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This is how you look after your gold plated jewellery...

Rachel Richards

Keep your gold looking gorgeous!

tips on enjoying your gold plated jewellery

Being a jewellery fan can be an expensive hobby! At The Wearer we focus on offering you accessibly priced, premium fashion jewellery so you can build your collection without having to sell your soul in the process! Its that reason why most of the brands we work with predominantly use sterling silver as their base metal. Its a beautiful quality that is easy to look after and wear year after year with few allergies or tarnishing issues.

Our gold designer collections contain pieces that are both gold plated and gold filled. We love them because they give the aesthetic appeal of solid gold but for a whole lot less.

Whats the difference? Well, Gold-plated jewellery has a layer of gold over sterling silver, so when that layer wears down, the base metal is revealed. Gold-filled jewellery on the other hand, mixes gold with sterling silver, permanently bonding the metals together. 

Our best selling finish is gold so its useful to know how to look after your gold plated pieces.

Buying plated jewellery needn’t be a worry. Its true that it needs a little bit more care than solid gold but if looked after well it can look beautiful for months or even years. And don’t forget; if worst comes to worst you can always have your jewellery re-plated. Still a huge saving on solid gold!

The things to remember are:

    • Try to remove your gold plated jewellery before sleeping, showering or bathing, swimming or playing sports where you’re likely to get sweaty! Excessive friction, water and especially sweat can make the gold wear much faster. Not much point wearing your jewellery to sleep. Enjoy your jewellery where everyone can see it and admire it (depending of course who you’re in bed with!).

    • AVOID spraying perfume directly onto your jewellery. Try and apply scent or body lotion before adding your favourite pieces and avoid the ares where your gold plated jewellery touches your skin. In general any extra chemical or oils that you apply to your skin are not going to help the longevity of your jewellery.

If it starts to look a bit grubby you can gently clean your plated jewellery with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt it has acquired. Gently rubbing the surface of your gold plated jewellery using a soft jewellery cloth also helps restore shine. Avoid specialist silver cleaning cloths though as these contain chemicals that will make the gold wear off more quickly!). If your jewellery needs more cleaning you can gently clean it with warm, soapy water. 

If we’re going to get technical then its good to know that in general our designers tend to use the following quality; 1-2 microns for earrings which don’t get subjected to much friction, 2 microns for necklaces and around 3 - 5 microns for rings. A nice thick coating that will have longevity on the pieces that are subjected to the most wear.

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CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY!

Rachel Richards

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INDEPENDENT WOMEN!

International Womens Day

As part of this very special annual event I teamed up with a small, select group of female boutique owners as part of Trouva's celebration of women in business. Joined by Emily Grace of T&Shop, Zoe Anderson from W.A.Green and Cassie Deborah from Room 356 to discuss our influences and inspirations. Read the interview here...

Destiny’s Child really led the way in 2001 with their era-defining song Independent Women, Pt.1. Though Beyoncé, Michelle, and Kelly have parted ways, their infectious tribute to female independence lives on, feeling all the more relevant 17 years later with so much conversation happening around women.

Two months in, 2018 is shaping up to be an important year for women; February saw the 100 year anniversary of women getting the right to vote, and in March we’ll be celebrating both International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day. So, what better time to amplify the voices of the many creative, talented women who are part of the Trouva network?

Meet four one-of-a-kind women each at the helm of a one-of-a-kind independent boutique as we talk to them about life as a female business owner and their hopes for what will have changed by International Women’s Day 2019.

 Rachel and the book In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney

Rachel and the book In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney

RACHEL RICHARDS FROM THE WEARER

Based in Islington’s Camden Passage, The Wearer was founded by Rachel, a former accessory and jewellery buyer. Inspired by creative local talent, she focuses on supporting London-based designers and offers an cutting-edge collection of jewellery and accessories. Naming Iris Apfel as a source of inspiration for her, it’s clear to see the influence of this maximalist icon in many of the pieces that Rachel stocks in-store. 

What are the benefits of being a female business owner?

