A gorgeous piece of horse jewellery is the perfect gift, as well as a fantastic way to treat yourself.
Here are just some of the reasons why horse jewellery is the perfect gift for anyone who adores our equine friends.
Horse jewellery: the perfect treat for a friend
I often struggle to buy the perfect gift for a friend or family member, especially one who has everything. You spend ages trying to work out what to get them for their birthday, then you have to do it all over again 12 months later.
The good news is if you know someone who has a horse of their own, a piece of horse jewellery is a fantastic way to say you’re thinking of them.
Everyone has different tastes when it comes to jewellery. Some people like their horse jewellery subtle and discreet, while others like to go all out. We all have that one friend who won’t leave the house without wearing every single piece of jewellery they own.
If you’re buying a gift for someone who likes simple jewellery, I recommend the snaffle bit necklace. It’s a tasteful way of showing off your friend’s love of horses and will take them from the office to the nightclub in style. Another option, these horse shoe earrings are a gorgeous choice and come in two different colours – yellow gold vermeil and sterling silver.
Now, onto the friend whose taste in jewellery is as bright and free-spirited as they are. I think you can’t go wrong with a word necklace. Whether your partner-in-crime is a cow girl, horse girl or the ultimate wild child, she’ll love these statement pieces that she can wear every day.
Alternatively, if you want to go old-school, this horse girl rainbow candy bracelet looks good enough to eat. Who said friendship bracelets are just for kids?
So far we’ve looked at why horse jewellery is the perfect gift for a friend, but what about you?
Treat yourself to a beautiful piece of horse jewellery
You shouldn’t have to wait for a special occasion to buy necklace, ring or bracelet. I’m a huge fan of buying a striking piece of jewellery ‘just because’.
Of course, it’s always nice to get a gift from someone, but if you see something you like, why wait?
Buying your own jewellery is modern, it’s empowering, and it’s living in the now… exactly what The Wild Horse Club is all about.
For example, rings are traditionally worn on the left hand as a symbol of marriage and togetherness. However, they’re worn on the right hand to symbolise financial independence.
Beyonce has often been snapped with a stunning ring on her right hand, and if it’s good enough for Bey, it’s definitely good enough for us all!
If you’re thinking of treating yourself to a ring, there’s plenty at The Wild Horse Club. Why not try a simple, understated horse shoe ring that shows your passion for all things equine? Looking for something with a bit of boujie flair? Say hello to the horse girl ring.
Not into rings? No problem. Any type of jewellery can boost your confidence and make you feel fabulous.
If you’re a lover of both horses and art, this horse skull bracelet is a unique choice. It’s definitely not your typical animal-themed piece of jewellery, with this piece, you’re wearing a sculpture on your wrist.
If you’re looking for the ultimate way to treat yourself, the only way to go is through commissioning a bespoke piece. After all, when you’re one-of-a-kind, your choice of horse jewellery should reflect that. No matter what style, metal or finish, The Wild Horse Club can create the jewellery you’ve always wanted.
The Wild Horse Club: treat yourself (or a friend) today
When I was growing up, as someone who wanted to ride all the time, I would have loved a piece of horse jewellery as a gift. However, there wasn’t much of it to be found, and the items that were available were cheap or old-fashioned.
That’s why I created The Wild Horse Club – a community for women who love horses and want to show their love through high-quality jewellery that turns heads.
Horse jewellery is the ideal gift for someone special, whether that’s your best friend, your partner, your daughter… or yourself.
When you’re organising a gift for someone who loves nothing more than getting in the saddle and riding off into the sunset, it’s hard to find the right present.
I’ve been both the recipient and provider of horse-themed presents in the past and let me be brutally honest, there are not a lot of great gifts for horse lovers out there.
Here’s probably what’s going through the mind of your horse-loving friend when they open their gift:
Just do a Google search for ‘gifts for horse lovers’ – there’s a lot of tat out there.
So, what’s the solution if you’re looking for a birthday, Christmas or anniversary gift for a horse lover?
