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Fright night

November 14, 2018 . By Andrew Martyniuk

Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand… yes, it’s that time of year again when sales of fake blood, sweet treats and pumpkins spike, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller becomes the most-played song for at least 48 hours. It is also a time when we are all reaching for skull jewellery. Happy Halloween, folks.

This is a day when the macabre becomes the everyday. Dressing up as a vampire or a half-dead creature that has dragged itself out of a shallow grave is the norm. Creepy motifs like fangs, skulls and bones are de riguer on All Hallows’ Eve, yet these are design themes that permeate jewellery all year round.

While some might only be comfortable slipping on a silver skull ring on October 31st, there are many jewellery lovers – myself included – who are happy to wear jewels with a dark edge at any time.

As for what I’ll be wearing tonight, here’s a little round up of some of the scariest jewels in my collection.

 

The Jewellery Cut's Andrew Martyniuk dressed up in his Halloween jewellery
The Jewellery Cut’s Andrew Martyniuk dressed up in his Halloween jewellery

 

Skull cane by Deakin & Francis

I had this cane made specially for me by Deakin & Francis in Birmingham. It is a black wooden cane topped with solid silver skull. What I like best about it, is that when you flick a lever at the back of the skull, the mouth opens up and two crystals pop out of the eye sockets.

Skull cane, Deakin & Francis, POA
Skull cane, Deakin & Francis, POA

 

Serpent bracelets by Shaun Leane

I have two of these Shaun Leane bracelets, one in gold vermeil, and the other is a mix of gold vermeil links and round onyx beads. I love the way the bone-like structures are articulated to create a serpentine flex, and they look great stacked up with some of my other bracelets – I’ve been known to wear up to five at a time. Skeleton snakes… it couldn’t be more perfect for Halloween.

Serpent's Trace yellow gold vermeil bracelet, Shaun Leane, £650
Serpent’s Trace yellow gold vermeil bracelet, Shaun Leane, £650

 

Skull jewellery by Kasun London

If you are looking for a jewellery brand that embraces the dark side all  year round, you won’t get better than Kasun London – the male models in its photoshoots to show off the jewels even have fangs. The jewels themselves offer modern twists on the classic skull motif. I own a few of Kasun’s pieces now, including a gold vermeil pendant from The Tale of the Forbidden Fruits collection that merges a skull with a pineapple, and a God Loves Fangs gold vermeil skull pin with onyx eyes and tiny fangs.

God Loves Fangs gold vermeil and onyx pin, Kasun London, £130
God Loves Fangs gold vermeil and onyx pin, Kasun London, £130
Forbidden Pineapple silver and gold vermeil necklace, Kasun London, £165
Forbidden Pineapple silver and gold vermeil necklace, Kasun London, £165

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