Deconstructed Chic Jewellery With Smart Energy GB

As a country, we waste so many valuable materials, whether it be food, expensive materials or ‘old’ clothes. Even as a luxury lifestyle blogger, I definitely feel that some things can be reused and made into something even better. Therefore, when Smart Energy GB wanted to collaborate with their old meters, I was all up for it.

The task was to design a piece of jewellery using parts from old meters. At first, I thought the task was impossible and almost not doable. I sat down, took some time to really think about it. How could I make these parts elegant and desirable? I altered the scenario and then thought… How would I make my ‘old’ clothes into something elegant and chic? Bingo! Use parts of it, mix it up with newer more elegant stuff to balance it and work into a retro chic look.

Searching through the parts we were provided from the meters, I picked out the most elegant looking and delicate parts. I picked up two washers and two screws, so the parts were sorted. Now, what would I actually wear or do currently wear? Rings and bangles. There was no way these parts could be incorporated into a ring, so bangle it was.

I found myself sitting on the couch on a Saturday morning, with a pencil and plain paper to hand. Sketching out random prototypes and screwing them into a ball which were heading for the bin. I started again, just drawing out a bangle. Plain and simple. It then striked me, the design I was longing for. How about letting the washers slide along the bangle, which would give it a nice effect and sound too?! Also, if I flattened the ends and added the screw heads on top – that would look pretty cool!

When I got a call from the jeweller, Laura from Tomfloolery, she absolutely loved the design and was ready to bring it to life. Whilst it being a little different design to my usual ‘plain and elegant’, Laura talked through various ways I could keep it on brand whilst making it look good. As an experienced jeweller, she she suggested adding some 9ct gold to the detailing to make it stand out. I was torn between yellow gold and rose gold, but the yellow gold won.

I put all my faith in Laura to bring my design to life and boy oh boy, she did a fantastic job. I’m also really glad I went for the yellow gold in the end because it really makes it pop!

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Isn’t it just so stunning? I love the way the light hits the 9ct gold and the solid silver bangle has got a fine brush silver finish. I absolutely love the designs Taislany and Kat put together.

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A precious necklace pendant made by Kat, including a washer and a really awesome E-like looking part. Kat also incorporated a stunning blue stone to her pendant to complete the finishing touches. Taislany made a chocker from the parts of the old meters and I think it looks absolutely gorgeous. I mean, take a look for yourselves…

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Fresh And Fearless x Smart Energy GB

Fresh And Fearless x Smart Energy GB

Behind this project is a serious message about the rollout of smart meters. Smart meters are replacing the old analogue meters most of us have in our homes. Every household in Great Britain will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier by 2020, at no extra cost.

Smart meters are available to all homes. If you are a renter you can still get a smart meter. If your name is on the bill you can just contact your energy supplier. If your landlord pays the bill they will need to speak to the energy supplier.

What are the benefits of smart meters?

  • Having smart meters installed means an end to estimated bills and no more phoning in manual meter readings
  • Smart meters come with a handy in-home display
  • The smart meter in home display showshow much energy you are using and the cost in pounds and pence
  • If you are a prepayment customer you will be able to top up your credit online, over the phone or as you do now by visiting your local shop

So while I have been given the chance to create some stunning pieces of jewellery from the inner workings of an old analogue meter, by 2020 we can all be part of the smart meter revolution sweeping the country.

To upgrade to smart meters you should contact your energy supplier to find out when they will be able to fit them in your home.

Now, I have a little something for my readers. Don’t say I don’t ever treat you guys! My jewellery piece has been made in five more pieces, that’s it. It’s pretty exclusive and i’m sharing them with you! All you have to do is enter my giveaway below, answering the mandatory question (hint: answer is in this post), following and tweeting for more entries to increase your chances of winning. It’s as simple as that!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • The promoter is: Smart Metering Communications Body Limited (trading as Smart Energy GB), company no. 8455995 whose registered office is at 1 Alfred Mews, London W1T 7AA.
  • Employees of Smart Energy GB or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  • The competition is open to residents of England, Scotland and Wales only.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  • Closing date for entry will be midnight on 18 December 2016. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  • The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  • The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  • No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable.
  • Winners will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter software.
  • The winner will be notified by email within 2 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  • The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
  • The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law.
  • The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  • The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the promoters registered address.
  • If aged under 16 please ensure that you have parental permission for your data name and e-mail address to be supplied to the promoter.
  • Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Until next time…

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  • Binny Shah-Patel

    Love the design! unbelievable that meters could be made into such stunning jewellery! I have entered and think this is a fantastic giveaway xx

  • What a cool way to recycle what might otherwise be wasted!

  • volcanopete

    A very good example of the circular economy

  • I love this idea!

  • This is SO clever!!
    Lauren xx
    Elle Bloggs

  • MARTINI77

    As a rule it’s super cool as it helps keep track of you using fuel

  • Tracy K Nixon

    Such a great idea! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I love it! Look at you Mr Jewellery Designer! Lately I’ve been all about the recycling – I cleared out my wardrobe, keeping only my favourites (apparently 80% of people wear only 20% of their clothes) then took the rest down to the charity shops. Lesson learnt: buy better, buy less, make do and mend. x

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  • maci234

    fantastic great giveaway

  • Love this idea and I love your design. A touch of industrial chic to the jewellery. Fingers crossed I win one! (especially hoping spelling my own Twitter handle wrong in the Rafflecopter doesn’t count against me, haha!)

