Friday, 4 April 2014

Let Me Introduce You To...

This week I'd like to introduce you to somebody I know. Usually I find gorgeous shops online and share my finds, however this time (as it's their 2nd birthday this week!) I'm going to show you some beautiful jewellery I discovered right here in Sheffield.

This post is in no way sponsored or influenced. All opinions are my own and any quotes are taken directly from the people I'm writing about.

This week I'd like to introduce you to...

Mia Peony is a range of jewellery designed by the talented Magdalena. They feature a range of vintage images, artworks, local scenes, flower fairies, hot air balloons... and whatever else Magdalena finds inspiration from!

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Magdalena - the designer behind Mia Peony

Magdalena is from Vienna, Austria where she was involved in 'different art and performance projects' before she decided to come to the UK as it's somewhere she'd always wanted to visit and live. Luckily for Sheffield this is where she chose to stay and started her jewellery design business in the city in 2012. At first her creations were for her or gifts for friends, but their popularity spread and she was soon selling them in various outlets around Sheffield and now in her native Vienna too.

The name Mia Peony was chosen as peonies have 'soft and dainty blossoms as well as its opulent appearance' which I think describes the jewellery perfectly. The images Magdalena chooses are often delicate but they're given a twist with a burst of colour and glossy finish to create eye catching pieces - just like their name sake flowers. 

The first range of Mia Peony's I saw were the vintage hot air balloons which are a core range which are instantly recognisable. As well as the images, I also love how the jewellery is available as separate parts so you can choose exactly what you'd like - you can choose a chain to go with your pendant, charms to fit on your bracelet and, an exciting new addition, rings and bracelets that you can 'pop' the image off and replace it with another!

Mia Peony's jewellery is made with either glass cabochons over the images chosen or with resin for 'a lighter look and wearing experience' which is particularly good for some of the chunkier bracelets which are surprisingly light and easy to wear. Some of the images are also works which are based on collaborations with other artists from the UK, Austria, Germany and Poland to create a fresh and continually developing feel to the jewellery. One of the latest of these was with Sheffield photographer Charlotte Newton who Magdalena worked with to turn her local photos into jewellery which has proved very popular - especially this Henderson's Relish factory image with the blue background below!

Mia Peony's new display at Étagère in Vienna

If you'd like to find out more about Mia Peony then visit Magdalena on Facebook.

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