Manchester based jewellery brand Manuka launched in December 2019, and proved an immediate hit in the city, selling out almost overnight.
The company, which specialises in beautiful bee inspired pendants, then re-launched last summer, with a new long-awaited rose gold pendant set to launch in time for Valentine’s Day.
The striking jewellery has already won hearts across the city, with celebrity fans including Jenny Powell and brand ambassador Faye Brookes, who has even been spotted wearing her necklace during her training for TV show Dancing on Ice.
“I wanted to be a representative for something that stood for something good,” said ex-Corrie star Faye about Manuka.
Because it’s not just the eye-catching design which has impressed Mancunians, for whom the worker bee symbolises the city’s history and indomitable spirit.
It’s also the brand’s ethical credentials.
Manuka aims to raise awareness of the importance of bees to our ecosystem, and the company donates 10% of their profits to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
The bee is a tremendously important part of our ecosystem, with bees pollinating around 30% of food crops and 90% of wild plants.
But as a result of colony collapse disorder, bees are now in rapid decline and need our help more than ever.
As well as a visual show of support and solidarity, every Manuka purchase helps The Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s mission to increase the number and distribution of bumblebees.
It was also important to Manuka to make the pendants using recycled metals (925 sterling silver) and to use recycled and recyclable material for their branded presentation boxes, such is their concern for the environment and planet.
There is a reason that the bee symbol is part of Manchester Coat of Arms which was given to the City in 1842.
First adopted as a motif, Manchester claimed the bee because she is an industrious little grafter, individually stunning, yet collectively a superorganism.
Together we are stronger – and Manuka is the perfect way of celebrating both bees and unity in one brand.
They ship worldwide, and Manuka’s bees have already made it as far afield as America, Australia, Spain and Dubai.
The bee inspired pendants are guaranteed to attract compliments – the perfect gift for any queen bee out there, and the must-have accessory for 2021.
And they’re already busy working behind the scenes to launch more products and collections, so watch this space.
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