“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
I feel this way about pearl jewellery. So beautiful, yet so simple. Perfect for a wedding day, whether to wear or to gift. Emma’s designs are simply beautiful and she is based here in Leeds. Introducing Petit Bijoux.
My name is Emma and I make jewellery inspired by elegant, vintage style. My preferred materials are sterling silver and AA+ semi precious gemstones. When I was small, I remember playing with my grandmother’s jewellery and later on, my mother taught me to knit and sew my own clothes. This encouraged me to be creative, and I always enjoyed having something unique.
A few years ago, a friend got married, and I was struggling to find accessories for my outfit that weren’t from the high-street or exactly like the other guests would be wearing. So I wandered into a craft shop in town and bought a handful of beads and findings, and made my own (rather fabulous) set of jewellery and a fascinator. This then inspired me to make jewellery for friends and family as Christmas presents, and by then I was hooked. I needed to find an outlet for my designs as it was not long before I was making more jewellery than I could possibly wear myself or give away. So as a New Year challenge, my best friend suggested I set up an on-line shop, and nearly 3 years later, I can’t really remember what my life was like before it was dominated by sparkly gemstones or jewellery pliers!
I have always loved vintage styles, particularly the ladies of the early twentieth century. I love how their jewellery could be simultaneously understated and elegant, yet chic and dramatic at the same time. This is something I always try to bear in mind each time I come up with a new design.
I’ve very recently completed my first bridal collection. In the past year or so I have had a lot of commissions from brides-to-be, and it’s been such a pleasure and privilege to be able to work with them to create something beautiful and unique for their special day. I love working with pearls, they always feel so romantic, and there are pieces with sparkly crystal quartz too.