Sunday 10 April 2011

The heat is on...jewellery for summer days and nights

It's been beautiful here this week with weather that's more like summer than spring, so much so that yesterday I rearranged my wardrobe to make access to my lighter clothes easier and hide the thicker ones at the back. I guess most of us go through this sort of ritual (unless we're lucky enough to live in the warmth all year round or have walk in wardrobes!) and while I was doing it I was thinking about whether I consciously do the same thing with my jewellery. This seemed particularly relevant as I'd spent most of the week making summer/beach themed jewellery... so I must be hoping that everyone else does just that!

On reflection, I think the answer is that I do it so naturally I'm not actually conscious of it. Simpler, lighter designs go well with summer fashions and for those of us lucky enough to sport a bronze glow, (not me - english rose skin = factor 30 and lots of shade!) jewellery that sets it off is a bonus. Summer is all about fun too so I like to reflect this in my jewellery a bit more.

Anyway - I thought I'd share some of these new pieces with you to get you ready for summer...

This is 'Sean the Seahorse' and when it comes to fun he has it in buckets and spades! He was made by Glenn Mincey . I just couldn't resist him and teamed him up with some simple copper ball chain and findings - definitely one for the beach!

'Studland Bay' pendant and earring set featuring gorgeous lampwork from Kaz Baildon , teamed with silver and leather. I named this after a beautiful beach and Nature Reserve on the Jurassic coast of 

You can see that I don't tend to embellish this type of jewellery too much - I think a lot of this lampwork can stand as miniature art pieces in their own right so I try not to over complicate things.

'Rockpool' is another fun piece with lampwork beads by Julie Fountain and so reminiscent of the english seaside - cockles and whelks anyone?

And then of course, every girl needs a little something for those hot, sultry nights...

'Dancing in the Moonlight' also features beads by Julie, this time a shell pendant with the most fabulous lustre and sweet little matching earrings that make a big impact for their small size.

Well I hope that little taster has got you in the mood for a long hot summer...fingers crossed :0).
You can see more from this collection on Flickr and they'll be in my Etsy shop in the next couple of days.  

I'd love to hear from you about your summer favourites too - do you change your style or is your jewellery full of fun all year long?!

Hope you all enjoy what's left of this lovely weekend and have a fantastic week ahead!


  1. These are amazing! I love anything to do with the sea, thank you for introducing me to some new lampworkers!
    Deb x

  2. Lovely work there!

  3. Fabulous work! I agree, for most lampwork, simple is best!

  4. Thanks ladies - you are most kind.


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