Introducing Silver Scene the latest jewellery brand to come on board with JewelStreet. Handcrafting distinctive sterling silver jewellery, they have been a part of the industry for nearly twenty-five years. Join us today as owners Marcus and Trudi tells us about how they established their brand, as well as some style tips!
How did your brand begin?
Owners Marcus and Trudi began the company whilst travelling around south-east Asia during the mid-90s. They wanted to find a way to keep exploring the world whilst growing a career. In 1997, after spending time in central Bali, their adventure inspired them into the handmade art trade. The town of Ubud in Bali was packed with different types of craftsmanship: from traditional batik printing to carvings to high-quality hand-made silver jewellery.
Increasing their knowledge as they go, the self-motivated owners spent every last penny on posting sarongs, woodcarvings (that were soon not to be their thing) and silver jewellery back to the UK to set up their own market stalls. After many cold market winters and summer festivals, they soon realised in order to grow they needed to create a permanent Silver Scene store. They opened their first shop in the Old Market Centre, in Taunton in 1999. Followed by Bristol, Brighton, Totnes and Glastonbury.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your designs?
Our stone designs are mainly inspired by nature. To showcase the fabulous stones our silversmiths create nature-inspired silver designs of creeping vines, swirls and branch details.
How are your products made?
Our stone pieces have been ethically designed and made by hand by Silver Scene Ltd in our workshops in Bali, Indonesia. Our one-off designs are spectacular and you can see the level of craftsmanship that's gone into making the pieces. All staff members are very proud to be part of an independent business selling affordable, quality and fair products to customers.
How do you want someone to feel when they wear/use your designs?
We want customers to feel confident wearing every Silver Scene piece and to also appreciate the beautiful craftsmanship that's gone into making our jewellery.
Here is some of our customer feedback:
The pendants are ever so understatedly beautiful.
I love the feel of them and that is what makes Silver Scene jewellery so outstanding.
It really is not just about how your jewellery looks. It's about how it feels, how it makes me feel and I love that.
Everything I have purchased has been superb.
What are your go-to style tips?
One of the big trends now is jewellery layering and the Silver Scene family have long embraced this look. When you visit our stores, you will usually see us decked out in our favourite pieces and layering our jewellery… a few rings here, a stack of bangles there and a necklace or two to finish off.
No matter what type of jewellery you're layering you can mix different textures and weights - mix daintier pieces with chunkier, statement items.
By mixing in a single colour, you create a focus, and it can give the look more cohesion.
Mixing metals can create a great look too if you are a lover of both silver and gold.
Mix semi-precious stone pieces with plain silver pieces too.
By varying the length, texture and weight of the chains it can help to stop them from getting tangled.
Layering and mixing looks best if you create spacing between each chain/necklace. Play around with combining different lengths and textures and see what works for you.
What drew you to JewelStreet?
As we are an independent small business, specialising in handmade semi-precious stone and silver jewellery. Our range of beautiful and unusual stones fits in JewelStreet's marketplace and with its customers.
If you could only wear one piece from your collection, what would it be and why?
Trudi's Favorite stone is lapis lazuli.
One of Trudi's first semi-precious stone pieces was a raw lapis ring that was handmade for her in New Zealand (her home country). This piece inspired one of her first designs for Silver Scene. She was excited to tell us that when you breathe on the stone the flecks of Pyrite appear more golden!
Thank you both for talking with us!