I may be one of the luckiest girls in the world: my mother-in-law and her sister co-own a small jewelry company stocked with the most beautifully curated ranges of gorgeous pieces. Toko has been a labor of love for Jon's family for nearly 30 years, and it's been a character in and of itself throughout my relationship with Jon. Of course, it was only fitting that Ellie, Sarah, and I all wore Toko jewelry at our wedding!
My Toko trove has grown over the years and each piece has a memory attached to it. It's always special to open a black and silver box at Christmas and know that Jon or his mum has picked out this necklace or that pair of earrings especially for me from everything they have in stock. I love hearing stories from Ged and Annette's buying trips to Italy, Mexico, Poland, and Hong Kong - sometimes they go out with an idea of the collection they want to round out, but other times they stumble on new designs that blow them away. (By the way, did you know that most of the amber in the world comes from the Baltic region?) Jon worked behind the counter at Toko for years, and it's brilliant to be married to someone who knows so much about jewelry because I can completely trust his judgement. Here are some of my favorite pieces from their current collection:
Toko has three locations in the south of England (one in London, one in Richmond, and one in Suffolk) but they've also just launched a new website and I wanted to help them spread the word. They're very generously offering a 15% discount to Betsy Transatlantically readers through the end of September plus a free pair of freshwater pearl studs with your purchase - use the code "Betsy" and you'll be all set. Toko is only shipping within the UK right now but I don't want those of you who live elsewhere to miss out on all the fun, so Jon's mum agreed we could do a giveaway open to everyone! As of the writing of this post, I'm not exactly sure what the winner will get because I haven't picked it out yet, but make sure you're following me on Instagram if you want to virtually come along to the Suffolk shop with me to choose the piece.
Do check out the Toko website and let me know if you place an order from them. Yes, that's my sister-in-law modeling their lines. It really is very much a family business, you know! I'm sure you'll love their jewelry as much as I do.
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wedding photos by Tarah Coonan