Bijou Junkie is a vintage inspired jewellery maker based on the South Coast in Sussex.
What prompted you to start the business? Who works ‘behind the scenes’?
I started the business for 2 reasons:
1, I had some inherited jewellery collecting dust in a box, thought “What a shame, sooooo pretty, I need to wear it!” but it wasn’t my thing, so I made it my thing by recycling it into something unique, me and now! Friends loved it, I made more, more people commented and asked me to make stuff for them from their inherited pieces! Voila! Bijou Junkie was born!
2, I am obsessed with jewellery, accessories, fashion and anything different related to it!
I work from my studio at home on the sunny south coast of Portsmouth. Me and my blue Staffy for company, can be found here creating Bijou Junkie loveliness!
Where do you find the inspiration for your work? And why vintage?
I am inspired by anything bijou, pretty, old, with history behind it. Call it vintage, call it heritage, call it what you will!
I am inspired by current trends, old trends, diverse trends, people who surround me, people who like to be different! I am particularly inspired when someone comes to me with an item that has a story behind it. I make something for them, with them in mind, with their history in mind very personal!
I was recently inspired by jewellery designer Cathy Waterman’s collection produced for the film ‘Snow White and the Huntsmen’. Her designs are amazing and really captured the character of ‘The evil Queen Ravenna’ played by Chalize Theron.
I’m a vintage bride-to-be – what can you offer me for my special day?
I can offer you something you will not find on the high street. You can adorn yourself in a unique statement piece from my collection or make it really sentimental by having something designed and made especially for you. I can use your own inherited or sentimental pieces! We will work together to create a design that truly reflects who you are, your wedding theme, reflects your heritage and becomes a cherished keepsake! Whether its a necklace, headwear, bridesmaids gifts or anything else you have in mind, it will be a truly unique piece of bijou!
Do you have an ‘off-the-peg’ range as well as offering bespoke commissions?
My collection can be viewed and purchased from my website www.bijoujunkie.co.uk as well as offering bespoke commissions.
I have a meaningful piece of jewellery that I’d like incorporate into a design. How would I commission a design from you?
Get in touch, I’ll try my best to meet you in person! We talk though your wedding, your likes, dislikes, look at example pieces, look at any items you want me to include. I take into account everything you tell me, from your history, style of dress, wedding venue, anything!! I then send you a design, you approve it, I crack on and produce your unique and very personal cherished luxury Bijou Junkie piece!
I don’t just do weddings either! Have another occasion in mind? Lets talk!
Can I find you at any wedding fairs or events this year?
You can find me at the following events:
The Festival of Vintage, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 24th & 25th August 2013
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