Sunday, 15 January 2012

Save, spend or splurge: online jewellery boutiques special

One of the best things about being a fashion writer is discovering cool and quirky places to shop and then sharing them with you lovely lot. This week I seem to have become a little bit obsessed with updating my jewellery box and, in my quest for new accessories, have come across some fantastic online shops.

What? Run by jewellery designer Dayner Lloyd, Mozzypop is perfect for a cute and quirky fix.
How much? Up to £6.95. (All prices quoted as of January 2011)
Why? For good prices and quirky accessories. I was swayed by this very Yves Saint Laurent arty ring (£6.95).

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What? Another bright and bubbly boutique, featured in lots of top magazines.
How much? From £3 to £22.95, but most stock is under £10.
Why? For something to suit every taste. I love this stained glass butterfly necklace (£12), destined to look perfect with all your SS12 florals.

ASOS Marketplace
What? ASOS meets eBay in one glorious fashion sale.
How much? Dependent on sellers listing, prices start at £1.
Why? For an eclectic mix of handmade, vintage and second-hand pieces not available on your average high street. This semi-circle necklace (£3.99) from seller Kukee caught my eye.

Me & Zena
What? 'Jewellery for the unruly'.
How much? £4 - £44
Why? For a burst of colour. This 'I see you' hexagon eye ring (£16.80) is so House of Harlow meets Henry Holland, don't you think?
What? Earthy jewellery made of silver and precious stones.
How much? £9.93 (basic designs) to £62.09
Why? Ditch the Urban Outfitters stuff and opt for high quality pieces that will make you want to wander through a desert. I'm lusting after this silver rainbow aura bangle (£57.95).

Hannah Zakari
What? Something for everyone - you can't not like something in this store.
How much? £6 - £314
Why? For unique pieces to make you stand out from the crowd. Just take a look at this aztec pattern restored vintage locket (£58) - simply marvellous.

What? Jewellery with a lot of character: themes rocket between darkness and optimism (think skulls, spines and snake motifs vs. feathers and hearts).
How much? €73 - €1198
Why? For delicate designs with a hardy feel. This delicate feather necklace ( €198) looks like it could survive a war.

What? Chunky jewellery that won't weigh you down.
How much? £65 - £390
Why? For timeless design suited to a range of occasions. This Sunday bracelet, for example, will add glamour in an instant (£200).

Emilie Thomas

What? Accessories inspired by nature.
How much? £98 - £497
Why? Every one of these intricate pieces is handmade by Welsh designer Emilie Thomas. The detail on this seahorse ring (£190) is a testimony to her skill.

What do you think of the guide? Add your shopping suggestions in the comment box below!

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