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Scorching Haute: Sun, Sea and Scarves

We know sun, sea and scarves may seem like a kooky combo, however, these wonderful squares of fabric have a uniquely versatile nature, seemingly able to transport the wearer (in the mind at least) to different locations, eras or entirely different worlds.

scorching haute: sun, sea and scarves

Now firmly in Summer’s grasp, we are all stripping off. The good thing about that is, less clothing makes room for more accessories! And here at Joe Cool we can assure you that more is more. Our exuberant colour story begins with one of our scorching-haute scarves, the best hair remedy for humid days and styled here with exotic cotton thread earrings fashioned in the abstracted image of birds of paradise. An acrylic chain and bangles add a squeeze of citrus, paired with a handmade whale brooch for some much needed whimsy. Add a coin purse to carry all you treasures and you’re ready to take on the seven seas!

Take a look at Joe Cool’s treasure chest of island getaway goodies. A flamingo and pineapple motif makes for a total tropical treat whilst our embroidered sequin eye brooch puts one in mind of seductive sirens from distant days of yore. Dreams of white sandy beaches and pristine waters are captured in a pendant necklace fashioned from iron and glass. The marvelous ‘macaron’ style compact mirror is perfect for all your vacay-vanity needs and our cowrie shell ring and fruity enamel earrings make escaping to the tropics easy as pie.

Versatile and trendier than ever, its time to let our scorching-haute scarves have their day in the sun. Whether you’re pretending to be Grace Kelly driving through the South of France in a chic convertible or living your treasure island pirate (cue eye-roll)…fanta-sea, Joe Cool has a scarf option for everyone. Graphic polka dots and abstract pleated prints work gorgeously as a pony tie whilst paisley and tie-dye prints worn in a bandana style will have all the sea-dogs seeing green. A silky citrine floral moment in a babushka style sounds like a match made in heaven, beaten only by a cotton kerchief neck tie in a tantalizing turquoise. The possibilities are endless!

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Sea-glass, shells, sand and shingle surprises

Sea-glass, shell, sand and shingle provide fertile ground for beautiful jewellery and accessory design. That wonderful softened blue green glass that all of us have found or collected from the sea-shore is now here to wear. Sea-glass necklaces and bracelets come in a choice of two gorgeous colour shades – deep sea blue and seashore in paler green and white hues. A trio of bracelet, necklace and drop earring has the addition of half cowrie dropping beads which sets off the pretty blue/green sea-glass. Cowrie shells, once used for trading in exotic Pacific Islands and the ‘South Seas’, though no longer currency, are still quite irresistible. The natural curves and creamy shine of a cowrie make a perfect bead. Check out the cowrie seashore necklace in natural or black and our sweet shell flower ring in a choice of three attractive tones. These are the perfect compliment to sea-glass items.

More coastal inspired jewellery is to be found in treasures such as our genuine shell stud earrings. Wear a little piece of nature to remind you of lazy sea-fringed beach lounging and sea-side foraging. The beach scene pendant captures a little bit of realism with fantasy golden sand in a glass dome suspended on adjustable chain necklace . Full of movement it is a truly ambient accessory. In a slight shift from the shingle, shiny crustacean brooches bring a bit of bling to the sea-shore theme. A silver lobster is alive with sequins, crystals and bugle beads and who knew a crab could look so beautiful with warm orange and silver seed beads and beady black bead eyes!

Finally, the quintessential and most timeless gift to jewellery from the ocean is surely the pearl. Where would the world of jewellery be without this most popular of gems. The single pearl stud earring is a classic and no jewellery box is really complete without it. Here at Joe Cool we can offer you various sizes and pearl shades. Check out the website for a range of pearls from jumbo sized fakes to delicate natural pearls with much more in between!

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Art Accessories: Renaissance Re-Imagined

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Bring the gallery home with Joe Cool’s art accessories!

Unrivalled in its fame, Botticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus’ has been engraved into popular culture forever and is symbolic for its depiction of femininity, beauty and grandeur. Part of our collection of ‘Masterpiece’ fans, this art accessory is an absolute spectacle. Re-imagined by contrasting the intricate delicacy of the painters masterful hand with gaudy golds, leopard print and Tiffany blue, we paired chunky chains with rusty wooden notes to bring Botticelli into the 21st century.

