Monday, 19 August 2013

William Shakespeare and Book of Shadows Necklaces by Restyle

As a self confessed bibliophile I have an incredibly weak spot for anything reminiscent of books. I frequently use the excuse of being an English student to buy all of these book related items, which means I've ended up with quite a collection of things that I don't really need, but I continue to buy them because I just can't help it. Restyle have been releasing quite a few collections of late, and their latest book shaped additions caught my eye immediately. I bought the Dark Poetry necklace a few months ago and I was looking forward to adding a few new pieces to my collection! I bought both of these from The Gothic Shop.


I purchased both the Book of Shadows and the William Shakespeare necklaces. I very nearly added the Grimm's Fairytales necklace to my basket but I somehow managed to convince myself that I didn't need all three of them! I was most excited about the William Shakespeare locket as I'm currently researching government and authority in Jacobean drama (mainly focusing on Shakespeare, Jonson and Middleton) for my dissertation and this necklace seemed very apt. I think I will always have a soft spot for Shakespeare!


Book of Shadows is intricately decorated with a cover that reminds me of a tombstone. It has a double clasp and features triquetra symbols in the upper corners of the cover. It has the first two stanzas of Edgar Allan Poe's 'Spirits of the Dead' engraved inside. The poem inside is small but readable, and the inside is just as decorative as the exterior.



The William Shakespeare necklace is equally as beautiful. The cover features a decorative border and purple stones adorn the corners. It has a single clasp. The interior features various works of Shakespeare including his tragedies, poems and apocrypha. I was surprised that such a big range of his work was included, as I was expecting only his plays to be listed! Like Book of Shadows, the text is small but distinguishable.



Surprisingly, the quality of these lockets far surpasses my Dark Poetry locket. The hinges feel stronger and the clasps a lot more sturdy, and the lockets are definitely weightier. My only real complaint about the Dark Poetry locket was that the hinge on the clasp felt flimsy and I am thrilled to see that this has been solved.  I was also pleased to see that the text is readable in both of these lockets as it was a shame that 'Haunted Palace' in Dark Poetry wasn't really distinguishable. The level of detail has increased too, as it continues into the interior of the lockets.

These are both wonderful pieces, and incredibly beautiful. I adore unique pieces, and these do not disappoint.

These lockets cost £13.50. You can purchase the William Shakespeare necklace here and Book of Shadows here. You can also buy these from the Restyle website.

Have you ordered anything from the new collections? I'm currently lusting over a couple of the green Vivian pieces!

Disclosure: I bought these necklaces myself.

22 comments:

  1. They look beautiful and so detailed and ornate! I found I had the same problem with my Dark Poetry locket, it definitely didn't feel as sturdy as it could have been which is one reason why I steered clear of this newer book necklace collection. I'm glad to hear that they have improved in quality! The writing inside the lockets seem to be far clearer than in the Dark Poetry locket too! If I were to buy one, it would probably be the Grimm's Fairytale locket! The great thing about these book necklaces is their uniqueness! ♥

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    1. I was really surprised at the difference! I am so glad the text is clearer, I was quite disappointed that Haunted Palace wasn't distinguishable. I am still slightly tempted by the Grimm's Fairytales locket but I think I'm going to be good and buy a couple of the Vivian pieces instead!

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  2. The detail on them are really amazing,
    I have to say the last collection is a killer but I am still in doubt to buy them or not via gotik.uk, not for the site itself, but because I don't find it ok to give the brand more money after what happened, dunno yet, have to think about it.
    They are truly Claire, specially that William Shakespeare one, hope to see lots of looks with them on a near future.
    Regards*

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    1. That's completely understandable, if I'd had your experience I'd be loath to buy anything from the brand too. I wish there were more affordable jewellery brands out there!

      I was so excited when I ordered the Shakespeare one, haha! I promise I'll update some looks and things with them soon!

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  3. I initially thought that the insides of these lockets are meant to put some pictures in, it really surprised me that there is something written inside! It's very nice! :) And I like the back pattern on the Book of Shadows!

