I didn’t expect to find a new necklace in the Cotswolds. We’d been exploring the villages around Stow on the Wold and just stopped in the town to buy a bottle of wine for later. So it was a surprise to stumble across India Mahon’s boutique in the old Post Office sorting office, on Sheep Street behind the town square. (Although, to be honest, it probably wouldn’t actually be that much of a surprise to my partner, Paul, that I could find a new piece of contemporary jewellery to buy even in the most unlikely of locations!).
India Mahon designs and sells handmade, British jewellery. She uses Fairtrade gold and responsibly sourced gemstones in a kind of east meets west aesthetic inspired by her love of India.
I was particularly taken with the dramatic statement necklaces created from large chunks of gemstone such as chrysoprase (a green quartz stone), pink opal, carnelian (a red-orange quartz), natural fossilised coral, and polished rock crystal pebbles. It was hard to choose just one, but the necklace I bought is made from pyrite.
I haven’t bought jewellery made from gemstones before, so I did a bit of research into pyrite when I got back home. I found out that pyrite is sometimes known as ‘fools gold’. As you can see from the photo below, the veining has a metallic lustre and brassy colour which could be mistaken for gold (if you were a particularly optimistic miner).