Mulberry look back all the way to the Victorian age for their latest jewellery line, inspired by the Cabinets of Curiosities popular at the time. You know the type, the cupboards that encased all kinds of weird and not alway so wonderful things (think the slightly macabre and supernatural, taxidermy creatures, skulls and the like).
One of the design stories, “Bestiaire” harks back to tales of beasts from the Middle Ages, anthologies that depicted the natural kingdom, from animals like stags, foxes and birds to the er, less glamorous rocks. Creative Director Johnny Cocas chose gemstones affiliated with talismanic qualities or symbolism. “Princess” earrings are made of Tiger’s Eye which is believed to bring protection and good fortune. Even the shape of the design, with a pearl, sphere and disc come together to mirror the symbol of eternity.
Taking inspiration from medieval and Victorian mythological worlds, the “Stud” design story is all about the stones. Faceted and set boldly against gold or silver bases, the contrast is dramatic. Lastly, the “Pearl” story takes your Nana’s favourite gem and reworks it into an oversized necklace (and ring) intertwined through rows of chains.
An update on winter gothic looks without having to wear black corsets and panda eyeliner? We’re in.