I first started BMM in 2012 and haven’t looked back since (apart from when I have to write things like this)
Why did I start BMM? Probably because I pun too much to work for other people? Ha, not really, but if punning was a sackable offence then I’d never be able to keep a job! (Honestly, there’s something pun-damentally wrong with me… I can’t stop!) The real answer is simple; So that I could make the jewellery I dreamt of, but couldn’t find in the shops! The very first BMM designs (Crossbones, Lonely Bone, Antler) were all straight out of my brain and straight onto my hands + neck. Of course, we’ve branched out a little, and broadened our style, but every piece of BMM is still exactly that- OUR STYLE, rather than just a piece of fashion. We want you to be able to build on your own style, with our designs, and create your very own #BMMLegend
I can usually be found wearing… ALL OF THE JEWELS! (Seriously, I stack like, SEVEN on one finger… You can call me Mr T!)
My favourite piece? Well now, this changes regularly, but I do always come back to Death Before Dishonour + Crescent Moon. Oh, and Crossbones. And also Polaris and India Rose… Ooooh and I LOVE Lacrimosa at the moment too! (It does depend on my mood, which is why I usually go for Death Before Dishonour… Guess I’m usually feeling pretty “stabby” ha!)
When I’m not at BMM? You can probably find me chilling* with my cats (*forcing them to sit with me, ha!), riding my horse, The Beast (best name ever!), or Little Wing- my Indian Scout Motorcycle… If I’m not doing any of that, I’m likely drinking wine!
I was a manager on a showjumping yard for 8 years before BMM stole me. Alongside this, I was scuba diving for sea urchins (& fun!) to sell in our coastal villages. (She used to have to scrape out the urchin guts to prepare them for selling- hence her Grubby Urchin name!)
I was first sponsored by BMM for showjumping in 2014, when I started my #BMMCollection. I then became such a regular in the BMM shop that Lucy thought she’d better offer me a job! I’m now in my 5th year with BMM as Manager, and also head up all of your Bespoke requests!
I can usually be found wearing… A bad ass Black Opal Minerva, Labradorite Rose Dunn, Aylen & Karkinos (my dad is a crab & lobster fisherman, so the crab claw pieces are a must have for me), all in yellow gold of course!
My favourite piece? Anything with Labradorite, Black Opal or Amber!
When I’m not at BMM? After I’ve finished horsing around breaking in various mental youngsters, I can usually be found in or by the sea – Open water swimming, cliff path walking & kayaking are some of my favourites. I’ll give anything a go so you might also find me embarrassing myself paddle boarding or bouldering.
At home I can be found tending to my kids – which come in the form of succulents, air plants & cats. I love to spend time planning my next adventure or challenge, accompanied by a glass of wine of course!
Before BMM I was in Care Support Work for 7 years (#DoGooder!) During that time I dabbled in making a few pieces of jewellery for friends & family and I decided that it was time for career change (carer-eer change… Geddit?!)
I’m now 4 years in with BMM, and loving the daily challenges I face, and I don’t just mean dealing with Christine! I really love working on the Bespoke pieces – I think thats where I’ve learnt the most. I also love hearing the feedback we get and the stories when people have proposed, knowing what we’ve put into each creation.
I can usually be found wearing… I’m not going to lie, I just don’t wear jewellery (ironic right?)
My favourite piece? There’s so many to choose from, but I’m always drawn to our quirkier engagement rings, with branch like textures or hammered & oxidised detailing. Something that looks out of the ordinary, rustic & natural.
When I’m not at BMM? I’m usually fixing something broken; my van, my motorbike (his old-as-shit car!) Oi, its an Audi 80 Sport! Also trying to keep my kids sane with as many tiring, outdoor adventures as possible! I’m a big kid myself at heart and still love to mountain bike & skate board as well as get out surfing (well, I am Cornish born & bred, what else would you expect?)
Bloody Mary Metal began on a bench in Lucy’s lounge. It quickly progressed to a small office at the back of a builders merchants, and then into the first BMM shop. We’ve since moved just over the courtyard into a larger workshop, office + shop space, and luckily for us, and you when you visit (unluckily for our waistlines!) our old shop is now an amazing cafe + coffee shop!
BMM has brought me to tears a lot over the years, sometimes the good, proud, overwhelming kind of tears, and sometimes definitely NOT those!
It’s tough running your own business, but I now have the best team around me, helping to catapult BMM forward. People say “oh you’re so lucky to have your own company”, to which my response is that I am not “lucky”! Its damn hard work, horrifically worrying sometimes (okay, a LOT of times!) and means you never really get to switch off… But what I AM lucky for is my team! I am lucky that likeminded, creative, honest, incredibly trustworthy, hilariously sarcastic people have found their way to BMM, and I am lucky that I can rely on them, on a business level, a design level, and a friend level! (Okay, enough of the sappiness now! Christine is about to be sick, ha!)