You know when you spend ages scouring the shops to find that certain piece of jewellery that you have in mind and just cannot find anything that’s quite right? I’ve done this so many times. So I jumped at the chance to design my own at Mink and Stone!
How It Works
The idea is that you select a size of necklace or a bracelet and then you add the type of beads to your ‘tray’ that you are interested in (or choose from existing trays such as Denim or Tropical), then you start virtually threading your beads in whatever pattern you like onto your chain. You will need to fill up the chain but they have spacer beads if you need them. It can get expensive very quickly if you get carried away – oops! Then you publish your creation and it goes to the gallery page where you can buy it. My bracelet arrived a couple of days later packaged securely in a jiffy bag and a little draw string bag. I was very impressed with the speed of delivery.
I love marcasite silver jewellery and turquoise so I knew it would end up looking something like this. I have tiny wrists which easily get swamped by heavier bangles but bracelets sometimes dangle annoyingly because they are too long. I really liked that I could choose my length of chain. They have every size, type and function of bead you can imagine from glass, ceramic and plastic to elaborately decorated ones.
The only problem I had was that I couldn’t find a ‘back’ button when I was creating my bracelet so if I made a mistake or wanted to change the design slightly, I had to start over again. I think this service is fantastic for anyone who’s into design but doesn’t have the time, patience or ability to make their own jewellery. I’ve made my own jewellery in the past but struggled to attach or even find suitable fasteners so they’ve ended up being tied to my wrist instead – hardly fabulous, unlike these.
What would you design?
I was gifted the chain and a choice of beads by Mink and Stone which in no way effects my opinion.