The coronavirus pandemic is
hitting the UK economy hard, and while the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced various protective measures, small businesses are still likely to be feeling the hit right now. So, there's really no better time to show your support – and as ever, our eye has been drawn to the most sparkly of things. We've selected ten independent jewellery brands that you can still support during lockdown.
"The importance of supporting small businesses during these uncertain times is paramount," says Sheena Appadoo, co-founder of demi-fine jewellery brand
Stellar 79. "This is the time to rally, discover new independent brands by searching hashtags like #supportsmallbusiness #smallbusiness #shoplocal on Instagram and sharing the love where you can," she continues.
To save you from trawling the internet, here are our favourite independent jewellery brands worth treating yourself – or someone else – to over the next few months.
We only include products that have been independently selected by Bustle's editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.
Based in the West Midlands and created by British designer Laura Vann, V Jewellery is beloved for its sparkly pieces, which look far more expensive than they actually are. The designs are ideal for those who prefer a classic gemstone but with a modern twist.
Meghan Markle is a fan, too. vbylauravann.com
Created by sisters Natasha and Sheena Appadoo, Stellar 79 designs super pretty, colourful pieces with 18 karat gold vermeil and ethically sourced gemstones. Family-owned, the brand is based in East London, and is inspired by the sisters' Trinidadian and Mauritian Indian heritage. Add some of their stacking rings or rainbow huggie hoops to your basket.
An Australian find that makes stunning pieces for affordable prices, Cendre (pronounced Cen-dray) is one of the chicest mid-range jewellery brands around. Despite being based on the other side of the world, we've always found their delivery to be fairly speedy, and the pieces never seem to fade or tarnish. Cendre is currently processing orders from the owner's apartment in Australia, meaning everything is personally packaged and sent with love.
Founded in 2016 by Christie and Rosanna Wollenberg, Otiumberg is best known for its many huggie hoop options, which are fun, pretty, and have an accessible price point. This is
the brand for cool girls in the know. otiumberg.com
Eli-O's founder Elisa Pantazopoulos is the beating heart of the brand, working day and night to hand-craft her beautiful pieces, which are often made to order and personalised. It's based in Switzerland, but heavily influenced by Pantazopoulos's Greek heritage. Invest in one of Eli-O's stunning rings, sure to become one of your forever pieces.
Roxanne First's goal was always to make fine jewellery accessible to a wider market, and her many fans are testament to that success. The diamond pieces in particular are priced very fairly – signatures include huggie hoops, motif necklaces and initialled pieces.
Irish brand Katie Mullally has a strong vintage feel, and is best known for its coin and double-coin necklaces, which are perfect for layering and usually inspired by Ireland. The brand is currently offering 20% off the entire line, and 10% of all sales will go towards the Somerset Partnership NHS.
With all pieces designed by founder Brigitta Anderson, everything from Brigitta Studio has a distinctly personal feel. The London-based jewellery maker takes inspiration from artists and craftspeople, rather than fashion trends, which ensures each ring, necklace, earring and bracelet is completely unique – and the collections are beautifully photographed, too.
Based in Ohio, U.S.A., Kaleigh Shrigley and Claire Lowe make every piece in their cute little collection by hand. Their iconic Smiley Face Signet Ring has taken on a life of its own on social media, and for good reason. The brand ships over to the UK for a flat rate of $15, and they are still making and sending pieces during the pandemic, after moving their studio to their homes.
Created by Alona Shelemy, who comes from a family of jewellery designers, By Alona has the most incredible Mediterranean vibe, and takes inspiration from Shelemy's middle-Eastern and European background. The necklaces and bracelets are perfect for layering, while the rings are chunky enough to make an impact.