Staying true to the playful DNA of Joe Cool, an eclectic range of accessories have been selected to couple with our Botticelli Masterpiece fan. Wire and beaded glass textures work in tandem with acrylic and gold finishes to heighten the colour palette found in the painting. Subtle wood tones are used to ground the composition, all styled together to conjure a ravishing Renaissance re-telling.

Fashioned from bamboo and cotton, our ‘Masterpiece’ fans serve both style and function. The chicest way to combat the pesky perspiration brought on by the encroaching summer heat. Whether its Hokusai’s beating ‘Great Wave’, the soothing scene of Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ or the beaming buds found in Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ and ‘Irises’, we can’t get enough of the natural motifs in cooling blues and joyous summertime yellows. When they aren’t being used to fabulously fan yourself down in the summer months, they double as their own work of art to be displayed in your home. The ultimate art accessories!

Complimentary to our fans are our range of ‘Masterpiece’ socks in both ankle and ‘no show’ styles. Featuring fabled works by legendary artists ranging from Matisse to Munch to Renoir. Our 85% cotton and spandex blend ensures the highest quality and comfort whilst our variety of designs guarantee trend-setting toes. Why not elevate your sock game with our Mona Lisa selection? Nothing screams fashionista quite like a pair of Da Vinci draped digits!

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Cool socks for hot feet – blue water inspiration

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Cool socks are a must have accessory. Shades of blue, sea scenes and ocean creatures all create a fresh ambiance evoking cool lagoon waters and refreshing mountain springs. Make a splash with ‘The Great Wave’ sock featured. Based on the famous wood-block print by the Japanese master, Hokusai, it is a striking image of turbulent waves with the iconic Mount Fuji in the background. Other sea and river themed Masterpiece socks include Monet’s ‘Houses of Parliament’ – a silhouette in beautiful blue shades flanked by the shimmering sunset lit River Thames, Renoir’s ‘Boating on the Seine’, another one of our cool socks in similar blue hues and there is also the popular ‘Birth of Venus’ based on that most wonderful renaissance painting by Botticelli.

A more humorous ocean inspired interpretation can be found on socks such as gents ‘great white shark’ and ‘shark attack’. There are also gents anchors, large and small… and for the foodies; ‘catch of the day’, featuring an attractive tuna pattern or ‘prawn cocktail’ in black and orange.

With more water creatures in mind and introducing brighter reds and orange, how about a shoal of goldfish, lobsters or coral reef party – all in women’s free-size. Cool socks from cooler seascapes include Grey Whale, Arctic Orca and a couple of penguin variations for good measure!

With so called ‘staycations’ and camping holidays the order of the day this summer for most of us, our little selection of landscape scenes seem quite fitting. ‘Alpine scene’ and ‘Field scene’ are fantasy vistas in vibrant fresh greens with touches of bright colour and interesting detail. ‘Beach scene’ celebrates sunset while’Mountain scene’ and ‘Camping scene’ suggest romantic nights under the stars.

Joe Cool draws on nature for so much inspiration – throughout our range you can find design drawn from the natural world.

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Cocktail nights are here again – glamour is back!

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Cocktail nights are back again! What better way to celebrate than dressing up with fabulous cocktail rings, statement pearls and glittering diamante. Super sized rings come in a range of interesting ‘bakelite’ type resins in art deco designs evocative of 1920’s decadence. Check out striking black and cream pieces with crystal, knuckle-duster ‘diamonds’ or go mad and make a bold statement with one of our more unusual cocktail rings. How about a crystal centered sunflower, coloured pearl dome or stunning multi-coloured peacock?

Vintage style deco marcasite jewellery evokes other eras with ‘Grand Hotel’ and ‘Great Gatsby’ drop earrings suggesting the glamorous parties of another time. Other styles bring in more classic elements of this popular and influential period in fashion, with rings being another ideal accessory to flaunt this design genre.

Black is the most sophisticated and elegant colour of the night and we mix black and crystal with great effect in hairwear and jewellery. An elaborate matt black metal hair-barrette combined with sparkly black crystal is alluring. Shiny black enamel id the perfect base for twinkling white crystals on a statement bangle and blackened ‘antique’ silver with grey and black marcasite notes highlights make a striking treble clef brooch.