I’ve always said that you can’t go wrong with a piece of jewellery as a gift. It’s long-lasting, can be worn every day and is sentimental – when the recipient wears it, it reminds them of you.
That’s one of the reasons I launched Wild Horse Club, a female-led jewellery company that creates gifts for women who love horses.
Does your friend love feeling the wind in her hair as she rides, and wants to be as free-spirited as her equine companions? If the answer is yes, then The Wild Horse Club has the perfect gift for your horse-loving friend.
Plus, all our precious metals are sustainably sourced. So if you’re looking for a gift for an eco-friendly friend, WHC is the ideal choice.
Here are some of the gifts for horse lovers available at the Wild Horse Club.
Gifts for horse lovers: necklaces
The great thing about necklaces is that they suit everyone. One size fits all, and there’s a variety of different metals and necklace lengths available.
All our pendants are hand-made in London, with a hallmark to show the quality of the precious metal used. So when you buy one of our necklaces as a gift for a horse lover, you know you’re getting exceptional quality.
We have necklaces to suit every personality.
If your friend has a chain they love, we also offer a range of charms they can use to customise their own necklace and show the world their love of horses.
Gift for horse lovers: rings
Rings used to function in the past as a symbol of status and power. Now, we wear them because they look amazing. There’s nothing more fab than a well-thought-out, curated ring stack.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a horse lover, our rings range from the simple and delicate to the unique and quirky.
The English saddle ring is a stunning statement piece for those who love a chunky piece of statement jewellery. If you want a ring that wishes good luck, the lucky chunky horse shoe ring will show your friend that you’re thinking of them.
Alternatively, if you are shopping for the on-trend friend that loves through TikTok, the horse girl ring is the perfect choice.
Gift for horse lovers: earrings and bracelets
As well as rings and necklaces, we also have a range of earrings and bracelets on offer.
Our horse shoe earrings are wonderful for expressing your friend’s love of horses in a unique and understated way.
The horse skull bracelet is a literal work of art, and perfectly complements our horse skull pendant. Plus as we make it to order, you can specify the wrist size for the perfect fit.
Looking for a gift for a horse lover? We’ve got you covered
Every single piece of jewellery here at The Wild Horse Club is crafted with passion and love – made by horse lovers, for horse lovers. When your friend wears their brand new necklace, ring, earring or bracelet, that passion will shine through.
If you’re looking for something special, our team of specialists can even create a bespoke piece, like when we turned the famous eighteenth-century horse portrait, Whistlejacket, into a spectacular pendant.
Shop the entire range today and find out more about the gifts available at Wild Horse Club.
At Wild Horse Club, all the gold plated jewellery we create and sell has a minimum thickness of 2.5 microns and is plated over solid sterling silver as the base metal. This is thicker than standard gold plated jewellery, meaning it’s better quality and will look stunning for longer.
All gold plated jewellery will wear and tarnish over time – that’s just in its nature. However, there are things you can do to make your jewellery look stunning for longer. Keep it clean and dry and store it so it doesn’t get scratched.
If your gold plated jewellery starts to tarnish, it can be replated to give it a new lease of life. We’d be happy to help you with this – just drop us a line.
There’s nothing more frustrating than getting your favourite necklace or ring out of storage, only to find it’s lost its shine.
Most jewellery, no matter how high-quality it is, tarnishes over time. The good news is that there are things you can do to stop it from happening.
What is tarnishing?
Tarnishing is when the metals in jewellery react to moisture in the air, which causes the surface of the jewellery to darken and become dull.
What type of jewellery is prone to tarnishing?
The majority of metals are prone to tarnishing, including brass, zinc, sterling silver and copper.
While pure gold and silver jewellery is lovely and won’t tarnish, these precious metals are soft and not ideal for daily wear. When they are mixed with other metals to improve durability, this is when tarnishing can occur.
If you’ve ever got green residue on your skin from a ring, bracelet, or necklace, it likely contained brass or copper. This is because these metals react with the oils on our skin and the salts in our sweat, causing that green discolouration.
