Jeweller Alex Monroe is known for his delicately carved evocations of subtle British memorabilia and, during the festive season, for his flora and fauna limited edition, online-only Twelve Days of Christmas collection. On December 1 one item is offered, on December 2 two, and so on.
This year’s theme is Woodland, which came about, he says, “when earlier this year I decided to sculpt a squirrel [day 12, £150]. We all loved it but it didn’t fit in with anything else in our collection; however, it gave rise to the idea of woodland theme for the Twelve Days this year. I have interpreted that quite widely – everything from little creatures to a basket of woodland fruit [day six pendant, £195] or an engraved sketch map [day four pendant, £135]. The best thing about our Twelve Days is the anticipation of what is behind each window – it recaptures that childhood sense of Christmas Day excitement.”
A unique necklace and earrings suite (£2,500) featuring finely wrought oak leaves and acorns will kick off the Twelve Days at 10am precisely on December 1 on a first-come, first-served basis – a pattern to be repeated on the following days. Of the other items, all in vermeil, the most desirable include whimsical “wooden” ladder earrings (day two, £195) with a silver mouse climbing up one side and a bird on the other; a pendant (day 10, £195) with a rhodium-plated blackbird and a tiny diamond; a holly and ivy wreath pendant (day nine, £195) with a ruby; and long, looped back-and-front ivy earrings (day five, £230).