I’ve always been a bit of a magpie when it comes to jewellery and accessories. Even at the age of three I had a treasure box full of costume jewellery gifted to me by a few lovely elderly neighbours. I’d prance around with layers of beaded necklaces and bejewelled brooches and possibly even a tiara.
Even as I got older this more is more attitude continued.
At the age of ten I remember spending all my pocket money in Bow Bangles, which would later come to be Claire’s Accessories. From snap-bands, to magnetic earrings to those plastic tube bracelets with the water and glitter inside, remember them? I was obsessed. My friends and I would march around together arms full of plastic and rubber bracelets, oh and of course we all wore those plastic choker necklaces. Plastic was definitely where it was at for 90s kids!
Even as a teenager I followed all the trends when it came to jewellery and accessories. I couldn’t afford new outfits all the time so updating my jewellery and accessories was a great way of staying current. Things came full circle when I went through a phase of wearing vintage clothes, I ended up raiding all the old costume jewellery I had, though I’d like to think that I wore things I little more sparingly than when I was three!
I just love how you can use jewellery to express your personality and style. Now, contrary to my younger self, I’m really keen on keeping things simple – in all areas of my life. I may have rings on my fingers but when it comes to earrings and necklaces less is definitely more. Stylish simple pieces catch my eye now – with the occasional statement set of earrings for some fun!
I recently chose a few modern minimal pieces of gold jewellery from Misskukie, ones that I thought reflected my style. There was so much choice and I had to resist just choosing rings – I have far too many of those already, though I was super tempted by the range of stacking rings!
Now that I’m embracing minimalism in my clothing choices, our home and lifestyle in general. It makes sense that I think through my choices of jewellery. It pained me to do so but I’ve taken bags full of jewellery and accessories to the charity shop, only keeping sentimental pieces and ones I wear now. I really thought through the pieces I chose from Misskukie to ensure they’d be ones I wear often – I don’t really subscribe to keeping things for special occasions. I love that modern minimal jewellery is just perfect for the everyday.
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I asked Kat the owner of Misskukie to share a little about her inspiration and what she loves most about her store
I always loved fashion and strongly believed good taste and style does not equal expensive designer products. And so, after a couple of years trying to find my feet, I started to design collections true to my own taste. I wanted the pieces to be affordable and yet luxurious, collectable and interchangeable. Delicate minimal designs for everyday wear.
The jewellery designs are a total reflection of me, my style and personality. And that’s the reason the collections have and will change from year to year, as I grow and change the designs develop too.
I started researching and designing in 2010 but the business didn’t properly develop until 2012 when I started selling through Notonthehighstreet.com which propelled Misskukie Jewellery into a fully functioning small business with almost 10 000 sales under our belt.
I work harder and longer than I ever have before starting the business, but with every hurdle comes this super huge reward feeling, I did it! I don’t think I ever felt proud of my work in previous 9-5 jobs. Now I feel proud and a sense of achievement most days, it’s priceless.
And then there are of course customer reviews, thank you notes and photo sharing. Knowing someone has falling in love with my work and chosen it for their wedding, special anniversaries, birthday gift or just to splurge and spoil themselves. It’s a pretty epic feeling and makes all the long hours worth while.
I love that Kat’s collections are true to her own taste, her store looks to be going from strength to strength and with her modern minimal designs, I’m not surprised.