I get more jewellery sent to me than anything else. Yeah yeah I know poor blogger, your heart bleeds I'm sure. This isn’t a complaint more an observation that it takes something with an angle to spark my interest. However when I heard about Rachel Balfour a quick search through her Instagram was all I needed to see I could get on with this brand, especially the ear cuffs, looooove those! So I delved a little deeper and Rachel herself was only to happy to help.
The official spiel!
Rachel Balfour Jewellery was created on the understanding that jewellery is much more than an accessory; it has magic and meaning and is an outward expression of love, loyalty and inner strength.
The good stuff i.e. my opinion
They’re so cute, I mean seriously cute-as-a-button-if-buttons-were-gold-and-silver-and-shiny* that cute. The hummingbird pendent with its tiny row of diamonds manages to be both incredibly dainty yet make a statement at the same time. The rings which stack perfectly have an elegance and appeal that I think most people can appreciate. I realise I’m gushing a bit here but look how pretty!
The diamonds: Hatten Garden and certified conflict free
The material: Solid gold or sterling silver
The work: Handmade by Rachel in her studio here in the UK
Can you guess where I’m going here?
Yeah, tricky this one. £30 for a simple stacking ring isn’t too bad however with gold bangles starting at £120 (going upwards) and the gold Animal necklace range starting at £295 they’re not what I would call wildly affordable. These are definitely special occasion items. When you’re in need a bit of gumption to get through a particularly important and gruelling exam, or celebrating a truly awesome result in said exam, or it’s your wedding day, or you just won the lottery**.
They’re designed for women with albeit fairly hefty budgets, but its sisterhood that is Rachel’s focus. As she says herself “At the heart of my brand is a celebration of women: their strength, beauty and intelligence” This statement is echoed in the fact that 10% of profits from every item is given to Rosa a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK.
So no it’s not cheap but they don’t say ‘you get what you pay for’ for nothing. I believe there are big things in store for Rachel and it seems I’m not the only one. She’s has already been approached by at least one rather well known high end high street store*** that wants to stock her jewellery.
Rachel Balfour - One to watch out for****
What do you think?
* Damn I really want a button like that now
**Or sold a kidney.
***Not saying who I know how to keep a secret!
****Poet – know it!