Oria Jewellery ethical jewellery

Ethical jeweller Oria Jewellery are known for their delicate jewellery designs inspired by the natural world – birds and hares, owls, wolves and bears are all incorporated into their beautiful necklaces, earrings, bracelets and cufflinks.

To celebrate the launch of their newest collections – ‘Moths and Stars’ and a series of retro inspired designs – they are offering a 20% discount on all silver jewellery up until midnight on December 11th 2011.

Order online and enter your discount code ORIASTAR11 to get 20% off your purchase.

Oria Jewellery ethical silver cufflinks

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Today it’s all about my wedding accessories – from my vintage inspired shoes to the heirloom lace veil, natural make-up to a gorgeous garters.  It’s all here including the details of how I came to choose them for our wedding.

The Shoes

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I spent ages looking for the ‘right’ shoes.  So many wedding shoes are elegant but modern, and my dress was so delicate and had a country feel to it, that I wanted something with an old-fashioned feel.  I also didn’t want really high heels as most of our wedding was spent walking on grass.

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In the end I came across the gorgeous designs by Diane Hassall and fell in love with a pair called ‘Liliana’ – I managed to track them down to a bridal shop in nearby Knutsford and despite being loads more than I’d ever imagined spending, they came home with me.  They came with a choice of floaty organza or velvet ties – I went for the velvet ones.

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I particuarly love this picture above of my shoes on the windowsill in my parent’s bedroom, with all those personal bits you find in people’s houses in the background.

The Veils

I hadn’t planned on wearing any veil…and I ended up having two!  My mum spent ages trying to track down the family veil, which she had worn when she married my dad, and my granny before her, and so on back through the generations.

I love this photo of my little sister Izzy holding my parents wedding album open at a photo of my mum wearing the veil, with it hanging behind Izzy from the cupboard…

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Who could have dreamt up such a wonderful idea?  Why, the lovely Anna of A Alicia Accessories – the talented designer-maker behind gorgeous eco-ethical textile jewellery like this…

In addition to her pretty jewellery and wedding ranges, Anna is now offering fun hen party workshops where you and your bridesmaid can create your own fabulous accessories, all with a focus on eco-ethical and vintage materials.

You could make these funky pom pom necklaces perfect for a night out or even as part of your bridesmaid ensemble…

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A recent addition to the directory is an inspirational company called Jewels for Freedom who are doing truly amazing work.

Set up in 2010 by Carol Shipley, Jewels for Freedom sell beautiful bridal jewellery, donating all the proceeds from sales to a charity called ‘Children on the Edge’.

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Rosie Weisencrantz’s gorgeous collection of handcrafted jewellery would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift or as a present for a mother-of-the-bride-to-be.  Her bewitching headbands, bracelets and trinket style necklaces are reminiscent of romantic bygones eras.

Each piece is unique and individually handcrafted and bursting with vintage glamour.  To celebrate Mother’s Day on 3rd April, Rosie is offering our readers a fantastic 20% discount until the end of April.  Simply enter the code ‘mother’ at checkout.

Not only is this discount available on jewellery and gift vouchers, but it can also be used for bespoke jewellery.  Rosie can create your very own personalised piece, using personal mementos, to create a unique keepsake.  Email

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Mai Pearls is a stunning collection of ethical jewellery created from freshwater pearls.  This beautiful collection includes delicate pearl hair clips, dainty bracelets and flowergirl jewellery – ideal for weddings. {Bride is wearing: Long Pearl Necklace, Pearl Multi String Bracelet and Pearl & Amethyst Earrings} It’s founder, Henrietta Askew, has always been passionate about China, and after a year living in Beijing she returned to the UK to set up Mai Pearls. {Flowergirl is wearing: Champagne Ribbon Necklace with freshwater pearls and Champagne Ribbon & Pearl Bracelet with butterfly tag} In Chinese, “Mai Pearls” literally means “to trade pearls”, with each piece […]

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Oria Jewellery, one of the businesses listed in the directory, has just released their latest symbolic collection to their stunning range of ethical jewellery.

Their Gold Star collection – including necklaces, rings and earrings – is now available on their website.

Oria Jewellery also create wedding jewellery, from ethical wedding and engagement rings to beautiful bridesmaid gifts.

Coming soon are their new silver collections featuring Bees and playful Jumping Hares – ideal for romantic gifts (get them on your Christmas wish list!).

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