Pure gold doesn’t tarnish; however, when used in gold plating or gold vermeil, it can. This is because it’s bonded on top of a base metal which is likely to tarnish. Over time, the base metal migrates into the gold layer and reacts with the air.
Gold vermeil will last longer than standard gold-plated jewellery as the layer of gold applied on top is thicker. All the plated jewellery we sell at Wild Horse Club is vermeil.
What you can do if your jewellery becomes tarnished
If your jewellery has become tarnished, cleaning it is the first step. The more high-quality the jewellery, the more responsive it will be to cleaning.
Use non-abrasive, gentle products to clean your jewellery – dish soap and a soft microfibre cloth are ideal. Anything abrasive can scratch the surface, which not only damages your jewellery but can open up new areas to be tarnished.
If you have gold plated or gold vermeil jewellery, replating it can bring back that lustrous shine. This is when a fresh layer of gold is applied to the jewellery, giving it a new lease of life. At Wild Horse Club, we’re happy to help if you have any jewellery that needs replating.
How to stop your jewellery from tarnishing
The majority of jewellery will eventually tarnish – no matter how high-quality it is. However, there are things you can do to slow down the process.
We hope this guide has given you some insight into tarnishing and what types of jewellery are affected by it.
Remember that most pieces of jewellery will eventually tarnish. This doesn’t mean these pieces are low-quality; it’s just a side-effect of wearing them out in the open.
Keep your jewellery clean and moisture-free, and it will look nicer for longer.
If you’re looking for a brand new piece of gold jewellery, you have several options.
As well as solid gold jewellery, you can buy gold vermeil jewellery. On first impressions, you may think solid gold jewellery is the best option. However, gold vermeil can be a fantastic way to get a hard-wearing piece of jewellery at an affordable price.
All the plated jewellery we sell at Wild Horse Club is vermeil. This means you’re guaranteed exceptional quality and a beautiful piece of jewellery that is bound to turn heads.
What is gold vermeil jewellery?
Gold vermeil (pronounced ‘vermay’) consists of a silver piece of jewellery with a layer of gold bonded on top.
At Wild Horse Club, we use solid 925 sterling silver as a base for all our gold vermeil jewellery. This is because it’s hypoallergenic, durable and can be replated time and time again.
Vermeil is the next best thing to a solid gold piece. When you put our solid gold necklace and gold vermeil necklace together, you’ll be hard-pushed to identify which is which.
Is gold-plated jewellery the same as gold vermeil?
Many people think gold-plated jewellery and gold vermeil are interchangeable terms for the same thing. However, this is not the case.
While gold vermeil jewellery uses silver as a base, gold plated jewellery can use any metal. For example, many cheaper gold plated necklaces use brass or copper, meaning you get that green stain on your skin.
To be legally called gold vermeil, the gold layer has to have a minimum thickness of 2.5 microns. To compare and contrast, gold-plated jewellery has a minimum thickness of 0.5 microns.
While all plated jewellery will wear over time, gold vermeil takes longer to do so, meaning your jewellery will look stunning for longer.
How to look after gold vermeil jewellery
Gold vermeil will wear over time. While it lasts longer than standard gold-plated jewellery, it will eventually tarnish.
This is because the molecules in the silver base metal eventually migrate into the gold layer and react with moisture in the air. This means your vermeil jewellery darkens and loses its shine.
This isn’t a sign of poor quality – it’s a natural occurrence.
Vermeil jewellery can be replated. This is when a fresh layer of gold is applied to the silver, giving the jewellery a new lease of life. The good news is because sterling silver is so durable, it can be replated several times.
At Wild Horse Club, we’d be happy to replate your gold vermeil for you. Just tell us about your jewellery, and we can provide you with a quote.
There are also several things you can do to extend the life of your gold vermeil jewellery.
If you want to know more or have any questions about how we use gold vermeil, please get in touch.