I think in more general terms its a really positive time to be a female entrepreneur. It’s recognised that there needs to be more gender balance in business, particularly in the more traditionally male areas of tech and engineering where there is a huge amount of access to support and mentorship for women starting out.
From a more personal point of view within retail, the benefits for me are working with some amazing female designers makers creating their own brands and selling their beautiful product to a mainly female market with who I have a strong connection. I’m also lucky to have a network of other local female boutique owners, many of them on Trouva, who I can reach out to for advice and support.

Who inspires you?

There are a lot of high profile women that I’m inspired by. In business it has to be Anita Roddick. She had a very clear mission statement that she stuck to no matter how successful the Body Shop became; ‘To dedicate our business to the pursuit of social and environmental change.’ She really changed the way we think about social corporate responsibility and the impact of consumerism on the environment and forced many big established brands to respond and adapt likewise.

When to comes to fashion it has to be Iris Apfel. She’s an entrepreneur who’s done things on her terms all her life and its paid off. If I live to the ripe old age of 96 I only hope I have that much style and joy for life.

I also believe that we are inspired the most by the women we surround ourselves with and I’m so lucky to have friends that constantly amaze me with their emotional strength and perseverance. I think its difficult owning one boutique but my friend Holly has two shops (both on Trouva) and two young children. I have it quite easy in comparison!

What do you hope will have changed for women by International Women’s Day 2019?

A year is no time at all. It’ll be a long time before we see real gender parity but I think the important thing will be keeping the momentum of the past year which has been such a positive step forward in recognising issues such as the gender pay imbalance and sexual discrimination. Hopefully feminism will continue to become more mainstream. Despite everything there still seems to be a slightly negative association with the word. I think being a feminist is pretty simple, it just means you think men and woman should be equal.

Tell us about the item you chose to be photographed with.

The book In the Company of Women was a gift from my oldest friends when I decided to start the business. That in itself means a lot to me but the pages are full of positive advice from female leaders across a really diverse range of races, ages, backgrounds and industries. It’s a reminder of what you can achieve if you work hard and support each other.

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EMILY GRACE WRIGHT FROM T&SHOP

A former visual merchandiser and stylist who was brought up holistically, Emily opened T&Shop in Stoke Newington as a tea emporium, design shop and cafe. Inspired by Frida Kahlo and contemporary female creatives, mother-to-be Emily believes countries like Sweden are leading the way in terms of childcare and maternity support.

What are the benefits of being a female business owner?

I have found the willingness of other women who own businesses to talk frankly and support each other invaluable.

Who inspires you?

My mum, she ignited my interest in the body and has the most incredible capacity for caring, always seeing the best in everyone.

Also other women in the industry, seeing Rossana Orlandi’s space in Milan made me come back and paint the shop floor Yves Klein blue immediately.

Zoe Anderson who spoke on the panel last week about starting W.A Green with so much enthusiasm it made me go home (we’ve just moved) and think about what shades to cover our white walls.

What do you hope will have changed for women by International Women’s Day 2019?

I wish childcare and maternity would be better supported, as it perpetuates gender inequality in the workplace. The UK could look at countries like Sweden and Germany for inspiration, to give more women the same freedom of choice here.

ZOE ANDERSON FROM W.A. GREEN

Inspired by California’s carefree and crafty aesthetic, W.A. Green  is a showcase of colour and contemporary design. Located in Shoreditch and run by former advertiser Zoe Anderson who named the shop after her grandfather, this bright boutique presents an edit of homewares from an array of exciting brands. Passionate about working with female designers, Zoe ran a series of events during Shoreditch Design Triangle called Women Making Waves In Design.

Who inspires you?

I never set out to work with so many female designers but when I looked at the individual relationships I’d created with makers it dawned on me that a huge number were female and I gained inspiration from them all in so many different ways.

All women inspire me. My grandmother is 97 and she has really lived through so much change – I’d love to be as interesting and agile at her age. My daughter inspires me every day, the way she works so hard at her A levels is amazing, and I’d love her to be as proud of me as I am of her. I think it’s a very exciting time for women in work and I’m so grateful for people like Ruth Chapman from Matches Fashion for showing what can be achieved.

