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Holiday Mode On

May 7, 2014

After we all enjoyed a few bank holidays, I know what we are all thinking of! Summer, white sandy beaches and of course the perfect tan! I am hoping to get a bit of both this year, but until that moment comes I prepared 2 summer outfits.

I used a very popular bracelet – a stacked three layer bracelet made of multicolour mother of pearl chips on memory wire. The colours range from yellow to hot pink and dark blue making it easy to match and giving it a nice young feeling.

The first outfit is perfect for a sunny day on the beach. Wear this gorgeous dress and enjoy the sun! Grab the mother of pearl bracelet and your sun lotion and you are ready to go! (more…)

Ancient Gemstones – Lapis Lazuli

April 23, 2014

Lapis Lazuli Necklace Product ImageThe 20th April sees the entry into the second sign of the zodiac, Taurus. As I have talked about before, each of the zodiac signs also has its own stone. Taurus’ birthstone is the beautiful blue, ancient gemstone Lapis Lazuli.

Lapis Lazuli is one of the oldest and most sought after gemstones. It has been in use throughout the history of mankind. It is still popular today and is a favorite stone of the Islamic Orient, said to provide protection from the ‘evil eye‘. It is deep blue in colour with golden inclusions of pyrites which shimmer like stars. The very earliest cultures valued Lapis Lazuli more highly than gold. The Greeks spoke of an ancient sapphire which was included with gold, this was unmistakeably Lapis. (more…)

The Website Owner

April 14, 2014

Craftseller magazineEverything starts out from scratch, and so did my business. I didn’t have a plan or a pattern, I just let myself follow the path and it worked out wonderfully in the end! Beading was always something that relaxed me. Of course sometimes when you come back from work, after a stressful day, it is nicer to just jump in your onesie and have a cup of hot chocolate and some cupcakes, along with a foot rub too maybe! But that doesn’t happen very often :) So I started beading instead.

It was a roller coaster at first. Which are the best platforms to sell on? What kind of photos should I take? How big do they have to be? What is the best description you can give to your item, so it makes it more wanted than the other ones? But in the end, baby steps brought me here where I am today. And I am happy I had helpful friends and customers along the way :) (more…)

Wedding Favours

April 8, 2014

Bespoke wedding jewelleryIt “smells” of summer and the rush for wedding favours has started! I have already had orders for various jewellery pieces for bridesmaids and for wedding favours. I love to make wedding related pieces and I also love the idea of someone connecting a little piece of jewellery to the lovely communion between two loved ones.

I have handcrafted with love some gorgeous pieces so far, almost all of them in consultation with the bride. So if you are planning your wedding this summer and you are in search of some lovely timeless pieces of jewellery for your bridesmaids or to give to your guests as gifts, don’t hesitate to get in touch! (more…)

Spring Outfit

March 30, 2014

We can all feel the soft breeze of the early spring settling in. Of course every now and then, there’s a bit of rain and fog – just to remind us of the winter that doesn’t want to leave us yet! Green is one of the colours that surely brings us the spring idea insight. It’s also one of my favourite colours so I use it as much as I can.

Green is the colour of balance and harmony. Green is the colour of prosperity and abundance, of finance and material wealth. It relates to the business world, to real estate and property. Prosperity gives a feeling of safety to green. On the down side, the colour green can be possessive and materialistic with a need to own people and things. (more…)

Ancient Gemstones – Agate

March 18, 2014

Orange Tone Agate Bracelet Product ImageGemstones are pieces of mineral which are cut and polished in forms to be used in different jewelley pieces or similar.

The traditional classification in the West, which goes back to the Ancient Greeks, begins with a distinction between precious and semi-precious; similar distinctions are made in other cultures. In modern usage the precious stones are diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald, with all other gemstones being semi-precious.

Agate is a quartz variety and it’s one of the oldest stones in recorded history. It’s colours range from white to grey, orange to red, light blue to  purple and brown to black. It was one of the most commonly used gemstones in ancient times and it’s wide spreed around the world. (more…)

Classy for Spring

March 6, 2014

I love jade! It’s one of my favourite gemstones and the mountain jade comes in so many colours that isn’t so hard to pick one! It is actually a dolomite marble commonly referred to as “mountain jade“, a lovely gemstone with a subtle internal shimmer that naturally occurs in pink, white or gray but is commonly enhanced to reflect every colour of the rainbow. Mountain jade lore suggests the gem alleviates sorrow and encourages original ideas. I think all gemstones are versatile and certainly the jade gemstone is one of them.

We all love colours – green, yellow, red, purple – living in such a gray environment and seeing the sun only every now and then it is very important to mix and match the colours in our outfits.

I started playing with Polyvore not so long ago. It’s a lot of fun to pick a piece of jewellery and build an outfit around it.

Today I chose to build an outfit around a lavender jade bracelet. I found it to be very feminine, with small lavender printed flowers on porcelain beads. Porcelain also gives it a superior feeling, we all know how nicely presented porcelain is and that is well known to be expensive. A sign of royalty. (more…)

Jewellery for men

February 28, 2014

IMG_0034We all think that it is normal when women wear jewellery, but what is wrong when men do it?

Jewellery has long been used to denote status. In ancient Rome, for instance, only certain ranks could wear rings and later consumption laws dictated who could wear what type of jewellery, again based on rank.

Necklaces have been an integral part of jewellery since the time of ancient civilizations and pre-date the invention of writing. Necklaces are believed to be as old as 40,000 years, during the Stone Age. The oldest necklaces were made of purely natural materials – before weaving and the invention of string, durable vines or pieces of animal tendon left over from hunts were tied together and adorned with shells, bones or teeth or colourful skins of human prey animals, bird feathers, corals, carved pieces of wood, colourful seeds or stones or naturally occurring gems, or other beautiful or artful natural elements found nearby. (more…)

Matching Pieces Of Jewellery

February 19, 2014

At first I beaded for myself, then for friends and family because everyone approved of my “talents” I decided to sell my work. Of course sometimes I keep some pieces for myself, the ones I fall in love with and I know I can’t do without! It is mostly bracelets but also a very lovely necklace I made especially for myself from Mookaite Jasper. I try to accessorize my dresses with my own pieces of jewellery and I sometime spend time shopping for a dress that might match one of my bracelets. I know it should be the other way around! But who cares :)

I’ve used Polyvore to put together a couple of outfits. One is a nice cozy outfit for a rainy day that can bring the smile to your face and the other one is the perfect outfit to wear for lunch out with the girls. The jewellery is so versatile that it fits in both situations perfectly! (more…)

A short story about jewellery

February 14, 2014

Turquoise BraceletWe all wear jewellery, but did we ever ask ourselves where does it come from?

Jewellery is one of the world’s oldest types of archeological artefact – with 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells thought to be the oldest known jewellery. Of course we can all imagine how our ancestors were wearing different types of jewellery. It didn’t matter if they were Mesopotamians, Greeks, Romans or Egyptians they were wearing jewellery which depicted their status. Jewellery was very popular in Ancient Egypt, no matter the social class.The Egyptians preferred the luxurious and rarest metals and stones. Both men and women adorned themselves with earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces and neck collars that were brightly colored. Greeks mastered the use of emeralds, amethyst and pearls in their jewellery together with gold, making them colorful and more attractive. Those who could not afford jewellery made from gold or other stones would make their jewellery from colored pottery beads. (more…)