Bespoke jewellery - transforming Whistlejacket into a pendant
Earlier this year, a client commissioned a custom piece of jewellery from Wild Horse Club, of George Stubb’s iconic Whistlejacket portrait.
This was an amazing choice for a custom pendant, and I was delighted to be involved in the process.
Here’s how we worked together to transform this iconic image into a wearable piece of stunning jewellery.
A history of George Stubbs and Whistlejacket
Born in the 18th century, English-born George Stubbs is known for his magnificent and anatomically accurate paintings of animals, predominantly horses.
Originally training as a currier, Stubbs decided he wanted to become a painter as a teenager. While he initially trained under the painter Hamlet Winstanley, he decided to go it alone after an argument and became a self-taught artist.
Many artists studied anatomy to help them produce more realistic paintings, and Stubbs was no exception. While he started studying human anatomy, he moved to horse anatomy, even publishing a book with detailed anatomical equine drawings.
By the 1750s, Stubb’s skills were in high demand, and several members of the aristocracy commissioned him to create realistic animal paintings. Some of his clients even went on to found the Jockey Club.
Whistlejacket, his most famous painting, came to life in about 1762. The Marquess of Rockingham approached Stubbs to paint his thoroughbred racehorse. Stubbs depicted Whistlejacket on his rear legs, showcasing the majesty of the horse with oils on canvas.
One of the amazing things about the Whistlejacket portrait is that it is very nearly life-size, standing 292cm tall and 246cm wide. Another interesting thing about the picture is that the background is completely plain, meaning your eyes focus entirely on the horse and the exquisite details captured by Stubbs.
While I’m not sure if this is entirely true, the story goes that Whistlejacket was accidentally led past the painting and tried to attack it, thinking that the portrait was a real-life rival stallion!
The painting was displayed at Wentworth House (now known as Wentworth Woodhouse) and was then loaned to Kenwood House, the Tate Gallery and the National Gallery. In 1997, the National Gallery in London bought the painting for £11 million, where it is displayed to this day.
Find out more about George Stubbs and Whistlejacket on the National Gallery Website
Bringing Whistlejacket to life
Whistlejacket is one of my favourite paintings, just as it has so many incredible details – you can see the shape of the muscles and even the individual strands of are in the tail.
When I was approached to create a pendant replicating this incredible portrait, I knew it would be a challenge but also a rewarding piece of work. It was important to do the painting justice.
The client had a definitive idea of what they wanted – a pendant of Whistlejacket in his iconic stance, enclosed by a frame identical to that used to surround the painting.
I know the painting very well, but I wanted to ensure the pendant captured as many details as possible. So I went to the National Gallery to check the details and make sketches.
The next step was mocking up how the pendant would look. To do this I used a digital sculpting programme called ZBrush. This tool is great for designing jewellery, like sculpting in digital clay! It was important to have Whistlejacket in 3D, like he was coming out of the painting, so ZBrush was the perfect medium.
I proposed three different size options to the client. One where the painting was at the correct scale, and two where Whistlejacket was larger than scale.
I recommended making Whistlejacket larger so the client could see all the details. If we made the horse too small, there was the risk that all the exceptional details Stubbs was famous for would be hard to see. The client was happy with this proposal, and we agreed to make Whistlejacket fit the frame of the painting. We also decided to have his hooves, tail and muzzle touching the frame for a little bit of extra intrigue.
Communication is critical in a project like this. Design concepts went back and forth to the client until they were happy with the final results. After all, if you’re creating a bespoke piece, you want it to be 100% perfect.
When we agreed on the design, I sculpted, and 3D printed it to make a wax mould. This mould would be used to cast the final one-of-a-kind piece.
The client had a wide range of metals available to them, including platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold. They opted for 9k white gold.
White gold is always a fantastic option for jewellery as it’s hard-wearing and looks like platinum, but it is much more affordable. It’s great if you plan to wear your pendant every day, as the client intended. The back of the pendant was engraved with a hallmark as well as a message personal to the client.