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    1. They are large enough to put objects on, but I like the interior too much to do that! The back pattern is really pretty isn't it? It's nice to see that they've made an effort on something that can't even be seen when it is worn, it makes the quality seem that much higher!

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  4. Oh this website... I loved the Book of Shadow locket and i just saw the W. Shakespeare! How detailed inside, beautiful both of them!<3

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    1. They are really detailed and ornate! I'm terrible with anything book related and I knew they had to be mine!

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  5. These are certainly unique. I'm not that into literature but would love to wear them.

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    1. I think even if you aren't interested in literature you would still find them interesting to look at, they are very pretty! I love more unique pieces.

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  6. I love the idea of these! I know that Charles Dickens is most definitely not a gothic writer, but if there was a piece with my favorite quote from A Tale of Two Cities (the end quote, when Sidney Carton is about to be guillotined), I would definitely buy it :) xx

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    1. I wouldn't mind a Dickens one either! Although Great Expectations will always be my favourite!

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  7. Restyle's new season has some lovely pieces and I love your literary themed necklaces. I'm rather liking the absinthe necklace, plus the copper moth steampunk / the key hair slides. However, I'm weighing this up against the fact that the necklace I really want is the Alchemy Gothic Marie Antoinette guillotine blade. 3 Restyle items for the price of one AG piece....decisions decisions!

    I'd love a Tess themed necklace, Hardy is just divine. Perhaps '“Beauty lay not in the thing, but in what the thing symbolised' would be appropriate for a necklace?!

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    1. I have the Absinthe necklace, it's beautiful and really quite large! I very nearly bought one of the key necklaces, but I'm waiting for some of the new hair slides to be stocked instead! I really want the Marie Antoinette piece too, it looks incredible! I've not bought it because it's too expensive, but I think I will put it on my Christmas list!

      I'd love a Tess necklace too, and that quote would be absolutely perfect! I'd buy it in a flash!

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  8. Both necklaces are adorable. They look amazing on you as a consequence of the contrast between the purple ringstones and your pale and beautiful skin <3

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    1. Thank you! I love purple jewellery. People always think I'm crazy for loving being pale!

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  9. This post just got a shout on The Gothic Shop's Facebook page!

    Payday is on Friday...I can feel the absinthe fairy about to descend!

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    1. I'd wondered why my blog was getting hits from Facebook (I don't really use Facebook) and then it popped up on my homepage! It's a very odd but exciting feeling to see my blog posts on a brand/website's page! It's almost surreal!

      Oooh let me know what you think if you do buy it! It's a wonderful piece. I'm loving black and green pieces at the moment!

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    2. I do love the absinthe necklace, though I was surprised the chain was so short. The pendant is very pretty and very heavy; heavier than expected. I do love it though. The Key to Wonderland hair slide is very pretty, and the clip quite robust. I was pleased by this, as I have their mini bat clips and they were a bit flimsy. I absolutely love this slide, it's quirky but I can wear it for work which I like. I also got the brass steam punk moth hair slide which is gorgeous, but very large! I'm thinking it may look better on my hat as an ornament than actually in my hair - the jury is out!

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    3. I could've sworn I'd replied to this, sorry!

      I actually had to adapt the chain on mine to make it even shorter, which is very odd! It is rather large isn't it? I'm feeling quite tempted by the Key to Wonderland hair clip, but there's a few clips in the new collection that I think I like just a tiny bit more! I imagine that the moth clip would look wonderful as a hat ornament! I only own one of their hair clips (Dark Wonderland) and I was really pleased with it. It wasn't too heavy or too light and it's perfect for days where I want my hair to look nice while being kept off my face!

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  10. Hehe I'm a bookaholic too, I love everything related with books. This necklaces are fucking awesome, both of them are so beautiful.
    I discovered you blog right now LOL, and I'm loving your posts so I decided to follow you.

    Congratz you have a nice blog here :D

    Xoxo

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    1. They are very pretty! Almost too pretty to use as lockets, I'd much rather keep the inside empty so I can read the text!

      Thank you for the follow, I'm glad you like it! I'm following your blog now too, I'm planning on having a read later!

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