2012 has been an eventful year for Great Britain: the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the London 2012 Olympics; it seems everyone is caught up in a whirlwind of patriotic fervour.
It’ no surprise that the Union Jacks are out in force, however there are more subtle ways to celebrate our great nation. Cue Alex Monroe’s Best of British jewellery collection, a selection of bracelets and pendants inspired by all things British. Made using sterling silver, 22-carat gold and rose gold plating and starting at £120.00, the collection is undoubtedly on the pricey side for the average student. However, the quality of the materials used means that you don’t have to worry about rusting or tarnishing, so these quirky pieces are worth the investment.
The Spiky Conker Necklace is a must-have, the bold spikes balanced out by the delicate design. What’s more, the split sterling silver shell allows a subtle peek into a gold plated centre, meaning that the pendant can be accompanied by either silver or gold accessories. The Milk Bottle and Blue Tit Necklace incorporates two uniquely British symbols, and – like the Spiky Conker Necklace – combines silver and gold, making it an equally versatile piece. The attention to detail is stunning: though the pendant measures less than 2cm x 2cm, the wings of the blue tit figure have feathers carved into them, and the depiction of the blue tit drinking from a milk bottle is simply adorable.
The bracelets in the Best of British collection are also a delight to behold, and the Fox Bracelet is no exception. The use of rose gold for the fox figurine is relatively unusual, making this bracelet an instant stand-out piece, and – as can be expected – the attention to detail in terms of texture is absolutely beautiful.
Another must-have is the Gingerbread Man Necklace. Reminiscent of The Muffin Man and traditional English fairy-tales, this necklace is definitely an ode to the best of British, and with its black diamond eyes and buttons it’s cute and luxurious in equal measures.
Finally, no Best of British collection would be complete without a nod to the Royals, and the All The Best Crown and Luggage Tag Necklace does the job nicely. The necklace consists of two pendants – one gold crown and one sterling silver luggage tag with the message ‘ALL THE BEST’ carved into it. As with a host of Alex Monroe’s jewellery, the use of these two different metals can help to tie gold and silver accessories together, and the lovely message means it would make a perfect gift for a special occasion.