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Bill Skinner

Posted on January 21 2016

Bill Skinner is a truly unique jewellery designer. His exquisitely crafted range of fashion jewellery is designed and hand-carved by Bill and his very talented team in his Otford studio, right here in Britain. How did a small studio in Sevenoaks, Kent manage to collect such a large fanbase? Well, he was first noticed during the 1980’s, after starting work in London’s iconic Hatton Gardens, where his work attracted attention and lead to him gaining critical acclaim.

Bill Skinner Jewelry

Following this, he worked with notable British brands such as Butler and Wilson and Vivienne Westwood, to name but a few. This began a long association with the world of fashion jewellery, that continues to this day. His fascination with craftsmanship, quality, design and creativity has led to some truly unique collections that are fittingly distinctive and beautifully made. Since launching the first ‘Bill Skinner’ collection in 2012, Bill has drawn on inspiration from his own unique history spanning over thirty years in the industry. With quirky pieces heavily influenced by British countryside and woodland scenes, the brand truly does have a heritage feel. As an individual, Bill loves animals and has worked closely with The Dogs Trust, even designing a ring to help raise money for the charity.

Bill Skinner Bee RingA particular favourite of Hoochie Mama’s is the Bee and Honeycomb collection which has designs available in gold and silver. Being from Manchester we love a good bee design and Bill Skinner has created some fascinating items which are creating quite the ‘buzz’ (pun intended). The delicate little Bee’s crawling over an intricately carved piece of honeycomb have been expertly worked into rings, bracelets, earrings and a stunning pendant necklace.

If bees aren’t your thing then how about more of a jungle approach? Wild animals are a hit with fashionistas and stylists alike, so the recurring safari theme with Rhinos, Antelopes, Lions and of course the majestic Elephants have helped the brand go from strength to strength in the fashion and accessories industry. The focus on quality throughout the collection is of paramount importance with the use of high quality materials. They work stunning Swarovski crystals as extra details into many of their designs, adding a little extra sparkle and shine to these already fantastic products.

Unsurprisingly, he has amassed quite a following of celebrities and glitterati, even royalty have been spotted wearing his pieces. Bill Skinner has fast become an industry favourite and can regularly be found on the pages of top UK magazines such as Vogue and spotted on the social media pages of many fashion bloggers. It is all too easy to fall in love with these designs and become slightly obsessed. But when they are this cute, who cares? Thanks to this amazing brand your cravings for nature themed costume jewellery can be met, and then some. Traditional skills and artistry, and the fact that these items are made in Britain? Well, they are pretty much an essential to any collection. If you can bare to part with them then these charming designs also make the perfect gift to let someone know that you love animals just as much as they do. 
Bill Skinner Hand Carved Statement Jewellery

 

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