Magpie's Loot Story

Welcome to Magpie’s Loot!

We offer a wide selection of high quality, finely handcrafted jewellery full of character and individuality.

The company was started by Francesca Castaldo in 2010. Her journey started by the passionate hunt for unique gemstones and shiny silver findings on the colourful craft markets of Rome and by creating her first pieces of jewellery for friends and family. After the thrill of her first sale to a friend, she came to realize that she could turn her passion into a successful jewellery business.

She moved to London with the determination to succeed in the field.

Whilst she was studying jewellery making and design in London, she opened a stall at the renowned craft market of London’s Spitalfields. Initially she was aspiring to inspire customers to design and create their own jewellery, so influenced by the memory of the rich and characteristic Italian markets, she set up a little shop selling gemstones, beads and findings. Although her customers appreciated the beauty of the selection she offered they wanted Francesca to create bespoke pieces for them. As her stall slowly transformed, she was selling her own designed and handcrafted jewellery alongside with other artisan’s carefully selected pieces she met along her journey.

In 2013, thanks to meeting Nikolett, who quickly became her right hand, helping her manage the growing business; and Dipesh, who she teamed up with to help her with the production of her new collections, her business began to rapidly grow to what it is today.

She also received great support and inspiration from her illustrator and printmaker partner Martin, who she collaborated with for the design of her popular Honeybee Collection.

Due to the success and growth of Magpie’s Loot, we are now proud to open our online store, making it easier for our customers to stay up to date with, and purchase our new pieces and seasonal collections.

As well as Francesca’s personal designs, we work closely with other artisans to offer a range of unique, enchanting pieces mainly inspired by the natural world.

We hope you enjoy exploring our shop and feel inspired by the exquisite pieces we can offer you. Feel free to contact us via the website, or come meet us and say hello at the Spitalfields Market.