Bunney | An Introduction
London-based jewellery brand Bunney has become known for its line of uncomplicated yet impressive products, breathing new life into everyday items. “The idea was that I like shopping, I like nice things and I like jewellery, but I’ve actually not worn that much because men’s jewelry’s got too many skulls for me. It’s not that I’m scared and it’s not that I’m a baby…”
Headed by designer Andrew Bunney, he takes everyday items and re-imagines both their function and beauty through the use of precious materials and artisanal construction. One of the signature pieces, the silver padlock is one example of form and function, it actually opens up for personalization and was inspired by the practice of “Love Padlocking” often seen attached to landmarks around the world as a symbol of the strength of a sweetheart’s love. This Old English Padlock style originated in a small town outside of Wolverhampton called Willenhall when Queen Elizabeth I commissioned the locks to be made. Traditional locks in jewellery never work with a key, hence the desire to make the padlock functional. A couple of other strong pieces from the collection include the Lucky Rabbit’s Foot, a biker-style rabbit’s foot that was hand carved in London. “What is exciting about jewellery is that it lasts for generations. It retains its value and doesn’t really go out of style or season like shoes or clothing can.”
Made in England from 925 sterling silver, and hallmarked by the UK Assay Office as a guarantee of uncompromising quality of the precious metals, traditional struck marks have been punched creating a distinct impression in the badges. A hallmark was a guarantee of purity underwritten by the expertise and authority of the Goldsmiths’ Company. With these hallmarks, they tell their own story and by examining them it is possible to trace the provenance of these Bunney items back to its exact time and place, for as long as the Goldsmiths’ Company heritage is ensured.
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