EARRINGS GIFT GUIDE
Well it just had to be earrings for my first gift guide didn't it?! I am a BIG fan of a statement earring. I think they can lift a mood, transform an outfit and just add some fun to your day! Here are 8 small indie businesses that I highly recommend getting your earrings from:
ALL THE DISCOS
Super Disco Bolts in Ocean Blue Glitter, £18, www.allthediscos.com
Norwich based Steph's handmade Disco Bolt earrings are just downright fabulous. They add a pop of fun to every outfit and I love their nod to the 80s. There are so many different colours, fabrics and sizes available and new ones are added all the time. Alongside the disco bolts is the amazing Power Dressing collection, perfect to add a bit of colourful attitude to your look. I have 6 pairs of All The Discos earrings (so far...) so they come highly recommended!
CLOUD + CLAY
'Powder' Earrings, £12, cloudandclay.co.uk
Cloud & Clay is a beautiful, handcrafted polymer clay jewellery brand based in Staffordshire. Made by the lovely Lucy, the earrings are super stylish, affordable and are often in soft, pastel shades which are really complimentary to most outfits. The Cloud + Clay branding is really incredible too, Lucy has totally nailed her aesthetic and that's contributing to her growing, well deserved success!
DAKOTA RAE DUST
Statement Tassel Earrings, £34, www.dakotaraedust.co.uk
Now if you're after some earrings that really make a statement, the colourful, unique creations at Dakota Rae Dust are for you! Based in Bristol, Bec makes her textile jewellery by mixing bold vinyl prints with vintage and recycled fabrics. Her earrings are so bold and playful they would be perfect for festivals but I just wear mine to brighten up a trip to the supermarket!
'Squidge' Dangle Earrings, from £8, www.brazenprints.co.uk
The talented twosome Leah and Chris live in Salford and have set up Brazen Prints whilst also working on their PhDs! I love their polymer clay earrings because they are fun, bold and colourful, oh and handmade! I also love buying from what seem to be absolutely lovely jubbly people who I share the passions of feminism and mental health awareness with. I own multiple pairs of their bright earrings and have also gifted some too. They do also design and make other colourful things but their earrings are my fave (plus this is an earring gift guide)!
STELLA & WOLF
Pink polka dot drop earrings, £19, www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StellaandWolf
Stella & Wolf is the creation of Carla, who designs and hand paints colourful, patterned wooden jewellery! I think her earrings are really happy and playful with their little hearts and polka dots and tassels. I'm not lucky enough to own any of these gorgeous wooden masterpieces yet but her etsy shops sales and reviews speak for themselves!
'Aura' earrings from the Capri collection, £28, studio-eris.com
The handmade, detailed pattern earrings from Studio Eris are just dreamy. Rose, who's based in London, hand-blends each colour and those incredibly detailed patterns that look painted on are actually formed from clay and carefully inlaid into the surface! These have been on my wish list for a while now so I may just have to treat myself soon!
Tortoise Hexagon Studs, £14, www.aloeearrings.co.uk
Gorgeous indie earring brand Aloe, a merge of its creator's names Alice and Chloe, is based in Liverpool. What I love about their earrings is their use of a variety of materials including hand painted polymer clay, hand poured resin, mother of pearl, tortoiseshell and hammered brass. Also if you don't like your earrings to make as much of a statement as I do, they do have some more 'everyday' styles available! Oh and they also do clip ons, so even your un-pierced friend can enjoy their handcrafted beauties!
AUDREY + GEORGE
Gabriella Clay Earrings, £10, www.audreyandgeorge.co.uk
So I loved the aesthetics and shape range of Rhiannon's earrings but when I found out each style was named after a strong female who has made an impression on her life, mainly friends, I loved them even more. You don't get that from a big corporation folks! The earrings are made from polymer clay and include a mixture of bold & bright patterns and muted & neutral blends, meaning there is a pair for plenty of personal styles.
I know loads more indie businesses who make earrings and some of those will be featured in separate jewellery or other themed gift lists. This list is obviously not exhaustive, I'll probably have to have a second earring list soon, but these are some of my faves!
Note: None of the brands included in this gift guide have paid me or gifted me items in exchange for being featured.