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Happy New Year 2018

Sue and Dave hope you had a most enjoyable Christmas and we wish you a very happy new year 2018. We haven’t been as busy in 2017 with craft fairs and events as we have in previous years and we are going to be quite selective about where we take Sue’s collections of hand-made and carefully selected jewellery in 2018. We will,of course, put all our events on our calendar page.

Happy New Year 2018 from LoveTaliesin Jewellery

However, we are going to renew our commitment to this website by ensuring that we add new products and refresh some of the existing ones in our online shop.

You will find a lot of sales online and in the shops, however, we don’t just offer good prices for a limited time. Our prices stay low all year. Also, you get your  usual bonus of free second class postage to all UK addresses.

Here are a few ideas of ways to treat yourself to a Happy New Year 2018, or to treat someone else.

Ruby – July Birthstone

The July birthstone is Ruby. So if you have the good fortune to have been born in July, your birthstone is one of the most beautiful gems – with prices to match. For centuries, many people consider that this stone is the king of all gems.

The July Birthstone by the handful. Rubies before cutting and polishing.

According to gemstone lore, the Ruby represents love, passion, courage and emotion.  People have long believed that wearing a fine red Ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner. Rubies have been the prized possession of emperors and kings throughout the ages. To this day the Ruby is one of the most valued gemstones.

A Ruby’s most important feature is its colour. Rubies are available in a range of red hues from purplish and bluish red to orange-red. The brightest and most valuable colour of Ruby is “a Burmese Ruby” – one that has a rich, passionate, hot, full red colour with a slight blue hue. This colour is only associated with the Mogok Valley mines in Myanmar.

July Birthstone De-mystified

All gemstones are minerals and Ruby is the red variety of corundum, with chromium impurities that give it the vivid red colour.

Other colours of corundum gemstones are called sapphires.

The name “Ruby” comes from rubeus,  Latin for red. In ancient Sanskrit, ruby is ratnaraj, which means “king of precious stones.” So these gems have been highly valued throughout history.

The chromium that gives ruby its red colour also causes fluorescence. This makes rubies glow like a fire from within. Chromium is also what makes rubies scarce because it often causes cracks. This means that very few rubies can ever grow large enough to crystallize into fine quality gems. The very best rubies can bring even higher prices than diamonds.

Myanmar for Top Quality Rubies

The Mong Hsu region of Myanmar (Burma) began producing rubies in the 1990s when producers discovered that heat treatment improved their colour. Other ruby deposits exist in Vietnam, Thailand, India, parts of the Middle East, East Africa and even the United States.

A million pounds worth of July Birthstone in this top quality ruby. This one is 18 carat in weight.

Ruby is a very hard stone, second only in hardness to diamond.

Ruby’s strength and red fluorescence are important beyond jewellery making. Industrial uses for natural and synthetic rubies include watch-making, medical instruments and in lasers.

Healing Properties of Ruby

It has long been associated with the life force and vitality of blood. Ruby is believed to amplify energy, heighten awareness, promote courage and bring success in wealth, love and battle.

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There are several other July birthstones, including Sapphire, Carnelian, Onyx, Sardonyx, and Turquoise.

LoveTaliesin Offers The Alternative to the High Cost of The July Birthstone

We suggest that our beautiful range of jewellery that Sue has hand-made using Swarovski Crystal elements make a beautiful, inexpensive alternative to the ruby as July Birthstone.

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Diamond – April Birthstone

If you have a close friend or family member with an April birthday, you have a real quandary when it comes to choosing suitable jewellery as the logical choice is that most precious of gemstones – diamond – April Birthstone.

Diamond – April Birthstone

You probably know that a diamond is simply carbon. This is the same stuff as a pencil “lead” or soot, but few women would thank you for jewellery made from pencils or the smoke residue from a bonfire!

Research has shown that South African diamonds were produced during three main time periods in the history of the Earth. The oldest diamonds in existence are about 3.3 billion years old. These were formed during earth’s beginnings.

The second major phase came about 2.9 billion years ago. Impurities inside these diamonds suggest that these diamonds formed in rocks in a shallow sea. This could show that the carbon that made these of diamonds came from the remains of ancient sea creatures.

The youngest large batches of diamonds in existence are thought to be 1.2 billion years old.

It also seems that the planet no longer produces diamonds in the same way that it used to. This must mean that there are fewer diamonds to be discovered today.

