Reviewed by David Savage
We all want to treat the people we love at Christmas, that goes without saying. But there are some people who you really want to give the best that you can to, to show them just how much you care and how very special to you they are. For most of us, our mum is that person in our lives; we’ve known them for longer than anyone else and they’ve been that one, constant person who has always been there and who has given us all they can. I was particularly keen, for a number of reasons, to treat my mum to something extra special this year but the problem is, I don’t have the best imagination in the world when it comes to buying presents.
One thing I do know is that my mum loves penguins, and over the hears, I have bought her plenty of penguin-themed presents, from penguin adoption to cuddly penguins and even penguin jigsaws. But most penguin-ey presents are stocking-filler type gifts, not proper, special presents. So it was a massive relief when I discovered the Polar Nights Jewellery Collection from Jana Reinhardt, an artist and goldsmiths based in Worthing, West Sussex. Jana Reinhardt works with her husband, Ross Cutting, also a goldsmith, to create and make some simply stunning and fun pieces of jewellery.
The Polar Nights Jewellery is an arctic-themed collection of pieces which are available in a range of metals including sterling silver, a number of 9ct and 18ct golds and even platinum. Included in the range are earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings and the range features polar bears, seals, Eskimos and my mum’s beloved penguins. I knew the penguin would be the design for her, and there was a choice of a penguin necklace, a tiny penguin necklace or two different sets of earrings. My mum likes small and understated items, so I decided on the Tiny Penguin Necklace for her.
The Tiny Penguin Necklace is available with either a 16”/18” chain or a 20”/22” chain. My mum has a slight frame, so I chose the shorter of the two chain lengths and I went for the Sterling Silver penguin although the other metals were stunning too. Once I had chosen the chain length and metal, the only other decision to make was whether or not to have it engraved. I’m not the best at things like this so I opted not to, but if you did want to go for the engraving, up to three characters can be engraved on the back for just £15.
When the necklace arrived, I have to say that I was very impressed. It came beautifully presented in a giftbox and was quite simply stunning. The ‘Tiny Penguin’ description is pretty apt – the penguin is very small and understated (9mm x 7mm) which is absolutely perfect for my mum. It comes on an equally understated 1.2mm chain which can be worn at either 16” or 18” length and I have to say that the whole thing looks very elegant. The sterling silver penguin is hand polished to a gorgeous high-shine finish and I know mum will be bowled over when she sees it.
The quality of the chain and of the penguin are excellent and because it’s so classy, yet quirky and so beautifully presented, it makes a lovely, thoughtful Christmas gift. The sterling silver version is the least expensive at £85 which I think is a great price for a piece that is so lovely. There are also vermeil (plated) gold options from £120 as well as 9ct gold and 18ct gold in white, yellow and rose colours, all the way up to platinum at £745, so there is something to suit most budgets.
I am so very pleased with this necklace – the craftsmanship and design are outstanding and there are so many other beautiful designs on Jana Reinhardt’s website, so there will be something to suit all tastes. They are also able to offer bespoke and custom-made jewellery, engagement and wedding rings, and given how fantastic this product is, I have no doubt they would do a fantastic job of these too and think they would be well worth looking at for a really special piece. I wouldn’t hesitate to rate this at 5/5 and to recommend them to anyone who is looking for a special Christmas gift for that special person in your life.
RRP: from £85
For more information or to buy visit www.janareinhardt.com.