Here at Atlas we are great believers in the positive power of storytelling and sharing what has meaning to us as individuals. From the earliest days of civilisation, humans have used stories to create and strengthen bonds of friendship and peace. Ancient tribes also used accessories and jewellery to tell stories, empower and protect. A bracelet might be given as a matrimonial gift, a pendant could act as a symbol of becoming a warrior, or a unique piece might represent connection to or protection by a spirit animal or nature. Because they were skilfully crafted using natural materials and traditional methods, accessories lasted the lifetime of their wearers, growing in character and depth of meaning as they aged. In this way, jewellery pieces could tell stories of their own and act as reminders of important memories, experiences or beliefs.
This is what we aim for at Atlas: to create natural accessories that are personalised and symbolic. To craft pieces that will last forever and grow with you. Over time they will become infused with ever more depth and soul, helping you to connect with nature, animals, yourself, and others. In an increasingly turbulent life, Atlas Accessories are here to help you find and stay balanced and grounded, reminding you of what is important to you. We believe this will make the world a better place - a little positive energy goes a long way…
Atlas Accessories was founded after founder Gregory had been unable, in years of searching the world on his travels, to find stylish accessories with depth of meaning, using natural materials and made well enough to last. Gregory decided to take a leap and try his hand at making his own.
Though roughly crafted, Gregory’s accessories attracted interest from friends and strangers alike; people wanted to know the stories behind the designs. He then decided to seek out a skilled craftsperson to perfect and enrich their creation. He met Dagna, a talented young craftswoman who shared his curiosity about meaning and materials, in a London bead shop and they immediately experienced a deep connection. He had found an artisan to partner with. The newly crafted pieces attracted even more interest and positive feedback, and this, as well as an encounter with an abandoned pet python in Battersea Park, provided the inspiration and confidence to build a business around something that both he and Dagna both believed in and wanted to share with the world. Atlas Accessories was born.
Our vision is to take natural and symbolic materials and craft them into accessories using traditional methods. We don’t even use glue! Stones are cut and polished individually by hand, and our unique leathers are lovingly and repeatedly waxed and polished over 6 weeks to ensure lasting quality. As with ancient traditions, we hope that Atlas Accessories empower wearers to a more balanced life, by helping them connect:
- with earth and nature – through natural stones and organic gems;
- with animals – through ethically sourced and lovingly prepared leathers with symbolic meaning;
- with themselves – expressing their unique story and meaning.
- with others – through sharing our stories and experiences with each other.