Turquoise; The Colour Of Summer

Jun 6, 2022

 For me nothing makes me think of sunnier days like a little Turquoise (and I need this right now, as it hasn't stopped raining here in the UK; enough to look up how to build an ark!)

Anyway, Turquoise with some gold metal work worn with some crisp white linen smacks of classy gorgeousness for me.

That's the thing with Turquoise, you can use it every day with casual attire, or dress it up in the evening with a gorgeous black number. 







Either way it can look fabulous with/without looking like Cher in a throwback to the 70's (whatever is your thing).


However, I would say, just go for one beautiful, stand-out  statement piece. 

But then, what the hell do I know? LOL





turquoise gemstone gold hammered statement cuff




turquoise gemstone gold hammered statement cuff

here


Sometimes you might want to wear something more under-stated. But with its strong colour presence Turquoise can still make a delicate statement.

turquoise crystal gemstone leaf-inspired stud earrings


A matching ring could also elevate a formal or casual outfit. Both of these look fab with just a plain white tee and jeans! 

turquoise crystal gemstone leaf-inspired, statement  ring

Ring  here


Someone who really knows how to rock Turquoise is the lovely Tamera Beardsley

I just love how she puts pieces together (see below on her trip to Marfa, Texas).

I just wish she would come to the UK to dress me everyday!

turquoise gemstone, gold,  statement, cocktail ring


turquoise gemstone, gold,  statement, cocktail ring


Here are some facts about Turquoise you "may" not have known:

i) Turquoise is a powerful stone for protection. It increases inner calmness and eases depression, anxiety and exhaustion

ii) it is the stone that strengthens female energies

iii) it is a stone for friendship and true love (who knew!?)

iv) it's a powerful stone that stimulates intuition

v) it's especially calming if you have to do public speaking

vi) it's a stone that strengthens the immune system.

vii) great for soothing headaches 

viii) when given as a gift it is said to bring prosperity and happiness to the recipient.

ix) it's a  great stone for using when meditating.


So  there you have it! 

A few reasons why Turquoise may become your new plus one this Summer!

I would love to know if  Turquoise is a stone you like or that you may start incorporating in your life/wardrobe in some way.

Until next time.

xxxxxx







Do You Know The Difference Between Your Golds?

May 3, 2022


hand showing double band gold statement ring

Hello friends! I am back. It's been so long. 

And I am back with some questions I get asked by my customers all the time; what is the difference between gold-plated, gold vermeil and gold-filled jewellery? 

So I am going to break it down for you in the simplest of terms in the hope that it will help you when you come to choosing your pieces.


WHAT IS GOLD PLATING?

Jewellery that is gold-plated  basically has a thin layer of gold placed over a base metal such as copper or brass.

Gold plating is a way of creating affordable jewellery by using a less expensive base metal. Therefore it allows for a cheaper production process whilst still achieving the lustre of gold.




Is Gold-Plating Real Gold?

Gold plated jewellery is still made/created using real gold. So even though it is
combined with a base metal, the gold layer is still real gold.

However, for a piece to be labelled as "gold-plated", the layer of gold must be equal to
or greater than 0.5 microns (and you will see on my product descriptions I often list how many microns of gold the piece contains).





WHAT IS GOLD VERMEIL?

Gold vermeil is similar to gold-plating with some key differences.

It is made in a very similar way as gold-plating but the gold layer must be above 2.5 microns.


gold vermeil sunflower inspired stud earrings
here


How Long Does Gold Vermeil Last?

Due to the thicker nature of the layer of gold, gold vermeil is a slightly more durable option than gold-plating, especially for every day pieces.

However, it is still recommended that you keep your pieces clean, away from harsh soaps and perfumes etc and NEVER shower with your pieces (Yes!!! I know many women who shower with everything on). But I will share some tips for cleaning your pieces etc in a further blog post.




GOLD VERMEIL VS GOLD FILLED.

Despite it's name, gold-filled is also referred to in the industry as "rolled gold" also.

It is similar to gold-plating in that a less expensive base metal is used (such as copper or brass). However, with gold-filled jewellery the base metal is then covered in gold sheets which are bonded together using a heat process. Once the heating process is completed you are left with a thick layer of gold on the piece. 

This thick layer of gold usually constitutes 5% of the jewellery pieces total weight. 
As a comparison, gold-plated jewellery usually consists of less than 0.05% of its weight in gold.

So there you have it, a quick run down of the differences in the various gold labels you may come across when you are buying jewellery.

In a further post I will go through the best, quick and easy methods for keeping these metals in their best condition.

flower-inspired, long dangle, gold vermeil earrings

here