Nervous fidgeters, foot shakers, and anxious tappers, rejoice! British designer Charlotte Garnett’s jewellery collection has something for all your anxiety-related needs.
Inspired by her own experience with anxiety, the jewellery designer created ‘Cure for the Itch’, a tactile collection designed to act as an alternative to our more destructive habits.
“I decided that instead of allowing [anxiety] to be an obstacle, I would use my understanding of it to create a sincere response to my experience that had the potential to help myself and my anxious friends who inspired me,” Garnett said.
After researching the historic use of practical jewellery in combating stress, she devised a set of pieces that combine ebony, resin and precious metals in ergonomic shapes.
Her collection falls under three categories, each carefully considered to provide a more personalised solution for repetitive, anxiety-driven actions; golden pocket pebbles that help discreetly manage day-to-day anxieties; ‘spinner rings’ for the fidgeters among us; and ‘fiddle sticks’ that help occupy the fingers during times of stress.
“The pieces are intended to be used as grounding tools to promote mindfulness and provide subtle alternatives to existing negative habits (such as your nail biting!) whilst maintaining a sense of fun and playfulness in their use,” she explains.
She hopes for the collection to help diminish the stigma around publicly managing mental health, “Mental illness does not have to be treated as something terrible and shameful that should only be discussed in a serious doctor’s office,” she said.
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