How to Style Pearl, June’s Birthstone

How to Style Pearl, June's Birthstone

Pearl is a gorgeous one to style because it is open to so many different shades; pearls aren’t always white! They can be cream, beige, pink, blue, lavender and even darker shades of grey, blue and lavender. Essentially, they’re the dusty hues of these colours. So look for dusty pink, dusty blue and dusty lavender to pop some colour in. Due to the multi-tonal nature of pearls you can mix and match, and I’ve found a lot of great floral and patterned tops that use these colours.

The Birthstone series will be exploring the world of birth stones and creating a pinterest mood board filled with style ideas related to that month’s birthstone and related colours. There will be women’s fashion, jewellery, make up, accessories, colour palettes and some home decor items thrown in too. This series will be posted on the third or fourth Saturday of every month.

 

 

 

 

Jewellery

You will quite often find pearl listed as bridal jewellery, especially on Etsy; don’t be put off! Pearls can be worn all year round and for all occasions!

  1. Pearl Cluster Necklace from Curvissa.
  2. Aphrodite earrings by Kimberley Selwood from Jersey Pearl.
  3. Peacock Pearl Pendant from Monkey Puzzle Jewellery.
  4. Honora Cultured Pearl  Bracelet Stainless Steel from QVC.
  5. Knitted fresh water pearl earrings by TheWoollyTangle.
  6. White Mother of Pearl Filigree Ring by KRAMIKE.

 

 

Dupes

Pearls are relatively cheap in comparison to other birthstones, and sometime it’s not easy to tell the difference between dupes. So this time around ‘dupes’ is a mixture of faux pearls, beads and generally cheaper versions of pearl jewellery.

 

  1. Blue denim pearl embellished choker from River Island.
  2. Floral Earrings from Marks and Spencers.
  3. Pearl & Blue Statement Stone Earrings from Yours.
  4. Pearl Charm Bracelet by LottieofLondon.
  5. Silver Pearl 3 Pack Earrings from Quiz.
  6. Faux Pearl Open & Mixed Rings from ASOS.

 

Colour Palettes

  1. Pearls colour palette. View it here on Pinterest.
  2. Pearl Bag colour palette. View it here on Pinterest.
  3. Cultured Tones colour palette. View it here on Pinterest.
  4. Winter Greys colour palette. View it here on Pinterest.
  5. Easter Treasures colour palette. View it here on Pinterest.
  6. Flora Hues colour palette. View it here on Pinterest.

 

Fashion

  1. Grey Floral & Butterfly Boat Neck Top from Yours.
  2. Stripe Wrap Top from What about this?
  3. Ruffle Trim Lace Panel Plus Size Top from Rose Gal.
  4. Pink Suede Biker Jacket from What about this?
  5. Blue and White Stripe Cotton Pearl Detail Shirt from Quiz.
  6. ASOS Top in Mesh With Ruffles & Pearl Embellishment from ASOS.

 

Dresses

  1. Peach Chiffon Pearl High Neck Maxi Dress from Quiz.
  2. Cotton Blend Lace Skater Midi Dress from Marks & Spencers.
  3. Pink Floral Dress from Yours.
  4. Printed Choker Skater Dress from Select.
  5. Beachtime Pleated Beach Dress from Curvissa.
  6. Embellished Kimono Maxi Dress from ASOS.

 

Shoes

  1. Pink Pearl Strap Flatform from Quiz.
  2. White Crochet Lace Cowgirl Boots by Heartenhandknits.
  3. Lace Inlaid Ankle Boots from Curvissa.
  4. Pearl Sandals from Curvissa.
  5. Light Pink Floral Mesh Ballerina Pump With Bow from Yours.
  6. Blue Broderie Anglais Lace Up Plimsoll from Yours.

 

Hair Accessories

  1. Lalita Embellished Statement Bando from Accessorize.
  2. Cream hair clip set from Accessorize.
  3. Crystal pearl barrette by AllThingsBAB.
  4. Pearl Hair Grip from Studio.
  5. Pearl Heart Clips from ASOS.
  6. Rose Gold Leaf Headwrap With Tie Closure from Claires.

