A piece of jewellery you love is personal. You either chose it, were given it by someone special, or have built your own memories and meanings around it. In our stressful, relentless and mass produced world today, having something unique, meaningful and personal to hold onto is more important than ever. That's why our pieces are all made as limited edition collections. We believe in keeping something special as just that.
Costume jewellery is a sometimes derogatory term used to describe non precious jewellery - i.e. jewellery not made from precious materials such as solid gold, silver or ‘precious’ stones, such as cut diamond, ruby, emerald etc. Yet this shouldn’t mean that costume jewellery should not be made from durable, special and beautiful materials. Too often costume, statement or novelty jewellery is instead made with poor quality metals which will soon tarnish and cause skin allergies. If a shop doesn’t mention the metals or materials used for their pieces, the likelihood is they aren’t good quality.
We believe there is no need or excuse for this, as often a piece of unique, unusually designed jewellery will be your favourite piece to wear for years, and there is nothing more frustrating than when your trusted, chosen jewellery with your memories and identity attached to it fades and becomes unwearable.
Style and Comfort - Never Compromise
Something that isn’t often mentioned in the marketing of luxury fashion or jewellery, is comfort. As tempting as it is as a designer to use the most unusual designs and objects to create my pieces, I always stop myself when that means that the simple function of the piece, which is to wear it at any time, becomes uncomfortable or inhibiting.
I want to share unique pieces that speak to people’s dreams and emotions - whatever and whenever they may be - and that requires each piece to be wearable in any circumstances; whether that means at work, at play, in drama or at rest. I want you to be able to wear my pieces many times, have wild fun wearing them, and to make memories with them - to have them in your life whenever you choose.
Jewellery With A Heart Of Steel
Our pieces are designed with the intention of lasting, so when making costume pieces, instead of unnamed alloy metals I always choose stainless steel - a pure and beautiful metal in its own right, which never tarnishes (unlike silver) and is the safest metal to place against human skin as far as allergens are concerned.
There is a strength and endurance attached to stainless steel - not just in its physical qualities, but also in the spiritual association of its raw strength and power, which arms and protects your psyche when you wear it. A stainless steel piece of jewellery will never deteriorate, tarnish in appearance, or discolour your skin - but it will maintain its original beauty, be a constant in your life, and travel with you through the good times and the tough.
It's also extra important to note what the ear hooks of your earrings are made of. The best choice to avoid discomfort and allergies for most people is stainless steel, followed by solid sterling silver/ gold. We use both for our earrings, and it's not worth wearing anything less. Again, there's little more disappointing to try on an awesome pair of earrings, then feel that pain and realise you can't wear them anymore!!
What Does Precious Mean To You?
What matters most to you when you choose a piece of jewellery? Are you frustrated with poor quality in 'costume' jewellery, or boring, conventional designs in fine jewellery? What piece of jewellery has meant the most to you, and why? Leave your comments just below, we'd truly love to hear your thoughts!!
Do you want to know how to rock gothic glamour in the way that fits you, and your lifestyle? Here at Accessories To Murder, Halloween is much like Valentine's day; it’s great to celebrate it - but why can’t it be every day of the year? As Winter descends, and darkness falls, with glittering lights and long, dark nights, it seems a natural time to add some brooding gothic glamour to your look. Don’t leave your sense of dramatic, dark and fantastical style behind in October. Bring the drama and darkness with you through the sparkle and suspense of Winter.
Are You Afraid Of The Dark Side?
We all have a darker, more animal side buried within - don't be afraid to express it in your style - it's much more harmless that way! Celebrating and acknowledging the dark side of life is in fact a healthy thing to do - much like being honest with yourself and facing your fears. Indeed, studies have shown that enjoying black humour and horror movies can be healthy for us. The vampish and gothic style of dress has always been associated with being both dangerous and alluring - perhaps it has it's roots in the subconcious human obsession with sex and death. Or perhaps because it’s also just fun being bad - well, not really being bad - but rather being badass, and bold. And no matter how conservative your surroundings you can always express your dark side. Here’s how...
5 Subtle Ways To Vamp Up Your Style
How To Get Away With Gothic Glamour Every Day
Do you feel apprehensive about going too gothic for your own style/ surroundings? Well adding any of these subtle hints of gothic glamour into your regular style should be the answer. Having your own style is all about making your own choices - so it’s always good to stay true to what feels right for you, and to keep your own unique style while you're trying out elements of new styles/ trends. You can keep your individuality by never fully following any fashion statement, but instead borrowing and trying out the elements that work well for you; so you can have your very own unique angle on it. And speaking of unique angles...
The First Vampire Was A Girl...
Many people don’t know this, but the first vampire was a girl… The first known vampire novel, by Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla, was about a beautiful vampire who falls deeply in love with her female victims. (Interesting fact, Bram Stoker was asked by his editor to change the sex of the vampire in Dracula to a male; to avoid too many obvious similarities to Carmilla)
Vampires are often presented as passionate and seductive, but this first vampire novel provides a very subtle and ambiguous character in Carmilla, the countess vampire, who seems to genuinely need the love and intimacy of her victim, and a very lucid account of the girl narrator falling, not unwillingly, under her spell. This is a very modern take on the theme for such an old novel, and it's so involving that you can't help but feel some understanding and sympathy for Carmilla as she is not portrayed as a one dimensional villain. Read more about Carmilla here.
This ambiguity and the dark, dreamy atmosphere of the novel is what inspired us to create the Carmilla choker - representing the glamour, beauty and elegance of Carmilla in it's rainbow coloured crystals and pearls, and the subtle danger and destruction in the falling crystal drops of blood... A perfect addition for just a hint of gothic glamour!!
More Words on Styling For Winter
Gothic glamour is a current Autumn / Winter trend, although it is a trend that seems to recur almost every year. There are of course many blogs specialising in gothic fashion, such as Mary Rose, of the Everyday Goth, who talks here about fitting her goth style into the corporate world. And for more inspiration check out Stylenoir and Dark Beauty Magazine.
MORE WINTER STYLE TIPS:
The Best Thing About Winter STyle Is...
Are there any styles or looks you go to when Winter arrives? And what are your favourite wardrobe changes you make for Winter? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!!!
How Do Your Clothes Make you Feel?
Why Do We Care What People Think?
The fact is, people judge. It’s just how it is, and how it always will be. And each of us cares on some level what people think - otherwise we would slip out of society altogether. We need to care on some level how we fit in, but we would also be a lot more free if we cared a lot less!
The pressure to look perfect is everywhere, and relentless. Constant tips on how to have the latest look, wear the latest trends, have the current body type, hair, make-up. Or in other words; To Fit In.
But where are the tips on how to look how You Want To, how you feel most comfortable, and how you can express yourself in what you wear? They’re right here! And we’ve even included them in a fancy infographic, so you can share it again and spread the love…
The Five Steps For Dressing To Make You Happy
Where Can You Find Unique Style Inspiration?
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Do you have any tips of your own for dealing with being judged? Any stories of how you’ve dealt with style snobs, or any funny tricks you’ve used to keep your own style in a stuffy environment? We want all the feedback; let’s get this conversation going!! Pour all your thoughts and feelings in the comments!