Preeti design – Definitely one to watch!

I am an absolute Twitter devotee, not ashamed to admit it. One of the main reasons for this is that, as well as the chatting and celebrity following, you get the chance to discover new designers, companies and products that may not, as yet, have reached the High Street. I recently made a new discovery which I am eager to share with  Fashion-Mommy readers. Allow me to introduce Preeti design!

Preeti is an internet treasure trove of beautiful fashion accessories and jewellery that have been inspired by, and made in, India. Preeti’s founder, Rosie Gregory, has a love affair with the colour and culture of India that she experienced first hand whilst living in the country. She founded Preeti design in 2009, and her first collection in 2010 was a tribute to the beautiful and vibrant country. Now launching the new collection, Rosie says;- “With a passion for India, its colour, culture and excitement, my aim with the new collection was to create beautiful and functional products that are completely Indian in their makeup but western in design. Each of our products is lovingly handmade by talented women in the villages of India and Preeti Design supports these women to work from home while managing their own time.”

I must admit to being totally in love with the glorious Jethi bags that are perfect for weekend breaks. The vibrant flowers are just perfect for summer getaways, and the colours are just stunning,

The Borie bags are wonderful fun, and show a real feel for the history of India. They are based on two key icons of Indian life, using the rice sack for the main body and beautiful sari fabric for the trim. I love this pink trimmed one! These cost just £20 a real  bargain for something that is both pretty and quirky.

Preeti also stock a range of beautiful jewellery items that provide something unusual for your jewellery collection. The glass bangles are a bargain at just £8 in a range of colour combinations, whilst the silk necklaces are each totally unique, hand-made and plaited from sari silk.

I love the colour and passion of Preeti, a company with a conscience and a vision that creates beautiful things inspired by a beautiful country.

Helen Dobson- Future Jewellery Star!

Last week, I  attended the ‘Brilliantly Birmingham’ ethical jewellery talk that was chaired by Kate Carter, the Lifestyle editor of ‘The Guardian’. While I was there, I was lucky enough to meet Helen Dobson. Helen is a jewellery student, currently in her final year at The University of Birmingham. BUt what makes Helen so unusual and interesting is that she is currently the ONLY ethical Jewellery student in BCU!

 

Helen Dobson, talented and principled.

 

Helen first became interested in making jewellery in an ethical fashion whilst travelling around the world.  Although she was able to experience all manner of beauty, she also came face to face with the grim realities of mining for the precious gold and diamonds used to create beautiful items of  Jewellery. She made a decision that the jewellery she created which be made ethically, using a range of both recycled metals and stones, fair trade gold, and alternative materials, such as vegetable ivory.

Since then, Helen has proved she is talented as well as principled, creating beautiful pieces of jewellery using recycled materials. Her first fully ethical range was ‘The Sakura Range’, made using 100% recycled UK silver. This range is based on Cherry Blossom.

The Sakura range by Helen Dobson

 

Another inspired piece is the Nepenthes pendant. This stunning piece has been made from 100% recycled UK silver and Peridot. It is based on Pitcher plants, carnivorous plants found in tropical regions.

Nepenthes Pendant by Helen Dobson

 

Helen ultimately wants to see ethically sourced and produced jewellery being sold on the British High Street. She believes that design is the key to this, that people need to love the design and beauty of the item, rather than just its background. Producing stylish, covetable pieces is the key to this, and Helen hopes to follow the likes of Fifi Bijoux’s Vivien Johnstone and Sara Preisler in attracting new customers into buying ethical jewellery, by making it more available and visible to the masses.

Helen has clearly principled intentions, and with talent in abundance to back this up, hers is a name you will be hearing from in the future. Her website http://opulentethics.blogspot.com is well worth a look to find out more about the wonderful world of ethical jewellery, and the amazing, sometimes strange things that can be used to create it.

To find out more about Helen, visit her web page http://opulentethic.blogspot.com