Monday, May 28, 2012

Win an Alex Monroe Best of British necklace

IMAGE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II BY DOROTHY WILDING, 1952, NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

Alex Monroe is one of my favourite jewellery designers, so I was very excited to be invited to the official opening of his first standalone store and preview his new Best of British collection.

The shop at the prettily named Snowfields – under the shadow of the newly completed Shard, London and Europe's tallest building, and near London Bridge Tube station and Borough Market – is just as pretty inside. Pretty magical, in fact.

Alex Monroe conjures nature indoors, not only through his designs, but with the decor, too, with trees and birds adorning the whimsical space (below). Curio cabinets showcase his jewellery, from vintage noticeboards to old butterfly cases to taxidermy bell jars. Jutta, his store manager, tells me Alex has been collecting these pieces for years. And now they come into their own, to reveal the inspirations and ideas behind his work.


Inspired by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Best of British collection is a charming array of all things British, from a crown (£165, pictured top and below) to a teapot spouting a brown sapphire (£138) to a delightful gingerbread man with black diamonds for buttons and eyes (£180).

If you're in London this Thursday 31st May, join Alex as he launches the collection at his boutique with a Jubilee extravaganza from 10am to 8pm. It's a thoroughly British affair with Holdsworth chocolates, Clipper Tea and Belvoir soft drinks on offer throughout the day. Plus, the first 30 customers will receive a goodie bag with their purchase, with British-brand gifts from Burt's Bees and Dorset Cereal among others, plus a jar of Alex Monroe honey!

IMAGE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II BY DOROTHY WILDING, 1952, NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

The crowning glory of the collection (if you'll excuse the pun) is the iconic gold-plated and silver crown necklace, as modelled by the Queen here. It'll be available online and at Alex Monroe stockists – or you could win it! The designer has kindly donated the necklace, worth £165, for me to give away to one lucky reader.

So, to enter this competition, become a fan of my Facebook page and leave a comment saying which Alex Monroe piece is your ultimate favourite. Is it Alex's bestselling bumblebee necklace? Or has his feather designs tickled your fancy? Check out Alex Monroe's website now to scour your favourite, then visit my Facebook page to enter. The competition ends at midnight on 17th June 2012. Good luck and all the best!

2 comments:

  1. My favourite piece is the Alex Monroe feather ring, so simple, classic and elegant and all inspired by nature. Simply beautiful!

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  2. It's got to be the beautiful baby Bee necklace. Those insects work so hard and are delicate little creatures. They travel an average of 1600 round trips in order to produce one ounce of honey; up to 6 miles per trip. To produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to 4 times around the earth!

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