Thursday, 21 January 2016

Keepers of the Tyrian Necklace by Alchemy Gothic

It has been a long time since I posted an Alchemy Gothic review hasn't it? I've been trying to be good recently and only buy jewellery that I will wear frequently and pieces that are different from the rest of my collection. This has been rather difficult as I have no self restraint. I've also been lusting after the La Belle Espirit necklace too, but I've been trying to convince myself that it is a little too expensive. It is my birthday soon though so I might have to give in!

I first saw the Keepers of the Tyrian necklace online, and I skipped past it without a second glance. However, I loved it when I saw it in person when I visited Manchester for the day and I finally bought it a couple of weeks ago from The Gothic Shop.

I really struggled to photograph this necklace. It has an unusual shape and I had to prop it up on a box to stop it from falling over, so I apologise for the photos in this post!



The Keepers of the Tyrian necklace features a purple glass sphere enclosed within a heart pendant decorated with skulls and intricate swirls. A purple teardrop hangs from the bottom of the pendant. A matching purple teardrop links the pendant to the chain and complements the colour of the enclosed glass sphere perfectly.

The skulls wrapped around the pendant are incredibly detailed. They are all very distinctive, and the swirls in the heart design give the illusion of the skulls rising from the bottom of the necklace to protect the sphere within. This gives the necklace a beautiful ethereal quality. I usually do not like skull necklaces, but this one is surprisingly elegant. I also love that you can only just see the purple sphere hidden inside. It's a small but effective little detail, and it gives the necklace an intriguing sense of depth and mystery.

The pendant hangs on a very long 32" chain. It hangs really low on me, so I adjusted the chain so I could wear it as a normal necklace. I don't really like the way it looks on a longer chain, but I think it looks wonderful as an ordinary necklace. You can't really see the details when you wear it with the longer chain.

This is a beautiful piece. The stones are the perfect shade of purple, and they shine and sparkle in sunlight. The purple seems to change depending on the light; it appears muted and more of a lighter tone in the shade but strangely seems to deepen in bright light. I don't own many purple necklaces, so I adore this one. It's rather dainty and elegant, which is surprising. It also isn't as overbearing as some Alchemy Gothic pieces. It's just the right size for me and sits perfectly on a shorter chain.

I'm very pleased with this necklace. It's understated compared to some of my Alchemy Gothic necklaces but it's beautiful and elegant regardless.

This necklace costs £29.95 and can be purchased from The Gothic Shop.

Have you bought anything interesting recently?

Disclosure: I bought this necklace myself.

17 comments:

  1. Hi! First time commenter!
    This is a beautiful necklace indeed (and the photos are actually really well done imo!). I love Alchemy Gothic but do tend to get carried away and spend a little too much... Just up until Christmas we had a lovely shop in the market which sold Alchemy Jewellery, and I struggled hugely not to buy anything. I gave in once or twice and ended up buying their rose ear-wrap, Ruah Vered pendant and devil heart ring. Unfortunately, whilst I love all 3, the ear-wrap is very fiddly and the ring does not fit (grr small fingers!) so I cannot wear them as much as I would have hoped, to make them worth the price.

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    1. Hi! Thank you so much, I'm glad you like the photos. I would definitely be unable to resist the temptation if I had a local market selling Alchemy Gothic pieces! I have the same problem with the rings. I bought two of their rings a few months ago but they were too big and I ended up selling them. Their rings are beautiful but I do wish they came in smaller sizes! I've starting looking for brands that sell midi rings before they fit my tiny fingers!

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  2. This is such a pretty piece! I love alchemy and I really enjoyed this review

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  3. This is absolutely beautiful! I love the color of the stones so much! <3

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    1. I love the colour too, they are such a perfect shade of purple! I do love anything purple though!

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  4. Oh this is pretty! Sadly Alchemy for me is something that I can only wear on fabric (damn sensitive skin!) They have so many beautiful pieces!

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    1. Oh no! That's such a shame. It must be so frustrating. I hope you get to enjoy some pieces layered over beautiful fabrics though!

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  5. Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo amazing!

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    1. Thank you! I'm very pleased with it!

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  6. That's one of my favourite Alchemy necklaces - it's not overbearing as some can be, it's beautifully balanced and I have no doubt it looks lovely on you.

    I currently have a thing for old style brooches and just last week bought an antique gold mourning brooch with a tiny seed pearl at the centre - not an expensive piece but very sweet. I've just been paid for my first ever writing commission and wanted something to commemorate it - and also for remembrance of my Dad who passed 2 years ago this month. It was his unexpected legacy to me that gave me the time off to write. So the brooch means a lot to me.

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    1. Absolutely. Being so petite means that some of the larger pieces look a little silly on me but this one fits perfectly on a smaller chain.

      The brooch sounds like the most beautiful and sentimental piece. I bet it looks stunning on you! Congratulations on your first commission, I'm so pleased for you! It's very well deserved. I'm glad you've found such a beautiful piece of jewellery to commemorate it. I'm sure your Dad would be very proud of you. I think little pieces of jewellery is one of the best ways to remember somebody. My Nanna left me two pairs of her earrings and I will treasure them forever. It's something you can keep with you at all times and something that lasts.

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  7. Wow, it´s beautiful! Noticed on my wishlist!

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    1. I'm so pleased with it! It's one of my favourites at the moment.

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