I'm thrilled to announce the arrival of our newest range: a selection of exquisite earrings by up-and-coming British designer Heidi Bennett.
Working from her Sheffield studio, artisan maker Heidi independently designs, prepares and creates each piece of jewellery in her limited-edition range. Unusually, her earrings are embroidered with soutache, a shimmering, metallic silken braid, traditionally used to embellish gowns and decorate military garments in the Victorian era. Rather than sticking to the traditional browns and silvers of that period, however, Heidi uses threads in a beautiful range of colours, from this pretty pale turquoise to the bright crimson of my favourite Oriental-inspired pair.
Every pair includes one or two well-placed pieces of Swarovski crystal in complementary colours to add a hint of sparkle, while a combination of matte and glossy Czech beads provide strong, vivid colour. Since the earrings are so beautifully made - and the designs unlike anything I've seen before - I expected Heidi to have had years of training in jewellery-making. I was, therefore, amazed to discover that her skills are entirely self-taught, sparked by a passion for "creating beautiful objects".
These dramatic earrings will take you through from summer to autumn and beyond - they deserve to be worn all year round.