28 August 2017

The Four Rings of Forever

Blurred lines have become a common norm in today's society yet history has long shown us that the stages of a relationship are distinguished by four rings of commitment. Is it a casual summer fling, a committed entanglement, short or long term or even warrant an extra pair of house keys?

Modern society keeps the boundaries loose and overlapped but the wedding ring has forever been the symbolic sign of love, affection and promise between two individuals.

Yet for every stage of a relationship there is a band of meaning to embody it. The evolution of these four rings has steadily gained popularity in recent years; a romantic testament between two people prior to the big white wedding commitment of marriage and forever. So what exactly are these four rings?

I've scoured the sparkly white light displays of bespoke jewellery windows to bring you the the current trends making a storm as the four rings types of forever...

#1. The Promise Ring

Whilst promise rings are a relatively new trend compared to the three other traditional rings of commitment, the sentiment behind the promise ring has rapidly increased in popularity in recent years. A symbolic piece of jewellery, the promise ring, otherwise known as a pre-engagement ring, acts as a symbol promise to remain monogamous as a couple with the intention of getting engaged in the near future. Like with any ring as a sign of commitment, the promise ring is given to showcase the love between two people, ascribing a platonic bond between them. The promise ring, like the engagement ring tends to be worn on the second to last finger on the left hand. The idea is this ring acts a promise to later be replaced with an engagement ring when the time is right.

#2. The Engagement Ring

The engagement ring dates back to ancient times in history but remains to be the symbolic gesture of love, promise, devotion and fidelity between two people. In Western countries, engagement rings are most commonly worn by a woman on her second to last left finger; a symbolic agreement between two people of future marriage. Engagement rings can come in all shapes, sizes, metals, colours, adornments and price tags; the style and design of each ring is entirely down to the preference of its wearer. What underpins the variety of engagement rings that they are all ultimately circles of metal, symbols of sacred geometry. Circles have neither a beginning nor an ending and thus represent a sense of eternal, perfect and long-lasting wholeness.

#3. The Wedding Ring

A symbol of marriage, the wedding ring - or wedding band- symbolises the union and commitment between two people. The wedding ring is traditionally worn on the fourth finger of the left hand as it is thought that the main vein found in this particular finger leads directly to the heart of the wearer. Circular in shape, the wedding ring is an endless band of beauty and thus a symbol of eternal devotion; just the way love should be between spouses. Wedding rings can come in a range of styles and metals with platinum, silver and rose gold increasing in popularity year on year. Some like the simplicity of a precious metal ring whilst others prefer a more personalised touch with encrusted diamonds, gemstones and individual engravings. Gold bands are thought to represent fidelity, white gold representing friendship and rose gold symbolising love.

#4. The Eternity Ring

Although similar in nature to the wedding bandana eternity ring is most commonly worn by a woman, although many men are choosing to wear them as either their engagement or wedding bands. 
Like all other rings of commitment, the circular shape acts as a symbol of everlasting love and the prospect of good things always enduring. Ultimately, the eternity ring is seen to be the ultimate gift of romance between spouses; a gift marking their long-lasting devotion to one another or to mark an important milestone in their marriage, such as an anniversary. Eternity rings tend to be made of precious metals and can come as either 'half' rings or 'full' rings. Half eternity rings comprise of diamonds or gemstones clustered around the front of the band. On the other hand, full eternity rings have diamonds and gems that circle around the entire band of the ring. The eternity ring - also referred to as an infinity rings the ultimate symbol of everlasting love and undying commitment. 

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24 August 2017

On The Rocks: The Statement Cocktail Ring Soaked in History

As the temperatures outside begin to wind and cool down, the autumnal season trends are heating up to bolstering attention and flamboyant glamour. New season forecasting ushers in a new era of historical jewellery revival; a statement jewel like none other - the striking Cocktail ring.

Dramatic, eye-catching and somewhat ostentatious, the cocktail ring is the epitome of excess which first found a name for itself as a symbol of independence and rebellion against the Prohibition over a century ago. 

A bygone era, 1920s America was a time of tension and excess between deep rooted morals of the world war and an upheaval in new social and economic laws. The cultural dynamics of the prohibition gave way to a time of the luxurious, the opulent and the illicit. Society advanced to celebrating their taste of freedom in all ways that were heavily frowned upon by leadership: gaudy accessories, unusual fashion cuts and styles, the wearing of makeup as well as a plethora of alcohol fuelled cocktail parties.

Women began wearing bigger-than-life jewels as a way of power-dressing and enhancing their presence. Like most fashion trends derived from the pursuit for attention and controversy, the cocktail ring became the it accessory for partygoers.

In celebration of an era of burgeoning freedom, women embraced the changing roles in society by wearing flamboyant and bold cocktail rings in order to draw attention to the illicit cocktail beverages they were sipping. The cocktail ring became the ultimate accessory of exuberance as a way for women to flaunt their growing independence.

Traditionally worn on the right hand, these large ornamental ring became a status symbol and flouncing non-conventional standards of vintage beauty and charm.

Innovative techniques, abstract shapes and intricately set micro-pave coloured gemstones makes cocktail rings ever as arresting and wondrous nowadays. From the bizarre and bold to the delicately dazzling, the cocktail ring remains to be the comeback accessory to suit any look, style or personality.

Paired with a LBD and a glass of bubbly prosecco or paired down with dark wash jeans and a turtleneck, the cocktail ring will add a touch of eccentricity to any look and makes for one innovative and glamorous jewellery not staple!

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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...

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