It’s Shera meets Cleopatra: Bex Rox is a chic, futuristic and ethnic-inspired jewelry brand born in London. With some distinctive blue jewelry pieces that got our attention.
Looking for a superwoman to feature in our Blue Superhero Month, we met with Founder and jewelry designer Rebecca ‘Bex’ Manners to ask her a few bold and blue questions about Bex Rox London.
You will find a selection from the Bex Rox collection below.
Anything Blue: Who is your favorite Superhero? Has any specific character inspired your creations?
– Bex: Growing up I was always a fan of Shera and Wonderwoman. The new collection definitely reflects the Warrior Woman as it is inspired by the attributes of the Rattle snake such as femininity, strength, rebirth and goddesses.
We like Bex Rox collections because instead of gemstones, you actually use colored metals to add colors to your pieces! What’s your technique?
– I have been playing with techniques and ways to use colour in different medias to my accessories since the beginning, from nano plating, enamel, anodising to using metals that are oxidised or just the very hard but stunning titanium that creates the rainbow effect. Next I intend on crushing semi precious stones.
Some of your pieces have a magic trick (or secret clasp): they open up, you can hide something inside, or there is a surprise mirror… Where does this fun idea come from?
– I love a little mystery, adventure and discovery hence the hidden pockets and playfulness of my jewellery. It’s something that is for you, that no one else knows about, like a hiding place. I also love being able to read someone by how they interact with their jewellery, it is fascinating!
You source and produce in Kenya, you named one of your line ‘The Afrika Collection’, you recently co-hosted an event with Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher about celebrating African cultures… Is Africa a major source of inspiration? How do you articulate fair trade and development preoccupations there with the jewelry world?
– Angela and Carol have been a huge inspiration to me through their work since I was very young. My mother gave me Angela’s first book, ‘Africa Adorned’, which got me going on big bold statement pieces.
I then got invited by Crea Africa a workshop in Kenya that supports local communities and tribes through making jewellery to fine jewellery standard. We work closely with the artisans using their traditional techniques whilst teaching them how to cast, set and think outside the box.
I feel that despite not being able to manufacture huge quantities, people are looking for a more handmade soulful rooted fashion, hence keeping traditional techniques alive.
Lastly, please share a story about anything blue:
– Ok, but don’t tell anyone… Once, I dressed up as a Smurf for a party, painting my entire body blue. Overnight, I turned into a Smurf celebrity – all over Japanese blogs!
I also managed to Smurf out the entire party as the paint started wearing off – one way to paint the world blue 🙂
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