Following on from my review of Temporary: Secretary’s cute and smiling jewellery website, I have decided to review a close competitor of theirs – Love Hearts and Crosses. This website is one I came across about seven months ago and I was immediately taken by it. The pieces are so unique and like nothing you will see on the high street. Their moto is ‘quirky and cute’ when it comes to jewellery – and these two words are spot one when describing their style.
The layout of the website is very simple yet effective. They make sure that nothing distracts the user from their most important feature – their products. All items are clearly pictured in high definition. The site shares similarities with Temporary: Secretary, which includes a ‘In the Press’ section and they also offer a Lucky Dip option (5 things for £10). The merchandise is completely different though. For example Love Hearts and Crosses do not sell charm bracelets but are much more bangle-based and the design is generally more vintage-looking than the cute style of Temporary: Secretary. The site doesn’t have much stock, but each item is detailed so beautifully that it does not matter. Prices can be a little on the steep side – with delicate bracelets being priced at £29 in some cases, but if that is the price of elegance then it is well worth it.
As for my top three, the decisions were difficult to make – but I managed to find three that really suit me!
This ‘Printed Floral Bracelet’ is a must-have for any jewellery collection, and can be worn all-year round. In summer this item will go nicely with lighter fabrics and embroidered crop tops, piling on the bangles good n’ plenty mind you! But for the colder seasons this bracelet will stand alone amongst darker shades and give off happy rays in weather where the sun might not have his hat on! Funnily enough, the smugdy and clumsy painting of the flowers give it a more grown-up feel, rather than the clear simple design found on toddler’s learning sets. The chunk of the bangle make sure it does not go unnoticed, but the delicate size of the flowers make sure it is not too bold. The bangle comes in two colours, black and white, but the white colour is far better as the black seems to brash and less feminine. Priced at £15.
The second item on the must-have list is this creative ‘Bicycle Pocket Watch Necklace’ . Not only is this practical with its working clock, it also appeals to the more adventurous side of a girl’s personality. I’m not saying that I regularly enjoy a lovely bike ride up the local hills – far from it – but its design is very boyish and because of its quirky angle it seems very cheeky. It would be difficult to wear this necklace and NOT get a compliment. The chain is very sturdy, and the vintage colour to the chain and pendant give it a quality charm. If, like me, you are up for a laugh this is a must have! Hurry up and get it before it zooms out of stock! Brrrinnng Brrrring! £18
Lastly we have ‘Antique Crystal and Pearl Brooch’