About Kiena Jewellery
At KIENA JEWELLERY - We source lovely items of jewellery and accessories to suit different styles and budgets.
Kiena Jewellery products are in the various sections.
Jewellery - Rings, Earrings, Bracelets and Necklaces.
Among our products, we source fair trade items made from natural fibres and materials using natural dyes. Although at the moment some stock items have acrylic content, the products will change as we believe that, where possible, all fibres should be natural yarns. The use of acrylic fibres, although they have been used with very stylish effect in scarves etc., can mean that, when washed. the micro fibres can ultimately end up in the rivers and seas which is doing enormous harm to all forms of life on our planet.
Fair Trade, Hand Painted and Hand Woven Scarves and Pashminas are a fabulous addition to our scarf range. In our collection you can also see hand made 'Saccoo' leather handbags, which are vegetable tanned and are coloured using natural dyes.
We are are concerned to source good design and hand made beautiful products, including from the UK. At the moment these include Banyan Jewellery and Claire Hartley from the UK which produce some stunning silver designs across a range of products on Kiena Jewellery. Also the exquisite jewellery by 'Aurum', which is made in Iceland with designs inspired by the natural forms in the Icelandic Nature.
Our name - Kiena. Did she exist?
Well we are not sure, but we would like to think that she did. It is certainly a medieval name although not common. So, what's the story about her. She was Saxon, born in the Kingdom of Wessex about 1045 AD. Her family would have been of chieftain stock, with offshoots around Wessex and distant connections, by marriage, to the powerful "Godwinsons" line. She would therefore have known Edith, the wife of Edward the Confessor. Queen Edith was a highly educated lady, skilled in languages and the arts and was influential in encouraging her husband Edward to appreciate fine jewellery. Edith had great connections with Wilton Abbey, where she lived for sometime. Wilton was an important place of learning in Wessex where the practice of the crafts would have attracted many people, particularly in the making of jewellery and decoration which was practiced by fine goldsmiths. Here, Kiena would have learned at first hand the crafts, particularly gold fashioning, as members of her family would have been also masters of the crafts. Thus Kiena was associated with fine jewellery, bracelets, necklaces and brooches. Doubtless she would have also been familiar with fine weaving and embroidery and probably, as her family and relations, wore fashionable clothes.