12 August 2017

Precious Peridot: The Birthstone of August

With a zesty lime-green glow and gorgeous olive undertones, Peridot is the striking birthstone for all those celebrating their birthdays in adventurous August!

The gorgeous green vibrancy of Peridot is what sets it apart from all the gemstones aside from the fact that it is only one of a handful of gemstones that occurs in only one colour. Whilst peridot is famous for its Pantone 'greenery' hues, the plethora of green tones can vary quite dramatically.

From pale mint greens, woody olive tones to sparkling bright lime highlights, the signature colour of peridot resides entirely from its internal chemical composition and the degree of how much iron is present in the stone.

Notable for its beautiful appearance and lustrous finish, peridot is a stone that is commonly used in fine jewellery collections due to its ability to combine exquisitely with platinum, silver and white gold. With its paint swatch colour spectrum, the most expensive pieces of peridot can be identified by their luminous and radiant grassy hues devoid of any undercurrents of brown or yellow.

Peridot is most commonly found within the San Carlos reservation in Arizona as well as China, Africa and Myanmar mines. Although it was first made famous in Egypt, peridot is increasingly being mined within many places in America and abroad. Thought to be a type of Olivine, peridot has even been found in some pallasite meteorites, giving it the reputation of being a gemstone of space.

Due to its enchanting brilliance at any time of day, peridot is also known to be "the Evening Emerald" associated with good fortune and spirit to promote peace and prosperity by protecting against negative thoughts and vibrations. With strong historical folklore of its mystical and magical powers, peridot was used as a stone to ward off harm from evil spirits during the Middle Ages.

Today peridot is used throughout many jewellery designs due to its ranking of 6.5 to7 on the mohs scale. As a finished stone, peridot is fairly robust and durable which is why many today continue to wear peridot in their everyday jewellery to help encourage power and influence to its wearer.

Whether you're looking for a touch of peace and happiness in your life or just want an investment piece guaranteed to dazzle, enchant and catch some green-with-envy eyes then the birthstone of August is the stone to deliver.

Welcome to the fresh and fabulous world of peridot...

Love, Sarah

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31 July 2017

Welcome To The Wonder Ears

Word on the grapevine is the bigger, the better and when it comes to the adornments flaunting their sass and style for Autumn, the oversized disco hoops were rife with a mix match of metals, charm and detail.

As the summer begins to make its gentle wind down into the balmy evenings of Autumn, the fashion gurus are revving up their awaited fashion week reveals by breathing life and size into our newfangled ear adornments.

It looks as if the reign for statement earrings is not prepared to hang up its crown as the it accessory of Summer 2017 as this standout style continued to flaunt its charming allure on the Autumn catwalk rows.

Indulge in a world of show-stopping drama and megawatts showmanship by letting your ears do all the new season talking...

From left to right: Suki Charm Dangle EarringsTurquoise Monarch Chainmail EarringsGold Four-moon EarringsHand Painted Gilda Earrings

From left to right: Gold Carmen ChandeliersGold Antoinette EarringsCross My Heart EarringsWhite Tassel Bead Droppers

Love, Sarah

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23 July 2017

Things I've Learnt Commuting In London

Clasping on for dear life whilst you narrowly avoid slapping the person behind you with your bag, rugby mauls on the platform sprints between stations and enjoying the morning scenery of the concave of an unkempt armpit; Just another day of in the cutthroat world of the London commute. 

After up-heaving my entire life from the Hampshire countryside where morning scenery was rolling grass fields and paddocks full of horses to the bustling big smoke of London, my mornings now consist of sticky rush hour throngs and underground mice.

As a notoriously stubborn salmon, I don't tend to do things by halves which is why I threw myself into the deep end, striding into the daily commute with severe naivety. Boy did I grow up quick, with a great big shove in the back from a friendly fellow Londoner. 

From riding the crazy commute of working life, I've put together a little list of hurdles you soon learn- only after learning the hard way with an elbow wedged into your coccyx...

1. People have weird toes. Sweltering tubes in the summertime call for minimal clothing and open-toe sandals. It also calls for an abundance of toe types, shapes and oddities to stare at. It's like entering into Charlie's chocolate factory for a foot fetish obsessive. 

2. Some people do not participate in personal hygiene.

3. I deeply regret not embracing sport in my childhood; it would have prepped me well for the competitive race through the doors. It's a case of survival of the fittest and boy do I have a way to go.

4. I am exactly the same height as your average male's armpit.

5. To describe it as busy would be doing it an injustice.  It's like the nucleus of life that everyone wants a piece of.

6. Temperature control is non-existent. You sweat like a pig or freeze like an ice cube- no grey areas.

7. Standard class is exactly what it says on the tin. No fancy bluffs or metaphors, you do what it says - stand, stand and stand some bloody more.

8. Tube chat is not something to enter into during the morning. You may be a morning person but the rest of London isn't.

9. Queuing for the tube is a thing. The British art form still stands strong, even when in a rush.

10. You can always walk faster. Judging by the amount of elbow and back nudges you get, others think so too.

11. Always, always stand on the right. No, but seriously.

12. Pay cheques only come once a month so best be careful. Top expenses in order: Rent, Food, Alcohol.

13. Take your goddam multivitamins everyday. Two week long flu and a cheeky side of sinusitis will teach you the hard way.

14. No matter how much of a stereotypical polite person you are, you will get road rage on the sidewalks. Step aside you ambling tourists!

15. The dream of looking like a high-flying glamorous big body strutting the streets is exactly that. One unattainable dream. Embrace the hair-flying wind, embrace the silk soaking sweat and for the love of God replace those heels for a pair of nikes.

16. Have your travel card handy at all times. Deliberating like a kid at a candy counter will get you nothing but a torrent of abuse and death stares.

17. Thinking you'll beat the crowds and go that extra 15 minutes early means you'll be one of approximately 986 other people doing the same.

18. Everyone is battling their own demons - showing a little respect and kindness can mean the world to someone internally struggling.

19. You quickly learn the art of positioning yourself precisely where the carriage doors will open on the platform. Oh the glory of being at the front of the bullseye!

20. Starting a conversation by chatting about the weather or the price of London living and you're good to go for a lengthly chinwag.

21. Money will come. Then it will go just as fast. It will be like that kid you always heard rumours about back in school but never once saw in the flesh.

Love, Sarah

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