24 September 2017

It's All In The Charm

Bright, bold statement pieces have been on top of the trends radar all summer long so it's about time that something new and understated joined the race to become the 'it' trend of the new season fashion world.

Instead of big oversized hoops looping back round as a cliche style for autumn, a dainty obsession for sentimental chains and charms are taking centre stage for all those fashionistas. 

From vintage treasure chests of charm jewellery passed down through generations to new designer trinkets, the delicately layered jewellery of autumn is steeped in charming nostalgia and folklore symbolism.

From graceful anklets, ethereal pendants draping from across your collarbone and bracelets that tell a story, the new season charm is all about recreating a style of bohemian cool with dainty chic. 

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17 September 2017

Your September Playlist

Oh hello September, you new and exciting month to remember! The summer tomfoolery of mischievous rooftop cocktails and hazy al fresco late-nights dates are slowly whittling away to nothing but fond, distant memories.

Instead, little miss Great Britain has thrown the nation well and truly into the deep end of seasonal upheaval with winds far harder to dodge than your Nan's personal tornado after Sunday lunch and a bipolar sky flitting between glimpses of sunburst to torrential downpours of freak showers.

Oh Autumn, welcome back you teasing little scamp!

It's time to dust off the long-forgotten jumpers of warmth and welcome back the return of slippers, sofa snacks and a brand new Netflix schedule on screen. Just because the temperatures outdoors have  become salty and sour, what happens indoors can still sizzle like shrimps on the barbie in your summer memories!

Feed your nippy toes with all the right feel good brain food tunes and heat up your autumn nights with vibes of flirtatious roguery!

Turn up the volume on this new music menu of inspired finger-clicking feels, shake up the mood and get in the groove of upcoming duvet days of weekend chills!

Sweet Dreams - Andrey Keyton & Sharapov Radio Mix

Think Before I Talk - Astrid S

YES - Sam Feldt, Akon

Say My Name - HIDDN, Beatrich

Show Us - Capac, Julia Green

He Like That - Fifth Harmony

Mistakes - Tove Styrke

Out Loud - Gabbie Hanna

Let Me Go - Hailee Steinfield ft. Alesso

Silence - Marshmello, Khalid

Falls - ODESZA, Sasha Sloan

So Much More Than This - Grace VanderWaal

Raincheck - Hannah Jane Lewis

Bestie - Dornik

Salvage (Up All Night) - Galantis, Poo bear

Stay Young - Mike Perry ft. Tessa

Playing With Fire - RIVRS

Love, Sarah

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10 September 2017

Dendritic Beauty: Still Life In A Stone

As much as we'd like to squeeze some more sunshine into our lives, the impending end of August is looming as the trees begin to dwindle and the leaves begin to crinkle, crunch and fall like blazing shards of fire. As autumn steps up a gear, nature explodes into a fiery mass of natural beauty with not only a sea of leaves amongst our feet but leaves falling into the trends cupboards of the design industry. Welcome to the world of dendritic stone.

Within gemmology, agate is an umbrella term for a variety of banded Chalcedony; a mineral belonging to the Quartz family. Whilst not strictly classified as an agate as it is not banded, dendritic agate, also known as tree agate is itself a quartz, displaying a opaque and milky finish. Comparatively, dendritic quartz displays more of a shimmery crystalline quality. Due to the transparent and iridescent finish of this quartz variety, dendritic quartz is more commonly used and crafted within fine jewellery design.

What makes dendritic stones stand out as unique and inspiring is the illusion they give as fossilised plant matter. The seemingly intricate and almost calligraphy-like patterns found within the surface of these stones are in fact a natural mineral phenomenon caused by tree or fern-like inclusions of dendrites such as metallic oxides manganese and iron.

Deriving from the greek word "dendron" meaning tree, it's no wonder that the design of these stones are mistaken as inclusions that mimic the trees and leaves of nature. This element itself lends an ethereal and dream-like quality to dendritic stones as well as displaying a soft and poetic story when sculpted into fine jewellery.

Historically, Dendrite agate is referred to as the stone of plenitude. Linked to Ancient Greek woodland and tree spirits, this stone was often buried in fields in the hope of bringing a bountiful harvest to farmers. This is why the stone is symbolically thought to encourage enjoyment and promote abundance to ones' life. 

Metaphysically, dendrite agate vibrates at a lower frequency to most other stones but is thought to promote a greater sense of stability and strength to the wearer and their environment. With a strong connection to the plant and animal kingdoms, dendritic stones act as an amulet of peace and protection by deepening our connection to the Earth.

Usually found as a colourless stone tinged with silver and grey tones and frilly 'sea-kelp' inclusions, the finest variety of dendritic stones are most commonly found within India, Montana as well as Brazil. An extremely underrated and fairly unknown mineral specimen, dendrite agate and quartz is finding its name in the fashion spotlight as lapidary and artisanal designers begin experimenting with such stones within their industry designs.

Don't just walk amongst the beauty of nature, wear it too with our roundup of the most captivating dendrite jewellery floating into the trends hot-list this Autumn...

From left to right: Yellow Dendric QuartzRose Gold Oval NecklaceYellow Gold Green Diamond RingManganese Round BraceletGold Grey Dendrite Pendant

From left to right: Rose Gold Diamond Quartz Necklace, Rose Gold Champagne DroppersRose Gold Speckled RingMulti-coloured Round Stone RingRose Gold Kite Studs

From left to right: Silver Blue Opal Dendrite Pendant, Gold Bee NecklaceDendrite Oval NecklaceGold Circle Ring, Red Dendrite Charm Bracelet

From left to right: Grey Oval Stone RingSonoro Swirl RingSilver Chain Stone BraceletSonoro Rectangle RingSilver Pear Drop Ring

From left to right: White Dendrite Pendant, Circular Dendrite PendantBrown & Black Shell NecklaceDendrite Droppers

From left to right: Black & Orange Dendrite Necklace, Sonoro Dendrite RingYellow Gold Dendrite RingLarge Oval Stone RingSting Rey Moss Necklace

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