SEARCH FOR JEWELS
I've been on the lookout for some turquoise stones to make pendants with and finally found some great ones - they are now available in the Natural...
I just added some great star sign charms to the charms section - they are a great way to personalise your jewellery. Like most people, I often read...
A few people have been asking recently about the meanings of the different gemstones that I sell. I have a brief knowledge of them but it...
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I went to the Chelsea Flower Show last Friday for the first time, and it was AMAZING! I'm not a massive gardener but I do love flowers (the colours - so pretty!). Anyway, the show comprised of various gardens, plus a pavilion which showcased pretty much every kind of flower you can imagine.
Over the past week I have been becoming more and more obsessed with Pinterest, the image sharing site where you can make your own online pin boards. It's really useful as over the years I have collected so many images from both magazines and online and this is a great way of gathering them all together and also finding new ones through other users.
In exciting news I will be taking part in the Jewel East event from 15th - 17th June as part of London Jewellery Week. It will be held in Spitalfields Market and is 'an innovative 3 day showcase of exciting new jewellery designers plus fabulous vintage and costume jewellery all under one roof'. This means I won't be at the Sunday Upmarket on 17th June, but it's only a short walk to Spitalfields from there. It's a few weeks away yet so I'll post a reminder nearer the time.
It feels like it has been raining non stop for a month here. I think probably because it has. So I've gathered together some images to remind me of sunnier times, some of these are my photographs from past holidays (not the puppy in the pool - I wish!) and others are from postcards, books, magazines and the internet.
So sad, today one of the founding members of one of my favourite bands died - Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. I saw them a few years ago at Wembley and managed to get right to the front. They had three costume changes including matching Adidas tracksuits and amazing powder blue tuxedos - how many other bands would do that?! These are the photos I took that night, including their famous pose which they politely held so we could take pictures. Good tunes and a sense of humour, pretty much what I love about them.
So last week I cajoled my flatmate into taking some pictures of me wearing some Black Pearl jewellery (because although I have hundreds of photographs of the jewellery, I don't have any on an actual person!). So in between the rain and passing clouds we managed to get a bit of sun so I grabbed some necklaces and went out on our balcony.
I just added these gorgeous cubic zirconia charms to the 'Bead Charms' category. Cubic Zirconia is man made stone which is used a lot in costume jewellery in place of diamonds as they look so similar. These stones are 8mm wide faceted drop shapes which have been wired and attached to jump rings.
I have recently changed the kind of jump rings I use on the non-precious metal charms - from now on the silver colour charms will have sterling silver jump rings and the gold colour charms will have brass ones. This means all charms have gone up by 50p to cover the cost - so not much but I thought I'd mention it in case anyone was thinking 'WHAT THE HELL why have the prices changed?!'.
I have seen this shape of pendant over the years but didn't think it meant anything in particular... little did I know it is an ancient symbol originating in Italy. It has various names - Italian Horn, Corno, Cornicello, Evil Eye Horn - but is believed to protect against the 'evil eye' (a bit like the Hamsa).
Last week I spent a lot of time experimenting with dyeing more feathers, see the results here...the bottom two pictures show the feathers still wet, they look much better when dry!