Mr Curtis Designs Necklace & Earrings

Mr Curtis of Mr Curtis Designs is an artist and musician working in Edinburgh. He is a full-time tattoo artist, a part-time oil painting still life artist, a part time graphic designers, a part-time jewellery designer and a part-time double bass player! Phew! Mr Curtis has learned how to bend the fabric of time in order to in so many artistic endeavours.

We were lucky enough to receive some of his amazing tattoo-inspired jewellery. Mr Curtis Designs produce an array of accessories, jewellery and mugs, each themed on popular tattoo designs such as the English rose, love hearts and animals.

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One of the sets that we received was the Sewing Machine Necklace and Cotton Reel Earring Set. Each jewellery item is made from printed acrylic, and this necklace has an amazingly designed old-fashioned sewing machine on it. The acrylic is cut to the shape of the picture too and the earrings are cute little matching cotton spools. I love the fact that each piece has such a cool vintage look to it and the colours are dark but able to go with most colours at the same time.

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The other piece that we received was the Vintage Rose Teacup Necklace. If you love tea, then this one is for you! It is a tattoo art style necklace printed acrylic pendant on a metal chain, and is again cut to the shape of the beautiful teacup. The pendant measures 5cm by 4cm and the chain is 46cm. The pendant is waterproof, scratchproof and the design won’t peel off. I love the colours on this teapot necklace as they are light and bright and will be suitable each season.

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You can check out more about Mr Curtis Designs at www.mrcurtisdesigns.com and browse his full accessory range at his Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MrCurtisDesigns?ref=l2-shopheader-name

The Sewing Machine Necklace and Cotton Reel Earring set is £12.78 and the Vintage Rose Teacup Necklace is £8.88.

 

JJDR House Of Bijoux Ring & Cuff

JJDR House Of Bijoux is an independent jewellery brand. Combining on trend style and unsurpassed quality, they strive to offer covetable pieces at an accessible price. Their jewellery is sourced globally to offer a fresh and eclectic mix of fashion forward pieces to personalise your look. A sibling duo is the creative force behind JJDR House Of Bijoux. Inspired by their travels, subcultures and eras gone by, the brand was born with an aim to deliver the hottest styles at the click of a button.

We were recently sent two pieces of jewellery from JJDR House Of Bijoux, the Gold Double Band Ring and the Pave V Cuff.

The Gold Double Band Ring oozes statement style with minimal details and is made of plated base metal with a polished finish and can also be worn as a knuckle ring. This ring is available in rose gold and yellow gold and comes in sizes Small, Medium and Large.

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The Pave V Cuff is a cutout cuff that really nails the minimalism look, it is crafted from delicate gold plated base metal and accented with a thin line of pave crystals, giving an instantly classic look. The cuff is adjustable and so will fit all sizes and measures 3 inches in diameter and 3 inches tall.

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The website is updated frequently and I am definitely coveting the leather cuffs with the rose gold detail! So pretty and perfect for all you festival-goers.

You can check the collections out at www.jjdrhouseofbijoux.com where the Gold Double Band ring costs £8 and the Pave V Cuff is £15.

 

 

Cadenzza: Bibi Bijoux Neon Twist Simple Bracelet

Cadenzza is an online luxury brand jewellery store, and one of the brands it houses is Bibi Bijoux. Bibi Bijoux are sisters Wendy and Diana who started out selling bracelets on the beach, and now their Netherlands-based jewellery business is an international brand. Vintage findings often start the design process: a lost charm or an antique necklace they’ve found in a flea market. Their handmade pieces combine silver with materials like leather, fabrics, and Swarovski crystals to create a bohemian look that works with any outfit.

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We were recently sent the Bibi Bijoux Neon Twist Simple Bracelet by Cadenzza. It is available in three neon colours, pink, yellow and green and is brought to life by neon thread and three statement crystals and is perfect for adding a splash of colour to any outfit. At first I couldn’t figure out how to put the bracelet on, as it being thread I thought it would just go over the wrist with no fastening, although this proved a struggle and I do have quite slim wrists. I then realised (duh) that the stones are based on a silver-plated magnet which simply disconnects and then snaps back into place once the bracelet has been put onto the wrist.

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As mentioned, the bracelet has three beautiful Swarovski crystals attached and is finished off with the signature Bibi logo charm. I recently had a look on www.cadenzza.com and I must say that I love the new Bibi Bijoux Bohemian range – perfect for festivals and summer outfits!

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The Bibi Bijoux Neon Twist Simple Bracelet is available from www.cadenzza.com for 64 Euros, which today works out at around £52.

 

 

Sasha’s State Of Mind

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Inspired by whimsical, fantasy-filled imagination where jewellery sets the stage for self-expression and reflects the wearer’s mood, Sasha’s State Of Mind is a conceptual design house with a fashion accessories brand like no other.

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Sasha’s unique voice and philosophy of playful, dreamy fun are reflected in the brand’s every detail. Each piece is held together by an O-Ring – a beautiful clasp that makes Sasha’s collection modular and lets customers take part in designing their own jewellery, selecting charms and chains to suit their mood. Created by a talented crew of international artists, Sasha’s quality, street-casual and sophisticated jewellery – including bracelets, rings and earrings, reminds us every day that life, after all, is all about state of mind.