 

 

Accessories

 

  1. Owl Scarf by Shovava.
  2. Silver satin bag with lace and pearls by SophistiKatebags.
  3. Silver Dot Scarf from Curvissa.
  4. Blue faux pearl embellished denim cap from River Island.
  5. Cream Rucksack from Marks & Spencers.
  6. Enamel Cut Oversized Sunglasses from Marks & Spencers.

Nails

  1. Essie Nail Gel Couture Twill Seeker 80 from Superdrug.
  2.  Miss Sporty Precious Pearl Nail Polish Mother-of-Pearl 20 from Superdrug.
  3. Attraction Nail Polish by PromisePolish.
  4. “No Shirt? No Pants? No Problem!” Nail Polish by PepperPotPolish.
  5. Demogorgon Nail Polish from Rainbow Connection.
  6. Ciate London Mini Nail Polish in Iced Frappe Gelology from Marks & Spencers.

 

 

Make Up

  1. Autograph Colour Luxe Quad Eyeshadow in Platinum from Marks & Spencers.
  2. Matte Nude Lipstick by CrushCosmetics.
  3. Pale Dusty Pink Eye Shadow by Kmms.
  4. Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow in Gypsy Rose from ASOS.
  5. Collection Speedy Highlighter in Pearl Sheen 1 from Superdrug.
  6. Miss Sporty Waterproof Eyeliner in Millionaire Precious Pearls from Superdrug.

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Pearl White Reversible Dual Phone Charger from Claires.
  2. Pearl Holographic Earbuds from Claires.
  3. Pearl Notebook-type mobile phone case by pajour.
  4. Silver Pearl Planner Paper Clip by ShopChic Designs.
  5. Ted Baker Pearls of Wisdom Womens Mini Notebook & Pen  from Hurn & Hurn.
  6. Ted Baker Womens Thistle Brogue A5 Notebook from Hurn & Hurn.

 

What do you think; is pearl a birthstone you think you could style? Do you find yourself leaning towards a particular shade/type of pearl?

I hope you’ve found something you like in this post, and if not there’s plenty more on the pinterest board! I’ll be adding a few more things to the board from time to time so don’t forget to follow it. If you have something you think I should add, especially if it’s something you’ve created let me know!

 

 

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How to Style Emerald May’s Birthstone!

Birthstone Series: Emerald, May's Birthstone

After the less than inspiring transparency of diamonds last month I was looking forward to the vibrant and lush shades of green that make up May’s birthstone Emerald! Emerald can range from a bright green to a forest green, and even slightly darker. As we’ve got Peridot coming up in a few months (August) I had to be super careful not to overlap so I’ve stuck to deep greens of a cooler shade, forest greens and very few khaki greens. The pinterest board features items and colour palettes that cover all these shades, as well as gold, peach, navy and purple.

The Birthstone series will be exploring the world of birth stones and creating a pinterest mood board filled with style ideas related to that month’s birthstone and related colours. There will be women’s fashion, jewellery, make up, accessories, colour palettes and some home decor items thrown in too. This series will be posted on the third Saturday of every month.

 

Emerald Jewellery

  1. Emerald Necklace and Earring set by MarvelousHandmades.
  2. Raw Emerald Bracelets by CrystalFireBird.
  3. 18ct Gold Plated Silver Emerald Diamond Earrings from Argos.
  4. 9ct White Gold Emerald and 0.10ct Diamond Bracelet from Argos.
  5. Kagem Zambian Emerald (Ovl) Solitaire Ring in Platinum Overlay Sterling Silver from TJC.
  6. Silver & 9ct Yellow Gold Created Emerald & Diamond Earrings from H.Samuel.

 

Emerald Dupes

Emeralds are gorgeous, but sometimes a little too expensive so here you’ll find a selection of jewellery using green crystals and glass gems.

