Jewellery

Enamel Glass Jewellery

Enamel Glass Jewellery

Bright, colourful, and unique, enamel jewellery is very popular. You have probably heard the term ‘enamel’ before, but what actually is it?   Enamel is a fine powder, almost like icing sugar, that is sifted onto metal surfaces and then fused at high temperatures. The result is a glassy smooth and usually brightly coloured surface that coats the metal.     Enamel is usually used for protection or decoration of jewellery, and is very durable. The enamel can be transparent, translucent, or opaque, depending on how many metal oxides there were in the powder and at what temperature they were...

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Wedding Jewellery

Wedding Jewellery

Weddings around the world are usually big affairs with family, friends and community gathering together to celebrate the special couple. Bridal jewellery plays an important role, whether to show-off the bride’s family wealth, cover a sentimental role for female ancestors who cannot be present on the day or simply to add a special occasion ‘sparkle and shine’. The most obvious bridal jewellery is, of course, the wedding ring gifted to the bride from the groom, and in the Western world, the bride also gives the groom a ring to show his new status as a husband. However, there are many...

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Citrine - Meaning, Legends, and Powers

Citrine - Meaning, Legends, and Powers

Which stone is the November birthstone, Topaz or Citrine? It is, in fact, both. The whole idea of gemstones being assigned to a particular month started when Tiffany & Co released an advertisement pamphlet in 1870 stating a stone for each month of the year. For November the yellow topaz was listed, and the craze with the gemstone had begun.    However, not all gemstones advertised as topaz were actually topaz. Some of them had to be citrine gemstones, as they have the same colour as topaz and are impossible to tell apart with the naked eye (and that was...

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All about statement rings

All about statement rings

What is a statement ring? Have you ever seen someone wear an unconventional, often big and chunky ring and wondered what it meant? Statement rings, or those trendy, gallantly coloured, and sometimes quite heavy pieces of jewellery simply cannot go unnoticed. Decorated with large gemstones, charms, or ornaments, statement jewellery is usually worn to attract attention to the wearer, and is often the very first thing you notice in their outfit. Being bold and unique, although not necessarily oversized or brightly coloured, statement rings are used to add a finishing touch to an outfit or create a certain style.  ...

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Sapphire - September birthstone

Sapphire - September birthstone

Sapphires, the fairy-tale blue gems, have held a fascination of humankind for thousands of years. The very moniker stems from Ancient Greek etymology, the word ‘sapheiros’, which refers to the colour blue. The colouration of the gemstone often harks to the heavens above in literature and in some religions - for example, the Ancient Persians thought the sky reflected the light from sapphires, which is why it was blue! Looking at the fascinating science behind the stone, one can discover that the gem is in the same structural family as rubies. The only difference between them is the colour, which is...

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Peridot - August Birthstone

Peridot - August Birthstone

Peridot is a beautiful gemstone, with a diverse history and intriguing science. It is only ever green, thanks to its unique chemistry, although the shades and intensity of the colour dramatically vary depending on the location where it formed. The gem makes a delightful gift for a loved one who prefers the warm, summery colour and is available at all price points. Another name for the jewel is ‘chrysolite’, derived from the Greek words for ‘gold’ and ‘stone’, in reference to the soft golden-green tones found with the crystalline structure. The gemstone is created during times of intense heat, where...

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Winter Escape. What To Wear?

Winter Escape. What To Wear?

Making ready to escape the cooler temperatures for a tropical holiday? With Winter well underway, it’s definitely time to escape the cold in favour of warmer climes. If you’re lucky enough to be headed off on holiday this Winter, you’re probably already thinking about what to take with you. With the planning of holiday outfits, comes the yearning for new items. However, one of the easiest ways to update older outfits is to mix up your styling; choose different accessories, wear alternate jewellery styles than you usually would and take the chance to experiment with your day-to-day look a little...

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The Fabulous World of Floral Jewellery

The Fabulous World of Floral Jewellery

Humankind has always differentiated itself from other animals by spending time and effort on decor. The aesthetic value we place on things of beauty and interest is something almost unique to us as a species. It is not unusual to note then, that since the dawn of our time we’ve been decorating ourselves and our surroundings. One of the simplest and easiest methods to adorn ourselves with beauty has been to deck ourselves in flowers.         Brightly coloured, in many different shapes and forms, flowers have long been an accessible way to adding that certain something to our...

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How to Choose Earrings to Suit Your Hairstyle and Color

How to Choose Earrings to Suit Your Hairstyle and Color

The length, style and colour of your hair can really change the impact earrings make and is always worth considering. For example, you don’t want to purchase a beautiful pair of shimmering pearl drops if you have heavy curls that can’t be tamed and will only hide your earrings. It’s not as cut and dried as it seems however; different lengths of hair can play around with different lengths of earrings for different impacts.  After all, a pixie cut will always have your ears on show and is a perfect blank slate for all manner of delightful earring styles. Take...

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What is Cubic Zirconia?

What is Cubic Zirconia?

Cubic Zirconia, or CZ for short, is a popular diamond simulant, created from zirconium oxide and produced in a crystalline form. This means that while the Cubic Zirconia mimics the appearance of a diamond, it does not share the chemical structure of actual carbon atoms that a diamond has. A flawless clear gem, CZ can be made in a variety of colours depending on the oxide implemented throughout the growing process. The jewel is very close on the Mohs scale to the coveted diamond, scoring an 8.5 rather than a 10, so it can be cut into identical designs. Yet...

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