Read more: http://www.abazias.com/diamondblog/diamond-industry/how-old-is-your-diamond

Affordable Alternatives to Diamond – April Birthstone

Cubic Zirconia

Raw Cubic Zirconia

Because of its low cost, durability, and close visual likeness to diamond, synthetic cubic zirconia has remained the most gemologically and economically important competitor for diamonds since commercial production began in 1976.

Moissanite

Moissanite

Moissanite is a gemstone born from the stars. It was first discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan, who later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He discovered microscopic particles of the gem that would eventually bear his name in Arizona, in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth. He initially thought that he had discovered diamonds, but later determined that the crystals were composed of silicon carbide.

Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so moissanite available today is laboratory-created. After many years of trial and error, the particles Moissan discovered were successfully synthesized to produce what is now one of the world’s most scintillating gemstones.

Moissanite is now engineered to give the illusion of similarity to diamonds.

Swarovski Crystal

Swarovski Elements Crystal Jewellery

Swarovski Crystals are a man-made product of raw materials using natural minerals and pure quartz sand. The minerals and sand are combined and fired for an undisclosed period of time. Once removed from firing, they go through a very slow cooling process. The slow cooling process reduces flaws and imperfections in the final product.

Read more in our post about Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski Elements Jewellery, an alternative to Diamond – April Birthstone from LoveTaliesin Jewellery

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

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

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

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 – March Birthstone

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

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

Swarovski Elements Jewellery with March Birthstone


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

6 Mothers Day Facts

1. Origins

Mothers Day is only about 100 years old. It started in the USA in the early 1900s. However, it draws on far older traditions.

Rhea, Greek Goddess. Mother of many Greek deities.

The earliest history of Mothers’ Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.


2. Mothers Day and Mothering Sunday

Mother’s Day in the UK is traditionally celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent, as a Christian holiday. However, Mother’s Day is not actually related to the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration.

Most Sundays in the year churchgoers in England worship at their nearest parish or ‘daughter church’.

Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home or ‘mother’ church once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral of the area.

Inevitably the return to the ‘mother’ church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home. (It was quite common in those days for children to leave home for work once they were ten years old.)

And most historians think that it was the return to the ‘Mother’ church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.

As they walked along the country lanes, children would pick wild flowers or violets to take to church or give to their mother as a small gift.


3. 69 Babies

69 Babies born to one woman

The greatest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the wife of Feodor Vassilyev (b. 1707–c.1782), a peasant from Shuya, Russia. In 27 confinements she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.


4. 73 year-old mum

Mrs Steve Pace, of Rose Hill, Virginia, is reported have given birth to her 17th child, a boy, in 1939, at the extreme age of 73. She was then already mother of 16 children, the last of whom was born twenty-three years earlier.


5. John Lennon’s Song

John Lennon’s song “Mother”  first released on his 1970 album “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band”. The song is a tribute to his own mother, Julia, who was killed in a car accident on 15 July 1958, before the Beatles became famous.


6. Traditional Gifts

Mother’s Day gifts are a tradition to show Mum how much she’s valued and appreciated. Traditionally Mother’s Day gifts included flowers and a Simnel cake. The flowers were picked by the workers on the way home from work for a day with their mum; they’d pick wild flowers from the country lanes. It is still a tradition today to spoil mum with a stunning colourful bouquet of flowers, as well as more modern gifts such as perfume, clothes or jewellery.

Red Roses for Mothers Day
Simnel Cake for Mothers Day

6 Mothers Day Jewellery Gifts

Your mum will love one of these fantastic gifts that show her how much she’s loved and appreciated.

If your mother is an Angel

If your mother is a Star

If she has a big heart

Here are just a few ideas, there are lots more Mothers Day gift ideas in our shop

6 Valentines Day Facts

The 14th February is Valentines Day when we celebrate our love for someone. Here are six things that you might not know about Valentine’s Day and St Valentine.

Valentine’s Day Greetings

It started with the Romans

Valentines Day goes back to the Roman Empire and Emperor Claudius II. He wanted more soldiers for the Roman army, but lots of men refused to leave their wives and families. So the Emperor decided that the solution was to ban all marriages.

However, a very popular priest in Rome thought that this was unfair and started to marry couples in secret.  Eventually, Claudius II found out about these secret marriages and was furious. He ordered that Valentine should be thrown into jail, where he eventually died on February 14th. His friends hadn’t forgotten him and they made sure that he was buried in a churchyard in Rome.

