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Last order dates Christmas 2014!

The all important last order dates…

As we are getting to the pointy end of the year here are the details for last orders:

  • Any custom made jewellery (Manu Scriptum collection, rings…): Friday 5 December
  • Any ready made items: Friday 12 December

Orders placed after these dates may not reach you in time before Christmas!

International shipping is possible BUT delivery times vary considerably from country to country so please keep that in mind for time sensitive presents.

 

 

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Christmas last order dates

Christmas feature

With Christmas fast approaching here are the last order dates for all my online shops:

  • Made to order rings cut off date is December 10
  • Made to order earrings cut off date is December 15
  • In stock and ready made items cut off date is December 20
  • Custom orders like the Manu Scriptum collection with your own text are now closed, any new orders will be made in the new year.

To avoid any disappointment with your parcel delivery I strongly recommend selecting Express Post for a prompt delivery. 

As always if you would like to see or try a piece of jewellery before purchase please contact me to arrange an appointment.

 

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Introducing my Simplicity Collection

I have been doing this style of necklace for a little while and as they are so popular I thought it was about time I gave the collection a name!
So here are a few photos of the Simplicity Collection necklaces

 

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Available now in my Madeit or Etsy online shops. I have also made up a couple of sets including one necklace and matching earrings!

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What happens to pearls?

I have written an article earlier explaining how to look after pearls and beads necklaces (click here to read it). In this article I am going to show you what happens to pearls after a while if they are not looked after properly. I am going to show a pair of pearl earrings after some 20 odd years of wear and tear.

Wether you have South Sea, Cultured or Fresh Water pearls the end result is the same, only the price to replace the damaged pearls varies wildly.

Damaged pearl earrings
Damaged pearl earrings

They don’t look too bad do they? While they are OK from the front you can see the part closer to the earlobe has lost it’s “shiny layer”. One side is a bit worst off than the other but in the end it’s better to just replace both.

Damaged pearls
Damaged pearls off their earring posts

On this photo you can see the front of one pearl still looking fine while the other side is completely “eaten” away! All the fine layers of the pearl have disappeared and even the centre shell has been damaged.

Damaged pearls side view
Damaged pearls off their earring posts side view

On this photo you can see how much of the pearl has been lost. They used to be round…

This didn’t happen overnight but over many many years! So breath in and relax, you can take a few simple steps to avoid this problem.

  1. Your pearls are the LAST thing you put on before going out! Cosmetics of any kind and perfume will damage the very fine and fragile surface of your pearls
  2. Take your pearls off before taking your makeup off for the same reasons they were the last to be put on 🙂
  3. Don’t sleep with your pearls still on. Natural oils from your skin can oxydise / damage your pearls over time and  you can also lightly scratch the surface of the pearls
  4. When cleaning your jewellery do not rub or soak your pearls in anything! If you have some dirt on the pearl very gently wipe it off with a clean tissue. If you want to clean the post or setting use only a Silver Polish cloth or Gold Polish cloth avoiding getting too close to the pearls.

I hope you can enjoy wearing your pearls for a very long time! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment here or contact me or your nearest jeweller 🙂

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Mother’s day gift guide

Simplicity- Sterling silver Flower Gift set

Hello everyone,

I am sure you are aware that Mother’s day is coming up very soon…

To help you get a nice gift without breaking the bank I have put together a few sets and a few new simple designs together for you.

Classic set of white fresh water pearls and sterling silver.
Classic set of white fresh water pearls and sterling silver.
Very cute flowers for Mum every day!
matt onyx silk 2
Latest addition to my very popular silk necklaces, I have threaded a matt onyx bead onto a fiery red silk for a striking effect. Coming soon to my Madeit shop!
rose qtz+ blue lace 2
Brand new pastel colour combination. 2 rose quartz and a blue lace agate beads simply mounted on a sterling silver chain. Coming soon to my Madeit shop
bubbles rising trio
Now available as “Made to Order” so you will never miss out on my classic sterling silver disc earrings!

I hope this will help you spoil your Mum because you know she deserves it!