I’m not a huge jewellery person. I don’t have pierced ears and I never really got into rings. My hair always seems to tangle around the clasp of necklaces, which also twist as I wear them, so more often than not I just forget to put them on, even though I own many. Mostly, I love a brooch and a bangle. Or, well, three bangles, more specifically, because as a lover of colour blocking my accessories I typically like to stack together matching bangles of varying widths. That makes Splendette my perfect bangle maker because every release comes in 3 widths, as well as in 3 wrist sizes, so no folks get left out. Let’s take a look at their lush new Spring Florals line.
I buy from Splendette from almost every release, so it would not be an exaggeration to say my 3 bangle stands overfloweth. (Seriously, I had to make myself a DIY 190+ bangle stand a while back to save space. I like to rotate my seasonal favourites onto the free-standing bangle stands I keep on my desk so I get to look at them when I’m not wearing them, and for easiest access.) At this rate, I pretty much have every colour of bangle I could possibly need to match the shade range of my wardrobe, but it’s hard to resist when Splendette bring out patterned designs, like this Spring Florals range.
This line is comprised of cream coloured bangles sporting a contrast colour floral design and matching solid coloured carved bangles. The colours are Veronica, a mid-blue; Rowan, a pale sage green; Petunia, a blue toned mid purple; Petal, a subdued coral pink; Primrose, a sunshine yolk yellow; and Apricot, a soft peach. Each colourway boasts a different carving pattern, and each is available in a matching necklace, a unique shaped brooch, and two types of earrings. As I already own a lot of solid coloured Splendette bangles from previous ranges which I felt would work well with the different cream bangles from most of these lines, I largely purchased the cream bangles from my favourite colourways, and hope to go back for their matching brooches soon.
Petal is the only range where I bought both of the solid coloured bangles as well as all three cream bangles, as I don’t have other opaque coral bangles already in my collection. I love the delicate yet simple outline carving of petals, the large design on the widest bangle resembling a splayed fan, happily echoed by the fact that the Petal brooch is shaped like a fan. I’ll definitely be ordering that brooch on my next order, because it pained me to leave it behind on my first. I’m not a pink girl, by any stretch, but I love that this pink leans so heavily coral, enough so that it will read red in dim lighting. A unique, beautiful set that I hope to get a lot of wear out of.
Rowan features a leafy carving reminiscent of ferns, punctuated with small rounded flower carvings. Both the cream and solid coloured narrow bangles are carved with mirrored diagonal slashed markings which angle towards one another into the centre of the bangle in a way that always makes me think of tyre treads (though not in a bad way, as weird as that sounds.) It’s a carving design that will be very familiar to Splendette fans, as it’s been utilised in some of their past releases. I didn’t feel I would wear the full cream Rowan set so I skipped buying the matching midi bangle, opting instead for one solid coloured narrow only. I have lots of other greens from Splendette accumulated over the years, of which Sage and Lichen I think will pair well with Rowan.
As a rule I don’t even like purple, but I think it looks phenomenal with green, one of my favourite colours to wear, so I couldn’t resist grabbing the full cream Petunia set. I have a few of the past purple shades Splendette has made, as well as paler blues like the Bluebelle midi pictured here, so I only bought the midi solid Petunia to match with the creams because I liked that it shared the same starburst-esque floral carving, a design that feels very similar to the Cornflower and Forget-Me-Not Duotone set, which was my favourite from last year’s Duotone line. The narrow bangles, in both cream and solid Petunia, showcase alternating oval and slanted dash carvings.
My favourite from the whole range, the Veronica line puts me in mind of willow pattern, a design I’ve always loved since growing up staring at the large willow pattern serving dish that used to sit propped up on our welsh dresser at home throughout my entire childhood. The floral pattern is simple, small blue flowers and thin ovals carved into the cream, with the narrow bangle sporting only the oval dashes and dots for contrast. I love that the pattern across the 3 bangle widths looks different enough that wearing the cream set by itself provides visual contrast, but if I want to layer in solid blues I have plenty from past releases to do so. The solid Veronica bangles from this release come in narrow and midi, just like the other colourways, with the same simple flower carving designs as their cream bangle counterparts. The matching brooch is rectangular, with oval and flower carvings to match the bangles, placed just so that my brain always thinks of an envelope when I see it. It’s another item I’ll be going back for in my next order.
Splendette produce all their bangles in Maiden, Classic, and Duchess sizes so everyone can enjoy their pretties regardless of hand size. I wear Duchess, as Classics are just a little too tight for me these days, but I love to pass along the best bangle tip I was ever given, which is to put your hand inside a plastic bag or a silky scarf to help slide on tight bangles that struggle a little over the widest point of your hand. You’ll have to do the same to get them off if it’s a really tight squeeze, but it’s worth being able to wear your favourite pieces.
Splendette is a small British business–seriously small, like 2 women. It’s just the owner and designer, Eeva, and customer service and social media wrangler, Hannah, who run the entire business together. Splendette ship worldwide and have select stockists around the globe. All their jewellery is handmade, and they work with Ecologi to plant a tree for every order placed on their website.
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are truthful and my own, with no input from any of the companies listed or any other individuals.
COVID-19 NOTE: These pictures were taken alone and safely in a secluded outdoors area with no other individuals present, practising responsible social distancing to help limit the spread of Covid-19.