Adapted from: http://www.read-legends-and-myths.com/origin-of-valentines-day.html

Geoffrey Chaucer’s Poem For Valentines Day

The Parliament of Fowls was probably written sometime in the late-1370′s to the late 1380′s. This contains the earliest known reference to “Saint Valentine’s Day” as an occasion for romance.

[…] ther sat a quene
That, as of light the somer-sonne shene
Passeth the sterre, right so over mesure
She fairer was than any creature.And in a launde, upon an hille of floures,
Was set this noble goddesse Nature;
Of braunches were hir halles and hir boures,
Y-wrought after hir craft and hir mesure;
Ne ther nas foul that cometh of engendrure,
That they ne were prest in hir presence,
To take hir doom and yeve hir audience.

For this was on seynt Valentynes day,
Whan every foul cometh ther to chese his make,

This translates into modern English as:

There sat a queen who was more lovely by far than any other creature, just as the summer sun outshines the stars. This noble goddess Nature sat enthroned in a pavilion she had wrought of branches upon a flowered hill atop a meadow. And there was not any bird born of love that was not ready in her presence to hear her and receive her judgment. For this was Saint Valentine’s Day, when all the birds of every kind that men can imagine come to choose their mates.

However, it is fairly certain that the church celebrated the Feast of St. Valentine before Chaucer wrote this.

Adapted from: http://www.gotmedieval.com/2009/02/happy-valentines-from-geoffrey-chaucer.html

France Gave Us Valentines Day Cards

The origin of Valentine’s day cards lie in letters and poems. The tradition of sending poems to a love on Valentine’s day was started by a French nobleman, Charles Duke Of Orleans around 1415, who was taken prisoner during the Battle Of Agincourt. He sent love poems to his wife back in France each year.

The 14th February became associated with love in the Middle Ages, especially through the writer Geoffrey Chaucer.

It took almost 200 more years for commercial Valentine cards to make an appearance in 1800. These also started with just poems, but it wasn’t long before artwork was added to give more romance.

How Did Our Blood Pump Become The Icon For Valentines Day and Love?

The Human Heart

It may well all be the fault of a North African plant. As far back as the seventh century B.C., there was a profitable trade in a plant called Silphium. Among other uses, Silphium was reputed to provide a form of birth control. The Silphium plant was so important that Cyreneian coins depicted the plant’s seed pod, which looks like the heart shape we know today.

It is said that the heart shape of this seed pod first became associated with sex, and eventually, with love.

By the 17th Century, Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque had a vision of it surrounded by thorns. This symbol became known as the Sacred Heart of Jesus and was associated with love and devotion.

Before the medical profession disavowed the world, it was generally believed that the heart was the seat of all human emotions and feelings. So the gift of a heart represented the giving of everything to someone you love. This ancient belief has lingered on through the ages.

Adapted from: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/recycled/2007/02/the_shape_of_my_heart.html

Cupid’s Arrows

In the words of Sam Cooke,

Cupid, draw back your bow
And let your arrow flow
Straight to my lovers heart

Cupid’s arrows come in two varieties:

  • The Golden Arrow, which generally signifies true love
  • The Leaden Arrow, which represents wanton and sensual passion.

He is sometimes portrayed with a torch with which to inflame desire between men and women.He is often described a mischievous because his interference doesn’t always have happy consequences.

Cherubs are also believed to be descendants of Cupid. Depicted as loveable little winged creatures, but without the use of arrows.

Love Is Only Chemicals

Biologically, love is a powerful neurological condition like hunger or thirst, only more permanent. We talk about love being blind or unconditional, in the sense that we have no control over it. But then, that is not so surprising since love is basically chemistry. While lust is a temporary passionate sexual desire involving the increased release of chemicals such as testosterone and oestrogen, in true love, or attachment and bonding, the brain can release a whole set of chemicals: pheromones, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin and vasopressin. However, from an evolutionary perspective, love can be viewed as a survival tool – a mechanism we have evolved to promote long-term relationships, mutual defence and parental support of children and to promote feelings of safety and security.

Written by Jim Al-Khalili – a theoretical physicist and science writer

Quoted From: The Guardian

Valentines Day Gifts

In addition to the giving of cards, Valentine’s Day gifts represent the Heart and Cupid symbols. In particular, jewellery is a deeply personal gift for the one you love.

LoveTaliesin Jewellery has a wide range of hearts and other love tokens. These are all hand-made by Sue using a variety of Swarovski Elements, Tibetan Silver Charms and nickel-free components.

You can see the whole of our “Heart” collection, including earrings, pendants and sets, in our online shop.All of these come with FREE Postage and Packaging.

