Last week saw What Simon Said leave the jewellery cave and head out to the Top Drawer exhibition at Earls Court.
This bi-annual trade event features, amongst others, lots of UK and International jewellery designers showcasing their work. So WSS was looking forward to cooing over beautiful things for the afternoon. Bliss.
Whilst wandering around the huge halls, WSS stumbled upon the wonderful Kate Hamilton-Hunter Studio stand. It’s always exciting to see someone doing something unique and Kate’s designs do not disappoint.
Her wonderful tag-line sums up the ethos of her designs perfectly – “just when you think the story’s done, turn the page and another’s begun”.
Kate uses materials such as old biscuit tins, tobacco tins, sweet tins and tea caddies, taking interesting parts of the design and creating, using sterling silver, pearls and Swarovski crystals, stunning and highly wearable jewellery. The exquisite pieces really take upcycling and eco-jewellery to a new level. The company has a strong eco-policy, recycling wherever possible and they even use recylced materials in their gorgeous packaging.
Small Disc & Pearl Earrings from Kate Hamilton-Hunter Studio
What is wonderful is that, due to the nature of the materials, no two pieces are the same, so you really are getting a unique piece of jewellery. Drop down menus on the product page means you can select the style you want, including ‘Bright Florals’ (great for Spring), ‘Graphic’ and ‘Kitsch’.
Here are some of my favourite pieces from Kate’s current collections:
Large Silver Mount Ring
From the ‘Signature’ collection, these heavenly rings feature pieces of cut tin set perectly within sterling silver mounts.
These rings work individually, or could be mixed with a couple of smaller rings from the same collection. I love the delicate designs set within the bold simplicity of the circle of silver. £74.99.
From the ‘Heart’ collection, both of these pieces are just so sweet and loads of fun. Again, these bracelets make a statement worn on their own, but I’d love to layer a couple of these up with some plain and patterned silver bangles. £26.50.
Small Heart Charm Bracelet
The Small Heart Pendant features a complementing Swarovski crystal set just below the bale to give it some extra sparkle. At only £23.99, I’d be tempted to get a couple of different styles, maybe the ‘Pretty Floral’ (far left) to wear with light summer dresses and ‘Patterned’ (far right) for when I’m feeling a bit retro.
Small Heart Pendant with Bead
These brooches are part of the ‘Vintage Brooches’ collection and have been designed to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year. The dainty heart is sterling silver and is set with a sparkling Swarovski crystal which will catch the light as it moves. I just adore this brooch, it’s so striking and so on-trend with the vintage vibe that’s so hot right now. Honestly, I’ve never really been one for wearing brooches, but the quirky style coupled with the timeless, vintage design, dressed up with the gleaming silver and the Swarovski crystal makes this totally irresistable. £44.99.
Tin & Sterling Silver Heart Brooch with Crystal
There’s loads more gorgeous stuff on the website so go and have an explore. I’m sure you’ll love Kate’s designs, I think they’re really special and it’s so nice to know you’re buying something that’s not only unique, but also has some history to it.
All orders from the website are shipped free in the UK (whoop!) but if you want to oogle over some pieces in person, there’s a list of stockists on the site.
I was really impressed by the care and attention to detail Kate uses when selecting the tin for the pieces, and the quality of the craftmanship. The patterns are so cute, so bright and vibrant, it’s hard to imagine them in their former, more mundane lives. The simple shapes work perfectly with the luscious patterns and the addition of crystals and pearls add extra interest without detracting from the main event.
Now, the only problem is narrowing down what to buy…..
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