Living in London I think it’s easy to feel that lots of exciting places to shop, eat, go out… have already been ‘discovered’ and have become over popular and over hyped, so it’s always a great feeling when you find something different that feels a little original, a little off the beaten track. I had one of those moments the other day when I discovered this little gem: Mor Jewellery off Carnaby Street.
Behind the appealing, traditional shop front is a peaceful boutique that reminded me a little of an archaeologist’s study, and that’s what I loved about the pieces too – they’re not ‘on trend’, instead they look like they’ve just been pulled from the ground on an archaeological dig and belong in some obscure corner of the V&A or the British Museum. All of the pieces are designed by a group of three designers who share a similar aesthetic sensibility. The price point is affordable and the materials are better quality than those used for other pieces I’ve seen at a similar price.
I love this antique Egyptian-looking ‘Feline Necklace’ made from bronze, silver and freshwater pearls (£168). I’d wear it with a sleek, long black dress or shorts and a simple T-shirt in summer.
This piece also really captured my imagination and reminded me of a trip I made to Istanbul a couple of years ago.
I love that the use of old textiles makes this ‘Cravat’ necklace (£138) completely unique, and that using fabric hasn’t rendered the piece floppy or flimsy.
Another find were these bracelets which I immediately thought of as grown-up friendship bracelets. Remember the ones you would quite competitively weave at school and bestow ceremoniously upon your Best Friend, until she fell out of favour (the next week) and you earmarked your New Best Friend with an equally beautiful creation?
These ‘Together Forever Bracelets’ (£98) would make perfect gifts for more grown-up girlfriends, and would look pretty on your wrist combined with other delicate, bohemian pieces.
If you’re looking for a chunky gold ring then this is also the place for you! The look is big, bold and burnished.
…and this beautiful enamelled bronze ring has trumped a statement YSL ring on my wish list.
I also fell in love with this ‘Glamour Bracelet’ (£198). It looks as if it has been cast around a tree fern. I’m longing to wear it in summer, pushed high on my arm with a Grecian style, flowing white dress.
So now you’re in on the secret too – hop off the tube at Oxford Circus, head to 12, Ganton Street and check it out.