I first discovered E.A. Burns, the eponymous-jewellery line by stylist and designer Lizzie Burns, browsing collar tips online last year. Lizzie’s launch collection, The Originals Collection, is a knock-out blend of brightly coloured neon leather and metal hardware in large-scale three dimensional geometric shapes, and it instantly caught my eye. Her fabulous statement creations appealed to the maximalist in me, the Studded Stegosaurus necklace in particular is a permanent fixture on my Want Need Lust Have List. Plus she seemed to be as much a fan of pineapples as I am, so it goes without saying I was instantly smitten. As chance would have it a few months later I was lucky enough to bump into the lady herself at the Secret Emporium, a shopping mecca for all things in handmade high-octane design, at The Secret Garden Party. After chatting away to the lovely Lizzie I bought myself a pair of the collar tips I’d lusted from afar, thrilled to have actually met the designer I’d admired and spent the entire summer wearing them attracting many a compliment.
Fast forward a year later and I’m now lusting after her new collection, Ancient Rites, with more fervour than I did her last. Honestly I didn’t think that was even possible but let me tell you, it definitely is! You will want it all. Ancient Rites, inspired by artefacts and amulets from the modern age, is stunning whilst simultaneously being sustainable and ethical, and handmade here in London. Gone are the acid colours from The Originals Collection and in their place is a pared back and dare I say it, minimal colour palette of gold, silver and an amazing material called Rhodoid, a recycled cotton-based plastic that looks like quartz.
Despite adopting a more lo-fi aesthetic the trademark E.A. Burns statement pieces are still there in all of their spectacular size and glory, the Stegosaurus has been given an update in Rhodoid and brass, and the enormous Megalith necklace has to be my absolute favourite. However they now sit alongside simpler pieces such as the Forge midi ring and Conquer ring, and the Flight necklace and Origins necklace, both of which I’d wear layered on top of one another. And that’s the thing about Ancient Rites, there’s definitely pieces that nod towards a more minimal look, feel and flavour but for those of us who dress with a “more is more” attitude then the option is there to wear the pieces layered, or, just wear it all, all at once.
All images provided by E.A. Burns