The Swift collections features the Swift in different forms. This series of ‘Corsage bracelets’ are made with just the Swift’s head combined with an antique or vintage diamante piece of jewellery set on a vintage watch strap.
I have named them corsage bracelets as they remind me of the little bouquets of flowers which were often worn on the wrist. Wearing flowers pinned to clothing dates as far back as Ancient Greece, when small bunches of fragrant flowers and herbs were worn at weddings to ward off evil spirits. During the 16th and 17th centuries, corsages and boutonnières may have been a part of daily life to prevent disease and to ward off evil spirits, but over time, they became special-occasion pieces.
This Swift head is paired with a Victorian brooch, made with purple stones which I have cold fixed to a wide vintage gold tone watch strap.
Lost wax cast in solid bronze, each swift head one is individually crafted in wax before being transformed in to bronze. They are polished to finish and are very tactile.
Due to the very nature of the processes involved and the use of antique pieces, each bracelet is satisfyingly unique and one off.
One of the reasons that I love reusing watch straps is their versatility in resizing. This one measures around the wrist at 21cm, the catch unclips and slides up the strap, so it could go down to a minimum of 17 cm. It has a tapered strap going from 1.5cm up to 2.5cm.
It all depends how you like to wear your bracelets and bangles, sometimes I like to style mine over a shirt or jumper, that way they stay tight on my arm. It is perfect for dressing up or a special occasion.