The client loved their finished pendant, and it was amazing to be involved in the process of giving Whistlejacket a contemporary twist!
Looking for a bespoke piece of your own?
If you’re inspired to commission a bespoke piece of jewellery, whether it’s a pendant, ring or bracelet, I can help.
Wild Horse Club offers a bespoke jewellery-making service, providing you with a customised piece that nobody else will have.
You can choose from a range of metals and finishes, and also have your piece engraved with the message of your choice.
Get in touch today, and let’s work together to create jewellery that’s as unique as you are.
Happy international women's day to all you incredible women out there.
This year For IWD, I wanted to share one of my favourite photos of my Mum, who planted the first seed for my love of horses. Pictured here in the '60s with her first pony, Fellow. The start of a lifetime of horse obsession for her (and now me). Mum is my main inspiration, and without my first introduction to horses through her, my life would have been very different, and there certainly would have been no Wild Horse Club.
This week we have launched a new pendant: the Horse Head. A sculpture profile of a wild horse cantering freely. I am also sharing below a selection of our solid gold commission orders, which are being posted out to new owners this week, all freshly hallmarked, from the Assay office.
Solid gold pendants take 2-3 weeks to make and are made in any precious metal you choose; we also offer a choice of finishes. Remember, these bespoke commissions are made to order; no request is too big, small or crazy for us. Just ask.
If you are interested in a bespoke piece, simply reply to this email and we'll get right in touch.
Wishing all you fearless women out there, a brilliant International Women's Day and a fantastic week ahead.
We’ve all been in that situation where someone’s asked us our ring size, and our minds go blank.
Get it wrong, and you risk your ring slipping off your finger and being lost forever, or getting it stuck with no wriggle room!
This is especially true if you’re buying a ring online, as you can’t try the ring on before you buy it.
If you’re eyeing up a shiny new ring, here’s our guide to getting the sizing right.
How is ring size measured?
In the UK (as well as Australia and New Zealand), ring size is measured in millimetres (mm). There are typically 24 different sizes going from A (the smallest) to Z (the largest).
Some jewellers also split some of the most common sizes into half sizes, like you sometimes see with shoes. This helps ensure you get the best fit.
Ring measuring systems are different in the US, Canada and EU as they use numbers rather than letters.
Here’s a handy ring sizing chart which you can not only use to find out what your UK ring size is, but convert to international sizes too.
The average ring size for a woman in the UK is O, and the average ring size for men is T. We’re all built differently though, so don’t stress if your ring size is smaller or bigger than this!
Easy ways to measure your ring size
So… how do you measure your ring size? There are two methods you can use.
1. Measuring your own ring
If you already have a ring that you love to wear, you can use this to work out your ring size. Grab a tape measure or ruler and measure the diameter – this is the inside of your ring from one end to another. For example, if the diameter of your ring is 18mm, you’re a size P.
2. Measuring your finger
Try measuring your finger if you don’t have a ring or want to double-check your ring size.
Measuring your finger is easier than you might think. Just grab a piece of string or a strip of paper and wrap it around the base of your finger. It should be snug, but not uncomfortable. If you’re using string, don’t pull it too tight, as this may give you an inaccurate measurement.
Mark where the string or paper overlaps and measure it against a tape measure or ruler. This will provide you with the circumference of your finger and your ring size.
Here are some of our top tips for getting the perfect fit when measuring your ring size.
What to do if you need to measure someone’s ring size in secret
If you want to buy a ring for a surprise proposal or a birthday present, it can be hard to know the right size. It seems you know everything about them apart from the size ring they wear!
The best thing to do is borrow one of your loved one’s rings and measure it up using the techniques above. Remember that different fingers will be different sizes – a ring worn on the thumb will be bigger than one on a ring finger.
Many high-street jewellers recommend wrapping a piece of string around your partner’s finger while they’re asleep, but we can’t guarantee that this is a successful technique! Perhaps if they’re a heavy sleeper…
We hope this guide has given you some helpful insight into measuring your fingers for the perfect fit.
