Tattoos, baby names, and pretty pretties from Metal Ribbon Studio + GIVEAWAY

April 12, 2016

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting with Corkie Bolton; jewelry designer extraordinaire, mumma to one of the most gorgeous baby girls I've ever met, and all around top person, this week over a coffee and a natter.

New York native, via Cambridge, and now living in Providence, Corkie runs Metal Ribbon Studio, making beautiful, edgy pieces using solid silver, gold and precious stones.

Chatting over coffee, and the adorably insistent babbles of her 9 month old baby girl (#girlboss in the making), Corkie tells me that a nickel allergy discovered in her teenage years led to her discovery, and love affair of quality jewelry:

"I like nice things that last, I want people to cherish these pieces for ever"

Rather than the costume caveat that is so usually associated with on trend, readily personalized pieces, Corkie is keen to combine raw and authentic style with high quality materials and longevity. 

Don't get me wrong, I love a piece of costume sparkle, but it turns out that having the real thing doesn't have to break the bank. Ready to wear pieces such as the silver ring Corkie wore to our coffee catch up, dotted with rubies cast right into the silver and sparkling from the natural facets of the metal, is a reasonable $140! Um Charlie, ruby is the birthstone for July, which is when we're likely to meet our babies... hint, hint!

Passionate about her commitment to creating quality pieces, the inception of Metal Ribbon Studio came after years of designing alongside a 'day job' in personal training (I've already added Corkie's jogger chic/yummy mummy motif to my mental Pinterest board), in the form of a quite literal fairy grandmother. Just before leaving Cambridge, a friend gifted Corkie the jewelry making tools of her late grandmother, wanting her legacy to continue under the herald ship of someone who shared the same passion and intent. Armed with this nudge from the universe and the excitement that comes with fate handing you a 'it's time to get shit done' pass, the rest is history. 

I am totally in love with the personalised namesakes of Metal Ribbon Studio, hand stamped tags and ribbons with letters and numbers of significance.

Inspired by the commemorative, expressive nature of traditional 'Sailor Jerry' style tattoos, Corkie stamps the letters and numbers that mean the most to you onto delicate, and yet bold, ribbons of shining silver.

Knowing that I'm welcoming two baby boys this summer, I'm excited to be the honorary girl in a house full of chaps! The idea of being 'their' girl, and them being 'my boys' has such special meaning to me, I'd been thinking of how to capture this feeling for some time.

I have a few little tattoos, simple designs that are intended to pin point moments in my life of importance to me, whilst the idea of adding to my collection (sorry dad) lingered for a while it just wasn't the right one. Turns out I was on the right track, but instead of a tattoo in ink on my skin, it's a tattoo in silver that won't fade, that will capture this feeling for me.

It took Charlie and I a long time to find the names for our sons. It may seem premature to some to have already named our children, but having faltered so many times to get to this point, naming our boys makes us feel like they really are coming this time. E & J tags will hang alongside their dad's initial, C, always close to my heart, my boys together.

To celebrate Metal Ribbon Studio being stocked at local gem (pun intended) Talulah Cooper on Traverse St, and to coincide with Wickenden Street's Maker's and Merchant's Sidewalk Sale Corkie will not only be hosting a Trunk Show at Talulah Cooper, she's offered a personalised silver necklace to one very lucky person!

Mini Ribbon Necklace

To be in with a chance of winning your very own, personalised Metal Ribbon Studio necklace, head over to my instagram to enter.

You can find Corkie's pieces in Talulah Cooper off Wickenden, as well as on her website,

Corkie was very generous to gift to me the necklace you see in the image above, whilst this is sponsored post I write honestly about the things I love, and the things I don't love quite so much!

Rules for Metal Ribbon Studio giveaway.

1. You must follow me, @hollylikestocook, on instagram
2. You must follow @metalribbonstudio on instagram
3. Tell me how you would personalise your necklace and why
4. Tag two friends you think may want to win

The competition will be open until April 30th at 4pm, a winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries and notified via the instagram post by May 2nd at noon EST.

The winner will have 24 hours to make contact with me to claim their prize, they will then be put in touch with Corkie to tell her how you would like your necklace personalised.

The prize consists of one (1), single tag, silver necklace with a personalised stamp of your choice. Postage to the US will be included in the prize, the competition is only open to US residents.

This post is in no way sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with Instagram, inc. By entering entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of all responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms.

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