For those who prefer a more subtle approach to their cocktail party dressing, we have stud earrings which capture the glamour of the occasion in a quieter way. Twist marcasite studs are a pretty and clever design while a everyone’s favourite staple, the single pearl stud earring, is topped with a charming bow of sparkly diamante.

Complete your look with a stunning necklace. An elegant long necklace designed around leaves and flowers is chic in thin black metal with crystal detail. Mother-of pearl mixed with facet glass beads makes another stylish neck-piece. Choose from deep ruby red, natural or mixed.

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Retro games and vintage vibes

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Retro games and imagery offer a refreshing alternative to the slick perfection of contemporary digital graphics. Just arrived in stock are our new mens Tetris design socks in dark brown or black. The colourful blocks, whether you were a player or not, make a striking and stylish statement for work or play! Like an old friend, ‘Arcade ghost’, a much ‘loved’ gaming character, is instantly recognisable, on socks for men and women. This retro favourite comes in burgundy, navy, teal and black form the original selection for blokes and are now joined by a pale pink and grey version in the slightly smaller womens’ size.

Retro comes to jewellery too with space invader stud earrings in silver and gold finish and a choice of enamel colours. Arcade pacman and ghost are another fun stud – a ‘mismatched’ pair featuring those two famous characters and we have a set of four Tetris design earrings for you to mix and match as the mood takes you. The Rubik’s cube was a hugely popular puzzle in the 1970’s and ’80’s. Invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and architect, Erno Rubik, the Rubik’s Cube is a colourful 3-D combination puzzle. We have created a cool pendant, which comes complete with moving parts on a colourful ball chain. Mini Rubik’s Cube drop earrings complete the story.

The ‘white noise’ T.V. keyring harks back to a time before flat-screens and digital media. Our ‘chunky’ telly even has a noise function to take you back to that retro ‘white noise’ of former times…That is if you are old enough to remember! Pre-mobile phone cameras come as crystal and enamel rings, stud and drop earrings and pendants in black and white. Even more ‘old school’ is a ‘flashbulb’ camera pendant with a round glass lense in chrome or brass.

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Rabbits make a perfect accessory to bring joy for Spring!

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Rabbits or bunnies are real harbingers of Spring and Easter. This year, why not celebrate the season with some interesting accessories. Rabbits and hares are delightful and enigmatic creatures. It is no surprise that they have played numerous roles in countless stories, movies and nursery rhythms. From books such as Beatrix Potter’s 19th century classic, ‘Peter Rabbit’ , ‘The Velveteen rabbit’ and the white rabbit in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to the irresistible Roger Rabbit in the movie, ‘Who framed Roger Rabbit’ or Thumper who stars in the beloved Disney film, ‘Bambi’, this animal has a distinguished history in literature and film. There is an equally diverse range of rabbit characters here at Joe Cool. The enamel pin brooch sets featured are straight out of a story book while ‘carrot bunny’ earrings make an unusual ‘mismatched’ pair. A tiny enamel stud earring in a choice of black, white, grey or pink is the most perfect encapsulation. In contrast, a large grey flocked rabbit with its embroidered detail and twinkly red eye makes a striking statement piece. Pink rabbit with scarf is yet another take in padded textile.

Rabbits of many different persuasions adorn our current most popular accessory – socks! ‘Rabbit warren’ is a lovely tree green sock with a sedate sitting white rabbit design, ‘sunshine bunnies’ is a more crazy design on bright yellow and ‘animal treats’ is a happy cartoon bunny with carrot pattern. There are rabbit socks with stripes or hearts and a cute ‘sheer’ bunny sock in pink.

More spring things, rabbits and hares included, can be found throughout the collections. Ducks are always an Easter favourite and new socks in mauve are peppered with these delightful water birds. ‘Quackers’ is the name of a delightful duck sock and Rubber duck is a charming watery scene.

Finally, kerchiefs…rabbits again!

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Hair-wear to make every day a happy hair day!

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Hair wear in all its many fabulous forms, makes a great accessory for all seasons. We have some really fun and interesting hair wear to liven up your locks! Stunning cellulose combs come in five great designs; psychedelic dream featured, pearl pink haze, bold monomix, jungle beat and colour explosion. Crazy colour-ways which, as their names suggest, strike an eye-catching note! Team with some cellulose square earrings or long hoops for a full on arty vibe.

