The weather outside is grim and the media has been forecasting more terrible weather to come. So we thought we’d brighten your day with an introduction to the most positive vintage jewellery designer we’ve come across in a long time: Eclectic Eccentricity.
The brand started humbly in 2004 on the kitchen table of its founder, Lucy Crick. A former maths and astrology degree student, Crick still feeds her inner geek by combining intelligent, precise design with beautiful and imaginative motifs, devoting hours to creating new pieces, sourcing components for new pieces and ascribing names to the designs.
Eclectic Eccentricity has grown a lot since then: it now claims a powerful empire of loyal customers, celebrity fans and worldwide stockists. And it all takes place out of a very British HQ in a Norwich studio, where a small team of crafty, thoughtful types gather to conjure jewellery-focussed magic.
“We love what we do here at EE HQ and we hope that it shows in the way we communicate with… our lovely customers and the jewellery we send out,” says Crick. “We’ll respond quickly, efficiently and in the smiliest way that is humanly possible. Even if it’s grey outside.”
Eclectic Eccentricity unearths quaint curios and exquisite gems, and pieces them together with old trinkets and treasures that have been hidden away for years. When it comes to ethical standards, EE has the basics covered too: leaflets and packaging are all made in recycled materials and the jewellery itself reuses many vintage components, thus minimising the need for new materials. Everything is handmade in the UK by an in-house design team, rather than mass produced elsewhere.
The new collection of Hero pieces draws inspiration from heroic women, sacred places and the enduring feminine spirit. It includes everyday-wear necklaces as well as statement chains, dangly earrings, a range of simple stone bracelets and a winged Valkyrie inspired headpiece. A strong emphasis is placed on the use of crystals too, with various “affinity stones”, such as amazonite, carnelian and amethyst, said to encourage positivity in the wearer.
Prices range from approximately £16 to £45 for necklaces, £20 for earrings and £14 for bracelets.