Bats, beer and boiling hot weather – on Thursday, July 6, Alchemy England welcomed their trade customers to the third annual Open Day. The event was also the perfect opportunity for everyone to view their stunning new factory in Leicester and check out all the latest designs.
Alchemy England are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. The alternative jewellery and gift brand is known all around the world for its high quality gothic, steampunk and metal wear, but did you know that it was born in a small bedsit in Leicester? Continue reading
Alchemy Rocks – Alchemy’s officially licensed range of music jewellery – is back by popular demand! Originally known as Poker, the renamed brand includes official pieces from some of the rock and metal world’s most iconic bands. Continue reading
Alchemy England have extended their jewellery range just in time for spring. The new collection includes elegant necklaces, bangles, ear adornments and rings. The latest additions are made to a very high quality from skin-safe fine English pewter at Alchemy’s dedicated factory in England. Continue reading
Halloween is just a few screams away so what better time to explore the story behind one of Alchemy’s spookiest new creations. Continue reading
Punk has been celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and there have been loads of brilliant events held in honour of this across the UK. One of the biggest was held in Blackpool from August 4 to 7. Continue reading
London has more museums than anywhere else in England and I think I may have just located its most unusual. Tucked behind Hackney’s fried chicken shops and green grocers is a modern-day cabinet of curiosities that’s guaranteed to intrigue as much as disgust. The Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities is a museum-come-bar where you can enjoy a Zombie cocktail and a crocodile burger (vegetarian options available on request!) while admiring skeletons and eclectic fine art – some of which is for sale. But it’s down a narrow, winding staircase where you’ll find the most bizarre curios displayed in what’s called The Wunderkabinett. Continue reading
Something really exciting has come to London’s V&A Museum. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty explores the work of one of Britain’s most influential modern Gothic fashion designers and it’s the biggest one so far. What’s more, its been arranged in partnership with Swarovski – the company who create the exquisite stones that accent Alchemy’s sparkling jewellery and glassware ranges. Continue reading
The Alchemist interviews Natasha Scharf, author of ‘The Art of Gothic’: Part 2.
In which Natasha, already relaxed and comfortable with her erudite responses to the stimulating, though more rudimentary questions asked of her so far, is taxed a little further for her opinions with some slightly more sensitive enquiries… Continue reading
The Alchemist interviews Natasha Scharf, author of ‘The Art of Gothic’: Part 1.
Amongst many exceptionally original, talented and inspiring artists, Alchemy Studios are also featured in Natasha’s latest and lavishly illustrated book, ‘The Art Of Gothic’. And reading through the compelling and illuminating narrative provoked several questions, including one or two subjective, philosophical ones.
The Alchemist managed to nail-down Natasha when seen at a public event in London, and Natasha obligingly elucidated:
Q: What inspired you to believe that this subject needed a new book creating for it? Continue reading
I’ve been fascinated by Ancient Egypt ever since I was a child. I used to nag my parents to take me to the British Museum and the Ashmolean where I could stare at mummified objects and ogle at tomb paintings; I even had a pencil case based on Tutankhamun’s famous death mask! So imagine my surprise when I recently discovered that I’d been walking past a museum that housed one of the largest collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts without ever realising it was there! I decided it was about time I paid a visit to the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. Continue reading
We’re well and truly in the midst of winter now but don’t let the colder weather cramp your dark style. Here are my top five essential alternative beauty buys and what’s more, they’re all cruelty-free so no ravens, bats or spiders were harmed in their creation! Continue reading
The holiday season is almost here but if you’ve left things a little tight this year, here are some tips for a very gothic festive period! Continue reading
Vampires, ghosts and zombies are all featured in the British Library’s magnificent new exhibition, ‘Terror And Wonder: The Gothic Imagination’, which opened last week. Timed to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the very first Gothic novel, Horace Walpole’s ‘The Castle Of Otranto’, it’s the UK’s largest exhibition of Gothic and is open to the public until 6 January 2015. Continue reading