What are the benefits of being a female business owner?

I don’t think there are any benefits to being a female business owner. It’s hard work whichever sex you are! My personal experience of working and raising a family means I came into contact with lots of different types of people and fostered lots of different relationships with them all. I think this has helped me run a business that involves everybody from employees to accountants, delivery drivers to suppliers and of course, every type of customer you can imagine. 

What do you hope will have changed for women by International Women’s Day 2019?

A complete change in how sanitary products are sold, making them free to anyone who can’t afford them and removing the VAT for those that can. It’s ludicrous that women are taxed in this way. 

CASSIE DEBORAH FROM ROOM 356

Cassie opened Room 356 with her mother Bev in October 2014. It was not the first business venture for Cassie and Bev, who owned an espresso coffee bar where Cassie and her sister worked part time from the age of 14. Cassie went on to successfully manage the business for a year at the tender age of 18 before moving to London. Her experience as a female business owner means she hopes to see more women working higher up in male dominated industries and to see the gender pay gap shrink in the next year.  

What are the benefits of being a female business owner?

Ultimately for me it’s being able to work with fellow female business owners, makers and creatives that are hugely talented, intelligent and passionate about what they do. I have really been able to form a network of like-minded female business owners that are just so amazing to work with. I could write a list as long as my arm, they are all just incredible. I know that without having the business I would never of even met them, so that has been a major factor in shaping me as a woman in business. 

Who inspires you? 

I am inspired by the women closest to me. My family, friends and the talented women who I have met along the way. They inspire me daily in so many different ways. Many have their own businesses and are career minded, it is such a privilege to be able to receive support and guidance from them. I feel so lucky to have so many positive women in my life, full of strength and determination. 

What do you hope will have changed for women by International Women’s Day 2019?

I would like to see more women in much higher roles, especially in more male dominated industries. I would also hope that the pay scale is exactly the same for male and females in all industries, I can’t understand why it should be any different.

I would like to see females being given opportunities from different social classes. I watched a documentary recently about underprivileged girls at school, who were exceptionally clever and creative but due to their circumstances they were unable to afford University fees and deemed as not ‘fitting in’ at grammar schools because of the area they came from.

Ultimately, I would love to see women being given the same opportunities and not being judged or labelled for any reason other than the people that they are inside and the strengths and talents that they hold. 
 

BIG earrings are the chicest way to update your look this xmas....and we have ALL the best styles.

Rachel Richards

Anyone who LOVES jewellery like we do will be drawing a huge sigh of relief that the minimal jewellery trend has, for now, had its day. Some of us still hold a special place in our hearts for a fabulous conversation piece necklaces but if you really want to show your fashion credentials statement earrings are where its at; generation selfie’s favourite trend!

 Matchy is OUT. For the most fashion forward look go mismatch like the Coup de Coeur Wave Earring and Vortex Stud.

Matchy is OUT. For the most fashion forward look go mismatch like the Coup de Coeur Wave Earring and Vortex Stud.

 The best way to wear statement earrings like these fabulous neon pink shoulder dusters? Go casual...boiler suit and trainers!

The best way to wear statement earrings like these fabulous neon pink shoulder dusters? Go casual...boiler suit and trainers!

Without giving too much away (ahem) The Wearer can still just about remember the previous incarnations of this trend. Major hoops back in the 90’s but its not since the 80’s that such acceptably loud ear decorations have been so desirable.

 Bringing '80s chic bang up to date with these fabulous statement knots. Perfect for hair up...or boyish crop.

Bringing '80s chic bang up to date with these fabulous statement knots. Perfect for hair up...or boyish crop.

 These guys are in store soon. Very soon.  We're naming them The Most Awesome Earrings Ever Invented.  Get your name on the waiting list ASAP! Maximalism at its BEST!

