Lots of people ask why I make my bracelets using the materials I do and why that makes them different. So, buckle up – here’s my guide to the high quality materials we use to make our bracelets, earrings and necklaces (necklaces coming soon – excited!!!!!).
But first of all, let’s look at why I do what I do at all!
When I decided I wanted to pour all my pent up creative energy into a ‘new business’ – I’d already worked in corporate marketing, been a wedding stylist, and a soft furnishings designer… what could be my next victim…sorry target!
I love bracelets – I always have. And especially wrap bracelets. They can be tough and edgy; pretty and feminine; easy to wear or statement – what’s not to love?
But they were all getting a bit ‘samey’ – round beads on leather with a button… blah…blah. Also, as a woman with large wrists (actually only a teensy bit larger than average – don’t get me started! Check out my fully-fledged rant here!) I was finding it more difficult to find standard stuff to fit.
So, I started researching. I came across lots of variations on the theme and finally decided on the style of bracelet I wanted to make:
You can read more about my ‘Why’ here.
During my research, I discovered Japanese Miyuki Cube Beads and fell in love. I can’t remember where I first saw them, but I was immediately smitten. I couldn’t believe people weren’t already using them – it seemed like a no brainer to me! The neatness and symmetry of the cubes slotting together – I get chills!!! Ok, maybe I’m weird, but go with it! I looked and looked and no one was using cubes in wrap bracelets – yay!
Miyuki has a world-wide reputation for producing the best quality, the most uniform and the most diverse selection of seed beads in the industry and are used by crafters, beaders, fashion designers and high end boutiques everywhere. Their cube beads? Not used so much. So, I had my unique beads.
All our leather is UK produced and hand dyed to give it the rich colour and patina my customers love. I have experimented with other types of leather including Vegan options, but I haven’t found anything that comes close texture and feel-wise. But I will keep looking – fear not, my Vegan friends – I will find a good leather substitute… not pleather…. It’s truly terrible!
Our clasps are precious metal plated Zamak. Zamak alloy is awesome. The blend of zinc, aluminium and copper make it such a great material that has the perfect hardness for accessories. Our clasps are plated in luxurious rose gold, silver or gun metal to create the perfect finish.
Every Kathryn King Designs Signature Wrap Bracelet carries the laser etched ‘K’ marque to prove its quality (we only use high quality materials, dontcha know!) and authenticity – accept no imitations people! If there’s no ‘K’ it’s not one of mine.
So, I hope that’s given you an insight into the types of high quality materials we use and why. You can find out more on the Materials page of our website.