Next stop… buying all the rings!
Gorgeous rings for gorgeous people with Wild Horse Club
If you’re looking for a stunning ring to adorn your fingers, Wild Horse Club has lots of wonderful rings that are as unique as you are.
Handmade with love in London, our rings are crafted from the highest-quality precious metals. All our solid gold rings are stamped with a small hallmark showing what the ring is made of and proves their authenticity.
All our rings are made to order, can be engraved with a personal message and customised with extra stones like diamonds and emeralds. Whether you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring, a gift for your BFF or a treat for yourself, we will work with you to create the ring of your dreams.
Meet the amazing Laura Thyer
What a last couple of weeks I have had, busy, stressful, and I am so ready for the spring to come; this time of year feels like the last slog of winter with a bit of glimmer of the days starting to get a little lighter in the morning. I do find the winters in London hard.
Anyway, I have been busy designing some new rings for The Wild Horse Club, which I can not wait to share with you in the next few weeks once they are ready to order. I have also started taking custom commissions, so if you are looking to get a bespoke piece of jewellery made, drop me a reply or go through the website and we can start working on your piece.
This week I wanted to share an interview and photos with one of our new ambassadors Laura Thyer.
Laura and I connected on Instagram, and I was instantly enamoured by her cool style, horse girl energy and clear connection with animals. I was thrilled when she agreed to be an ambassador, and we booked a shoot in instantly. She said she was in The Cotswolds, and so then I knew an evening at The Soho Farmhouse was on the cards.
Laura has this amazing unique style; she is 6ft tall with this strong amazonian figure and a natural-born horsewoman. She lives in a picturesque part of The Cotswolds with her great gang of animals, including her german shepherd, cats, and three horses.
I spent the afternoon shooting Laura; we had such a giggle; she was funny and down to earth, half-joked about always wanting to become a stunt woman, and I just loved her energy for life. I photographed her in a couple of The Wild Horse Club pieces, her favourites was the gold rearing horse pendant and the gold snaffle bit necklace, and I must say when she was dressed all in black, they looked as though they were designed for her.
Here is Laura's interview:
What is your connection with horses?
I have always felt a strong connection to all animals. I grew up as an only child without that much socialisation; it was me and Yetti, my German Shepherd. We spent our days playing in the garden and him patiently letting me lay my Barbies on him. I originally wanted to ride Zebras as a child and then comprised for horses... I was hooked straight away! I got my first horse when I was six years old; Dominic was a huge 17.2hh Danish Warmblood that my parents took on as he was about to be put down. I then was out playing with him, I used to put my hands over his head, and he would lift me. From then on, I was always riding. When I ride, it is the closest I can come to meditation (I'm not so great at switching off). They honestly bring me so much joy to be around. I think they understand me better than most people!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Somerset - In the middle of nowhere! We have a Church in our village, and that was it growing up. We used to be able to ride to the beach and go for a canter which I now really miss!
Is anyone in your family horsey?
My family have always had animals of every shape and size - and saved any that they could! In particular, my Papa was very involved with all animals and one of the main reasons why I adored them so much. He used to catch wild ponies on the Welsh mountains, break them and ride them into the village to sell at the market. He was fearless and loved horses! He and my Father studied Dressage to help me as I was learning. Sadly he passed a few years ago but have all his notes and books, which I still read, and he helps my training even now. My whole family are very involved with the horses and have been super supportive my entire life.
What's your main passion/ day job?
My main passion is Dressage - hands down. It is the reason for the day job! I have always been good with numbers and a total geek - I studied Further Maths and Physics at school. It was a natural progression to Accounting. I really enjoy my current job - I have a really super boss who is very supportive and understanding of my riding. I work a lot of hours, but I manage to fit schooling the horses in the mornings and lunchtime.
What are you working on right now?
