So last month Adornment Archive was fortunate enough to visit Bali and the talented craftspeople making our jewellery, we just wanted to stop and take a minute to share some of our experiences.

The Balinese people, are primarily Hindu during though this island’s population also boasts Buddhists, Muslims and Christians all living in Harmony. During our trip we also had the pleasure of visiting temples and seeing the traditional dress worn for celebrations. During our time in Bali we visited Tanah Lot, Besakih Temple and Uluwatu.

At Uluwatu we also saw the Kecak a form of Balinese dance.Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the performers wear a checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting “cak” and moving their hands and arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana. The monkey-like Vanara led by Hanuman helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance. 

Arts and crafts play a huge role in Balinese culture, and among their artisans is a community of highly skilled silversmiths.  While silversmithing is practiced all around the island, there is a concentration of silversmiths in and around Celuk, a village in the south central part of the island. During our time in Bali we also saw wood carvers, weavers and the art of batik in action.

We also made it our mission to try as much famous local cuisine as we could, we successfully ticked, Babi guling, Sate lembat, and crispy duck of the list.

It was amazing to see our jewellery being made and meet the beautiful people making it. Of all the great things we experienced in Bali the kindness, hospitality and happiness of the locals is what really made the trip. Suksma Bali I can’t wait to come back!



Pictures by Ellen Thomas

Happy New Year All You Lovely People!

2016 has been quite a year in this crazy, mixed up world of ours with some good events and some bad ones… 2016 was also an exiting year for us at Adornment Archive as we prepared to take our business from an idea to reality!

Thankfully 2017 is here and we are ready to embrace it! We are excited to say that Adornment Archive will be officially launching in February! We will be kicking off with a crowd funding campaign which will enable you to pre order pieces from are debut brutalist collection at a discounted rate with a donation of the proceeds going to charity. Our online store will then follow in late March to early April.

Looking forward to 2017 here are a few of our New Years resolutions:

  • To cook more and be more adventurous in our cooking.
  • Visit more exhibitions -kicking off with ‘Fear and love reactions to a complex world’ at Londons newly revamped Design Museum
  • Design a new collection with some semi precious stones. Lapis Lazuli is high contender, we love navy.
  • Do Tough Mudder for the charity Mind. I am instantly regretting this one but once this post goes up I will have to see it through!
  • Care less about what other people think. Let’s be honest life is too short. On this note  buy and read salt by nayyirah waheed who’s work is truly beautiful and true.
  • Collaborate more with other creatives.
  • Celebrate the simple things in life.
  • Travel more – Thailand is first on my list.

Happy 2017! May it bring you happiness. What are your resolutions? Get in touch we would love to hear from you!!

Love from Adornment Archive x


 Quote by nayyirah waheed



Adornment Archive

A Jewellery brand for the explorer and curator, inspired by a passion for Culture, design and travel.

Our first collection is inspired by brutalist architecture. One of our favourite places in London is the Barbican Estate, here are some pictures  from our last visit.

Tube station
Cactus house
Inspiration for the balcony rings.
View from the cactus house

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