I had heard some great reviews from various people about buying beautiful pieces of jewellery from online marketplace Etsy. Sometimes I’m up to date with all the latest websites and product releases and other times I hear of something, put checking it out on the long finger and then it goes completely out of my head. Well that is until a few weeks ago. So whilst lying awake at 3am one night having no luck whatsoever counting sheep or wishing the Sandman to visit, I started browsing the vast jewellery section on Etsy. Normally when I buy jewellery, I like to see it in person and try it on but for obvious reasons this is not achievable online. I think part of my new let’s embrace everything attitude has encouraged me to take a chance on things. Also having bought some Daisy London/Laura Whitmore jewellery online has installed some extra confidence in me with regards online shopping.
First thing i must say when you do go on Etsy is the vast amount of products you will be met with. Each product is beautifully presented and screaming buy me. There is some fantastic handmade homeware products, jewellery, children’s toys and other various art and craft supplies that are both beautiful and unique. You will feel a mixture of inspiration and guilt, at not being naturally crafty yourself. Some people are just ridiculously talented with what they can make and do. I myself am not one of those people unfortunately. There really is something for everyone on Etsy and navigating the site is a piece of cake. You can even filter products by location so you can limit your shopping to say Ireland only.
I quite literally had a very long browse to see if anything would catch my eye. Does it surprise you that something did? No? Me either! To be honest I’m a sucker for all things shiny. It must be my inner magpie screaming to be let loose. As I didn’t want to go too crazy with my first purchase and the fact that my funds have been seriously curtailed, I decided to look for a mint and silver necklace. I had seen one previously and thought how I would love to get something similar but obviously not pay a horrendous amount of money for it. I also have a soft spot for handmade jewellery.
After a good half an hour of searching i stumbled across a dainty mint and silver necklace by Belfast based designer lilabelledesign. The owner Margo was absolutely lovely to deal with and kept a great line of communication open from purchasing the necklace right up to until I received it. The necklace itself cost around the €30 mark and is composed of a sterling silver chain with a mint green glass pendent*. The necklace is dainty but sturdy with a nice sized gem pendent attached. Overall it’s very pretty and the coloured gem really pops. It is also available in a variety of different coloured gems and finishes. I’m currently eyeing up a beautiful gold necklace in the same design but with a pink gem.
So after such a positive experience purchasing the necklace I decided to have another look on Etsy. This time for some pretty earrings. After conducting another lengthy browse, I discovered an Italian brand called Skietromart that produces beautiful coloured glass stud earrings. I love colour as you know so decided to pick up three different sets of earrings, one in fuchsia pink, one in coral and gold and the other in a glitter mix. I decided to go for the small 8mm stud earrings costing €9 each. I find that size to be perfect for me. They aren’t too big but yet you can still notice them. Communication between myself and Cristina was also fantastic and I received the order within a few days. I just love how pretty the earrings are as they don’t overwhelm an outfit but simply complement it.
Overall my experience with shopping on Etsy was extremely positive and I would highly recommend checking it out. I really like the personal touch which I think makes for great gift ideas for yourself or someone else. I will definitely be making a purchase again soon I just need to save up the much-needed funds first lol.
* Note: It was very hard to capture the true colour of the mint green gem. It appears darker in the second image than it is in person.