Image courtesy of Crowded Silver
The Danes are renowned for their functional yet simple designs, and online jewellery store Crowded Silver continues the tradition. Despite being established and managed from a base in the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne (Australia), the site clearly pays homage to the Scandinavian sensibilities of its founder Susanne Barnden, who was born and raised in Copenhagen. Those clean, minimalistic lines, smooth curves and bold designs are at once subtle and strong, depending on the designer and type of jewellery.
Crowded Silver Jewellery sources silver jewellery artisans from various countries in order to offer customers anywhere in the world a piece of wearable art. “My focus is on finding small, individual jewellery artists rather than big brand names to offer women a chance of finding something different” Susanne said. “I have always loved the different finishes of silver – whether matte, brushed, oxidised or highly polished – and now I have the pleasure of working with artisans who are passionate about silver smithing and design.”
As the name suggests, Crowded Silver offers a wide range of contemporary jewellery in silver, a malleable metal with the perfect colour to highlight strong, modern designs. Silver is both easy to work with and cost efficient allowing young jewellers to experiment.
Amongst all the designers represented by Crowded Silver is Italian born Milena Zu with her crocheted mesh jewellery. Milena’s jewellery is all handmade and while her style is contemporary and bold, it is jewellery that transcends fashion cycles and will remain as relevant and unique in the future.
The clean lines you’ll find in Crowded Silver’s online store are evident in the blue polka dot series combining bright resin with silver in earrings and necklaces. Likewise the handcrafted bracelet from an Australian designer, who takes inspiration from Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, featuring three narrow bands that widen to slightly different widths.