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.
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.
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.
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.