The Story Behind… The Cupcake Bangle

At This Material Culture we’re all about ideas – the bangle, necklace, earrings you buy weren’t churned out in a factory. Each piece has a story, a concept, and about 4 other earlier versions I decided weren’t good enough. I wanted to share the stories behind some of our pieces with you because we’re not a faceless company, we are two quirky, creative people with a passion for creating products that mean something (and are really pretty).

So it’s been a while since I’ve written on the blog (sorry!!). We had a mega busy christmas (thank you so much beautiful customers) and we’re busy making up more jewellery but I thought it was about time we shared another story of one of our pieces. This time I’m going to tell you about our cupcake bangle – a gorgeous, cute, pastel, tribute to the most wonderful invention of all time – CAKE!!

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I bought the little cupcake charms because they are just so cute – tiny, silver and really detailed, with little sprinkles and everything! We’ve put it on a pendant because it totally holds its own as a cute little necklace, perfect for any bakers, but we’ve also got a cupcake bangle – and I love it.

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I think there’s something fabulously British about cake, we’re huge fans of The Great British Bake Off (I’ve been hopelessly trying not to put a soggy bottom joke in this post) and in Liverpool we’re lucky to have some wonderful local independent bakeries, like The Custom Cupcake Company, Albion Bakehouse, Cuthberts, Laura’s Little Bakery and The Baltic Bakehouse and there’s no better treat than a proper homemade cake. I love baking, (you can read some of my recipes here) there’s something so relaxing about creating something out of nothing, and I I love all the cute, pretty baking accessories you can get now, so all that inspiration goes into the bangle too!

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When I was designing this bangle I wanted it to bring you all the lovely happy feelings we get when we think about cupcakes. I decided to stick with little seed beads – they remind me of sprinkles and they just work. For the colour scheme I wanted to use cute pastels, but in cakey colours. So I looked at some of our favourite cakes – french fancies, cinnamon swirls, iced doughnuts – and chose my colours based on them. I settled on baby pink, lemon, brown and white, and then chose a range of pearlised, sparkly and matte beads. And of course, we can’t forget the super cute cupcake charm!

Each bangle is made unique, so the order and combination of the beads is totally unique on your bangle – I think it keeps the beauty of a handmade product, while obviously still looking like a This Material Culture cupcake bangle.

So there you have it, the gorgeous This Material Culture Cupcake Bangle – inspired by well… cupcakes!!

Get yours here xxx

#thismaterialchristmas blogger challenge

So, we recently held a blogger challenge here at This Material Culture, asking you to take a look at our website and tell us who you’d buy what for and what would be the perfect presents for your nearest and dearest. We were looking for sweet stories, a great writing style and something to get us in the festive spirit, and for one of you guys to win all of your christmas presents!!

We were so very made up with all of your posts – we’ve spent ages reading them over and over! Thanks so much to everyone who took part, we loved stepping into your world and reading your ideas and thoughts about those who are close to you – truly heartwarming stuff! It was also lovely to hear that you love our pieces so much, it always makes our day to get great comments from people!

If you want to check out the entries, (you will!) here’s a lovely list…

  • http://loubeeloublogs.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/this-material-christmas-very-merry.html
  • http://www.eriwonders.com/this-material-christmas/this-material-culture
  • http://www.mojichlo.uk/2015/11/this-material-culture-christmas.html
  • http://jessicaforrester.me/2015/11/12/this-material-christmas/
  • http://letsstartwiththisone.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/create-ultimate-film-squad-with-this.html
  • http://comicsandcookies.com/2015/11/17/this-material-christmas/
  • https://thatlittleblogofeverything.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/thismaterialchristmas-blogger-challenge/
  • http://cookingupatreat.com/2015/11/10/this-material-culture-challenge/
  • http://lifeof-a-daydreamer.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/this-material-christmas_17.html
  • http://www.wafflemama.uk/2015/11/this-material-culture-handmade-jewellery.html
  • http://linkis.com/RYdBR

We were genuinely so impressed by the quality of all of the blog posts and I would totally have just sent everyone everything if I could! But there’s got to be a winner and that is the lovely Chloe of www.mojichlo.uk . We loved your stories and your entry was just so lovely, we’re chuffed to be able to send you your wishlist in time for christmas!! We hope your Grandma loves her lucky bangle as much as we do!

