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De-clutter Your Jewellery Box

In these days of minimalism, when we are encouraged to pare our lives down to a minimum, very little attention seems to be given to how to de-clutter your jewellery box.

De-clutter Your Jewellery Box
Overflowing Jewellery Box – ready for de-cluttering

For most of us, our jewellery collection represents far more than sparkly things to wear. Each piece holds memories, emotions or friendships. The stories are often more valuable than the actual earrings, bracelets or necklaces.

Get Started To De-clutter Your Jewellery Box

But when did you last take time to really look at your jewellery collection and ask yourself whether you are holding onto the jewellery to wear, or for its story?

Why not put some time aside and ask yourself to look beyond the emotional story and be honest about each piece of jewellery? The conversation with yourself could go something like:

  • A dear friend gave this to me, but it’s just not my style.
  • A relative gave it to me, but I think it’s hideous.
  • I co-worker gave it to me, but I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing it!
  • I bought it because it was in style, but I never wore it.
  • Styles have changed.  I don’t wear this any more.
  • I bought it to match an outfit I never wore.  (The outfit was for my fantasy body,
  • not my real body.)
  • I love it, but it just doesn’t look right on me.
  • It shifts around when I wear it causing the clasp to hang in front, so I don’t like
  • wearing it.
  • I used to wear it to work, but my daily wardrobe and schedule has changed.
  • It’s not a colour that looks good on me.
  • I lost the matching piece to this set.
  • I like it but it’s showing signs of wear and I have nicer pieces I could be wearing.
  • It reminds me of a sad time in my life.
  • It tarnishes easily and I haven’t chosen to take the time to polish it.
  • A person who is no longer in my life gave it to me and I want to release myself
  • from the bonds of that relationship.
  • I wore it a lot 20 years ago!
  • It needs repair and I don’t love it enough to invest the time to research who
  • could repair it and how much that would cost.
  • It reminds me of a time when I couldn’t afford to buy anything better.
  • A friend talked me into buying it and I’ve never liked it.
  • I’m sick of wearing this!  I need a change.
  • It’s pretty, but it’s just not “me.”
  • I don’t really love it.
  • I attended a jewellery party and felt I had to buy something.
  • I thought I would wear it, but I haven’t.
  • It’s from a previous chapter in my life.
  • Wow!  I forgot I had this!  I can’t wait to start wearing it!

It doesn’t matter where it came from or what it cost, if you don’t love it, move it on and make space for the pieces that you DO love. As you de-clutter your jewellery box, you’ll be freeing up space for new pieces that reflect who you are now.

More information and ideas at http://www.theclutterfreelife.com

Shamrock Charm Pendant and Earrings Set

St Patrick’s Day

17th March is St Patrick’s Day, a day which seems to celebrated far more widely than the other three UK patron saints. In particular, the Irish-American community in the USA have a long tradition of lavish celebration on St Patrick’s Day.

St Patrick’s Day is so much part of American tradition that Time Magazine has even suggested that it was invented in its modern form on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean.

St Patrick's Day Party in the USA
St Patrick’s Day Party in the USA

As recently as the1970s, there were no St. Patrick’s Day parties in the UK or Ireland. The “troubles” in Northern Ireland was at its peak. There was no way that British cities would celebrate Irish traditions. At that time, the day was something that was more about Irish America than it was about Ireland.

The observance of St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland dates back to the 17th century. It  commemorates the death of St. Patrick in the fifth century. Patrick is credited with having brought Christianity to Ireland. The day’s importance was confirmed in 1631 when it was recognized by the Vatican.

For most Irish people, the day remained primarily religious right into the 20th century. The day wasn’t even a public holiday in Ireland until 1904.

In the 20th century, the day became a public spectacle, with a military parade in Dublin from the 1920s to the 1950s. However, it was a serious day with mass in the morning, the military parade at noon and the bars across the country closed for the day. (Irish bars didn’t begin opening on March 17 until the mid-1960s.)

The military parade was replaced by a carnival parade and entertainment from the 1960s, and in 1996, the St. Patrick’s Festival began and runs to this day. This is a four-day event of music, treasure hunts, performances, and of course, on the day itself, a two-hour parade that draws up to half a million people onto the streets of Dublin.

