Kick in the Eye is an alternative jewellery brand launched in December 2018. All products are independently designed and handmade in Melbourne, Australia.
kick in the eye thinks the status quo sucks /// kick in the eye is handmade with love, lust & desire /// kick in the eye strays away from mass produced fast fashion accessories and into the realm of unique, quality-made jewellery /// kick in the eye references fetish /// kick in the eye is as kitsch as it is conceptual /// kick in the eye rejects exclusivity and celebrates all individuals /// kick in the eye is dead until you bring it to life /// kick in the eye is whatever you want it to be
Kick in the Eye products are based around distinctive handmade link chain and claw set gemstones. All pieces are polished to a bright finish and are created with longevity in mind.
Custom orders and variations on products are welcomed. Please send all enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for the hand crafted nature of our products, visual imperfections may be present but do not interfere with the quality or comfort of the jewellery. Each item follows the same format of creation, however one may vary slightly from the next.
When listed in product descriptions, all clasps, butterfly earring backings and fine chain are manufactured from outside sources.
Products and prices are subject to change without warning.
THE METAL & GEMSTONES
All Kick in the Eye products are made with solid Sterling Silver (925). Silver is a soft element, but when mixed with a small percentage of alloys it is much stronger and suitable for everyday wear.
The majority of our products are consciously created with recycled metal, as not to support the present mining industries. Recycled sterling silver comes from scrap metals which are extracted back down to their natural forms and re-combined. In this case, silver is refined from scrap metal sources and mixed with Copper and other alloys that would otherwise go into landfill. Silver is collected from discarded jewellery or photographic studio waste, and alloys are mainly refined from discarded electrical cabling. This recycled Sterling Silver is then made into wire and sheet forms which we use to create our Kick in the Eye products from.
All gemstones used are lab-grown. Cubic Zirconia's are the main gemstones we use, often compared as an affordable man-made alternative to diamonds. They are extremely durable, have even bright colours and are flawless - meaning they have no imperfections that are found within natural stones. We also use synthetic Sapphire gemstones, which directly mimic their natural forms. Synthetic stones have the same chemical composition, crystal structure and optical and physical properties as their natural form grown in the earth. Unlike the consistent colours of Cubic Zirconias, two of the same coloured synthetic Sapphires can vary in shades and may include hue changes.
All products are available to be plated in 18ct. Gold [or 9ct. Gold if requested]. If the option is not listed on a product you're after please get in touch for a quote.
Plating is the process where a fine layer of gold is fused to the very outer layer of sterling silver metal through electroplating, coating it in a dense gold colour. However, through natural wear the plating will eventually fade to a lighter yellow and through extended use of the jewellery the original sterling silver metal underneath may be revealed. This could take months or years to diminish depending on how often the product is worn and what state it is kept in.
Items are able to be re-plated for the original products plating price. For a solid gold quote please get in contact through email.
Kick in the eye is independently run by Antonia Pantazis - a multidisciplinary Melbourne based creative who originated from a background in fine art (graduating from The Victorian College of the Arts in 2015). With a sturdy conceptual base, the artist expanded her creative skillset in a direction closer to her primary interests in fashion by organically following a path that led her to complete a Diploma of Object and Jewellery Design (Melbourne Polytechnic, 2018). These traditional jewellery making skills provided a basis to build upon other techniques by exploring self-taught methods of production through trial and error, in which the majority of Kick in the Eye products are made.