Prominent jewellers have traditionally gotten most of the world’s attention, but we're here to remind you that there's another world of British jewellery. And it's here to stay!
While mainstream fashion focused on big brands, small British jewellers quietly built a loyal following with their minimalist designs and focus on quality. Sustainability is better for the environment, surely.
If you're looking for something elegant and timeless, layer up for colder months with pieces from smaller independent designers. They've been working hard to make sure their pieces are up to par with accessories you'd find elsewhere.
Here are four can’t-miss trends for all you fashionistas out there:
1. Everyone Is Supporting Small Jewellers
As we move into more challenging economic times, more and more people are looking to buy from small, independent businesses rather than big brands.
More prominent companies like Pandora and Tiffany & Co have been pumping money into marketing and advertising to try and turn this trend around. Still, many people are deciding to support small businesses.
Independent jewellers who craft by hand in their workshops have a much smaller environmental impact. Most of them put massive effort into being more sustainable and environment-friendly.
It's not just about doing good for the environment; it's also about creating something unique for you and your brand. We know what it's like when someone buys from us because they love the story behind our products as much as they love the way they look.
They want something that isn't mass-produced or manufactured by machine — something independent artisans care about and pay meticulous attention to.
2. Layering up in Style
Layering accessories never really went out of style. However, instead of buying new jewellery pieces, people are rummaging through their vanities and finding ways to put a new spin on old pieces.
After all, it’s much easier (and cheaper) to buy one or two pieces (like pendants) and add them to your current ensemble. This is a great way to repurpose and get the most use out of accessories you already have.
So, bring out your old necklaces. Don’t be afraid to layer different lengths and textures on top of each other to update your look. The best part about it is you don’t have to shop and pay for a bunch of new accessories to keep up with the season!
3. British Jewellery Is Back, Baby
Aside from a renewed interest in supporting smaller jewellers, British jewellery is making a long-awaited comeback and we couldn’t be more pleased.
As a sign of the times, 2.9 million people tuned in on their tellies to watch season two of All That Glistens, a reality Bake-Off style show on BBC2. The popular series pits jewellers against each other and has helped put the British jewellery industry back in the limelight. It’s a fortunate coincidence that the broadcast coincided with the popular Goldsmiths Fair, an annual showcase of 140 of the UK’s best jewellers.
The British jewellery industry has always been a significant player in the global market. Still, shows that feature British jewellery help highlight local companies and inspire more startups and small businesses.
As more and more people rediscover locally and sustainably made jewellery, the industry is starting to shine again.
4. Say “Yes” to Cuffs
Cuff jewellery is undeniably stylish, unmistakable, easy to wear and take off, and it can be fashionably stacked with other pieces. With all these advantages, is it any wonder that cuffs are all the rage once again?
Cuff jewellery features openings that you use to slide them on and off. Once worn, you can tighten or loosen them up for a perfectly comfortable fit. As earrings, you can attach them to the outer edge of your ear while cuff bracelets can be slid on through the side of your wrist.
You can wear one on its own or spice up an otherwise plain cuff piece by adding earrings or bangles with different designs, widths, finishes, and textures.
Because they’re such versatile statement pieces, you can wear them with almost anything. Just make sure that they don’t get caught in your knitted scarves and hats!
Sizzle Up Your Autumn Style With These 4 UK Jewellery Trends
The local jewellery market is experiencing a revival. This time, all eyes are on local jewellers who are known for environmentally responsible practices, one-of-a-kind pieces, and high-quality craftsmanship.
For a contemporary look this autumn, remember to layer, bring out your cuff jewellery, and support a local jeweller. If you can choose a manufacturer that operates sustainably, even better.
With these 4 trends that are taking the UK by storm, you’ll always look fashionably on trend!
Article by Hazel Garnham