As a thanks for entering, we’d love to offer everyone who took part 25% off their christmas wishlists, as we really appreciated all the time and effort you put in. To get the code, just send us a quick message via our website, facebook or twitter!

Thanks for reading, keep checking our twitter (@thismaterial) and facebook (www.facebook.com/thismaterialculture) for some countdown to christmas treats for you all,

Rebecca & Sam

 

 

This Material Christmas – A Very Merry Blogger Challenge!

We’re very excited to launch our first blogger challenge – and we’re feeling festive!!

Christmas Shopping – whether you love it or you hate it, there’s always someone to buy for! We think our jewellery is perfect for christmas presents and we hope you do too!

And for one lucky blogger, we’re going to make it a whole lot easier this year.

 

For our This Material Christmas challenge, we want you to do what you do best – write a blog post! We want you to take a look at our website and tell us who you’d buy what for and what would be the perfect presents for your nearest and dearest. Our jewellery is full of personality, and each piece is perfect for someone.

Maybe your Aunty Susan loves cats and would wear our cat necklace with pride? Maybe your brother would rock our octopus cord necklace? Does your cousin bake the best cakes in the world and would treasure a cupcake bangle? Or is your best friend planning a trip around the world and deserves our traveller necklace?

All you’ve got to do to enter is choose 5 items from our online shop and tell us why they would be perfect presents. And the prize? Well, our favourite post will win their items, all wrapped, gift tagged and ready to give, making your christmas truly hassle free and to sweeten the deal, we’ll give you a piece of your choosing too!

There’s nothing better than giving a gift that is truly perfect for someone, and we really think our pieces will do that. So, what are you waiting for?

Write up your post, let us know by tweeting @thismaterial or sending an email to thismaterialculture@gmail.com with a link to your This Material Christmas piece. We’ll make sure to share your posts too, so expect some great publicity for your blog! You’ve got til the 1st December and we can’t wait to see what you come up with, we’re looking for funny stories, thoughtful ideas and a good, fun christmassy read!

#thismaterialchristmas

xx

The Story Behind… The Dreamcatcher Earrings

At This Material Culture we’re all about ideas, the bangle, necklace, earrings you buy weren’t churned out in a factory. Each piece has a story, a concept, and about 4 other earlier versions I decided weren’t good enough. I wanted to share the stories behind some of our pieces with you because we’re not a faceless company, we are two quirky, creative people with a passion for creating products that mean something (and are really pretty).

This post is all about The Story Behind… The Dreamcatcher Earrings

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I don’t know about you, but I love dangly earrings. I have two holes in my lobes so I love wearing a cute pair of studs and a fab pair of statement earrings. I’ve bought and made a tonne of earrings in the past and I’m always drawn towards feathers. I wanted to make a really beautiful pair of statement earrings that featured these gorgeous silver feather charms but on their own I think they’re a bit short. I decided to incorporate a little bit of beading because let’s face it, I really love beads!

I love the idea of dreamcatchers and I looked at Native American jewellery for inspiration for these earrings. Turquoise features heavily as you’d imagine and I decided some beautiful genuine turquoise beads were exactly what they needed. Turquoise has been used in amulets and jewellery for thousands of years, by many cultures, from the Egyptians, to the Aztecs, to the Native Americans. It has always been associated with protection and it really is a beautiful, natural stone, one of my favourites.

I think turquoise beads were enough colour so I framed them with delicate black seed beads and some gorgeous silver glass beads so the turquoise really stands out. So, add some turquoise beaded headpins to beautiful silver feather charms, on silver plated earrings wires and we have these stunning dreamcatcher earrings.