 

  1. Mint Green Rope Charm Necklace from TK Maxx.
  2. Black Velvet Choker by MidnightVision.
  3. Green Stone Set Ring from Dorothy Perkins.
  4. Swarovski Crystal Earrings and Necklace set by Silvercrystalscouk.
  5. Savannah Disco Bracelets Pack from Accessorize.
  6. Tassel Pendant Necklace from Forever 21.

 

Colour Palettes

 

  1. Blue Buds. View it here on Pinterest.
  2. Teacup Colours. View it here on Pinterest.
  3. Saffron. View it here on Pinterest.
  4. White Narcissus. View it here on Pinterest.
  5. Emerald Hues. View it here on Pinterest.
  6. Branching Colour. View it here on Pinterest.

Fashion

 

  1. Poplin Bow Shorts from George at Asda.
  2. Tailored Suit Jacket from Topshop.
  3. Satin Zip-Front Blouse from Forever 21.
  4. Floral Satin Souvenir Jacket from Forever 21.
  5. Boden Green Alba Top from Next.
  6. Gothic Sweetheart Corset by CurvyGirlsClothes.

Dresses

 

  1. Emerald Draped One Shoulder Dress from  TK Maxx.
  2. Jeseme Green Sequin Front Bodycon Dress from Pretty Little Thing.
  3. Short Floral Dress from La Redoute.
  4. Emerald Silk Cocktail Dress – Made to Order by alexandrakingdesign.
  5. Phase Eight Collection 8 Shannon Layered Full Length Dress from Next.
  6. Nola Shorter Length Parrot Maxi Dress from Monsoon.

 

 

Shoes

 

  1. Lost Ink Maci Green Mid Heeled Sandals from ASOS.
  2. Daisy Street Green Snake Print Heeled Ankle Boots from ASOS.
  3. Mint Floral Platform Court Heels from TK Maxx.
  4. Reebok Black & Green LX8500 Trainers from TK Maxx.
  5. Boden Green Angelica T-Bar Heel from Next.
  6. Emerald Dragon Heels by TheElusiveRabbit.

 

Accessories

 

  1. Hair Clip with Emerald Beads by CopperStreetStudios.
  2. Emerald green, white and gold flower hair piece by FernandAvery.
  3. Faux Leather Ribbon Floppy Hat from Forever 21.
  4. Cactus Faux Leather Crossbody bag from Forever 21.
  5. Green Oversized Square Sunglasses from TK Maxx.
  6. Green Rucksack from Next.

 

Nails

 

 

  1. Emerald Nails by Polilish.
  2. Cuprum Texture Nail Art by Manicurity.
  3. Fir Coat Nail Polish by ilnpbrand.
  4. May Birthstone Emerald Nail Polish by Jackschula.
  5. Nails Short Square Deep Green from Superdrug.
  6. NCLA Blue Exotica Nail Wraps from Pretty Little Thing.

 

Make Up

  1. Butter London Eyeshadow Duo Palm Paradise from Beauty Bay.
  2. Coloured Rain Eyeshadow from Beauty Bay.
  3. Pressed eyeshadow palette – May Birthstone – Emerald by BreakingBeautyShop.
  4. Barry M Dazzle Dust Bright Emerald 72 from Superdrug.
  5. Emerald Green Matte Liquid Lipstick by Aromi.
  6. Concrete Minerals Living Dead  Mineral Eyeshadow from Pretty Little Thing.

 

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Emerald and Copper Notebook by Elisabeth Fredriksson.
  2. Birthstone Collection: Emerald Notebook by Portico Designs.
  3. Deep Emerald Green in Flight 3D Wall Butterflies by MyButterflyLove.
  4. Emerald Green Mouse Mittens by evefashion.
  5. Parker Urban Premium green fountain pen from Paperchase.
  6. Queen of Green plant pot from Paperchase.

 

What do you think; is emerald a birthstone you think you could style? Is emerald a bit too vibrant for you, or do you prefer the lushness of the colour?