These guys are in store soon. Very soon.  We're naming them The Most Awesome Earrings Ever Invented.  Get your name on the waiting list ASAP! Maximalism at its BEST!

Unlike the 80’s trend however, the way to ‘do’ statement earrings is to look nonchalantly dressed down in all other aspects. Jeans, trainers, t-shirt. Thats how to make this accessible catwalk inspired trend look bang up to date. 

 Simply gorgeous; these large chain links mix gold & silver with a peachy finish for the ultimate sophistocation

Simply gorgeous; these large chain links mix gold & silver with a peachy finish for the ultimate sophistocation

 If you're going to do chandelier chic then do it in style. These Longshaw Ward ice blue beauties are in store very soon!

If you're going to do chandelier chic then do it in style. These Longshaw Ward ice blue beauties are in store very soon!

British Vogues Jewellery Editor, Carol Woolton, is quoted as saying that she loves that fact that the look has become so mainstream. Its unusual for a jewellery trend because often things are shown on the runway and then people won’t wear it. High street through to designer; its a trend that everyone is on board with.

 Who says insects are creepy? These regal looking gold Dor beetles are chasing real  nuggets of Smokey Quartz. As worn by Thandie Newton. What could be more glam?!

Who says insects are creepy? These regal looking gold Dor beetles are chasing real  nuggets of Smokey Quartz. As worn by Thandie Newton. What could be more glam?!

 18K Gold plated earrings with rhinestones, tortoiseshell resin and mother-of-pearl. All this glamour calls for the simplest outfit. Jeans and white shirt will do nicely.

18K Gold plated earrings with rhinestones, tortoiseshell resin and mother-of-pearl. All this glamour calls for the simplest outfit. Jeans and white shirt will do nicely.

At The Wearer 50% of the product sold in our boutique are earrings alone and we’ve made sure we’ve got just what you’re looking for. And right in time for party season. Eclectic hand beaded chandeliers to slick metallic gold knots, neon shoulder dusters to catwalk inspired mismatches, we’ve even got clips or posts so everyone can get involved. Selfie sticks at the ready…say cheese!

 Clip ons 'tick', marble resin 'tick', optical illusion 'tick'. These Eshvi earrings have everything.

Clip ons 'tick', marble resin 'tick', optical illusion 'tick'. These Eshvi earrings have everything.

 Quirky yet elegant. These silver tassel earrings  do all the talking.

Quirky yet elegant. These silver tassel earrings  do all the talking.

The new collections are here!

Rachel Richards

I love summer and everything it brings (except wasps). Sunshine!  Ice-cream!  Holidays!  Sunglasses! And yes, we do have those at The Wearer, but unfortunately no ice-cream or holidays.  It does feel slightly crazy that just we just get our heads around the fact that it   summer is here and  the brand spanking new Autumn/Winter collections start arriving in the high street! It would be nice to just be able to enjoy summer while it lasts without the impending dread of those cold wet winters. Thats the joy of jewellery though; its so unseasonal so new just means NEW! Live in the moment with exciting work from our favourite London based designers that can be bought now and worn year round. The new collections are here!

Fear not, if you're just getting into the summer vibe and really want your accessories to provide that pop of colour we have just the thing from Longshaw Ward and their poppy brights to Ejing Zhang and her beautifully unique collection inspired by the colours  of  famous architecture and the brush strokes of Hockney. Metallics more your thing? Then  styling from  every day to out there  are provided by the beautiful new collections from Jessie Harris and Charlotte Valkeniers.  Jewellery lovers everywhere, ignore what the weather is doing  or what the hight street is dictating and just rejoice in the  gorgeous newness.

We can't even explain how in love we are with Ejing Zhangs beautiful resin designs and this season she has perfected the technique to incorporate subtly coloured resins and carefully selected threads to recreate the effect of brush stokes. These unique pieces epitomise what we find exciting about independent jewellery designers here at The Wearer. Ejing Zhangs AW17 collection incorporates four stunning colour options and introduces exciting new styles including the single Crescent earring. In response to current trends this versatile piece offers several different ways to wear and looks equally good worn in the ear or through a chunky knit or scarf when Autumn approaches. Inspired by simple architectural lines, rugged landscapes and sculptural forms. Each colour palette  is inspired by photography  of   buildings around the globe such as La Tourette by Le Courbusier and Walden 7 by Ricardo Bofill.

