Jewellery Loves: Hungry Unicorn and Emma Kirkham Glass

Recently I've noticed that when I've been shopping, I've found myself trying to buy from small businesses and independent retailers wherever possible. I like to show my support for smaller outlets and I think it's important to try and keep independent shops afloat - just look at the state of our high streets if you don't think independents are necessary!

Supporting small businesses doesn't just have to happen in person on the high street, however. You can also fight against the increasing dominance of the big chains online, and still choose independents over conglomerates from the comfort of your own home.

To that end, I was thrilled when I happened to come across the two outlets I'm featuring today. Both sell jewellery (which I should really stop buying because I already have far too much!) and both are run by people I know personally - one professionally and one through a mutual Facebook friend. I always think that having a personal connection to a business is a nice touch, and I don't know about you, but it usually encourages me to spend more money with them!

Hungry Unicorn

Image: Lorna Holland
Pictured: Infinity Ring (£5)
Hungry Unicorn sells a range of jewellery, including rings, earrings, belly bars, and other assorted body jewellery. Their designs are varied yet all are unique, giving a quirky, edgy approach to your style.



Pictured: Fox Midi Ring (£4), Bow Midi Ring (£3.50), Love Midi Ring (£3).

The best part? Everything on the site is more than affordable, meaning you can stock up your jewellery box and stick to your budget at the same time.

Emma Kirkham Glass

Image: Lorna Holland
Ever since she first experienced glassmaking whilst studying 3D design at university, Emma Kirkham has been hooked on the medium of glass. She works from a little blue shed in her back garden, using molten glass and the technique of glass blowing to create her trademark pieces. As well as gorgeous earrings, Emma also sells bespoke necklaces, bracelets, and rings.

Image: Lorna Holland
Pictured: Emma Kirkham glass stud earrings (bottom left), Gemmed Daisy Clip-On Ear Cuff (£3)
What's special about Emma's creations is that every piece is completely unique. You can buy a hand-crafted, individual piece for a fraction of the price you would pay if you bought a similar item from a designer.

Will you be buying from either of these retailers? Let me know your favourite pieces in the comments below! 

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