I'm a sucker for a bit of jewellery; a statement neckpiece, a sparkly ring (or ten), a vintage Rolex-that's just how I roll. My clothing goes from excessive to minimalist depending on my mood but my jewellery always tells a story, my story! Holidays I've been on, special birthdays, long-gone boyfriends or other random noteworthy occasions. But while the keepsakes are delicately layered gold and uncharacteristically dainty my personal splurges are anything but.
Now, we're not talking diamonds, jewels or 'bling' here but big, bold jewellery that would take the eye out of your head! Doesn't sound pretty? It's not supposed to be. It's empowering and fierce and conversational. Think dynamite sticks, spike rings, ram horns, bullets and anything else that looks remotely intimidating. Not knuckle duster style-the plan is to wear your weaponry not actually use it, but you should look like you might, if provoked.
I'm not alone either in my penchant for sovereigns and other suspicious pieces, there's a new trend for bad-ass jewels. Jewellery designer to the stars, Merle O'Grady is an avid fan. "I think weaponry stylings can give a jewellery piece a bit of a sartorial edge but also make the wearer feel stronger and more fierce. You're wearing something that feels slightly protective as well as it just being 'adornment'."
Her current collection features an oversized brass neck plate inspired by Aztec architecture that feels pretty much like an armour breastplate and, pleasingly, weighs a tonne (it's got to feel authentic). I know it's unlikely that you'll get shot with an old-skool arrow, but if you do there's no way it would get through this...
If bullets are more your thing then Unearthen is the only place to go. Using crystals and old bullet cases these are the perfect balance between tough and tender!
For a bit on the cheap, check out Galibardy the dynamite sticks are deadly!
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