Alex Monroe’s Buzz-Worthy Handmade Jewelry
Jewelry has always felt like one of the most personal forms of expression to me. Some pieces ride the waves of a trend while others stand the test of time, resting around your neck or on a finger across the years. The perfect piece of jewelry is a totem, endowed with a feeling, a place, a person, or a promise. What makes a piece of handmade jewelry become a part of your every day, deepening its value with every wear?
Alex Monroe jewelry is feminine, delicate, and consistently wearable. The worldwide brand designs and handmakes each piece in England by Alex and his team. He draws inspiration from nostalgia and nature so every piece of jewelry has its own tale to tell. The designs are all original and created by hand in sterling silver to achieve the signature detail attributed to Alex Monroe jewelry. Each piece is handmade in England, then hand-finished by craftspeople in their London workshops.
Above all, Alex Monroe jewelry is committed to sustainable and ethical production. He is a leading example as a jewelry brand devoted to leaving as little impact as possible on the environment. This commitment to sustainable practices is attributed to Alex’s childhood, spent in the countryside of Suffolk surrounded by nature, living a life of adventure and roaming.
To provide ethically made pieces, Alex Monroe jewelry uses recycled gold, silver, paper, and plastics. These stunning creations aren’t meant to ride the highs and lows of seasons and trends — instead, the pieces are meant to be timeless.
Alex visited an exhibit of Lucas Cranach’s paintings where he found his inspiration for the next collection. His favorite painting of the show was Cupid complaining to Venus; it depicted Cupid being stung by bees after stealing some honey. The bee is said to represent the inevitable pain of love, thus introducing the collection called Original Sin based around the bee.
“I had several attempts at making the bee, I wanted it to represent female strength and vulnerability. And of course, the bittersweet nature of love.” It was an immediate hit at London Fashion Week. “For me, The Bumblebee carries the spirit of a rich friendship; refreshingly familiar and steadfastly new.”
Another stunning piece of jewelry by Alex is a unique and intricate folding disc necklace. It opens to reveal two different designs. This necklace was created as part of the “Gather a Dream” collection — hoping to evoke feelings of hope, romance, and new beginnings in light of challenging times. The resilient mixed-metal collection hopes to be an uplifting reminder that every day is a new beginning.
Can you imagine a better message to adopt during these times? I’ve taken to layering the stunning bumblebee necklace and folding necklace for an everyday stack with an inspiring message. Not only is this handmade jewelry impeccably designed, but the commitment to sustainability and inspiring messages also gives me hope every time I put them on.