I hope you’ve found something you like in this post, and if not there’s plenty more on the pinterest board! I’ll be adding a few more things to the board from time to time so don’t forget to follow it. If you have something you think I should add, especially if it’s something you’ve created let me know!

 

 

 

 

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Rose Gold Heart Bracelet Review

rose gold bracelet

After my post showing you the treasures of my Jewellery box I was offered a chance by The Lifestyle Blogger UK to receive and review one of their products. They are a UK based beauty and lifestyle blogger fashion boutique and I have to say guys, choosing from the selection I saw was not easy! They have some beautiful pieces of jewellery and lovely coloured scarves – and I’m not a scarf kinda girl yet I wanted them all! Like many I’ve been really attracted to rose gold and so I went for this lovely heart rose gold bracelet.

 

 

 

As you can see from the close up photo each heart has a texture design. It looks really rough and at first glance it looks as though it could irritate your skin. I’m a fan of chip-stone bracelets, bracelets literally made of unrefined and non-shaped chips of crystal so it’s something I am used to. However, when I put this bracelet on I couldn’t feel any textures. The grooves are very subtle and don’t press into your skin at all.

 

 

Holding it in my hand, the bracelet has a little bit of weight to it. However, once I put it on the weight wasn’t noticeable. It doesn’t feel any heavier or different from other bracelets I wear. One aspect of the design I particularly like is that it’s on elastic, it doesn’t have a clasp. As someone with a disability that effects my joints clasps can be particularly tricky for me and most of my items with clasps I have to get my fiancé to fasten for me. Plus, being stretchy means that you can style this item differently;

 

 

Here you can see the bracelet nestled amongst a few of my beloved chip stone bracelets, adding a bit of extra sparkle! I chose complimentary colours in pink (rose quarts) and yellow (yellow calcite and citrine), however, you could jazz things up a bit with some bolder colours or contrasting colours such as purples and blues. Stretchy bracelets are also awesome duplicates for hair ties! I have very thick hair so I am always breaking hair ties at the most inconvenient of times and usually don’t have a spare with me. I’ve often swapped a bracelet in for a hair tie, and I can totally see this one being used to add a touch of sparkle or elegance to a ponytail or bun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lovely thing about rose gold is that it goes with many different colours. As you can see from these photos it looks stunning as an addition to a dark ensemble, such as a little black dress, and also with bright colours ready for spring and summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this review! I am looking forward to taking this beautiful bracelet with me to the Sci Fi & Fantasy Weekender at the end of March and teaming it up with other accessories for the masquerade ball.

 

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10 + Lovely Small Business & Blogger Etsy Stores

Small business and blogger etsy stores

I took a break last weekend as I was still polishing off the new blog theme and features, so this week I wanted to make a special Sharing Saturday. So I decided to get personal. As a part of Holiday Wishes I had offered to fulfil some wishes by promoting their etsy stores. I absolutely love etsy, there is always something for everyone and being an oddball geek I don’t tend to find ‘my style’ in main shops, so etsy is wonderful for finding things that are really me. I also admire people who are able to create, and put their work out there for others to buy. That takes tremendous courage, and I wanted to share the love so I put the call out on twitter. The result is this blog post which includes a variety of etsy stores by small business owners, many of which are also bloggers. There’s a great variety in here, some very cute and gorgeous products and I hope you take the time to go check out their stores fully! ((All images are credited to the etsy stores and their owners. If you would like any removed please contact me. Image featured in the header is from PhoenixFireDesigns. ))

 

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who tweeted me, shared my tweets and pointed me in the direction of these great stores. I’ll be doing another one of these in the future so if you missed out, follow me on twitter @JustGeekingBy and tweet me your etsy store for future reference 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATinyMew

