Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How to look after pearls.

Pearls are very soft and delicate and special care is needed to keep them in a good condition.It is important to handle the pearls with care and don’t just toss them into your jewellery collection because they can scratch very easily.
It is best to store them in a jewelry pouch.

Another tip is to remove your pearls when spraying perfume, hair spray or applying cosmetics. They can damage the surface of the pearl. Swimming or showering in pearls is also a no, no.

The acidity of the skin can cause damage to the surface of the pearl. Over time the pearl will not only lose its luster, but will become barrel-shaped. For this reason it is a good idea to wipe the pearls over with a soft cloth after wearing.

Heat can damage pearls too by turning them brown and causing them to crack. 

These are just a few things to consider when looking after your pearls and I have not even mentioned cleaning pearls yet, but they are worth it. They are such a beautiful natural jewel and always look stylish and elegant.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A quote from Elizabeth Taylor.

She is quoted as saying “My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was 
born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was her engagement ring. I was hooked!” 

Her first piece of jewellery was a beautiful gold plate and stone brooch, which was a gift 
for her mother. This was before she was famous so she had to save up before she could 
buy the piece and give it to her mother.

Although Elizabeth always loved jewels her collection did not really start until her third 
marriage to Michael Todd in 1957 who loved to buy special pieces for her. Richard Burton 
who she married twice also loved to surprise her with expensive jewellery.

There is so much to say about Elizabeth and her collection but I will save that for 
another day.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Brooches - a little trivia.

This brooch is not very old, probably from the 1980's to 1990's, but it has lots of charm and adds a dash of style to any outfit. It looks gorgeous on a white fabric but would look amazing on black.

The earliest known brooches are from the Bronze Age. As fashions in brooches changed rather quickly, they are important chronological indicators. 

From the eighteenth century through the Victorian era it was fashionable to incorporate hair and portraiture into a brooch. The practice began as an expression of mourning, then expanded to keepsakes of loved ones who were living. A very nice idea I think. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Tips on cleaning jewellery at home.

It is easy to keep your jewellery sparkling and clean by using products you have around the house.You don’t need to purchase expensive cleaning products when you have the perfect cleaner in your bathroom. Just grab your toothpaste....yes I did say toothpaste. It is mildly abrasive and perfect for removing dirt and grime while at the same time not scratching your jewellery (the exception bing pearls as they are quite soft and delicate). Just keep a spare soft bristled toothbrush in your trop draw. Take a tablespoon of warm water and an inch of toothpaste and mix these together to make a loose paste. If you are worried about scratching your jewellery just massage the toothpaste in gently with your fingers. Rinse well once you are finished and make sure the jewellery dries well. You can help it to dry by blotting with an absorbant soft cloth.

Another product that works well is dish washing liquid. Add a little to some warm water and use a soft toothbruh to clean. I always clean the jewellery in a small bowl just so it does not accidently go down the drain! this sounds silly but it can happen so easily.

Remember to keep your jewellery looking good remove before showering or applying moisturiser and don’t sleep with your jewellery on. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

pink cross necklace.

I do find it difficult to sell my jewels sometimes, especially this one. I love it.
It is pretty and delicate and very feminine.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

1950's poster

A poster I created using an iconic photo of Elizabeth Taylor.
The quote is mine. I created this as a Instagram ad for my online jewellery shop. 
I just loves the 1950's.



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