I really love these, I’ve made a pair for myself. I’ve worn them with a simple white shift dress, which looked fab and I’m a big fan of patterned maxi dresses and these go perfectly! If you’re looking for a laid back, boho summer look, the dreamcatcher earrings are perfect.

Each pair is handmade with loads of love and attention and you can buy a pair for £6 right here

https://www.thismaterialculture.com/product/dreamcatcher-earrings/

Thanks for reading, hope you like the earrings, let us know if you get a pair and how you style them!

This Material Culture – Our Little Adventure Chapter 1

We’ve been on our business adventure for over half a year now and it’s been fabulous!

You guys are so important in our journey and we wanted to share it with you, so here’s our story…

We started This Material Culture out of a bit of a crappy situation. I got ill, with horrible, awful depression, and I had to quit my job. It wasn’t working that was the problem, I’ve had a job since I was 14, it was actually going to work and being in the situation that I couldn’t cope with. Instead of sitting at home in my pyjamas and feeling rubbish I decided to do something awesome.

I started painting again, for the first time since my A Levels, I bought some Hama beads and made cute coasters, I knitted a blanket. I rediscovered my creativity and then I made some jewellery.

People really loved this jewellery, it was unique, stuff you couldn’t buy on the high street. I had a look and a bit of a research and realised that fun, quirky, individual jewellery was in short supply. So we started a jewellery business.

We wanted our business to be about people. We live in Liverpool, and personality is something that our city has in buckets. You can buy phone covers, tshirts, cushions with your favourite disney film, obscure indie band or cult TV series on, but not jewellery. We wanted to let people wear the things they love in their jewellery.

I went on a few business courses, we talked to friends and family about our ideas and we started to make a hell of a lot of jewellery. We developed the logo, the packaging, the designs – everything that is This Material Culture was fuelled by cups of tea, two best friends and ideas at 3am scribbled on receipts.

Early on in our adventure we realised that there was no point trying to make personality driven jewellery without talking to people. We started selling our pieces at local craft fairs, and instead of making lots of money (we didn’t!) we had loads and loads and loads of conversations. We talked to people about their favourite animals, we looked at photos of people’s pets, we talked about their favourite TV characters, we talked about their childhood button obsessions. We listened to people’s stories and we created new designs that were inspired by the people we met and the stories they told us.

Our pieces sparked memories, conversations and inspirations and we love it.

In a warehouse at the edge of town, with no heating (hence the cape) and a less polished set up!

In a warehouse at the edge of town, with no heating (hence the cape), handwritten signs and a less polished set up!

Symbolism

So I wanted to share with you guys some of the concepts and ideas that are important in This Material Culture and our pieces and I thought I’d write a little blog post about it! You guys, our customers and fans, are so important to us and I wanted to share with you a little bit of the creative process behind the jewellery, especially the ideas that inspire us.

I LOVE to learn about things, me and Sam are always watching ted talks, going to the museums, surprising each other with random facts. One of the things that really interests me is ancient cultures, especially art, spirituality and artefacts (aka material culture!) and how they relate to each other. Don’t worry I’m not going to throw my dissertation at you, but I love the idea that we as humans put so much meaning and symbolism into objects and they become something more than what they are because of it.

So Ancient Egyptians wore amazing, tiny, intricate amulets for protection, but they also looked pretty. And the different amulets had different meanings, so if you wore an ankh symbol it represented life, if you wore an eye of horus it would protect you from snake bites (there’s a whole myth to this that is fascinating but you can google it kids, this is a jewellery site!). I think this is something that we still do, from the apple logo on your iphone, to the band on your tshirt, to the silver clover on your lucky bangle. Everything you wear says something about you, so it might as well be something awesome!

Our jewellery is packed with symbolism, the hamsa necklace is all about protection, the peace earrings have the well recognised peace symbol. And it’s not just the obvious symbols, all of our pieces allow you to share a little something about yourself with the world, the gramophone necklace shows your love of music, the stars and stripes bangle is all about americana and the knitting bangle is a great way to show off your hobby.

