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With truly great Jewellery you are never under-dressed for any moment in your life.
Jewellery made out of Magpies bones subverts traditional English folklores surrounding Magpies stealing Jewellery.

Wear the Special Jewellery that any Magpie would surely make their Loot !
Unmistakably English and unforgettable, Claire English Jewellery is hand-crafted in England, and is born out of a pure British eccentricity and a mischievous imagination. 
Born in London. Made in England.
Inspired by Magpies, the criminals of the avian world and by Jack Sheppard C18th London folk lore hero - the original 'Jack the Lad'!   Est. 2014
The longer read:
A Child of the Jago Jewellery by Claire English is inspired by Jack Sheppard, the notorious London folk lore hero, who was wildly popular in the Eighteenth Century. He began life as a promising carpenters apprentice before becoming an anarchist, dandy, thief. It was Jack Sheppard's passion for and intense relationship with a notorious working girl known as Edgeworth Bess that began his liberation from the dull drudgery of indentured labour, and with her by his side he progressed from pious servitude to self-confident rebellion and levelling!

I've chosen Pearls for this collection because of their association with Venus the goddess of love in commemoration of their relationship. Folk-lore has many tales of Magpies acting as cheeky, thieving, feathered rascals who fly off with prized items of jewellery. By turning the Bones and Feet of Magpies into Jewellery this collection subvert's these folk-lore’s by making Magpies into the Jewellery that they would make their loot! 

Many piece's carry a hand engraving of a pair of broken Georgian handcuffs representing Jack Sheppard's four famous prison breaks alongside his initials & the year date of his eventual hanging at Tyburn in 1724. The engraving is evocative of scrimshaw which was a common pastime of prisoners incarcerated during the era. This collection is my tribute to an empowering romance and to the original 'Jack the Lad’!

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