I have lots of exciting business ideas which I am working on at the moment, which I don't want to say too much about. I always have the wildest ideas, but they are actually starting to come to light which is an amazing feeling. I've had a hard time with the horses, having lost a couple of the best horses I will probably ever ride. Although (touch wood), I am really excited about my three current horses in training. They are so talented, and we have been through a lot. I can't wait to get them all out competing soon and for Santiago to make our PSG debut.
Can you describe your style?
Super classic - I love Monochrome colours. I'm rarely out of black! I love a neck scarf, long gloves, long boots and traditional cut clothes. I have so many of my Mothers hand-me-downs that have come back into fashion now. My friends tell me I dress like an old lady, but I love it! When I am eventually out of black, I am a complete magpie and adore sparkly things - so any sparkly dress is my go-to for an evening out.
What piece of jewellery would you like to see us design?
I adore your designs - they are so beautiful and classic. I love the equestrian style, so when I am wearing normal 'non-horsey' clothes, I still usually look equestrian. Some of your designs remind me of one of my horses. Very muscular and defined! I think some ring designs would be a great addition to your collection.
What life advice would you pass on to your 17-year-old self?
Honestly, a lot - I was having a bit of a hard time then! To always, always trust your gut, to not be afraid of being weird or unapologetically yourself. You are different to all of your friends, and that's a good thing - embrace it! Make time for yourself, above others, not the other way round! To always live in the moment, make the most of the time with your family. Do not be so afraid of putting yourself out there - it is not the end of the world if you fail! Also, trust the process and journey...No matter how hard you will get through the lows; remember to LIVE the highs.
Happy Valentine's, Gorgeous People!
Whether you are single, in a relationship, married, going through a breakup, in love with your horse, or just happy and don't need anyone at all, let's celebrate Valentine's as a day of self-love or any love towards humans or animals.
I have had quite a few jewellery commissions through this month, so I have added solid 9ct and 18ct yellow gold options to some of the best sellers. All solid gold pendants will take three weeks to create and arrive hallmarked; they can also be engraved, or we can add diamonds or other precious stones to them.
The great thing about solid gold is that it will never wear, never go down in value, and will be solid gold forever.
We hope that wherever you are today, you are loved, feeling love or giving yourself, self love.
Wishing you all a beautiful week,
My boyfriend Jez and I have just returned from a Ski trip to the French Alps.
I took my little silver unicorn pendant with me for luck as I had not skied in 20 years and thought I could use a lucky charm. We stayed in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, the most charming and magical place, surrounded by the snowy mountains. It was the first little break that I had had this year as I have thrown myself into designing new pieces for The Wild Horse Club and have been working manically since Christmas.
We hired the most fantastic ski instructor who by day 4 has us confidently skiing down green, blue and parts of a red run.
Being up in the mountains in the fresh air is one of the most tranquil, inspiring and life resetting feelings, and as an artist, it's a privilege to experience moments like these as it gives you perspective and a chance to step away from your work.
I am back in my studio this week, full of inspiration and new ideas for new jewellery pieces. Travel as much as you can; it's magical for creativity.
Have a great week,
Last year when I launched The Wild Horse Club, Lily Robinson was one of my first ambassadors. She spends her time between Wales and West London; she is an actor, writer and when we last spoke, she was about to try her hand at horse breeding.
Lily is quirky, funny, and a brilliant horsewoman. She lives near Hay-On-Wye, which is magical, and it is particularly famous for its yearly book festival in May.
I spent some time last summer photographing Lily, and the last time I was there, she had two horses, her 12-year-old eventer, Halo, whose she has had since a foal and Millie, who she has owned for 22 years.
She was about to start breeding eventers for sale, and she had had her eye on the first few foals she was about to buy.
I was dying to get Lily in to do a studio shoot, and we eventually got round to it last Saturday, where we also had time for a proper catch-up. I loved hearing what she had been up to and found out that she now accumulated seven horses. In her mini interview below, I ask all about them,
Hope you enjoy,
Wow, 7 Horses! How did that all come about?