We want our jewellery to be all about you, the things you love and of course, it looks pretty too!

The Story Behind… The Giraffe Necklaces (and a little bit about doing fairs!)

At This Material Culture we’re all about ideas, the bangle, necklace, earrings you buy weren’t churned out in a factory. Each piece has a story, a concept, and about 4 other earlier versions I decided weren’t good enough. I wanted to share the stories behind some of our pieces with you because we’re not a faceless company, we are two quirky, creative people with a passion for creating products that mean something (and are really pretty).

Here’s The Story Behind… The Giraffe Necklace

As a young business, we do LOADS of events, trying to sell our jewellery and get the word out about This Material Culture. We’ve been to craft fairs in country houses, warehouses, pubs, bombed out churches, coffee shops, gift shops, you name it!

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Though waking up super early, walking miles and carrying our stock in suitcases, canvas bags and hold alls isn’t the easiest job in the world, these events have been so important in growing our business.

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Some have been miserable failures where we’ve only made £7 in a whole day and only 6 people actually turned up, and some have been hugely successful where we’ve made enough money to cover our stall cost and to buy a lovely takeaway on the way home (and pay the water bill of course) and had a great day chatting and meeting awesome people.bombed out

We get a unique opportunity to talk to the people who actually buy our things. And we really do listen. Hence, the giraffe necklaces. We do a few vintage fairs and I really like finding some old forgotten treasures and turning them into beautiful pieces of wearable art. I made a couple of necklaces out of toy animals (check out our instagram and facebook for some photos) and one was a giraffe I got from a car boot. It was the first thing we sold that day, and loads of people asked us whether we had any giraffes, as that was a one off piece. I made a mental note, and then realised that at an awful lot of fairs we did people were asking whether we had anything with giraffes on. I did a little look on the high street and giraffes are the most popular animal ever! 20150221_100037

I managed to find these gorgeous bronze giraffe charms featuring a mummy and a baby giraffe and thought they were perfect. They’re nice and big so everyone can see what you’re wearing but they are light and totally wearable. And they have nice, cute faces, which is really important! We worked on the design, finding the chain length, designing the packaging and the Giraffe necklace was born. It’s been really popular, it’s cute, quirky and makes a lovely gift.

I recently got a lovely email from Jessica who’s sister bought her a giraffe necklace and she said… ‘My sister bought me a giraffe necklace from yourself when she attended a vintage fair in Liverpool a few weeks ago. She gave me this for my birthday as I absolutely love giraffes. Now I absolutely love this necklace! I love delicate dainty pieces of jewellery which are quirky but well made. & this necklace is exactly that. It’s beautiful in design and quality, as well as quirky but dainty! It suits my personality and style perfectly!! I’ve already worn it loads and had so many compliments on it!So thank you. After seeing this, I can’t wait to buy more of your handmade jewellery.’ I was so chuffed to receive such a lovely email and to know that something you guys had suggested, I had listened to, designed and made could make someone so happy! giraffe pendant

And it’s not just the girls, I was chatting on twitter with blogger Lauren (@beautyxdivision) who said her other half totally loved giraffes too. I’d bought some smaller silver giraffe charms in my quest to make the perfect giraffe necklace and though these would be perfect for a more gender neutral giraffe necklace. I used simple black cord to hang it on and the effect is a cool, tribal, giraffe necklace, perfect for guys or girls.giraffe necklaceSo there you go. Running a business isn’t all making loads of pretty things and making lots of money. It’s really hard work and because you’ve built it from nothing, a lot of patience and positive thinking makes the lack of a regular income just about bearable. But I believe This Material Culture will be a success, because we care about the people who buy our pieces, we listen to what they want and use design and creativity to make that happen. The giraffe necklace is the perfect example of why starting small, being genuine and listening to your customers is the best way to go, and yes, it is really cute too!

