A few weeks ago, I got in touch with one of my favourite independent British designers/makers to have some custom jewellery made.
Nikky at Innabox Design has been on my radar for a long while now, I have a few unicorn themed bits and pieces that I have purchased and have been given as presents and I adore the style she uses so she was the perfect choice to immortalise my fur babies in jewellery form.
I got in touch with Nikky via Twitter and we discussed what I was looking for via email, I sent across lots of pictures of my cats and she asked me how I wanted them posed and what specific jewellery items I was looking for. I chose 4 pairs of earrings of each of my cats faces, a full body brooch of each of them and one final brooch of the 4 of them together. Nikky explained the cost to me and I was given a timeframe. She checked regularly that I was happy with each design (which I was, they are amazing!) and provided an all round excellent, friendly and easy service.
When they were all finished and arrived through the post – even the envelope was adorned with cute washi tape and a cute unicorn sticker, I was thrilled to tip so many tiny green boxes out of the envelope!
So, want to see my amazing new custom jewellery?
Bea is our eldest cat, she is a Ragdoll – Burman cross, she is a little tricky to photograph as she is a very dark brown (almost black) colour.
Here she is in jewellery form, Nikky has even captured the detail of her little bow collar:
Mallorie is the second eldest, she is pure white and used to be very timid, she is a lot braver now and often borders on bullying. Mallorie likes affection on her own terms and will scratch you for attention.
and in jewellery form:
Rufus has been through the mill a bit really, he nearly died following the removal of his spleen after a diagnosis of Necrotising Pancreatitis, he has had diabetes ever since and we have to inject him with Insulin twice a day. We have had a few hairy (literally, he has a lot of fur) moments where he has had to be rushed up to the emergency vet, but he has been a trooper and has never batted an eyelid at any of his treatment (in fact, he is pretty popular at the vets where he goes every few months for a glucose curve).
Nikky has designed him perfectly:
Figaro is my baby. my mum got him for me as a birthday present. He came from a house in Torquay and was advertised as “Part Siamese”. This has become a standing joke in my house and Fig is about as Siamese as my left bum cheek. I adore him though and he is my tiny shadow with the loudest purr ever. Figaro has been put on a diet by the vet who billed him a “chunky monkey” last week.
Here he is:
Aren’t they all just completely fabulous. I think they are instantly recognisable as my cats and Nikky has done the best job ever. I am beyond thrilled with them all.
The models themselves were rather unimpressed with their custom made pieces and in fact barely even woke up to acknowledge them.
Please go and check out Nikky’s Etsy shop here, each item has been designed and created by Nikky and I recently snapped up some bits from her newest underwater collection. She has created earrings, necklaces, pins, mugs and more and has something for everyone.
The earrings are pride of place in my jewellery box (and you can even see one of my sets of unicorn earrings made by Nikky).
I cannot thank Nikky enough, she has captured my cats perfectly, and provided a friendly and fabulous service.
Have you bought anything from Innabox? Would you like to get some custom jewellery made? Let me know below.