25 February 2018

Style Buzz: Bejewelled Bugs

Something has been buzzing around at the back of the fashion world for some while now, creeping slowly towards the limelight ready to make a style strike.

Arrange a line of spiders, beetles, ladybirds and other multiple-legged bugs and just about anyone would squirm with discomfort and unease. Yet somehow, arrange the same little critters moulded and shaped in brass, silver, jewels and crystals and they suddenly become far more alluring and compelling.

Gold glittered ladybirds and dragonflies may have adorned your headbands and pencil cases as a young girl but fast forward a few years and they're flying back in with a lady-like revamp!

Insect-inspired jewels have been given a grown-up twist with creepy and sinister little critters crawling their way onto elegant pieces of jewellery.

From winged water bugs, beautifully shining beetles, enamelled scarabs, butterflies to crawling spiders, the insect world is worming its way in by festooning our adornments in all their bejewelled, colourful and striking charm.

Take a peep at our bug-embellished top picks buzzing around in the jewellery world, causing many hearts to flutter!

Love, Sarah

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18 February 2018

Amethyst Crush for February Birth Babies

One of the most revered stones for centuries, amethyst crystal is one of the most treasured variety of quartz. With its stunning tones of violet-purple and its rich history saturated with medieval lore and legendary powers, few crystals are as distinctive as arresting amethyst.

Today, amethyst is classified as a semi-precious stone but throughout history, many ancients regarded it as a "Gem of Fire", worth as much in value and beauty as a diamond. Believed to carry energies of passion and fire, creativity and spirituality, amethyst has always been associated with the month of February and the Roman water-god, Neptune.

The name 'amethyst' derives from the Ancient Greek word "amethustos"which translates to "not to intoxicate"; a reference to the Greek myth of the wine god Bacchus. Ancient Greeks attributed amethyst as a violet hue protecting them from overindulgence and intoxication. Those who drunk wine from goblets encrusted with amethyst were thought to be protected from inebriation and negative energies.

Moreover, ancient civilisations such as the Greeks and Romans regarded Amethyst as a stone synonymous with luxury. High value was placed in the stone of amethyst which is why it was often cherished by royalty and highlighted in their crowns, jewellery and sceptres.

Members of religious clergy also wore this stone in rings and cross necklaces in a similar way of protecting them from mystical intoxication; signalling their allegiance to Christ and their dedication to celibacy and piety. Both in its spiritual and religious significance, amethyst was reputed for its abilities to control evil thoughts, increase intelligence as well as creating an atmosphere of calm protection and quietude.

With its crystal trigonal system, amethyst remains to be one of the most famous violet varieties of quartz. As a result of iron and aluminium deposits and natural irradiation, the purple colour of amethyst ranges from light lavender lilac, reddish-pinks to bluish hues of intense and cool royal violets. Amethyst is also known to display angular zones of dark to light colour zoning throughout its structure with a vitreous lustre and a translucent transparency.

With a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, amethyst is a popular choice for a variety of jewellery styles due to its durability and impressive clarity.

Found in as many places as Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Canada, Austria and Africa, amethyst retains a wide consumer appeal as a wearable talisman of healing and transformation power, promoting loving and positive energies for its wearer.

The traditional birthstone for those born in February and the gemstone representative of the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries, amethyst utilises fire energy to ignite emotion, passion and warmth to promote a sense of sincerity.

With its calming effects, it is no wonder that amethyst is referred to as the "couples stone" of St. Valentine, giving way to a deeper connection and united harmony between lovers.

Love, Sarah

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07 February 2018

Valentine's Gift Guide: Sparkle with Love

It's that time of year again when February 14th is looming at large and the pressures of presenting delicate gifts of grandeur are heavy in the air.

As one of the most romantic days of the calendar year, Valentine's Day has become a day dedicated to showing appreciation, dedication and true affection to the one you love.

If you're seeking a gift of love that speaks louder than a box of praline chocolates and lasts longer than a bunch of dozen red roses then steer your attention to a gift that's larger than life.

Life is precious, delicate and infinitely fragile so why not savour each breath, feel every sense, love hard and strong and live in true style. Adding something special to February 14th can be found in a timeless piece of beautiful design and everlasting style.

Gifting jewellery at Valentine's Day can cause more than a few heartbeats to thump loudly so tread carefully when it comes to selecting the right piece for your loved one.

Presenting a ring with more sparkle than a disco ball can cause a touch more commitment than you bargained for so if you want to save the ringing bells for another day then why not express your love through something a little more unconventional.

With a whole world of jewellery on the market, selecting a piece suited to the personality, interests and style of your beau is easier than first thought.

Fine jewellery pieces from diamond pendants, delicate gold bangles to fashion statements of bold cocktail rings and asymmetrical long earrings, there is an array of iconic collections to pick and choose from.

Whether the interests of your loved one aligns with vintage classic styles or leans more to modern clean lines, there is a piece out there guaranteed to make their heart beat faster!

For the man in your life...

For something a little more special...

Love, Sarah

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