If you want to embrace antique-gold, brass finish, vintage feel jewellery then this site is a must to add to your favourites! ‘This Charming Girl’ was launched in 2006 by fellow-Scot Jacqueline Currie and is now a thriving jewellery business, having stockists absolutely everywhere, shipping worldwide and offering a selection of jewels that would make your granny proud! (and that is a great thing!)
The feel of the jewellery itself is so unlike anything on the high street, that the rough finish most pieces have make them all the more loveable and kitsch. All of the jewellery is made from recycled vintage pieces, so that you can really feel the history behind what you are wearing. I think the style of jewellery is for a specific taste and may not be fully appreciated by, say, the more punk of us. But Jacqueline clearly has style and direction and does not offer too much with regards to different jewellery genres.
The website has a very inviting feel to it, with its header catching your eye and clearly illustrating what the site has to offer us lucky ladies. It is also well informed, making sure its customers have all the knowledge they will need; including return policy, ordering information, a blog and a section on how to care for your jewellery – which is a huge plus! The variety of jewellery available is satisfactory, but as a girl who loves choice, the more the better! This site seems to be a shining example of WHAT TO DO and WHAT WORKS.
Difficult choices to make but here come my three favourites:
This cute as pie bow necklace is called ‘Ribbon’ and comes on a 18” chain (£10.50) and as a mini-version (£9). What with bows making a come-back this year I think that this deserves a place in every girls jewellery collection. The ruffled appearance of the bow make it seem almost untidy, which gives it a childish edge. This piece is timeless and one you can wear whatever the weather. Personally I would opt for the larger of the two, making a bigger impact but only costing slightly more.
As a huge Alice in Wonderland fan this second choice was very easy. I don’t usually wear brooches and this safety-pin like design is not one I would usually go for, but the subtle inclusion of the gold rabbit and the ticking mini clock make me melt. ‘I’m Late, I’m Late Brooch’ is so unique and unlike anything on the high street. It could be pinned on to the pocket of a military blazer, used to hold a wrap cardi together, even pinned into your hair! The possibilities of where to put this baby are endless. Like Mr Carroll himself, use your imagination and find a place to pin this little gem – please! At £8.50 you would be silly not to love it!
Last piece (*weep*) is this stunning ‘Nest Egg’ necklace. This beauty I think may not appeal to everyone, as the egg design is quite clear and makes the piece lose its vintage touch slightly, but I love it. The combination of the white in the egg, and the gold of the swallows complement each other so well, and really make the necklace seem delicate and fresh. This would be a fantastic present for an expecting mother, two birds carrying such a precious gift. Symbolic as well as pretty – guaranteed a little giggle nonetheless. Priced at £13 it is the most expensive of the three, but the one I am most likely to buy. Oh well beauty is pain, pain to the purse-strings.
What a wonderful jewellery brand – one I am sure to use in the future. Now please ‘This Charming Girl’ get making some vintage rings!!!!!!!!!!!!!