Plastic is the new pearl

So last century? Perhaps ©Sandstein; Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

As the recession hits harder than ever, fashion magazines and the like seem to be focusing more on the smaller things in life- if you can call £1,500 handbags ‘small’, that is. One thing that has undeniably grown in recent years is the craze for ‘quirky’ jewellery.

If you’re looking for something a little different from the usual diamonds and pearls (and a little more within the student price range), be it for yourself or a gift, the internet is increasingly becoming the place to turn. Here is a rundown of some of the best jewellery websites around:

Hannah Makes things

Hannah Makes Things has appeared in Look, Heat and Hello magazines. Yet unlike many fashion boutiques, the prices have remained low since receiving publicity-starting at £2. I can personally vouch for their customer service too-I received my order well within the specified delivery time, and it was beautifully wrapped, with sweets and lollies included in the package. They don’t tend to introduce new stock lines that often, and if items are sold out, it tends to be a while before they are brought back in, but they are so unusual that they are well worth the wait. Of particular interest to English geeks is this Noun cube ring

Trashy Doll

Particular favourites are the fry-up ring and the Rolo ring. In many ways, Trashy Doll is similar to Hannah Makes Things, but food seems to play a central role. Vintage is also a larger part of the Trashy Doll market. Usefully, precise measurements of the pieces, including length of chain, are given. Again, very reasonably priced with prices starting at £3.50, and delivery is free within the UK.

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Chelsea Doll

Despite the similar names, there is little chance of confusing Chelsea Doll and Trashy Doll. This site is less of the handmade quirky style, and yet only marginally more pricey. From elegant vintage to the slightly more obscure, most tastes are catered to, with eyecatching tribal prints being the theme of the moment. They also branch out into bags, scarves, glasses and cosmetics, and even have a bridal section

Kitsch-tique

Similar in style to Hannah Makes Things, although slightly more pricey. Many of their products are similarly unique, and there is a big emphasis on cute and girly. Unfortunately they seem to be on some sort of hiatus at the moment, but if you liked Hannah Makes Things, it’s worth keeping an eye on this one too.

Punky Pins

As can be inferred from the name, this one has a slightly more 80s rock feel to it, but still ranges from popular culture to a little bit scary. Reminiscent in no small part to Camden Market. They also supply materials to create your own jewellery.

Temporary Secretary

Another one where food seems to prevail! If the fry-up ring was too much, go for the vegetarian option of the ‘Egg and soldiers ring’. Being better known than their previously mentioned counterparts, they are slightly more pricey, but still worth treating yourself. They even have a blog to keep your inner fashionista happy!

Two Penny Lane

Two Penny Lane is nostalgia-central. Based in York, I came across them at a vintage fair before Christmas, and despite being practically penniless, still felt compelled to buy this Wizard of Oz necklace. All of the products are absolutely beautiful and mine came exquisitely packaged in an envelope themed box.



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