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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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Introducing my “Convertible” collection

When budget is tight I sell more convertibles… No I am not crazy and yes I am still making jewellery! I am talking about pieces of jewellery you can change around easily to wear in a lot of different ways.

Here you have a simple pair of sterling silver sleeper with various “dangly options”. You can also most likely convert your earrings to this style as most of them have a loop at the top of the dangly element. You just need to check if it is big enough to fit your sleeper and Voila!

Sterling silver sleepers with various gemstone options
Sterling silver sleepers with various gemstone options

The pendants shown here are a good example. They can be worn as a pendant on a large range of chain sizes but also as an enhancer of a classic pearl strand, multi strand or even gemstone beads.

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Enhancers