St. Patrick's Day - N.A.I.D.A. Queen of the Plough, Mary Shanahan parades through Dublin. 17.03.1961 (From Irish Photo Archive)
St. Patrick’s Day – N.A.I.D.A. Queen of the Plough, Mary Shanahan parades through Dublin. 17.03.1961
(From Irish Photo Archive)

The Irish celebrations were directly inspired by what was happening in the real home of St. Patrick’s Day, the U.S. The first recorded celebrations of March 17 took place in Boston in 1737, when a group of elite Irish men came together to celebrate over dinner what they referred to as “the Irish saint.” The tradition of parading began amongst Irish Catholic members of the British Army in New York in 1766.

The day grew in significance following the end of the Civil War and the arrival, across the 19th century, of ever increasing numbers of Irish immigrants.  St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were originally focused on districts where the Irish lived and were highly localized.

By the end of the 19th century, St. Patrick’s Day was being observed on the streets of major Irish cities such as Boston, Chicago, and New York, as well as in other cities such as New Orleans, San Francisco, and Savannah.

Gradually, the day became one that was also celebrated by people with no Irish heritage.

By the 20th century, St. Patrick’s Day became a marketing bonanza: greetings cards,  shamrocks, T-shirts and the food and drink. With the help of Irish societies and Irish commerce (mostly Guinness and the ubiquitous Irish bar in every town) has meant that St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have spread across the country.

Only more recently, once it was established as a bona-fide American cultural phenomenon, and again aided by such Irish cultural ambassadors as U2, Guinness, and those ubiquitous pubs, did St. Patrick’s Day become a full-fledged celebration—whose spirit was re-imported in its Americanized form back to Ireland itself.

So, wherever you may be on this day, raise a glass to toast not only good old Ireland, but America’s interpretation of it as well.

Adapted from: http://time.com/3744055/america-invented-st-patricks-day/

St Patrick’s Day Jewellery

We are very happy to offer some beautiful charm jewellery for anyone who is Irish – or Irish at Heart. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with our Shamrock pendant and earrings.

  • Shamrock Charm Pendant and Earrings Set

    Shamrock Charm Pendant and Earrings Set

    £13.99
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  • Shamrock Charm Pendant

    Shamrock Charm Pendant

    £6.99
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  • Shamrock Charm, Earrings

    Shamrock Charm Earrings

    £7.99
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Semi-Precious Bracelets set in 925 silver

Why Do Women Wear Jewellery?

On International Women’s Day, we take a look at one of the biggest differences between the sexes; the wearing of jewellery.  We acknowledge that some women wear little or no jewellery and some men wear lots, but in general, women are far more likely to love, and wear, jewellery. So why do women wear jewellery?

Jewellery in History

Gold and gemstones have been part of human adornment for thousands of years. People buried in Egyptian and Mesopotamian tombs were wearing jewellery and it has been part of religion, cultures, class (and gender). The Aztecs and the Tibetans both valued turquoise as personal decoration.

Why Do Women Wear Jewellery?

There are a number of psychological studies that suggest that many girls and women are drawn to shiny, sparkly and colourful things. Perhaps this is why  jewellery is almost  always associated with women.

Is it because women love to look pretty?

Beyonce with Diamond Collar
Beyonce with Diamond Collar

There is a great deal of social pressure on women to look fashionable and presentable. From images of Cleopatra to Liz Taylor and Beyonce, an important element of a woman’s beauty is her jewellery.

Anthropologists and psychologists have long cited the role of jewellery in the dating-and-mating world. Humans lack the natural decoration of many animals and birds, so jewellery replaces this.

So it is possible that women have given in to that pressure and have simply accepted that clothing, shoes, accessories and jewellery are the way that this is done. Could it be that some women wear bright, large and coloured pieces in order to really grab other people’s attention? Also, the more interest shown, the more the piece makes the wearer feel good.

Similarly, a child born December may develop a life-long attachment to turquoise for no reasons other than it is the December birthstone.

Is it the intrinsic value of jewellery?

Value is not just the monetary cost. Every piece of jewellery has the potential to evoke memories and carries a sentimental value. There is lots of evidence that women have a particular attraction to rings, necklaces and bracelets, especially if they were gifts or if they represent significant moments in their lives.

Women are also more likely to be interested in the symbolism and of their gemstones and understand the meaning behind them.

There is also the fact that many men enjoy giving jewellery to their wife, girlfriend, daughters, mother and other important women in their life.

