I'm having a jewellery moment right now. I find I'm far more concerned with choosing which pair of earrings I'm going to wear in the morning than which trousers, and when shopping I make a beeline for the jewellery display rather than the knits, coats and beautiful boots that are abound at the moment. With jewellery, sometimes the smallest addition can make the biggest difference; it's these subtle, delicate details that I'm really drawn to.
I could drone on about my love for jewellery forever, but this post is dedicated to one jeweller in particular that has caught my eye recently: Lucy Toms Jewellery. I'll admit upfront that I didn't stumble across Lucy's jewellery by chance... I was introduced to her pieces through Yuebi Yang, the photographer I work with for some of my style posts for this very blog. I see Mollipop as a platform not only to pursue my own passions for writing and content creation, but also as a platform to showcase the incredible talents of the young people around me who are trying to get a leg up in life, whether they be my close friends, colleagues or friends-of-friends. And in this case, I truly feel that Lucy's delicate designs are worth shouting about - so much so that I ended up buying three of her pieces, because I just couldn't let them out of my sight once I'd laid my hands on them!
What draws me to Lucy Toms jewellery is how simple it is. The challenge with jewellery is definitely how to not 'overdo' it, whether you're the designer or the wearer, and these delicate pieces make it so easy for both because there's no way you can overdo it wearing them. Thin 14k gold filled chains hold onto beautiful, muted coloured stones, each one varying in size, colour and shape, making it uniquely yours. I loved how the Labradorite choker necklace and longer pendant looked layered together, and even though this meant wearing two different stones together the simple designs of each necklace meant it struck the right balance anyway.
Oh, the sterling silver threader earrings. Who would've thought that adding a rose gold spike to the end of a silver chain would look so god damn cool? I'm a big fan of mixing metals - I know for some jewellery wearers it is a big no-no, and silver should be worn with silver and gold should be worn with gold and blah blah blah. But these earrings are the reason that mixing metals is the way forward. And now they belong to me! You determine how long you want them to drop, so if you're new to wearing long earrings they're a great entry piece!
Another one for the mixed metal lovers are these silver hoops with a brass cube. If you ever feel like plain hoop earrings just aren't quite jazzy enough, then your prayers are answered. It's only a tiny additional detail, but the small contrasting colour cube on the silver hoops makes a big difference, plus the tiny brass square pendant necklace is a perfect companion!
The other two pieces I bought were this garnet choker necklace and it's twin garnet bracelet. I had never owned a choker in my adult life/since the 90s until this one. I was unashamedly against the whole choker-revival that has swept the hipster-nation this past few years. (If you went to Bristol, you either owned them or loathed them). But my disgust subsided when I tried on this beautiful, delicate interpretation of the choker. The addition of the garnet stone transforms it into a more feminine piece of jewellery, and the matching garnet stone bracelet - which is almost a choker for the wrist - makes it a perfect jewellery set for those dressier occasions. Not just to go to Lakota.
Structured but feminine, eye-catching but delicate; I'm so happy I was introduced to this beautiful collection of jewellery. Like I said, the smallest details can make the biggest change to your look, and Lucy Toms jewellery means that you can complete an outfit without overdoing it.
If you're a jewellery-lover like me, you want to start growing your collection, or maybe you have one or two people left to buy Christmas presents for, you can find all of the pieces above and more on Lucy Toms' Etsy page!
Jewellery: Lucy Toms
Photography: Yuebi Yang