If you’d like to buy a gorgeous giraffe necklace, the links are here…

Bronze Giraffe Necklace

Silver Cord Giraffe Necklace

Thanks for reading and if you’re in Liverpool check out our Facebook and Twitter to find out what events we’re doing and come say hello!

Rebecca

The Story Behind… The This Material Culture Dinosaur Necklace

Here’s the story behind the This Material Culture Dinosaur Necklace

At This Material Culture we’re all about ideas, the bangle, necklace, earrings you buy weren’t churned out in a factory. Each piece has a story, a concept, and about 4 other earlier versions I decided weren’t good enough. I wanted to share the stories behind some of our pieces with you because we’re not a faceless company, we are two quirky, creative people with a passion for creating products that mean something (and are really pretty). So here’s The Story Behind the This Material Culture Dinosaur Necklace.

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I love dinosaurs, I always have. I grew up watching Jurassic Park (it came out the year I was born – fact) and I read the book when I was about 12. There is something so fascinating and awesome about these ancient creatures, and I remember going for fossil walks when I was little with my dad and scouring up rocks to try find ammonites.

I started working in the World Museum Gift Shop in Liverpool last year. If you haven’t been, you should. It’s a crazy old building with one floor of dinosaurs, then another of egyptians, then an observatory, then a floor of creepy stuffed animals – it’s awesome! In the entrance hall there’s a giant pterosaur hanging from the ceiling, and when you finish work on a late winter evening, the museum is empty and there’s a huge flying dinosaur skeleton above you, it’s pretty special.

Working in the shop, I realised I wasn’t the only ‘grown up’ who loved dinosaurs. All sorts of people ended up going home with plastic stegosaurus keyrings or a cuddly ankylosaurus or a triceratops bouncy ball, from pensioners to preening teenagers (and of course, the enthusiastic five year olds).

I think the heart of our brand is being able to wear quirky awesome jewellery that features something you love. And people really love dinosaurs! So when I found these amazing T Rex charms with their big smiles and teeny arms I knew we were on to a winner.

Dinosaur Lovers Unite

And they’ve been dead popular. We had one lady buy one because she had small arms and used to be called T Rex as a nickname. We had a little girl in a bright pink princess dress and fairy wings buy one, put it on and refuse to take it off. I’ve had people show me their dinosaur socks to prove their love and affinity with all things dinosaur. The lovely blogger Sarah wrote this fab review of our This Material Culture dinosaur necklace which you can read at moshing zombies.

It’s random, adorable and so much fun and the main reason people buy one is because… guess what… they love dinosaurs! You can have your very own little T Rex pendant, and band together with us dinosaur lovers. Be proud. Wear a Dinosaur Necklace.

Dinosaur Necklace

Rebecca

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This Material Culture Blogger Reviews

This Material Culture Blogger Reviews

It’s really important to use that people love our brand and our products. We are all about individuality, and we want to create pieces that let you show off your amazing, unique personality.

We wanted to see whether we actually were doing this so we got in touch with some amazing bloggers to see what they thought about This Material Culture and which pieces they loved and felt were perfect for them. I’ve called this post This Material Culture Blogger Reviews because that’s exactly what it is –  We had some amazing reviews and we are super proud so here we go –

This is from the gorgeous Jemma at www.dorkface.co.uk who chose an arrow necklace

I’m not often great at accessorising; never really knowing what suits me, or how to wear jewellery at work. So when This Material Culture got in touch with me and offered to send me a piece from their range, I jumped at the chance.

This Material Culture are a Liverpool brand who provide handmade, unique pieces ‘inspired by the world’. When they contacted me I took a little look around their social media, and found their Instagram here. It’s a delightful insight into the work they put into their brand, their beautiful jewellery and the inspirations behind it all. It’s really nice to see a local business doing well for themselves.