I’ve always been a fan of tattoos and the tattoo style of art, and in ATinyMew’s store you can find some gorgeous prints up for grabs in that style. Bold designs and vibrant colours, I love the details on the smaller elements of her designs such as the pearls. There’s also a print (featured center) that is dedicated to spreading awareness of stomach cancer. While I’ve not lost anyone to that particular cancer, I’ve lost people to the horrible disease and admire anyone who takes the time to create something to spread awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DorkfaceShop

This store is run by the lovely Jemma of Dorkface, and the creator of The Girl Gang. Not only is she a wonderful girl and super supportive to others, she’s a talented illustrator to boot! This is just a small glimpse at what she’s got hiding in her  DorkfaceShop. I’m completely in love with her stickers, such as these pretty banner stickers which are perfect for bullet journals and planners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

imperfectly

An etsy store that aims to provide “Vintage and handmade awesomeness”, imperfectly’s store has a wide array of goodies for visitors. There are vintage items such as clothing, rings and manuals and some great accessories like these hemp bracelets and necklace. I also love her upcycled/recycled envelopes seen in the third image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

itslizi

If you love disney then itslizi is one for you! She has a range of disney products, however, it is these three that caught my eye. They’re all outside the box and a bit quirky, and being a Londoner by birth I love the London Transport/Disney places prints. The Mickey Mouse confetti is cute and unique, and so it this Minnie Mouse sunglasses print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kokoba

Kokoba’s store is filled to the brim with maths, science and number based jewellery perfect for the geeks in your life. As a Pagan and an arts grad, I’m admittedly drawn to the range of gemstones and designs rather than the mathematics. Science geeks will appreciate the time and effort put into each design Kokoba helpfully offers a full explanation over on her blog about how she uses numbers in her jewellery. Among the number work there’s also some beautiful DNA sequence designs as you can see in the first image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

kriknitslakeside

These beautiful handmade cowls can be found in kriknitslakeside’s store in a range of wonderful colours and patterns. She makes scarves as well, and everything looks super snuggly and warm! I really love the range of colour combinations and there’s one for everyone’s tastes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizjowen

Next up is blogger Hello Lizzie Bee who has an etsy store dedicated to fabulous handlettered and illustrated prints. It was difficult to pick just three to showcase here for you, but I was blown away by these ones. The lovely illustrated quote “Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn”, simple and beautiful calligraphy congratulations card and this cleverly detailed inspirational quote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizzievintage

How adorable is this crocheted elephant?! Bridget the elephant is just one of the handmade wonders in Lizzievintage’s shop (there’s also a panda called Fiona for any panda fans!). There’s a bunch more crocheted items like the cute headwraps, as well as bags and cushions including a range of comic book ones like the Avengers once featured above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhoenixFireDesigns

These incredible necklaces and pendants are the work of PhoenixFireDesigns and her store features a range of different colour and style combinations. Her Tree of Life pendants (2nd and 3rd images) appear to be the most sought over of her designs, however, I wanted to include her other work here too to show you guys what else she makes. The first image is one of these and is her mermaid cluster necklace. There’s chakra items, steampunk designs and so much more in her store. I could seriously do a whole blog post just dedicated to her beautiful work. Best of all those aren’t coloured beads; they’re real gemstones and there are so many different ones to choose from! I also follow her instagram where she gives you regular updates on what she’s making, including commission pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RosyBubbles

These embroidered beauties are the work of beauty blogger BubblyBeauty. Her etsy store is a gold mine of embroidery and framed cross stitch, including this super cute halloween kitty. Her pouches and make up bags are idea for anything, and there’s so many different designs that there’s one for everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SeaKissedTreasures

 

Using sea glass and pottery, SeaKissedTreasures combines them with wire and satin knot cord to create these pretty and unique pendants. Her shop offers treasures made by the sea and that is certainly the vibe I’m getting from these pieces. Each one is a unique and idea as a special gift for someone or to yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SweetAllureShop

Home to the creations of the talented Tarnya of Sweet Allure, this store is home to cute watercolour prints. There’s inspiration quotes as featured above and some lovely fandom related ones like this Bambi print and Ravenclaw Crest from Harry Potter. They’re colourful with a unique and personal touch, and would look fab on anyone’s wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WyldeDesign

Probably the smallest shop on the list, but don’t let that deceive you. Small doesn’t mean bad when there’s some great products to check out! WyldeDesign’s store is all about digital and printable content, offering a range of items that you pay once and can then use over and over. There’s some great planner printables like this daily planner one, as well as some detailed prints and this super cute Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them phone wallpaper. It’s a small eclectic store which can only grow into something more amazing than it already is.

