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MOTLEY WHO?

MOTLEY thinks jewellery should be done differently. We collaborate with the world’s leading jewellery designers on exclusive collections that are brilliantly designed, beautifully crafted and – crucially – absolutely affordable. Our revolutionary model cuts out the middleman, giving you access to great jewellery design without the high price mark-up. Because affordable jewellery doesn’t have to mean average design.

THIS IS WHY WE DO IT

Pals Cecily (the industry insider) and Ilana (the consumer geek) looked at the jewellery industry, and thought it needed fixing. They were bored of settling for good looking jewellery that broke, or uninspiring commercial design. Cecily saw that the leading jewellery designers – sculptors, engineers and artists all in one - weren’t being recognised for their brilliance. Ilana was frustrated by the ‘buy this and she will love you’ antiquated marketing of heritage brands. They wanted to buy truly great jewellery for themselves – while trying to avoid their overdraft. So they made Motley.

THIS IS HOW WE DO IT

Every MOTLEY collection is created in collaboration with a top jewellery designer. The designer dreams up their collection, and we take care of the rest, working with an incredible atelier in Turkey to bring their designs to life. Our model means we sidestep big retailers (and their big prices), and keep costs low for you. We think jewellery should be lasting, and so only use the best quality materials and techniques.  Industry experts would call us 'demi-fine' - we would say our jewellery is mighty fine.

THIS IS WHAT WE DO IT WITH

We know that jewellery can be an opaque industry, so it’s helpful to explain the materials and products we work with.

Gold Vermeil
Our jewellery is plated using a technique called vermeil (pronounced ver-may). Vermeil refers to jewellery that is genuine sterling silver plated with gold to a thickness of between 2 and 3 microns. Using sterling silver as a base and plating with double the thickness of commercial “flash plating” produces a more resilient layer of gold that doesn’t wear away and ensures our jewellery is hypoallergenic. The gold we use in our plate is 18 karat (it must be over 10 karats to count as vermeil). A karat is the measure of gold’s purity, with 24 karat gold being the purest you can get. This terminology comes from the measurement of a German gold coin called a mark about a thousand years ago. Just so you know.

925 Sterling Silver
We use solid 925 sterling silver to ensure great product quality. Unlike base metals, it won’t turn your ears green and is hypoallergenic to boot. In case you were wondering, 925 means 92.5% out of 100% pure silver – the remaining 7.5% is copper.

GOOD THINGS COME IN RECYCLABLE PACKAGES

Our outer packaging is made from FSC-certified materials and is totally recyclable – if you’re one of those people that likes to keep your jewellery on a jewellery tree. Our inner foam lining is not recyclable (we’re working on that) but we encourage you to reuse it to keep your studs in.

SO, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Come join us and start a jewellery revolution.