Image shows - Oxidised silver and yellow gold leaf oval necklace by Jenifer Wall, available from Brass Monkeys.

Christmas Gift Guide – Day 8

Image shows - Oxidised silver and yellow gold leaf oval necklace by Jenifer Wall, available from Brass Monkeys.
Oxidised silver and yellow gold leaf oval necklace by Jenifer Wall, available from Brass Monkeys.

I am writing this on my sofa with my legs tucked under a blanket because it is brass monkeys outside.

Temperatures were similarly challenging when jewellers and silversmiths Jenifer Wall and Samantha Maund set up their jewellery co-operative in a freezing mechanic’s garage.

The name Brass Monkeys seemed apt.

In 2007, they relocated to a gallery in Hove, East Sussex. It has workshop space for six resident makers – and is much warmer.

But they kept the name.

Brass Monkeys is known for its range of hand made British contemporary jewellery to suit all budgets.

This gold leaf necklace, by Jenifer Wall, costs £85.

It would make a wonderful gift – if you can bear to part with it that is…

Created from oxidised sterling silver, the three overlapping hand-hammered pendants are finished inside with 22ct yellow gold leaf.

Brass Monkeys offers free postage on all UK orders, but a visit to the gallery, which is housed in a refurbished second hand furniture store, is well worth it. Ranges from the 45-plus designers who sell through Brass Monkeys are displayed in wonderful antique cabinets.

You can even unleash your inner designer and commission a bespoke design in the onsite workshop.