 

 


 

And that brings us to the end of this weeks Sharing Saturday! I hope you have had as much fun browsing these stores as I did, and I make no apologies for any holes that might be burning in your wallets now 😛 These are all talented individuals that you can support by buying their work, sharing their stores and using the ‘favourite’ option on etsy.

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My Jewellery Box: Treasuring the Memories

Inside my Jewellery Box

Today I’m taking you on a trip of my jewellery box and treasuring the memories they hold. I had some items in mind when I was planning this post, and then I went into my actual box and found so many more I had forgotten about! ‘Treasure’ is my word of 2017 (full post coming soon, I promise!) and so this idea for an entry fits perfectly with that. As a Libra I love pretty things, and that definitely includes jewellery. It’s something that has been a part of my life since I was a kid, and although I grew up and moved away from things like studs and yellow gold, I still have a range of items I love to wear. I’m also a Pagan, so most of my jewellery features gemstones and these items are more than just accessories to me. They’re a powerful part of the way I handle life, using specific gemstones for different moods and experiences. I’m often found wearing rose quartz, my birthstone, as it represents healing, peace and love. Likewise, if I need some luck you’ll probably find me wearing a piece of tigers eye!

 

 

 

Rings

Rings

I threw this picture up on instagram as a sneak peek for this post and wow, you guys loved it so I figured I’d start here. I don’t wear rings that much, I find they get loose and I don’t want to lose them, so they tend to be for special occasions only. The exception is my engagement ring (below).

Starting at the top is my pink sapphire and diamond white gold ring, a special 21st present which I’ll go into more detail a bit later. The blue sapphire silver ring was a random purchase on my first holiday with my parents after the break up of my first long term relationship. I was in a mess, no idea what was going to happen next and we popped into a little antique shop somewhere in Devon and I fell in love with this. It represents a particular time in my life and how I grew from those events. The bottom ring is beautiful shades of amber on white gold or silver (I’m not really fussy which!), and was one of the first things he bought me on one of the first holidays with my fiancé about 9/10 years ago.

 

 

Engagement Rings

 

Yes, plural because I’m a special clumsy kind of girl 😛 We’ve been engaged for 7 years now, and last year I managed to break my first ring when my fingers swelled. I didn’t notice and the break got worse, eventually it was so bad that a replacement was needed. My lovely fiancé is a sneaky little bugger, and even being in hospital with gall stones didn’t stop him from tricking me into trying on his mum’s ring to get my ring size. He put a tonne of thought into it, choosing amethyst which is a personal stone for us and I opened it on Christmas day 2016.

 

pink sapphire

Pink Sapphire

As I said, my pink sapphire ring has a very special memory attached to it. The ring was a 21st birthday present from my nan. My grandad died before my 18th birthday, so I never got to celebrate by 18th or 21st with him. My nan passed away several years ago now, so I treasure everything she gave me. The matching pendant was also for my 21st from my parents.

 

Maltese Star

Maltese Cross

Last year I said goodbye to my last remaining grandparent, my dad’s mother and this Maltese Cross was one of the gifts she gave to me when I was younger. I looked it out and wore it to the funeral, and now it sits among the other treasured memories in my box.

 

Pendants

Pendants

I’m always wearing two pieces of jewellery, and a necklace is one of them. I’m not a big fan of big bulky necklaces, so I have various pendants (as pictured) that I hang on simple thing chains. The image above features some of my favourites; at the top is the first necklace my fiancé Chris ever got me, green chalcedony, then the purple heart is stunning lavender jade, the red one is beautiful ruby and finally a gorgeous dainty amber heart.

