If you’re looking to update your jewellery box, but don’t want to spend all your savings, here are some very cool jewellery brands that fashion editors turn to, which don’t cost the earth. Whether you’re in the market for striking earrings, unusual rings, delicate necklaces or even chunky anklets, here’s where to go.
Undeniably cool Scandi label Maria Black manages to turn accessorising on its head with simple yet striking pieces that you truly wouldn’t be able to get your hands on anywhere else. From gold hoops with a twist to chunky signet rings and delicate ankle chains, this is a brand to know if you really want to step up your accessorising game.
British-based brand Missoma London is all about having fun with everyday jewellery. Collections include collaborations with Instagram star Lucy Williams, those featuring beautiful gemstones and a number of initial-based pieces. Although the necklaces are striking enough to be worn alone, we love layering them up – it’s truly a way to put your personal touch on the pieces and make the jewellery your own.
Founder Ella Drake, who originally hails from New Zealand and is now based in the UK, launched her ethical brand after discovering her love for jewellery design during her modelling career. The pieces are simple, beautiful and look undeniably more expensive than they are. Although Monarc does create high-end engagement and wedding rings, it also has plenty of affordable everyday pieces, including huggie hoop earrings and pretty pendants.
South African-born, London-based designer Roxanne First only launched her eponymous brand in April 2018, but her designs are already being stocked in Harrods and Harvey Nichols. She uses ethically sourced diamonds to create dainty pieces that you never have (or want) take off, specialising in stackable and layerable designs. A new collaboration with Instagrammer and blogger Ropes of Hollandis particularly pretty, with the bonus being that 15% of proceeds goes to Age UK. Prices start from £145 for one of her signature chain rings.
Edge of Ember
London-based luxury jewellery company Edge of Ember is known not just for its surprisingly affordable designs, but also for its commitment to creating pieces that are made in an ethical manner, through safe and healthy working conditions with all partners, as well as using sustainable raw materials. From beautiful gold stacking rings to elegant initial necklaces, the personal jewellery is perfect for gifting to someone special.
Founded by sisters Sheena and Natasha Appadoo, Stellar 79 is a brand new demi-fine jewellery brand based in East London. With inspiration taken from their Trinidadian and Mauritian-Indian heritage as well as their worldwide travels, the eclectic pieces – all made of 18-karat gold vermeil – make a beautiful and dainty addition to any jewellery box.
As well as creating beautiful jewellery, the brand is committed to supporting and empowering girls and women in underprivileged positions by donating 10 per cent of the profits of certain pieces to India-based charity Educate Girls.
Astrid & Miyu
If you are all about delicate jewellery, then we couldn’t recommend Astrid & Miyu enough. The British brand – which was launched in 2012 – is known for its simple stacking rings and earrings, which look best worn in bulk.
The store has also just opened its second piercing studio in Covent Garden (the first at St Christopher’s Place) if you want to be able to wear more of their sweet earrings at once (which you definitely will).