For some fruity fun and hair-wear that looks good enough to eat, there is a super strawberry pony band and cheery cotton cherry pom-poms. Go all out rainbow with a sweetie resin barrette and some equally delicious drop earrings to match or perhaps a colourful pencil hair-clip. A ‘spearmint gum’ offering is a hilarious ‘foodie’ option which makes an entertaining hair-piece! Search the website for lots more quirky and original pieces.

Tartan comes up trumps with hair-wear that includes a great selection in classic ‘Stewart’ tartan. All the popular styles are available in this striking red pattern.

Flowers worn in the hair are beautiful and feminine – we have several blooms to brighten up your barnet! Silk posies which double as a corsage, satin roses in red, pink and white and sunny sunflowers, hand-knitted in yellow and green wool. Butterflies are also a pretty way to dress up your tresses and our realistic hair-clip comes in three lovely colours.

Add a bit of sparkle with some glamorous crystal, detailed metalwork in shiny silver, matt black and white. Barrettes and clips that glint with every movement bring your hair to life. Make every day a happy hair day!

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Glass jewellery – timeless beauty

Glass jewellery is timeless, and infinitely versatile. A wonderful material that has been used as adornment since pre-Roman times, glass is both glamorous and practical. Whether created in a traditional style or given a contemporary twist, glass can take many forms in the world of fashion jewellery. Older production methods, such as the manufacture of faceted cut crystal components, mimic precious gemstones and jewels – the most well known, of course, being the sparkly crystal imitation of diamonds. The ancient Italian technique of ‘millefiori’ (translated literally as ‘thousands of flowers’) was developed originally in Murano, Italy…a place famous for its unique and beautiful glassware styles. Millefiori is an effect where delicate , small ‘floral’ patterns, usually in many colours, are embedded within the body of the glass. The technique works particularily well in the production of jewellery and here at Joe Cool we have many beautiful examples of millefiori earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets. Simple glass jewellery has its own charm and for hundreds of years drilled beads and pendants or tiny beads woven into elaborate patterns have been crafted across the world. Have a look at our huge variety of traditional and contemporary glass jewellery styles.

Glass rings have been a staple of the Joe Cool range for many years, and we have a large variety of styles from which to choose. Every ring is handmade so each and every beautiful design is unique. The millefiori style domed rings featured, come in a choice of six beautiful colours and numerous designs incorporating gold and silver as well as a range of vivid colours. ‘Glass lined domed’ are wonderful swirls of lustre colours and ‘high spot’ is a striking design of irregular black spots on pure hued base.

For an airy summer feel look at ‘lagoon blue’ and ‘deep ocean colour’ – both in a range of wonderful speckled, striped and swirling styles. Inspired by Mediterranean seas and tropical skies every one is a stunning reminder of beautiful ocean colours.

Vibrant arty designs are available in a profusion of incredible stripes, spots, squiggles, splashes or just simple gorgeous self-coloured glass! Choose unique glass jewellery styles from across every imaginable colour and design. Glass with class!

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Fox socks and fabulous foxy friends!

Fox socks, what could be better than a fabulous Mr Fox (other than a Mrs Fox) for your feet this Spring? We have a wonderful selection of fox figures for you to choose from. Friendly fox faces in numerous guises adorn cuffs and toes of stripey, paw-print or polka designs. A ‘stitch’ style is an interesting option and yet another take on this iconic animal. Fox socks also come with an all over ‘wall-paper’ design. A classic fox in naturalistic russet on a toned warm brown is a lovely offering or try the more cheeky character who stands out on a rich country green.

The foxy theme doesn’t end with our fun foxy foot-wear. Foxes are re-created in many forms in the jewellery collection. See the featured exquisite crystal stud earrings in beautiful jewel colours and enamel studs with a tiny crystal embellishment, there’s also a simple enamel stud earring in a choice of many colours.

Brooches include a felt face complete with beady black eyes and the eclectic ‘Freddy fox & Fanfare Rabbit’. For a more arty feel we have stylish acrylic fox brooches in various hues. Check out our origami fox pendant — available in matt silver or gold, who would have thought there could be so many ways to wear a fox!

A carved painted wooden fox pen is an unusual item in the spirit of this wonderful creature, it is surely a ‘must have’ for any fox fan or a great gift for the person ‘who has everything’! The very latest design here at Joe Cool takes us back again to our fox socks theme and is a great way to introduce our new sock designs which have just arrived in stock – take a look!