Meet the animals

The animal collection was inspired by the messages I wanted to give to my two daughters; Mimi and Orla.

I was fascinated by the idea of being able to give a piece of jewellery that in some way emboldened the wearer.

Mimi used to say ‘I love you to unicorn world and back’, which made me think of a line from Lewis Carrol’s Through the Looking Glass. The unicorn says to Alice, ‘If you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.’ The idea that if you could believe in a unicorn you must be able to believe in yourself, seemed like a powerful one and so the idea for the unicorn necklace and bangle was born.

I then started researching other spirit animals and their meanings and was influenced by naive Scandinavian art and animals drawn with simple black outlines as I wanted the animals to have a clean, modern, almost industrial look.

Rachel Balfour Jewellery

I eventually came up with five animals – the Rabbit, the Orca Whale, the Hummingbird, the Dala Horse and the Unicorn.

After reading about their meanings from Native American websites I tried to find the essence of each piece and the following meanings became attached to them.

The Dala Horse : Be Strong

The Rabbit: Lucky Bunny

The Orca Whale : Always By Your Side

The Unicorn: Believe in You

The Hummingbird: Beat Your Wings And Fly.

These five animals now form the Animal Collection.


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