 

crystal chip stone bracelets

Chip Stone Bracelets

One of the things anyone who has met me will say is that I am always wearing these. It is one of the ways I ensure I have gemstones with me all the time. I tend to wear 2-3 most of the time, sometimes 4 at most on my right wrist. My go to ones are opalite, rose quartz and amethyst (the white, pink and purple ones in the picture). Also featured are red coral, yellow calcite, fluorite and malachite.

 

Jade and Green jewellery

Earrings

Whether I’m wearing earrings or not really depends on a few different factors; did I remember? 😛 Are my ears sore? Is it pointless? I tend to wear them if I’m going out for a few hours/the whole day or a special occasion/event rather than just around the house or to pop to the shops. I very rarely wear studs any more, I don’t like how they feel and this picture represents the type of earrings I tend to go for. Once again, gemstones like the green jade on the right feature prominently. Often in chips like those ones, sometimes something a bit more elegant. I like a splash of colour, and whimsical cute things like the other two pairs on the left. Gemstones are always preferred, but I find myself draw to colourful small beads and little stars and such. I have a cute pair of sea horse ones, for example.

 

Blue Topaz Necklace

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Necklace

I am told every year that I am terrible to buy for by my fiancé, however, this is just one of

the many precious pieces he has added to my jewellery box over the years. He has a fantastic eye for beautiful items and knows my style perfectly. For those who don’t recognise the name, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is a famous Glaswegian artist and architect. As we live in Glasgow, and Chris knows I love art and Scotland, this was perfect.

 

 

 

Labradorite necklace

Labradorite Triple Moon Goddess

I can still remember when I opened this beautiful gift box to find this lovely necklace by Masters of Tincture in it. My long time friend Tracy had sent me it as a surprise and I had no idea it was coming. I absolutely love labradorite, and so while the necklace is a bit bigger than my usual style I fell in love with it. It goes fantastically with corsets and is a lovely reminder of a very treasure friend.

 

Labradorite Set

My Best Friend’s Wedding

My best friend, partner in crime and fellow Pagan, Haley, picked labradorite as the stone to accompany her wedding. As one of her bridesmaids I picked up this beautiful set of earrings by AngryHairJewelry and the lovely pearl necklace by Peelirohini. They have been worn many times since, will be worn many more times and are a great reminder of a magical day and friendship.

 

Japanese Luck

Both of these were bought for me from Japan by my dad, who studies Iaido (the way of the Samurai) and follows a spiritual path. This is something we have in common with how we see the world, so he got me these two items on different trips. The coin is a lucky Japanese coin (I added the ribbon so I could wear it around by wrist) and the beads are lucky beads from a temple that very rarely opens to the public. As he had the unique opportunity to visit it he kindly bought something back for me.

 

Bracelets

I tend to prefer chip stone bracelets as they’re loose, so other bracelets like these two are better for me as they aren’t too tight in design. The green one was from our very first holiday, a cruise, as a couple and the amethyst was a valentines day present from Chris.

 

Turquoise set

Handmade Beauty

The final items I’m showing to you today are these gorgeous handmade beauties by a talented and lovely friend. Haley (a different one from the aforementioned bride!) had the earrings sitting in her online store and I fell in love with them. My mum got me them as a gift, and at the same time Chris contacted Haley and commissioned the matching bracelet.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking this trip through my jewellery box and memories with me. Jewellery is a gift that lasts, that can be kept for generations and handed down with memories attached. Stories of loved ones that never truly leave us. It’s never too late to start building a collection to keep for yourself, or for your loved ones and a fantastic site for doing just that is Invaluable. Their jewellery section has a diverse range of items for everyone, and what I really like about it is that they even have a ‘loose stones and beads‘ section so you can pick something truly unique. You can either put it in an old piece as a replacement for a lost stone, or get something truly special commissioned.

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