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Sparkling vintage jewels

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: April 03, 2012

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VINTAGE jewellery made by an Exeter architect has graced the pages of a global fashion magazine and caught the eye of a celebrity stylist.

Kye Tew Jewellery is the creation of 29-year-old Kyrenia Tew, whose passion and flair for creating eye-catching jewellery is beginning to bring her national recognition.

Kye crafts one-off pieces of jewellery by combining antique broaches, Victorian cameos and vintage jewellery with carefully sourced stones and beads in a contemporary design.

Her collection of unique silver-plated bullet bracelets (made from the shells), turquoise earrings, pearl necklaces and bespoke headdresses have featured in Vogue magazine and have earned her praise from celebrity stylist and bridal wear designer Kate Halfpenny.

Kye said: "Things have really taken off in the last couple of years through word of mouth and the media interest I am getting. I'm excited about appearing in Vogue and having a highly regarded designer and stylist interested in my collection."

Kye, who was brought up near Kenton, has been designing and making jewellery for 10 years. Inspired by her travels to Thailand and the South Pacific, Kye began by making shell and turquoise jewellery before graduating to silver. She said: "It's all about sourcing the pieces. I go to antique markets everywhere and I have a contact in Bali who supplies the turquoise I use in my jewellery. I take broaches and old buckles which would otherwise be obsolete and recycle them to create something contemporary."

Kye, who has worked for Kensington Taylor Architects for nearly eight years, dedicates time to her business on evenings and weekends. Her striking jewellery has already been showcased by some of Devon's bridal-wear shops and her distinctive headpieces appeared in this April's edition of Vogue – and more jewellery is set to star in May's Vogue Brides.

She explained: "My business started off as a hobby because I got fed up with going into high-street shops and being uninspired by the jewellery on offer. I wanted to create individual pieces that I wouldn't see anyone else wearing. The headdresses have been a great success and they are very popular with brides."

Despite wedding commissions flooding in, Kye insists her jewellery is not just for the blushing bride. "My collection appeals to all women of all ages – my clients vary from 14 to 70 years of age. They are not just for weddings either. I wear my own designs a lot. I wear the headdresses out in the evening and I am working on less glamorous pieces, which still look elegant but can be worn in the day time."

Kye's jewellery is available from Gloss art gallery in Southernhay, The Ivory Secret wedding boutique in Crediton and online at www.kyetewjewellery.co.uk

Kye will also be at The Ivory Secret accessories evening on Thursday April 5 from 4pm until 8pm. To book your place call 01363 777500 or email info@theivorysecret.co.uk

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