The AW17 collection from Longshaw Ward forms part of the second collection from the husband and wife duo.  We're huge fans of Kirsty Wards signature jewellery style and eclectic use of materials to produce these wonderfully eye catching pieces. Designed to make a statement these pendants, cuffs and shoulder duster earrings will have heads turning. Their 'demi-couture' jewellery is all handcrafted in their London studio and combines fluoro glass beads, star and leaf shapes with Swarovski ceramics and crystals, juxtaposed with hand worked aluminium for a more industrial feel. Heavily inspired by 1980's sci-fi movies, we want them ALL!

If you find the versatility of silver and gold finish more your style then the  elegant   new collection from Jessie Harris  (below) has the perfect mix of contemporary  shapes but with  a   playful edge. Or the unique motifs from Charlotte Valkeniers (bottom) mixing matt and shine silver and gold with just a sprinkling of sparkle that will make your style stand out.!

Jessie Harris' new  collection (above) is  a seamless transition from  her last making her  pieces so   collectable. If  you love her minimal aesthetic then Collection Five will get you  all hot under the collar  with those clean lines with  a playful twist! Jessie utilises  the   curl   and  tassel   motifs in a more fluid move on  from her previous designs and we just love  the feminine effect.  The  edited collection at The  Wearer includes her signature knocker earrings alongside those dance floor ready tassels that add a brand new movement to her styling. 

Charlotte Valkeniers collection follows a minimalistic approach. Every single one of her pieces is intricate and unique with an emphasis on attention to detail. Charlottes inspiration comes from looking   at the development of different types of binary coding, interpreting  these into  patterns of dots and dashes. She uses a combination of gold and silver plating within each piece often with her signature satin finish which gives her range of jewellery a thoroughly  contemporary appeal  that we love and think really contrasts and compliments the styles  of our other amazing designers within the boutique space.

 

Introducing....Vow London Eyewear

Rachel Richards

Exciting news from The Wearer! For anyone who has visited our gorgeous Islington Boutique you will know that we really are a jewellery box; a teeny-tiny treasure trove of all the best emerging new jewellery brands. But as of this week we've extended our offer into some totally awesome, directional eyewear.

We've always thought of sunglasses as a form of body decoration just like jewellery. Of course they have a practical use but lets be honest, 90% of the time we wear them to accessorise our look and express our personality not just to shield eyes from the sunlight....this us the UK after all!

This is where the new range from new sunglasses brand Vow London comes in. Their mix of sophisticated and playful styles offer something for every personality and face shape.

Our absolute favourites are the Sloane with glitter acetate. Classic preppy styling with a glamorous edge...and those pink mirror lenses!

Their distinctive acetate frames are specially selected for aesthetic appeal, durability and strength. Each frame is designer quality at a fraction of the price; hand carved and polished to create the perfect fit with 5 barrel nickel hinges for lasting stability. Finally, each frame has been paired with high quality scratch resistant lenses providing full UVA and UVB protection.

They say; combining luxe quality and directional urban styling, Vow London is the go-to brand for modern, quality eyewear without the luxury price tag. We say...get yours from The Wearer now! The sun is on its way...!

Introducing....Zelda Passini

Rachel Richards

At The Wearer we are constantly on the lookout for new and unique jewellery and we totally fell in love  with Zelda's distinctive tough yet feminine style at a small Shoreditch pop up shortly after she had launched  her eponymous brand in 2014.  Inspired, she told us,  by industrial objects and a post modernist aesthetic. A style that transcends age  and has a timeless appeal that we adore.  We saw  future classics  right away, making  a purchase and a mental note to keep an eye on this emerging brand. Who knew she would be gracing the glass shelves of our boutique  in the future.