Some highlights of our “Heart” Collection

Garnet – January Birthstone

Garnet, the January Birthstone, is mined in a rainbow of colours. From the fiery orange of Mandarin Garnet to the rich green of Tsavorite Garnet and to the most widely recognized colour of Pyrope Garnet, it is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust.

This gem is also available inthe deep red Bohemian Garnet, the vibrant green of the Russian Demantoid. We also see it appearing in the oranges and browns of Spessartite and Hessonite from Namibia and Sri Lanka and the subtle pinks and purples of Rhododendron.

January Birthstone – Garnets in various colours and cuts

Legend says Garnets light up the night and protect their owners from nightmares. Garnets have long been carried by travellers to protect against accidents far from home. Garnet is the January Birthstone, but with its stunning variety of colours and its mystical powers it has been given as a gift for all occasions for centuries.

Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed.  References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays and jewellery.

See more at: Wixon Jewellers Website

January Birthstone from LoveTaliesin Jewellery

You can see an ever changing selection of semi-precious jewellery set in 925 silver on our craft fair and sales stalls. See our calendar page to find out where we are going to be.

You can also find the January Birthstone in our Swarovski Crystal Elements range on the stall and here on the website. The red colour known as Siam are a great match for the deep red Bohemian Garnet.

Click on the images below to see more about the Swarovski Siam jewellery available at the moment.

Kismet Rose Boutique, Stafford Now Stocking LoveTaliesin Jewellery

Kismet Rose Boutique
Kismet Rose Boutique
Kismet Rose Boutique
Kismet Rose Boutique

We are delighted to announce that LoveTaliesin Jewellery is now available instore at Kismet Rose Boutique, Guildhall Shopping Centre, Stafford.

Thanks to Haley and Sandra, whose amazing shop also stocks a great range of scarves, clothes and gifts, for agreeing to bring  Sue’s unique designs of hand-made jewellery to the people of Stafford.

Valentine’s Day Revealed – Love In February

Swarovski Crystal 17m Wild Heart
Heart

Hearts and Love

We’re trying to work out how the traditional heart shape relates to the organ inside the human body. Dave is also trying to work out how a muscle is associated with love – but he’s an old curmudgeon.

A little research, as well as experience has shown that we don’t ever feel physical sensations in your brain. Our bodies’ response to strong emotion generally occurs with a speeded up pulse, caused by stronger beating of the heart. So we are much more likely to perceive a concentrated sensation inside their chest (pounding heartbeat) when confronted with strong emotional stimuli.

St Valentine

As for St Valentine, he was a third-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14 and has been associated since the High Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love.

Very little is known about the martyr other than his name and the fact that he was buried at a cemetery north of Rome on February 14th. He was demoted from the Roman Catholic Church’s official list in 1969 but  the Catholic Church continues to recognize him as a saint, listing him as such in the February 14th entry in the Roman Martyrology

However, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Protestant Church, but the Eastern Orthodox Church, celebrates on July 6.

The 14th February became associated with love in the Middle Ages, especially through the writer Geoffrey Chaucer, but it was the 18th Century and the Victorians who really went to town and turned this date into the love-in that we see today. It evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“).

Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Valentine’s Jewellery

LoveTaliesin Jewellery has a wide range of hearts and other love tokens. These are all hand-made by Sue using a variety of Swarovski Elements, Tibetan Silver Charms and Antique Bronze components. We also supply a range of romantic dichroic glass jewellery.

You can see the whole of our “Heart” collection, including earrings, pendants and sets, in our online shop

Some highlights of our “Heart” Collection

Hand-made Steampunk Pendant – Large Cog

Steampunk Pendant – Large Cog

Siam AB 18mm Heart Pendant

Heart Pendant 18mm Siam AB

More information
http://www.quora.com/Why-is-love-related-to-and-or-associated-with-the-hearthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day

 

How Are Swarovski Crystals Made?

A Secret Formula

The making of Swarovski Crystals begins with a secret family formula that has been used for over one hundred years. This formula originated from the Swarovski family and generates the foundation for the finest quality of full lead crystals, making them known as the diamond of the crystal market.

 

Daniel Swarovski (October 24, 1862 – January 23, 1956), formerly Daniel Swartz, was born in northern Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). His father was a glass cutter who owned a small glass factory. It was there that a young Swarovski served an apprenticeship, becoming skilled in the art of glass-cutting. In 1892 he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass.