I have a problem, I think? It's called obsessive horse collecting, I should stop soon, but Halo will have a foal in the spring! That will be my last one for a while. Over the pandemic, I realized that life is too short not to live it in a way that makes you happy. Horses make me happy; yes, it's more work, more time, more money, but I'm peaceful and fulfilled when I'm with them; the stables are somewhere I go to unwind and forget about all the stress in day to day life.
I mainly have babies chilling in the field, waiting to grow up; I also have my broodmare Halo and my retired girl Millie, who I worship. We have been together for 21 years. We really know each other in a way that I find touching; she's extremely smart and will come and find me when she's finished her dinner, I don't bother tying her up anymore. It breaks my heart when I see old horses for sale, they should be cherished and looked after, they have so much to offer. I have a one riding horse, who I hope to do dressage with, she's 6 so is still green and we're just getting to know each other. Then last but not least I have a funny little New Forest pony that I bought with hay bails. She's such a character, I got her as a fun project but I think I'll end up hanging onto her as she's so cool.
Are you going to get more? Or breed them to sell?
Eventually, I would love to accumulate a little group of broodmares and have a small stud but I'm a ways from that. I'll break in the babies that I have and hopefully sell them eventually. Or maybe keep them all...
Any other projects you are working on?
I am working on a screenplay, so I really enjoy the balance the office and having a breath of fresh air out in nature with my animals.
You can find Lily @lilyindiaro
This week I want to feature my best friend Iraina Mancini. This is my first photography shoot of 2022, and it was so much fun- we got some amazing shots but we also had the best girls afternoon. I am a big believer that every good shoot involves trashing my studio, and this time believe me we fully trashed it 🤣.
Iraina is the ultimate rock chick. She has this incredible unique 60s style which has made her a muse many times over reminding me of a brunette Bridget Bardot. I was so excited to shoot her for The Wild Horse Club. She has been writing music from a young age and is a musician, DJ, radio host and also has her own cult radio show on the legendary Soho Radio, which is broadcast every Tuesday.
It is always brilliant shooting Iraina and I was over the moon when she loved our collection. Read Iraina's interview below and I want to wish everyone a great rest of the week,
How did you get into music?
My father was a musician and I used to listen to his music and record collection. It inspired me to write my own music, so I started experimenting with ideas on the piano. I used to record the ideas on my little karaoke box and play them with my friends. When I left school rather than going to Uni, I joined a band, much to my parents' dismay!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in west London, I feel very lucky and proud to be a Londoner. All that wonderful culture and creativity on your doorstep.
Is anyone in your family a musician?
Yes, my father and his parents were all musicians. I actually found a couple of piano compositions my grandfather had written for my grandmother, really beautiful love songs. My cousins are musicians too, so it runs in the family.
What's your main passion/ day job?
My main passion is my Music, DJing and Radio. I am obsessed with Northern Soul, Ska, Funk and 60s Rhythm & Blues. I present a radio show on Soho Radio all about the music from the 60s/70s and interview my new favourite bands. I love DJing and making people dance, it's such a joy. I also write my own music.
What are you working on right now?
I am writing and recording an album, I released 3 singles last year which I'm pleased to say were greatly received so excited to put out more.
Can you describe your style?
I love that 60s/70s style. Jane Birkin, Bardot, Anita Pallenberg and Marianne Faithfull.
What piece of jewellery would you like to see us design?
I really like silver rings with stones, birthstone rings would be awesome and mood rings... Remember mood rings!
What life advice would you pass on to your 17-year-old self?
The advice I would give myself would to be more courageous. There is going to be a lot of knockbacks, heartache, and difficult moments, but there is also going to be adventures, love and dreams that come true. Be brave and push yourself to the limit, don't let your insecurities hold you back. You can achieve anything you put your mind to.
Ever ridden a horse?
I rode a horse when I was young, and I remember jumping on and being terrified. The longer the day went on though I relaxed and suddenly a wonderful sense of freedom came over me and complete trust with me and the horse.