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We received a beautiful 3mm black bead chain with a gold O-Ring, and attached were two charms, the large owl pendant in black and the medium owl pendant in matt gold. The owl pendants are part of Sasha’s State Of Mind’s Black Forest collection, and their high quality, quirky look makes these owls one of the most popular choices. Each piece is available is a variety of coating colours, including black, gold, silver and matt gold for you to pick and choose what suits your individual style.

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Stockists of Sasha’s State Of Mind include;

www.mercuryfashions.co.uk

www.maytalisjewellery.co.uk

www.pret-a-beaute.com

The 3mm black bead chain with gold O-Ring is £35, the large owl pendant in black is £19.75 and the medium owl pendant in matt gold is £16.

 

Etsy – Flora’s Boutique

Whilst browsing Etsy (my new obsession), I came across Flora’s Boutique. This online store was full of stunning, feminine pieces of jewellery made from a mixture of gemstones and different coloured precious metals. Clare Jones-Anthony is the owner of Flora’s Boutique…

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As a seller, Clare is so attentive to detail when in conversation with you, and really listened to what I wanted, asking the right questions in order to ensure you choose the right piece. I was extremely lucky and Clare let me choose a gemstone and the colours and accompaniments but at the same time Clare kept the design her own. I mentioned that with it being my birthday soon, my birthstone aquamarine would be a really lovely idea as it would be not just a stunning piece of jewellery, but a piece of art work that has meaning behind it. I also mentioned that I love aurora borealis, which to me is beautiful as you can catch all the colours of the rainbow within it and so it goes with everything. 

The jewellery arrived in two separate boxes, both a gorgeous shade of pink, with a linen finish and an excellent quality, and before I even opened the boxes, I knew whatever was to be inside would also be of a high quality. I decided to open the smaller box first, and inside was a charming pair of delicate drop earrings. They begin with silver hooks, followed by pretty aurora borealis crystals, a tiny delicious cream pearl, a larger aquamarine coloured faceted crystal, another delectable pearl and lastly a nugget of aquamarine. The earrings feel light yet secure and strong and the craftmanship is truly amazing. I love the fact these earrings include pearls, my Mum died when I was 17 years old and she loved pearls, she always had a string of them around her neck, always graceful and timeless and so I will have a tiny piece of my Mum with me whilst wearing these graceful earrings.

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I then got to open the larger box, and inside I actually squealed (Dad looked over in alarm), as inside was a beautiful bracelet, made with the same design as the earrings. Clare enclosed a letter with my package, and included how the jewellery was made. The bracelet is made using Tibetan silver (for the closure), Swarovski crystal elements in aqua and aurora borealis with cream Ceylon glass beads (which to me looked like the little pearls). Clare mentioned that these were both bespoke pieces of jewellery with me as the customer, in mind. This really made me feel special and I could not think of a better gift for someone, as these pieces are truly made with love. The bracelet has 7 good-sized nuggets of aquamarine in it (cannily, the number 7 is my favourite number), as well as the stunning Swarovski crystals and Ceylon glass beads. The closure is one I have never seen before, and is a pretty love heart in a T-Bar style fastening, with an arrow going through it (again, perfect for Valentine’s Day!). The wire has been secured very professionally and I am so proud that I get to wear this item of jewellery. 

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With such quality, timeless pieces of jewellery, Flora’s Boutique is perfect for ladies and girls of any age, and you really will feel special wearing them.

Please check out some of Clare’s pieces in her Etsy shop at;

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FlorasBoutiqueEtsy

Clare has been generous to offer a special discount code for all of The Kats Paws readers, you can get £5 off when you spend £20 or over in Flora’s Boutique and you can use this code as many times as you wish up to 31st May 2014. All you need to do is enter the code KATSPAWS5

You can also follow Flora’s Boutique on the following social networking sites;

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/florasfauna

Twitter: @florasboutique

With regards to all of you who have upcoming weddings this spring/summer, all of Clare’s ranges are ready to wear or custom made in colours of the brides choice to suit their wedding theme colours. Clare can also make consultations for plus sizes or little girls sizes too and there will be some lovely new ranges coming out soon for the little ones so keep your eyes peeled!

Please let us know what you purchase as there are so many beautiful styles to choose from :)

Love,

Kathryn xx

 

Etsy – Lily’s Pretty’s

Today hasn’t been the best day ever, the weather has been miserable, myself and Emily are full of cold and a few other things happened which I shall be a lady and refrain from mentioning in public. I decided to write a review about a lovely seller from Etsy who makes jewellery which makes me smile as soon as I see it. Ladies (and gents) let me introduce you to Lily’s Pretty’s. 

