Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Red squirrels and golden eagles are a few of the fauna you will find amidst the surroundings of England’s Lake District.

You can take part in fishing, canoeing and mountain climbing in the Lake District National Park, and catch a glimpse of England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike. England is also home to featured jewelry designer Bex Manners.

A former New York fashion stylist for Vogue, W Magazine and Calvin Klein, preparing jewelry for models to wear in photo shoots required that Manners cultivate last minute designs.

“I took a brief course in jewelry making at Central St. Martins and I applied that to my work as a stylist.

Photo shoots tend to be very hectic and if a jewelry piece wasn’t quite working for the shoot, I would always end up making last minute pieces for the photo. After awhile I realized that I was on the wrong side of things," she says.

I discovered that all of the research, vision and creative thinking involved to be a fashion stylist were the same skills needed for designing jewelry.”

Manners’ love of travel allowed her to further build a repertoire of skills including “Chinese knotting and macramĂ© wood fire soldering.” With her expertise firmly in hand, in 2006 Manners launched her company Bex Rox Jewellery.

Manners’ urban, edgy aesthetic is characterized by cuff braclets of twisted gold chains; gold rings with large, faceted gemstones; and detailed animal jewelry including an 18-karat gold plated brass antelope ring, which is the designer’s favorite.

With pieces like her gold-carved Wolf Sapphire Ring and Shark Tooth Pendant Necklace, the Bex Rox brand clearly has the heart of a rock star yet the streamlined arrangements of gold plated brass, gunmetal and silver chains reveals an elegant soul.

“I have always been fascinated by the contours of the animal form, and the Art Deco era. I think my collections embody this. My jewelry is instinctively free-spirited, colorful and fun.”
Photo 1 (top right): 18-Karat Gold Plated Brass Mini Shark Tooth Pendant Necklace
Photo 2 (center): 18-Karat Gold Plated Brass and Gunmetal Chains Elvissa Cuff Bracelet
Photo 3 (bottom left): 18-Karat Gold Plated Brass Antelope Ring
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