I was able to choose my own piece from the collection, and I decided to go with the beautiful Arrow Necklace* I had my eye on. I was so happy when this arrived in the post, because it was even prettier in real life. I absolutely adore delicate, simple necklaces rather than big, chunky ones so I knew I had chosen right for myself. The quality is amazing, and for only £5 I couldn’t believe it. I decided to team it with a white tee with navy stripes. Something about this combination just screams Spring to me, and I loved it. I’ve been wearing my necklace everyday and gotten compliments on it already!

If you feel like supporting small business, head on over to This Material Culture and browse their huge collection. I’d like to say a big thank you to them for thinking of me, and I wish them every success in the future, as they are a wonderful bunch!

Read the piece again here – http://www.dorkface.co.uk/2015/03/this-material-culture-jewellery.html

This piece is from lovely Megan at www.lattesandlondon.com who chose our Gatsby Bangle

Discovering a new and unique jewellery company…

Recently, I was contacted by newborn Liverpool-based jewellery company This Material Culture to try out one of their products. I’m a huge jewellery lover and was really keen to feature some on my blog so this was a great opportunity to do so, whilst giving you guys a little preview into this exciting fresh brand.

Launched in 2014, This Material Culture is made up of a wife and husband team – Rebecca (owner and jewellery designer) and Sam Gardom (manager). This instantly drew me towards loving the brand already: for some reason, I find that homegrown, independent talent and family-run companies are the ones I always love the most. It definitely struck me that a lot of heart and soul had gone into this venture and after doing some research, I discovered that – behind the beautiful jewellery – there was a whole lot of passion.

This Material Culture’s vision is simple: to create bespoke, handmade and aesthetically pleasing pieces at an affordable price. I know what you’re thinking: handmade unique jewellery, without breaking the bank? It sounds too good to be true, right? Well, I’m delighted to tell you that it’s not. One of the things I love to do when I’m out and about shopping in the suburbs is search for obscure, independent shops that sell beautiful products that I know nobody else will have. However, if you’ve tried doing this yourself then you’ll know just how difficult it is to find things like this without paying an arm and a leg. It’s a great feeling to know you own something original – and to me, it definitely always means more when it’s handcrafted, which is why I was so surprised to see that Rebecca and Sam charge so little for their quirky creations.

The brand currently offers a host of different pieces, such as bangles, necklaces and earrings that are inspired by ‘the world‘. The term ‘material culture’ is an archaeological term that refers to the things of everyday life. Rebecca has clearly designed her pieces with personality and originality very firmly in mind, proving that jewellery can still be stunning when made with quirky charms, glass beads and buttons – as opposed to diamonds and expensive stones.

I was lucky enough to be gifted with the gorgeous Gatsby bangle (pictured) that I got to chose myself. I’m a little obsessed with The Great Gatsby (the book and the film) so this was perfect for me as I thought the colours were fairly easy to wear with most outfits and I also love the glamour of the 1920s. The bangle is made from black crystal beads and gold and black seed beads, all which are held together on a solid bangle that can easily slide onto the wrist. Each version of the bangle is made slightly different, so you’ll only ever get a completely unique version which is a sweet touch.

Although the product itself was very light and dainty, I was nicely surprised with how great the quality of it was. I wasn’t expecting too much, but it felt strong and the beads felt weightless which was nice – the last thing I wanted was a clunky bangle that felt like third-rate junk. It would’ve been so easy for Rebecca and Sam to create their products out of cheap plastics, but they’ve made it very clear that they wanted to do the exact opposite and that is, quite simply, nothing short of captivating as a customer.

If there was one thing I could say that opposes all the wonderful things I’ve found in this product, would be that the bangle I tried out was slightly too big for me! Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t so extreme that it fell off or anything – I think it’s probably down the fact that I  have the tiniest wrists ever so it didn’t stay in place the greatest. However, I’m very aware that This Material Culture is a developing brand and with time, perhaps Rebecca will go on to design necklaces and bangles that are readily available in different sizes.

