Unusual Jewellery Materials

Can you imagine dust, an egg or a plastic bag turning into jewellery? Perhaps not, but how about leather, glass, resin, ceramic, polymer clay, plastics? We intend to do a round up of some of the alternate and unusual jewellery materials, a little bit about the material if its something you may not know about as well as designers and artists who catch our eye.

We are keen to find out a lot of information such as how do they consider such materials for jewellery? Is there an inspiration that got them to use this or did they stumble upon it by accident. How easy is it to get customers for such unusual jewellery? Have they tried materials that didn’t work, any other ones they have in mind. At Zayah World, we believe in showcasing the alternates to mainstream and these materials fall into this category. Not everyone will like some of this, but the more people get to know about these unusual materials, the more sensitised they are to looking for the uncommon rather than the mass manufactured look a like pieces.

Straight away, we are fascinated by Ágústa Sveinsdóttir’s jewellery from dust, Kate Huntington’s biscuit tin jewellery, Laura Marsden’s plastic bag jewellery, Sigurd Bronger’s use of goose eggs.

If you haven’t seen it yet, we’ve showcased leather jewellery here. Over the next several months, we will be look to bring you some insights of what goes through these artists minds by speaking to them.

Why not browse the work of some of these designers who have taken ordinary materials found every day and converted them into stunning pieces of jewellery?

Have you come across any other unusual materials for jewellery? If yes, why not drop us a line at editor[at]zayah.co.uk. We would love to hear from you.