It has long been the case that rare gemstones fetch astronomical prices. In November 2015, the Blue Moon Diamond sold for $48.4m, setting a world record for any jewel at more than $4m a carat.  (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/12/blue-moon-diamond-sells-for-world-record-48m-geneva)

What is the Human Need for Jewellery

Maslows Hierarchy Of Needs
Maslows Hierarchy Of Needs

Image from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow’s_hierarchy_of_needs

In answering the question, Why do women wear jewellery, let’s ask if they need to, or want to?

If jewellery is a need, it must fit somewhere into Abram Maslow’s classic analysis. The need for jewellery will in Belonging  or Esteem needs. Belonging is about the need to belong to a group and esteem is about recognition and status.

Jewellery can never be a basic need like food, water or sex. But the living standards of an average person in most Western societies are such that there is no real worry about food and shelter so people we find ourselves seeking  jewellery as a sign of status.

It is also reflection of our personality.  If ruby symbolizes passion and if amethyst symbolizes sobriety, we may feel these characteristics asserted in ourselves by wearing them. In this way our self-esteem is reinforced.

This symbolism runs throughout the wearing of jewellery. At a simple level, the wedding ring is a simple metaphor for the idea that two people are united and committed to this union “for better for worse, in sickness and in health”.

While we often think of women wearing jewellery, it is also common for men to wear rings and bracelets.

Spiritual Benefits from Jewellery

Crystals catching the light
Crystals catching the light

Every gemstone has esoteric properties. Gemstones in jewellery are said to protect, heal or help the wearer. Indeed, the writer Judy Hall has published many books about Crystals, which are simply gemstones, semi-precious stones and minerals.

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Aquamarine Chips

Aquamarine – March Birthstone

Aquamarine is the March birthstone. It is also the anniversary gemstone for the 19th Wedding Anniversary.

Aquamarine Chips and Nuggets - March Birthstone
Aquamarine Chips and Nuggets – March Birthstone

Sue has been making some bracelets with these Aquamarine Gemstone chips and nuggets. We also have some beautiful Swarovski Crystal jewellery in Aquamarine. Both are perfect gifts for a March birthday.

Aquamarine – The March Birthstone

The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin words “aqua marinus”, meaning “water of the sea,” and refers to its sparkling ocean-like colour. It is member of the Beryl family of gemstones and its colour, like that of the sea, ranges from pale blue to blue green.

In ancient times, Aquamarine was considered to me mermaids’ treasure and has long been a good-luck stone for sailors and people making sea voyages, helping dispel fear of water. It also has a role in guarding anyone on any long-haul travel such as flying or driving long distances. It is also a good stone for learning to swim.

It is also an aid to meditation, allowing us to explore the depths of our souls and to come face to face with ourselves. 

It is a love crystal, given to encourage a lover to return, and to help two people to live together in harmony. It is even supposed to be able to reduce arguments! Aquamarine jewellery is often given as a love token and to increase commitment.

Aquamarine is found mainly in Brazil, Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar and Ukraine.

Other Varieties of Beryl

Aquamarine is the blue variety of Beryl, though the Beryl family forms in other colours used as gems, such as green Emerald, yellow Heliodor and Golden Beryl, pink Morganite, Red Beryl or Bixbite, and the colourless variety, Goshenite.

Aqua Marina – From “Stingray”

For those of us who remember 1960s television, Aqua Marina will also be associated with “Stingray”.

March Birthstone Jewellery from LoveTaliesin

When you’re looking for a gift for someone with a March birthday, you’ll find some great ideas here in our jewellery collections. Sue’s gemstone jewellery range has some unique, one-off hand-made Aquamarine bracelets and our Swarovski Elements collection also offers the sparkle of these crystals in the sun-soaked seaside blue of Aquamarine.

Gemstone Jewellery with March Birthstone

  • Aquamarine Chip and Pink Beryl Bracelet

    Aquamarine and Morganite Bracelet

    £15.99
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  • Aquamarine and Goshenite Bracelet

    Aquamarine and Goshenite Bracelet

    £15.99
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Swarovski Elements Jewellery with March Birthstone

  • Swarovski Hearts Pendant and Earrings set Aquamarine

    Swarovski Heart Pendant and Earring Set Aquamarine

    £13.99
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  • Swarovski Butterfly Pendant and Earring Set Aquamarine

    Swarovski Aquamarine Butterfly Pendant and Earring Set

    £13.99
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https://www.swarovski.com/


Adapted from: http://www.4facets.com/birthstones.html#aquamarine