Jewellery inspired by old or broken things is most definitely 'in vogue' - edge and interest created by turning something discarded into something beautiful.
But pieces inspired by the actual dirt and dust that covers these things? That's a a pretty unusual inspiration. So when her lookbook landed in my inbox this week, I was interested to see just how Victoria Kelsey had made filth and grime 'precious'.
In exaggerating the effect and concept of dust, Kelsey's turned her less-than-salubrious inspiration material into something soft and symbolic - tactile, polished growths of metal creeping over fingers, stones, even sunglasses.
Kelsey's range contains jewellery of all scales and price points, and while the concept translates neatly in pieces of all sizes, my favourites are those of a larger scale - such as the Imogen Belfield-esque knuckle dusters and the wonderfully inventive eyewear.
The sense of dust and grime growing and overtaking is palpable, but from a distance the effect is an ornate, almost baroque, aesthetic - a 'double-take' effect I love.
You can find Victoria Kelsey's work (and more fabulous photos of her graduate collection) here - www.victoriakelsey.co.uk.