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“My name is Alex and I run Lily’s Pretty’s Cake Toppers from my home in Brandon, Suffolk. Lily’s Pretty’s is named after my beautiful daughter Lily. I’ve had an interest in polymer clay sculpting since I was 10 years old when my mum brought me some, I have been hooked ever since. I began making personalised caricature figures and cake toppers for friends and family. I received such positive feedback that I decided to start my own business specialising in making one off sculptures to order. All of my items are hand made by me and are designed to last a life time. They are non toxic so are perfect to be used as cake toppers and if looked after will last forever. They are however not toys and aren’t suitable to be played with by children. To enable me to capture the essence of the person I work from a quality colour photograph, I can vary details such as hair length, colour, accessories and style, skin tone and colour, body size and shape, clothing, accessories such as handbags, tools, umbrellas, sports equipment, footwear, colour of the base, wording on the base i.e Name, Date, Happy Birthday etc. For a small extra fee I can also add larger items such as pets, drum kit, basically anything that captures the personality of the recipient. I love a challenge so please feel free to contact me with your ideas for a free no obligation chat and lets see what we can come up with!!!”

Items from Lily’s Pretty’s are so unique and have a great quality to them which you do not often get from high street fashion accessories. One of my favourite things in life is a pic’n’mix, I just love sweeties and always have some nestled in my drawer at work, and often in my bedroom drawers haha. The first item we received from Alex was the Candy Crush Bracelet, it has all the popular icons from the VERY popular game. Each sweetie is moulded to include perfect detail and each one is sectioned between a smaller colourful bead and I must say my favourite bead is the white one with the three dimensional blue swirl, as the it has a touch of shimmer to it. The beads have been threaded on to a very thick, flexible plastic elastic and is certainly not flimsy so it sits really well on your wrist and the beads look and feel so much like real sweets its actually making me peckish.

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The next item is the pair of lemon meringue earrings. These are so cute, little slices of lemon meringue pie, attached to silver hook earrings. The texture looks and feels like they really are covered in meringue and they are also really light so that they don’t pull on your ears, something which I have mentioned before, as it’s really unattractive to see girls with earrings which are dragging their lobes down to their shoulders. Again the earrings are really well made and will be perfect for the upcoming spring/summer months with their luscious lemon colour. 

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Last but certainly NOT least because this is my favourite ever ever colour….the macaroon ring. It is soft and smooth on the top like a real macaroon, complete with the bubbly bits on the side and then inside is amazing swirling whirling cream filling. This really does look good enough to eat and my mouth is currently watering just thinking about macaroons. I totally recommend Betty’s in York as they have some absolutely exquisite flavours and colours. I love colour a lot, it can change your mood, and make you feel good just by seeing your favourite colour. This macaroon ring is my favourite (did I mention that?) colour mint green and is set on a silver ring which is adjustable and so will fit 99% of fingers :)

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Each piece of jewellery came in its own voile tie bag to keep it separate and so would be perfect for a gift for a friend, your Valentine or yourself. Also, it is my birthday soon, which I have already mentioned and I have been eyeing up the flump bracelet if anyone would like to purchase it for me :) 

As well as jewellery, Alex also creates amazing personalised cake toppers and the most magnificent wedding bouquets, full of sweeties and other beautiful things. 

Lily’s Pretty’s Etsy store can be found at;

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LilysPrettys

You can also contact Alex and view her other amazing items at…

info@lilysprettys.com

http://www.lilysprettys.com

If anyone decides to purchase please be sure to let us know which you choose :)

Love, Kathryn xx

Etsy – Sparkleyes/Zombie Bride UK

Love is in the air, and Hallmark have more items than ever to send our loved ones, all at extortionate prices. Whilst browsing Etsy recently, I came across a store called Zombie Bride UK which stocks a wide variety and clothing and gifts, many with a Valentine theme, but at much more reasonable prices, and even better is the fact that they are hand made. 

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Sparkleyes is the seller of this unique store…

Sparkleyes is basically me, Tara – hi! After having my little girl, Rosie, i wanted to find a way to work and still get plenty of time at home with her, so i decided to start up my shop. i’m a huge fan of vintage clothing and have been buying and wearing vintage since i was about 14, quite some time ago now :) i also love vintage inspired items too, particularly 1950’s glamour, so my shop is a mix of both vintage, handmade and upcycled clothing with a few pieces of handcrafted jewellery dotted in there to compliment everything.
anyway i hope you like my shop as much as i love making and discovering things to put in it for you. Xx

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I chose the Valentine themed mirrored acrylic heart necklace. The base is a large pink mirrored heart (you can choose other colours), with a layer of black acrylic cut in the shape of the cutest little boy and girl kissing, with the size being approximately 3 inches by 3 inches. The pendant is then hung on a silver coloured chain and sits perfectly on the collarbone. I recently wore this with a plain black dress which really made the pink stand out and it is perfect for this time of year, but it is also a gift that will last all year round. It costs just £10.30 and if you are wanting to purchase more items at the same time, you only need to pay shipping once, which is brilliant as this doesn’t happen very often with Etsy stores. 

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Please check out Tara’s store, which will soon include bags, t-shirts and more, at 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ZombieBrideuk?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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Valentine’s Love,

Kathryn xx