In 1895, Swarovski financier Armand Kosman and Franz Weis founded the Swarovski company, originally known as A. Kosman, Daniel Swartz & Co., which was later shortened to K.S. & Co.The company established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens, Tyrol (Austria), to take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes Daniel Swarovski patented.

Nadja Swarovski, the founder’s great-great granddaughter, is a member of the Swarovski executive board.

Although the basics of making Swarovski Crystals are known, the complete process will continue to remain a family secret to deter replication by other crystal competitors.

Making Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski Crystals are a man-made product of raw materials using natural minerals and pure quartz sand. The minerals and sand are combined and fired for an undisclosed period of time. Once removed from firing, they go through a very slow cooling process. The slow cooling process reduces flaws and imperfections in the final product. These speciality crystals have a lead content of 32% which enables them to be categorised as full lead crystal. Even though lead is a known toxin, the wearing of crystal jewellery containing lead does not pose any risks.

Quartz Sand
Lead

Although Swarovski Crystals are often referred to as Swarovski silver, the crystals do not contain silver and are named as such for their silver brilliant appearance. Once a solid product, the crystals are cut using a cutting machine designed by Daniel Swarovski. This machine makes it possible to cut crystals so they have as many as one hundred mirrored facets in various directions allowing light to refract creating brilliant prisms and an array of colours. The directions in which the crystals are cut are determined by a computer, then processed with a technology that simulates the cut effects in three dimension.  After a crystal has been completed, it is polished to create a superior finish.

To create crystal glass that lets light refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its products with special metallic chemical coatings. For example, Aurora Borealis, or “AB”, gives the surface a rainbow appearance. Other coatings are named by the company, including Crystal Transmission, Volcano, Aurum, and Dorado. Coatings may be applied to only part of an object; others are coated twice, and thus are designated AB 2X, Dorado 2X etc.

In 2004 Swarovski released Xilion, a copyrighted cut designed to optimise the brilliance of Roses (components with flat backs) and Chatons (diamond cut).

Using Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski Crystals are made into pendants, necklaces, rings, beads and any possible jewellery combination imaginable. Modern designs also feature Swarovski Crystals on fashion wear such as clothing, purses, belts, sandals and more. Brides like to use Swarovski Crystals due to the fact that from a distance, their appearance and shimmering capabilities emulates the same characteristics of diamonds. Designers continue to create new shapes, colours and themes so Swarovski Crystals can continue to put on a unique show of colour and light.

LoveTaliesin Jewellery and Swarovski

Sue has designed a beautiful range of jewellery using Swarovski Crystal Elements.

Click here to buy your gift or treat for yourself.

Our Swarovski Elements Shop Page

https://lovetaliesinjewellery.co.uk/product-category/swarovski-elements/

Further Reading

 

The Trending Colour for Autumn 2014

Pantone Radiant Orchid

The Colour Gurus

Pantone is probably best known as the standard by which printing ink colours are standardised, but the company that effectively sets the standards for colours across the whole range of products and designs. This means that  they have a huge interest in keeping track of the forthcoming trends. However, the colour is, by no means, decided on a whim.

World-wide Research

Designers, bloggers, manufacturers, retailers and a host of fashion leaders in clothing, pop culture, technology, music, travel, and even the weather, search the world for emerging colour trends. Although it’s much more sophisticated than simply making a note of what’s hot on the catwalk or in the magazines. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director at Pantone said, “It has to resonate around the world, to express in colour what is taking place in the global zeitgeist.”

As far back as last Spring, the experts, including fashion designers Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture and Yoana Baraschi got together with Pantone get together for a secret two-day meeting where everyone presents their top choice. There is apparently lots of debate ensues about the merits of each colour until a conclusion is eventually reached.

Symbolism

As well as the colour itself, the symbolism is important in the selection process.

This year the symbolism is that of purple, which is known for its magical, creative  and innovative properties.

Once the colour of the year is agreed upon, Pantone refines and defines the exact tint. They explore how it can be used in many different ways; in fabrics for fashion and in decorating, in makeup  and in print for advertising and packaging, among other things.

In the end, what it means to your jewellery or shoe collection is up to you, but expect to see a lot of the shimmery pinkish-purple during this coming autumn!

Radiant Orchid in Jewellery

A modern and surprisingly versatile shade, Radiant Orchid enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones.

This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of colour options.

Jewellery including Radiant Orchid Tones

Work is well under way to set 2015’s Colour of the Year which we are predicting to be a shade of blue. We’ll find out when it’s announced at the end of the year.