In complete honesty though, I’ve found so many positive attributes in this brand and their products, that it’s pretty difficult for me to find something that is totally negative. I’ve become a little in love with their collections and I’m already eyeing up more products as presents for friends and family (like seriously, who wouldn’t want these adorable dreamcatcher earrings?!). This Material Culture are just what the jewellery industry needed to shake things up – eccentric, bohemian and beautifully British styles all crafted by hand with a lot of passion. I’m so grateful to Rebecca and Sam for reaching out to me and giving me this opportunity, it’s been more than a pleasure to feature something so awesome on my blog.

In short: This Material Culture make me proud to be British. I couldn’t recommend them more if you want to support a truly authentic and original small business in the heart of Liverpool – this is definitely the start of something amazing.

You can read the review again here – http://www.lattesandlondon.com/2015/04/this-material-culture-gatsby-style.html

This review is from the fabulous Lucy at www.thingsthebooksforgot.blogspot.co.uk/

A couple weeks ago I received the nicest email from the lovely Rebecca telling me all about This Material Culture, the jewellery company she launched in 2014 and runs with her husband Sam, and after taking a peek at their site I was instantly sold on their brand and products.

My taste in jewellery is very simple and minimal. I’ve never been a fan of extravagant necklaces dripping with diamonds, Rebecca told me that she felt the same and believed that jewellery can have value even without costing a ridiculous amount, focusing more on thought, concept and especially individuality than grand jewels and a massive price tag. So I was naturally drawn to This Material Culture‘s simple yet super super cute pieces.
Arrow Necklace*- £5
When i had a look around This Material Culture‘s website I was instantly drawn to the Arrow necklace. I’d been looking for a simple necklace like this for ages and the arrow is a symbol that means a lot to me, so really this is my dream necklace, massive massive thank you to Rebecca and Sam for being kind enough to gift it to me, I’m in love!

I’ve never been more excited about receiving a parcel and I wasn’t disappointed. This is honestly the most beautiful necklace ever! I love how delicate and subtle it is, but it is still detailed and adds a little extra to an outfit. I think it looks so lovely on its own, but is also super easy to layer with other necklaces for a bolder effect. That what I love about the pieces from This Material Culture, they’re super versatile and easy to style, also they’re so many different pendants and designs that you really can choose something personal that means a lot to you, like I did with the arrow symbol.

For £5, this necklace really is amazing value for money. The quality really surprised me as on the high-street a necklace for £5 would be a piece of junk. But the quality really is so good, it feels strong and doesn’t look like the gross painted metal you get in stores like Primark. It’s a really sturdy necklace but still looks so beautifully fragile and feels weightless. I’ll definitely be turning to This Material Culture again for presents or even just to treat myself as there’s quite a few other necklaces I’m eyeing up. For £5, you can easily treat yourself without the guilt.

Its so difficult to find jewellery that isn’t super OTT or that isn’t covered in jewels, but This Material Culture has really fixed that gap in the market and totally understand that accessories don’t need to be expensive or extravagant to be special and look really nice! And they don’t just do necklaces! They also stock beautiful bangles, earrings and accessories for men as well as women. There really is something for everyone. Love travelling? try out the Around The World collection! Obsessed with the Great Gatsby? The Gatsby bangle is for you! More of a bohemian style? treat yourself to the Bohemia collection. No doubt This Material Culture will have something for you, allowing you to really reflect your personality without breaking the bank. What more could you want?

Once again, a massive thank you to Rebecca and Sam for being so kind as to send me this gorgeous necklace, and for asking me to get involved with such a lovely business, I see great things for them in the future. I wish you all the best and you’ve definitely earned yourself a new loyal customer and supporter.

You can read Lucy’s review again at http://thingsthebooksforgot.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/this-material-culture.html

Wow! It’s so lovely to have amazing bloggers like these girls saying such wonderful things about our brand. This Material Culture really is our baby and me and Sam have spent months trying to turn it into something that you guys love and want to wear and to get this kind of recognition is amazing. So thanks ladies!

If you want to purchase any of these pieces just click on our ‘shop’ button – every time we get an order I am so so so chuffed, and I hope you will be just as chuffed with your jewellery.

Rebecca