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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
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.

Herbs To Make You Feel Good

We wear jewellery to make us look great, but we also use our jewellery to help us to feel good as well.

I Love You To The Moon & Back Pendant

There is evidence that being happier is linked to being healthier. A study at Harvard University showed this very clearly back in 2007. But they also say that short-term emotional lifts aren’t enough.  We also need to lower our stress levels and find healthy ways to avoid depression, anxiety, and worry and to feel good.

We can do this through jewellery and beauty products and by activities such as doing good for others and counting our blessings daily. Volunteering also fits in here.

But there are also some great herbs that can help to lessen insomnia, reduce nervousness, and essentially calm the nervous system – helping to increase the chance of feeling happiness.

Here are 7 herbs to make you feel good:

1. Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)

Lemon Balm

This is a great, non-habit forming herb that is high in volatile oils (especially citronella) that have mild sedative effects and can reduce nervousness, including nervous headaches, depression, and insomnia. It can also help wounds heal faster and protect against insect bites. It has anti-viral properties, too, so it’s a great herb to keep in stock to boost the immune system.

2. Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)

Gotu Kola

An antiseptic, antispasmodic, peripheral vasodilator, and nerving and relaxant, this herb is known for calming depressive episodes, strengthening cognitive function, and helping one deal with both mental and physical stress and making you feel good.

3. Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)


An Ayurvedic herb used for centuries, brahmi is known as a natural brain tonic and booster of well-being. It can enhance intellect and significantly increase memory, and in doses of 10 to 20 ml daily, one can enjoy its stress-relieving benefits.

4. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

St Johns Wort

This herb is often used to treat mild to moderate depression. It is especially helpful to patients who do not respond well to SSRI medication (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). This herb can limit the effectiveness of some prescription medications, though, so double check with your doctor before taking it. A 2009 systematic review of 29 international studies suggested that St. John’s Wort may be better than a placebo (an inactive substance that appears identical to the study substance) and as effective as standard prescription antidepressants for major depression of mild to moderate severity.

5. Oat Straw (Avena sativa)

Oat Straw

Not only can this herb effectively treat anxiety, it is also used to treat migraines, shingles, fatigue, and even epilepsy. This herb can be especially helpful in calming the nerves of those who are detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction, and can even help curb nicotine cravings.

6. Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

Siberian Ginseng

This herb is a great replacement for those who have a coffee or caffeine addiction. It offers energy without the let down that accompanies a caffeine cycle. Further, it’s an adaptogenic herb, so it ