For beautiful handmade, bespoke, sustainable – yet affordable jewellery – look no further than Clarke Palmer
Perfect right now for beach and festival jewellery – and for those thinking ahead to Christmas, the most beautiful unique gifts made to order and your specs, that won’t cost you – nor the earth – the earth!
The Miyuki Preciosa glass beaded range starts at £15, the Precious Elements Collection at £35, single strand Precious Elements are £195- £275 (e.g. necklace to right of logo above £225: clarkepalmer.com/products/diamond-in-the-dirt-necklace) and at the top end: Everything chandelier necklace at £425-£695,
Clarke Palmer is a sustainable jewellery brand founded by Creative Director Jenny Palmer, specialising in ethically sourced precious and semi-precious jewellery. Featuring an array of hand-cut stones from rubies and sapphires to opals and ammonite, Clarke Palmer’s necklace, bracelet, and earring designs are strictly made to order in order to eliminate wastage, with an aesthetic and ethos that leans on the holistic healing traditions of such stones.
“When I was small I used to lose myself in my mother’s jewellery boxes which she kept in the drawers of her walnut wood dressing table. I always loved to hear the story of my Grandmother’s opal ring which was given to her on the occasion of my Mother’s birth in October 1930. My Grandfather had run to Hatton Garden, got a bag of beautiful oval opal cabochons and he brought them to Gladys and emptied them on her lap and asked her to choose one for a ring.” Jenny Palmer
Foremost among Clarke Palmer’s designs are the ‘Everything Necklaces’, which are layered chandelier styles inspired by Jenny’s love of costume dramas, while the single-strand necklaces are beautiful bespoke options that can be worn individually or stacked. Front and centre this season is the Summer Dreams Collection, which includes the exotic and intense floral shades of Peony Pink, Rose Bud Pink, Sunflower Orange, Yellow, Palm Green, Delphinium Blue and Lilac, all set against an ombré background of crystalline blues ranging from ultramarine through azure to turquoise.
Sustainability and Ethical Jewellery Design
Clarke Palmer takes incredible care when sourcing all of their materials. The precious and semi-precious stones are purchased from a trusted independent company in Aylesbury who imports from one family business in a village just outside Jaipur (the head of the family, one “Mr. T”, has subsequently built a Sikh temple in his village from some of the proceeds). Not only does the brand make-to-order to minimise wastage, Clarke Palmer also reuses and recycles vintage jewellery, too, as well as using recyclable packaging.
As worn by: Model Ariish Wol, Actor Alex Pettyfer, Lauren Mayberry of the CHVRCHES, Dame Pippa Harris Film Producer Chair at BAFTA, Erica Davies, Peter Ogunsalu, Iggy Ldn, Seraphina Westacott, Justin Long, Alistair Guy, @ruelia, Stylist Sadie Davies, Thomasina Miers, Stacey Duguid, Sculptor Beth Cullen-Kerridge (wife of Chef Tom)