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Aegean agenda

Posted on: Thursday, September 18, 2014

I must confess that my Aegean necklace and earrings are pieces I designed a while ago. I love them and sold quite a few sets last year at the Country Living Fair in Harrogate, but never actually got them online.

So I have had these pieces on my list a little while, but I’ve been struggling with lighting some of my pieces to take the kinds of pictures I want – the kind that make them look as lovely as they do when they are in my hand, but I think I am finally getting there.

So, here is the Aegean necklace. I have used these gorgeous tear drop shaped chrysocolla beads which come in an amazing range of greeny-turquoisy shades. For this reason, I make each necklace have a graduation from the paler greens to the stronger turquoises, to ensure that you will receive a necklace that looks pretty much like this one.

turquoise handmade necklace


The matching Aegean earrings are long, but also dainty, and I have used a seed pearl to contrast with the turquoise shades. Because of the variance on the stones, I can guarantee a closely matched pair, but their shade may be at the darker or lighter end. If you have a preference, you can just let me know when ordering which shade you would prefer.

turquoise handmade earrings

turquoise handmade jewellery


I’m really pleased with this design, I hope you like it!

contemporary chrysoprase necklace


Rachel x

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Revival Retro Boutique

Posted on: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

citrine statement earrings

If you are anywhere in Central London over the next few days, do take the opportunity to pop in to Revival Retro Boutique, where they have a little collection of my jewellery from the Speakeasy Collection. Their retro-style goes with designs from this collection beautifully.

Just round the corner from The British Museum, they may order some more little gems, including some exclusive designs, if these go like hot cakes – now wouldn’t that be great! If it was nearer, I’d pop in myself for a look because I love everything on their website.


Revival Retro Boutique

Here’s what they say:

Revival Retro – The new vintage shopping experience

Revival clothing and shoes are the very best in modern day reproductions and reinterpretations of 1920s, 1930s and 1940s fashions. Beautiful tailoring, flattering lines and amazing looks.

Forget moth balled old second shops, visit out London store to find an amazing choice of vintage style dresses and shoes that are new, never worn and available in a range of sizes (including plus sizes). Revival Retro is the London stockist of Stop Staring dresses, Tara Starlet, Trashy Diva, What Katie Did, ReMix Vintage Shoes & other top names in vintage inspired design.

Create your own style, to suit your size, your interests and your desires. We look forward to helping you. 0207 636 8922.

The Revival Retro Boutique can be found at 30 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2JL. We are open 7 days a week. Come and say hello.

Rachel x

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I’m Back!

Posted on: Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hi! All my shops (, notonthehighstreet and Etsy) are now reopened, and I am catching up with orders.


{Enjoying our time off, Lily took this photo!}


To all my customers who patiently waited for 3 weeks for their jewellery over my holiday time this summer, a very big thank you! If you haven’t already received your order this week, then it’s on it’s way to you and will be with you by Friday as I have nearly caught up. Of course all new orders are being dealt with in my normal dispatch time.

I am delighted to say that my Midori necklace and Midori earrings are now back in stock, as I finally tracked down the gorgeous dark green onyx beads I needed. Great news as this has been a popular design, and one of my favourites (I love those greens!).

I have also added a cheeky little sale of my last remaining Little Red Riding Hood necklace. Unfortunately, I can’t source the large navette link any more, so at a reduced price, I am offering to make the last one just for you!

I had a great time on my two holidays, this year. We decided that rather than have 2 weeks away together (my son finds it tricky to be away from home for so long), that for the second year running we would have two separate weeks, and this worked really well. Week one was in Pembrokeshire from a great log cabin we have rented before (last post came from there!) and the second week was in a converted barn on a farm in the depths of North Devon.

The photos in today’s post are a selection from our first holiday, along with my instagram highlights.

lily's birthday and Pembrokeshire 2014 sml (2 of 3)

lily's birthday and Pembrokeshire 2014 sml (2 of 11)

lily's birthday and Pembrokeshire 2014 sml (6 of 11)

lily's birthday and Pembrokeshire 2014 sml (10 of 11)


What a difference three weeks makes – our Devon holiday was certainly wetter and colder, but it’s been years since I have got that far down south, and to spend it in such lovely surrounds was great, despite the iffy weather.

lily's birthday and Pembrokeshire 2014 sml (4 of 11)

lily's birthday and Pembrokeshire 2014 sml (7 of 11)

lily's birthday and Pembrokeshire 2014 sml (5 of 11)

lily's birthday and Pembrokeshire 2014 sml (1 of 3)


Things I learnt this summer:

  • You can play great beach-cricket with a dog. Just make sure the bowler has a bag of treats, and our labrador will happily be the fielder and bring back the ball. Dexter Dog almost caught Robert out!
  • If I wear a wetsuit, it does almost make the sea bearable (I am so rubbish at being cold).
  • The end of August is pushing it for nice weather, our gamble didn’t pay off.
  • We all like horse-riding. Robert was not keen to try at all, but was persuaded and we all had a brilliant family lesson together. We knew that Lily loved it already (she so wants lessons, but it’s sooo expensive).
  • Staying in on a wet afternoon watching DVD’s gets easier with and 8 and 1o year old that it would have been a few years ago. No cabin fever!
  • Despite enjoying the time together, I still need some quiet time away from all my big and small darlings (even the dog), so will actively try and make this happen next year. Shopping in the local town is a must!
  • I really am addicted to Pinterest and Instagram.
  • We all love the beach, but Lily and I love rock-pooling and finding crabs more than anything else.

lily's birthday and Pembrokeshire 2014 sml (3 of 3)

lily's birthday and Pembrokeshire 2014 sml (8 of 11)

lily's birthday and Pembrokeshire 2014 sml (3 of 11)

Instagram hols 1 2014

Rachel x

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