When it comes to jewellery, there’s nothing we like more than trawling Etsy and Instagram for fresh new talent. Here are our favourite new maker-designers:
Sculptural and über modern, Sarah Straussberg (main picture) hand-makes jewellery pieces from silver, plate and resin inspired by natural patterns and textures and they’re our ideal mix of elegant and cool. We’ve been fans of Datter Industries’ illustration-led jewellery for a while now. Designer Kaye Blegvad starts with a drawing and leaves things looking a little bit handmade and un-perfect – we love her folksy, slightly wonky heart and hand bracelets, sword necklaces and cat rings. Meanwhile, Comfort Station’s shop/studio (everything is handmade out the back), in London’s Cheshire Street, is a little haven of delicate, graphic jewellery arranged in glass cases. Former fine artist Amy Anderson takes inspiration from all things esoteric – this season’s collection is all about the ocean. We like the nugget look of her beautiful stud earrings. Avalanche jewellery offers a small but sweet collection of pendants, earrings and rings. The pieces are cast in metals from hand-carved wax models giving them a slightly rougher edge, which offsets their delicate size and fits designer Naomi Earl’s ‘feminine but tough’ ideal. We think the crescent moon has something of the Nineties about it. Which we love, obviously. And finally, designer Lizzie Burns is the brains behind EA Burns, an ethical, British-made jewellery line. The aesthetic is sculptural and striking, and pieces use reclaimed leather and recycled metals. We especially like the Kite earrings, made of metallic leather – they’re dramatic but not as weighty as they look.