How a Cornish Woman is making BDSM beautiful!

Down in a little Cornish village is a workshop filled with treasure. Sea glass, stones, shells, copper, silver and gold. Inofa is not just a Celtic cache, but a brazen jeweller’s delight; everything from bangles to BDSM.

Fay Young is the flame haired owner that creates her magic over melting pots with a touch of vice (the kind that holds her ornate jewellery in place as she crafts it).

She says she started making jewellery back ‘in the dark ages’! In fact, Fay used to be a driving instructor and run a vintage clothing business where she would try to salvage broken jewellery. She decided to do a night school course and got hooked: “At first it was just a hobby – and then it became a lucrative hobby!”

But most – not all – of Fay’s jewellery has a certain difference; it is designed for use in the BDSM world which means that she makes everything from little silver scratchers to collars, padlocks, rings and intimate body jewellery.

“I got introduced to the BDSM scene in the 1990’s. I had escaped a very destructive relationship and ended up hiding in Cornwall with the children. I needed to do something different, so I went back to college to study writing. I met my friend there and – well, I don’t know how it happened. We just started delving into what was out there for us – a little like Brazen! We ended up going to this place called Gaslights in Redruth, which was the first sex and BDSM dungeon that I’d ever been to. That’s how I met my partner and became his submissive.”

Many items of Fay’s jewellery are influenced by the ‘Story of O’; a tale of female submission involving a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer named O, who consensually chooses to become a sexual slave to her master. He teaches her to be constantly available for intercourse, offering herself to any male who belongs to the same secret society as her lover.

​The ring’s symbolic meaning in the novel differs quite a bit from the one commonly used among BDSM practitioners today. In the book, such a ring is worn by a female “slave” after she has finished her training at the Chateau Roissy. Those wearing the ring are obliged to be obedient to any man who belongs to the secret society of Roissy (whose emblem is the triskelion), and must allow him to do absolutely everything with them that he pleases.

This stands in strong contrast to the ring’s meaning today. People indicate by wearing such rings that they are interested in BDSM, and sometimes by the hand they wear it on whether they are a Top (master/domme) or a Bottom (slave/submissive).

​Much of Inofa’s jewellery takes inspiration from the story, creating both commissions and a stock of ‘O’ jewellery from rings and collars to more intimate body jewellery.

Some of the collars even have little padlocks on them, all made by Fay. The submissive wears the collar and the master keeps the key. Other collars that she makes are fashioned into beautiful pieces of jewellery – and some of them are commissioned with intricate personal details and even diamonds; “Most of the people that come to me want to be able to wear it everyday. Or some people have dress collars that they wear on special occasions.”

It is some of these items that makes Inofa popular around the world. She was fulfilling an order for a very secret couple in America during our visit; “This business really took off when I realised that there was an opening for higher end BDSM jewellery rather than just a lot of rubbish that was around at the time.”

“Some people can’t wear collars. Because of their jobs or their work, so I help to create other options – often personalised – from bangles and bracelets to anklets and rings.”

“Everyone’s individual. I did a lovely set for a couple that were renewing their collaring vows strangely. It’s like renewing their wedding vows I suppose, and they did what was called the ceremony of the roses. So I did a bracelet and an anklet that matched together involving roses and other details.”

Most intriguing was her ornate fingernail scratchers that are used to provide a particular sensation: “So if you’re spanking or flogging somebody, you can run your fingers down their back and it’s quite nice – particularly on skin that is hot and red! They’ve also been used for conducting electricity through electra-stim wands. It’s only minimal because it’s only a small amount of copper in the ring but if anybody’s into electro play you get a tiny little spark on the end of the thing that you can use to tease someone.”

“I have a whole collection of different customers from masters and mistresses that are taking on civil slaves. It’s very similar to marriage – and he/she will choose a time to collar them and they will receive whatever the collar is that has been chosen for them – and designed by me. Sometimes they have a ceremony and sometimes they don’t. A lot of people like to celebrate it with their BDSM friends.”

“Other people use it more simply to collar their slaves. Some people have stables of slaves – in fact one customer has a couple of slaves that live with him in his house. They are collared – and he has various other slaves around the country that are cyber slaves. But there’s a difference – slaves can give over their whole self; total power control to their master or mistress if they so wish. There is even a slave register where you can register your slave and be given a number and some have of my customers have that engraved into the collars too.”

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If you want to know more about Inofa Jewellery see: www.inofa.co.uk or visit Inofa on Etsy.