress.

I am sure that there are many more fantastic one off bangles and bracelets available but I could go on for hours, but I have to know when to stop. However, if you have a favourite place to buy jewellery as a gift or for yourself please let me know.

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