Year after year, our range of Marcasite silver proves to be one shop's most adored collections - it seems the glittering jewellery's instantly recognisable, turn-of-the-century look sparks nostalgia in people of all ages, whatever their personal style. We've just added another 30 pieces to our extensive online range, as we predict it'll be very popular come Christmas.
The stones in Marcasite jewellery are actually pieces of Pyrite, a gem that became known as 'Fool's Gold' in the 19th century after gold miners attempted to pass one material off as the other. It was its affordability, however, that ensured the stone's enduring appeal: young Victorian girls could afford to copy the Queen's style by accessorising with a marcasite brooch, while economising 1930s women saw it as a way to wear sparkling, encrusted jewellery without having to face the diamond price tag.
During the 1920s, the gem enjoyed another spell of popularity. It was so ubiquitous that it cropped up on all manner of occasion-wear: belts, headbands, dresses, shoe buckles.
A very Art Deco Luke Stockley design:
Have a look at some nostalgic images in my Inspiration Gallery.
Enjoy browsing the site!
Red is for... winter jewels. It's creeping up to the end of January, with another couple of potentially bleak months ahead, but it doesn't all have to be doom and gloom. Red is the perfect shade for winter. Yes, it's festive but it's also full of the promise of good things to come: red roses, strawberries, homemade raspberry jam, ripened tomatoes, and of course, red hearts for your Valentine.
One of our favourites, Askew London's Art Deco red paddle clip-on earrings, are set with original red ribbed glass stones, as well as tiny jet black and crystal seed glass stones. Konplott's 'Blood Bite' collection, a stunning selection of necklaces and earrings created from resin flowers and red Swarovski crystals is also beautiful. If you prefer something a little more 'ethnic' that will take you right through to summer, Trousseau hand carved red agate earrings are perfect.
Rings are one of the big 'fashion' trends for 2014, so if you fancy flashing a splash of colour, Ollipop's large bronze filigree red resin glass ring or Konplott's 'Blood Bite' large red crystal ring are both real head turners.
So it may be a month of wellingtons and umbrellas, but we're not going to let the English winter dampen our spirits with these beautiful red jewels to cheer us up.