Diamonds Without Guilt

Everyone knows blood diamonds are bad. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you will have seen Leo Dicaprio sporting a South African accent (swoon) in the 2006 film ‘Blood Diamond,’ which gives you the gist of the problem and that it’s quite severe. Four years later, Naomi Campbell was met with outrage when she admitted that she had been given blood diamonds. It’s clear that the distribution of these diamonds fuel conflict, so why are they still being used by some brands? The jewellery that you buy should be guilt free, do you really want a rock hanging from your ears that has someones blood on it? (metaphorically of course, there isn’t actual real life blood on it)

I recently wrote an article for Eluxe that shares 13 brands that use materials that are ethically sourced, made from recycled materials or made in small communities that are economically struggling. For example, Made Jewellery have their pieces made in a small community in Africa, and they pay a fair wage for the services of the workers. This means that the locals can use their creative skills and get a good wage for doing so, rather than doing hard labour for very little gain. If you think that sustainable jewellery sounds a bit iffy, check out the article and decide for yourself…You’ll be pleasantly surprised, I guarantee!

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London Fashion Week: Final Day

It’s a little late I know, but here is my post for my last day at London Fashion Week. This was my favourite day by far! This was the only day I went to Somerset House. I was invited to see the LoveBullets display. It was one of the best things I saw all week, they make jewellery out of old bullet casings and it was just such an artistic way of using old artillery. Another of my favourites was Mawi Jewellery, they had a collection called ‘The Bunny Collection.’ The clue is in the name really, it was an entire collection of necklaces, rings and bracelets of bunnies! My ultimate favourite animal ever. I am so excited for this collection to be released in AW15, I will definitely be investing in a bunny ring.

It’s a common misconception that people that work in the fashion industry are bound to be bitchy and superficial. I can safely say, that the people that I met at Somerset House were some of  the friendliest people I have ever met! Everyone comes up to you and just starts chatting, e-mail addresses are exchanged, compliments given out left right and centre, and industry professionals giving advice to interns and students. It was an amazing experience and I am so lucky that I had the opportunity to go!



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