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We were delighted when Zelda agreed to be part of our roster of  unique independent designers and  customers at our Islington boutique  have been making a  bee line for her distinct designs in store ever since.

Nice born  Zelda Passini grew up in an environment where jewellery took an important role. Her grandfather, a jewellery craftsman taught her about his love of the trade and passed on his passion for the small detail.

Inspired by this passion at an early age, Zelda developed her interest  in Fashion, Art and Design, going on to study Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins alongside independent designers  such as  Husam el Odeh, Maria Francesca Pepe and the sculptor Tarik Kiswanson.  

Zelda  combines shapes and lines in order to create small volumes of miniature wearable sculptures. Each of her pieces has a very clean, distinctive design with the intention of highlighting  the style and appearance of the person who wears it. Her  female role models are those in the films of  directors  Brisseau, Lynch, and Verhoeven  who's depictions of women are always complimentary ; fearless and graceful in their own unique way. 

Find the edited range of Zelda Passini designs in our Islington boutique and  on-line very soon!

 

 

"I'm just not a pink person..."

Rachel Richards

Over the last 12 months pink seems to have very, very slowly creeped back into my consciousness as a colour I could get excited about. I've always felt slightly anti pink; it feels so gender specific. Like the toys i grew up with in the 80s It always makes me think 'Barbie'! But suddenly its feeling new all sparkly new again and sophisticated enough for even a 'girl' my age (don't ask!). Its being re-claimed by feminist movements and its not just the Millennials colour of choice. Pink is for grown-ups too.

Yes, it was all over the catwalks but i'm no slave to fashion and neither are our customers. They're a stylish bunch with their own take on whats cool. However; inspired by some slightly fresher pink images posted onto The Wearer's Instagram page, by the time I opened the boutique nearly a year ago I had already embraced the power of pink in interiors and painted the walls a subtle shade of Farrow and Ball Calamine (this is Islington after all!). Beautifully greyed off it didn't feel overly sugary and coordinated with the inherited pink marble floors beautifully. Its had daily compliments ever since! 

 Tessa Metcalfe rose quartz claw ring £350 and Decadorn rose gold sprayed agate ring £69

Tessa Metcalfe rose quartz claw ring £350 and Decadorn rose gold sprayed agate ring £69

But could I be persuaded to wear pink? Turns out, if its attached to a piece of contemporary, directional jewellery then yes, I most definitely can. But just a hint or pop of pink for me. Its a trend you'd be hard pushed to ignore in SS17 and lets face it, piling on the pink is not for everyone. 

 Gorgeous rose gold cuffs; Arlo from Ruddock £270 and Myla from Edge of Ember £110..Set against our beautiful pink interior

Gorgeous rose gold cuffs; Arlo from Ruddock £270 and Myla from Edge of Ember £110..Set against our beautiful pink interior

Whether its part of the marble bead work, glass pearls, hand mixed jesmonite or pink coloured aluminium rings and hand dyed resin. Don't forget beautifully dipped rose gold, pink hued amethyst and chunky rose quartz. How about pink mirrored lenses and marbled acetate? When it comes to hand made jewellery from our amazing independent designers you'll find all these elements. So actually yes. Now i come to think about it turns out I am most definitely a pink person.

 Hand mixed and dyed jesmonite with stainless steel from Hackney based Promises Promises. Bangle £44 and ring £36.

Hand mixed and dyed jesmonite with stainless steel from Hackney based Promises Promises. Bangle £44 and ring £36.

 Pink mirror lenses. from £20

Pink mirror lenses. from £20

 Gorgeous pink mirrors from new brand Vow London....coming soon

Gorgeous pink mirrors from new brand Vow London....coming soon

 OK, so i'm cheating on the pink here. But love the styling of the Zelda Passini No. 1 Earrings. Buy yours with or without the fondant icing topping for £85...available in store

OK, so i'm cheating on the pink here. But love the styling of the Zelda Passini No. 1 Earrings. Buy yours with or without the fondant icing topping for £85...available in store