    Ally xx
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  • A, Edin

    Very cool, great work! Thanks for the details about smart meters, too, that’s very informative.

  • Denfor Hopkins

    An end to estimated bills

  • Janet Humphrey

    think the design of the bracelets is great – and nice to know that the days of having mega estimated bills are almost at an end

  • beautykinguk

    It’s a great design Aftab, and it is so very stylish. I just wish I could get my hands on one to keep!

  • williamgould

    I’m not usually one for bracelets, except for a leather one I have, but this one would change my mind! It’s beautiful!

  • chunter1

    This bracelet is unique and very stylish 🙂

  • Sophie B

    unique bracelet design – just so stylish.

  • Ruth Harwood

    this looks so stylish and attractive xx

  • Katie Kingsbury

    Really unusual design, thank!

  • Adrian Bold

    This bracelet is unique and very stylish.

  • gfa01

    I love the blue colour with it, looks really good

  • Kate Rushton

    I love the up-cycling of a defunct technology into something stylish and wearable. As someone who used to work in smart metering, it is nice to see the marrying of energy and fashion/style (two diverse industries) in a way that is positive for the environment.

  • Rosie Wilcock

    I absolutely love the look of this stylish jewellery and the amazingly clever way it was designed, the result is so stylish and innovative

  • Evette Williams

    Thanks for the chance to win this stunning piece of jewellery

  • Heather Brannan

    Love this slick stylish jewellery that has been created in a very unique way.

  • giorgio di tunno

    What an amazing, innovative product with a unique and stylish design!

  • simey68

    Great product looks absolutely amazing

  • Christine Northrop

    super looking bracelet

  • Joan Gray

    Love the chunkiness of the bracelet

  • Lynsey Buchanan

    Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful giveaway

  • Kelly Wheelhouse

    this is awesome 🙂 i love it

  • Zoe Goodwin

    Love this … Think my boyfriend and I would fight over whose turn if was to wear it!

  • maria hackett

    wonderful prize, lovely article. 🙂

  • JudeVFR400

    I love the bangle, and it’s interesting seeing the components and the jewelry next to each other.

  • Jodie A Harvey

    Great giveaway! Love it!

  • MissjoR

    Would love to win,liked and shared,thank you 🙂

  • Deborah Clarke

    Interesting article and great giveaway. Would love to win. Fingers crossed

  • Margaret Murray

    Would love to win, it’s certainly unique. Fingers crossed.

  • Helly Moulden

    Love your design. Really simple but elegant!

  • Mary Wilson

    Loving your site it’s very informative x

  • I’m looking forward to getting a smart meter installed.

  • Kimberley Ryan

    Great read, very informative thank you

  • Claire Davies

    Having smart meters installed means an end to estimated bills and no more phoning in manual meter readings. Much easier to keep an eye on your usage. Save energy, Save Money, Win Win! Brilliant competition 🙂 All entered, thank you very much!

  • Paige Goodfellow

    Its beautiful, amazing giveaway

  • Marky Kar

    Wonderful

  • Laura Howell

    I love the design; so clean & stylish! I also love the process you followed. Fingers crossed as I’d love one!xx

  • Alyson Chapman

    Gorgeous, fresh and fun designs – well done! Very unique – love them!

  • Jo Bryan

    Interesting facts and clearly laid out regarding a Smart Meter, the prize is awesome.

  • Victoria Prince

    One of the benefits is that the smart meter in home display shows much energy you are using and the cost in pounds and pence 🙂

  • Jordan Bentley

    Great article! I think I’ll get myself one now.

  • Anthea Holloway

    A brilliant idea and something I hadn’t a clue about! Now I know.

  • Joanne Casey

    Great article, I’d love a smart meter

  • Leanne joy

    What a fab challenge and gorgeous end result!

  • jean ward

    Gorgeous cuff!

  • GCforever

    Smart meters come with a handy in-home display.
    How lovely to see an item of jewellery using recycled materials and which is suitable for both men and women. Not a heart or butterfly in sight. Wonderful!

  • Jane Allen

    Such lovely jewellery!

  • leeanne

    I absolutely adore this. It’s so different!!

  • cjh123

    Unusual and stylish.

  • Heather Crowe

    Gorgeous and unique!

  • Nancy Bradford

    This is just stunning. Thanks for the chance x

  • Sirley Young

    We don’t have a smart meter yet, but the new house we’re moving to at the end of January, does 🙂 currently I really don’t like how my bios are estimated. I’m hoping a smart meter saves us a lot of grief 🙂

    Ps ! I love th industrial look of the bangle 🙂

  • Kat Glynn

    It’s a cool bracelet Aftab, my hubby would love it! x

  • John Jewett

    Nicely different

  • Marsha Richardson

    Extremely informative blog post! I’m a PAYG customer and i’m going to enquire about a smart meter as it will benefit me greatly! I suffer with social anxiety so being able to top up online would be a huge help! Thank you

  • FionaJK42

    A key benefit is the end of estimated bills. We recently moved house and getting a refund of the overpayment of our gas & electric bill for our old house was a nightmare. I’m sure if we’d owed the energy supplier money they would have been right on it, but because they owed us, we had to chase them for weeks.

  • haxell

    What an interesting design – very striking. Great inspiration.

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