Designer uses vintage chains, pyrite and onyx to embellish new jewels.
Designer Rachel Entwistle has returned to IJL this year with a new collection that she describes as the darker side of her Secret Garden range.
Entwistle took a break from shows earlier this year to focus on developing the collection, which features spiders, ants and bats weaving their way across the jewellery designs.
“I wanted to play with the idea of things that both repel and attract us at the same time,” said Entwistle. “People look at my jewellery, see it’s a spider, jump back and then lean in again for a closer look.”
The collection includes long drop earrings, fine bracelets and pendants in oxidised silver and gold vermeil. Entwistle has also used vintage chains and small rondells of onyx and pyrite to embellish the collection.
“There are marching ant earrings with long drop chains and scalloped details on the hook that have almost an Art Nouveau feel, which is an era I’m really inspired by,” the designer added.
Entwistle first showed at IJL last year, and said her collections have developed a lot as a result of taking time out to focus.
“I’ve had these concepts in my mind for the last two years but only now have I had the chance to develop them,” she said.
Entwistle has also spent time hand-designing and creating her own packaging. Each item sold from the collection is wrapped in hand-printed ant tissue paper, and each piece of jewellery has its own card – styled like a tarot card – telling the wearer all about the insect or animal it features.
Entwistle will also run a pop-up shop on London’s Colombia Road from October to December.