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Alex Monroe jewellery Review: the iconic bee necklace

My friends! Today I thought I would do Alex Monroe jewellery review. I bought my bee necklace around 10 yeas ago today I thought I would do a review of their jewellery and focus on the iconic bee necklace! Today we are going to chat quality, inspiration, price, design options, how to wear, packaging and so much more!!

The bee motif has become an iconic jewellery design over the last 20 years, but it all started with Alex Monroe and his now-classic design. Let’s chat!

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Alex Monroe Bee Necklace – Inspiration

“The bee represents a whole array of thoughts and emotions for me; Feminine strength, beauty, vulnerability, the Renaissance idea of the inevitable pain of love, community. There is a nostalgic Britishness to the bee, Beatrix Potter and the cottage country garden. And then of course there is the environmental role of bees, pollinating the world’s food while under constant threat from pollution. There is so much symbolism in my bee… I can see most of what I was after, and I hope people who buy or wear one might see just a little bit of my inspiration in their bee, and of course, they will have their own ideas about what their bee means to them too!”

The Alex Monroe Bee Necklace – price

The Classic Alex Monroe Bee Necklace comes in silver (£135), gold plated silver / gold vermeil (£165) and rose gold  plated silver (£165). It also comes as a solid gold option for a hefty £2,400. The classic bumble bee necklace measures 3 cm wide, 1.5 cm tall and hung on a 40.5 cm – 45.5 cm (16″ – 18″), the chain is a fine delicate size, with a 2″ leader so it’s adjustable for most neck sizes.

Personally, I bought the classic Alex Monroe Bee necklace in the gold vermeil version. Over the years earrings and signit rings have been introduced into the collection, as well as a baby bee design. But the classic gold vermeil in the original size is the most iconic design. if you are buying the Alex Monroe bee necklace as a gift, go for the classic one!

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Alex Monroe jewellery Review

So here we have it! My Alex Monroe jewellery review! The thing I LOVE about the Alex Monroe bee necklace is the fact that the bee is heavy and solid metal. Even though the big is fairly big and could be hollow inside the bee, it’s not. It’s solid 925 silver and that makes it feel so much more substantial, special and high quality. The chain on the other hand is a fairly fine gold, it’s very pretty, delicate and surprisingly strong. You might think with the heaviness and solidness of the bee, the chain might not be thick and strong enough, but I can assure you it is. As for tangling, it’s not massively prone to tangling, however, you do have to be careful with putting it in a trinket bowl with other necklaces. As for the packaging, it comes in a simple branded Alex Monroe box.

The bee necklace goes with every outfit and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. the majority of the bee is quite matte, but it does sparkle when it hits the light, especially On the wings, which is lovely! also, you can layer it up with other chains for a slightly edgier look.

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How To Store your Necklace

If you are the kind of personal who has a LOT of jewellery and you only wear your bee necklace once in a while, I would advise you to keep it in a tiny self-sealed jewellery bag and put it in the box to store it. This will keep light and air away from your necklace and keep it looking lovely for longer! Also never put your necklace away dirty or wet! But that’s obvious, right?

I used to work in jewellery, so I’m personally quite picky with how to store my jewellery. However, one of the great things about the Alex Monroe bee necklace is that it’s made of solid 925 silver so it can be cleaned up pretty well if it tarnishes, however, it will vary depending on which finish you go for. The solid gold and solid silver will clean up he best IF tarnishing happens over a long period of time, where as the gold plate might be a little harder to clean off if you get any tarnishing or discolouration.

I personally never had an issue with this and because of the organic nature of the design, it doesn’t need to be kept pristine, it looks quite nice once the chain and pendant has a bit more of a ‘worn in’ look to it. So don’t worry too much about this! If you want to keep your jewellery looking nicer for longer, don’t wear it in the sea / on the beach, if you go to a hot humid climate (like Bali) maybe keep it at home and don’t spritz perfume directly on it. If you avoid the sea, humidity and perfume, your necklace will have a long and happy life with minimal polishing needed!

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Who Created The Bee Necklace?

There are SO many bee necklaces on the market these days and whilst I can’t promise that there was no Bee necklaces in existence before Alex Monroe‘s (I’m sure the Victorian’s created some kind of bee motif necklace!) the modern day bee necklaces as we know it are all inspired (even if they don’t admit it!) by Alex Monroe’s bee. So if you are like me and you like to buy into the original and support the designer who did it first, that’s Alex! Also. No bees were harmed I’m making this necklace.

What is the meaning of the bee necklace?

Bees can take on many different meanings. For some, the bee is a sign of handwork and teamwork, for others, it’s a connection with nature and the importance of bees. And for some, it’s a reminder to slow down and enjoy the small moments. Manchester is very fond of the bee motif too, and you can see it on the bins around Manchester as well as in mosiac on the floor of the town hall.

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did you know Alex Monroe makes engagement rings?!

Here’s something not everyone know… Alex Monroe makes bespoke pieces, one offs and most importantly, engagement rings! If you are interested in having a bespoke engagement ring made using solid gold, diamonds and other precious gems, contact the studio and speak about your options! If I didn’t have my Victorian ring, I would have gone for an Alex Monroe ring!

Is gold vermeil fake gold? Is it high quality?

No, gold vermeil is gold plated silver. Never over-pay for gold vermeil, assuming it is solid gold and more valuable than it is. Alex Monroe makes most of his jewellery with 925 silver and some is gold plated. The plating is hardwearing and will not come off. He also has a small amount of jewellery, like engagement rings in solid gold which you can find on his website.

Why do people like Gold Vermeil?

Gold vermeil is brilliant because it is steriling silver with a thick coating of gold plating. So you get the look of solid gold, without the price. It tends to be thicker than gold plating (which can be flash plated and often rubs off) and if it does wear off over years / decades of use, the base metal is silver so it’s strong and high quality. A gold vermeil necklace is a fraction of the price of a solid gold necklace.

Where is Alex Monroe from?

Alex Monroe is from Suffolk but now lives in London and has a shop in Bermondsey, right by London Bridge. His jewellery is loved by Londoners, but takes a great deal of inspiration from the countryside.

Alex Monroe jewellery review: pros & cons

Pros : iconic design, easy to style, beautiful motif, makes a great gift, can be worn every day, comes in multiple sizes, bespoke items can be made

cons : rarely goes on sale

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…And there we have it, my Alex Monroe jewellery Review! I hope this post is of help and if you have any questions, please do let me know! Also, this post contains affiliate links. Also, if you are a jewellery lover, check out this post on Chanel jewellery.