I'm delighted to share with you a gorgeous jewellery company I first heard about last year, but who since then I've noticed adorning more and more people I bump into. Founded by Annabel and Georgina, Little by Little is a small jewellery brand with a big heart for making a difference. Having been struck by the number of hungry and homeless people as they walked around Brighton, the pair decided to combine their talents in order to effect a positive change. Annabel had previously studied at the Sir John Cass jewellery school with a focus on ethical design processes, while Georgina had trained at Leiths and was working as a food stylist and editor. These two career paths blended beautifully as a love of design and a love of food led to the creation of Little by Little jewellery.
Two years in the making, the pair worked tirelessly to design a collection which was small but perfectly formed. Inspired by the food they loved, it was vital to them that each piece was created using ethical materials. The current collections (Seville and Wedge) are made up of pieces which are as striking and modern as they are simple and effortless. It's a range which simultaneously draws the eye, yet which can be worn everyday, not just saved up for fancy occasions. My own fan necklace has become a firm daily favourite, as it matches everything I wear - from jeans and t shirts, to smarter dresses.
Not content with creating a beautiful collection, Georgina and Annabel also spent a long while researching the most appropriate charity partner for the brand - looking for somewhere they could make a difference, even in a small way. Action Against Hunger was chosen as the strapline for their 'Love Food, Give Good' campaign perfectly matched the heart of Little by Little. The charity has 35 years of expertise in situations of conflict, natural disaster and chronic food insecurity and in 2014 alone they helped over 13.6 million people in 47 countries. So now with every item sold, Little by Little donates the funding to pay for a day's supply of therapeutic food to nurse and acutely malnourished child back to health.
Each piece in the collection would make a wonderful and thoughtful gift, or a treat for yourself - I've got my eye on the Seville gold hoops! Here are a few other pieces on my wishlist...