Tempting Trinket: Hand Chains
|Caggie Dunlop wearing a turquoise stone hand chain from ISWAI|
I am so impressed by the sudden evolution of jewellery; the ear cuff surpassed expectations of the standard earring and offered an easy-to-do edginess. The hand chain, for me, encompasses a delightful vintage spirit yet it also reflects a 21st century twist- pushing jewellery to uncommon places. The look is the epitome of true boho-chic; my favourite pieces are those bursting with beautiful gem stones and dangling amulets. I feel they really embrace inner hippiness. Not to mention, I'm sure the beauty of these chains can make any hand look dainty and photogenic!
|Dolly Bow Bow Turquoise Hand Chain £8|
Since finding and blogging this top photo on Tumblr, I have kept an eye out for a similiar style- I fell in love with the silver and turquoise colouring together. At first glance I thought that this was a shot from Isabel Marant's cowboy-influenced Fall 2012 show- the western belt and frayed denim conjured up memories of last year's runway- however I haven't tracked it down as part of the designers work. The model must simply be a Marant-fan! I was so excited to finally find an identical hand chain at Dolly Bow Bow (co.uk). The Turquoise Hand Chain (second above) is simply gorgeous- for me it is reminsicient of the signature bohemian looks of Sienna Miller and Kate Bosworth- and it's a steal at £8! You simply hook the antique-gold ring around one finger and wrap the bracelet around your wrist.If you haven't come across Dolly Bow Bow before, the brand was founded by jewellery designer and popular blogger, Kate Murnane almost two years ago. I have just this week discovered her Youtube channel and she is a down-to-earth, easy-to-watch girl who is very fashion savvy and passionate about her designs. She is also a girl after my own heart- doing regular Primark hauls! I am a Primark junkie too!! I definitely recommend you check her out! The current stock at Dolly Bow Bow is charming with that essential quirk factor, varying from delicate vintage-chic charm bracelets and necklaces to stunning floral crowns and retro-glamour hair bows. In Kate's recent videos, she emphasises that the current collection has an edgy orientation with crosses and spikes galore- the pieces on offer do have a brilliant juxtaposition of a feminine and a rock 'n' roll aesthetic.
Crosses have always been a classic fashion pattern, so it's unsurprising that they are decorating hand chains as well as every other piece of jewellery. This Timi Cross Dangle bracelet at Tobi.com is refined and quite subtle; its tiny silver chains and cross embellishment make it perfect for everyday wear.
|Tobi Timi Cross Dangle Bracelet, £8|
|Topshop Curve Stone Hand Chain £12.50|
|Topshop Tubes Hand Chain £14|
|Rock and Rose Orla Hand Chain in Silver £7|
|Chelsea Doll Geo Triangle Hand Chain £12|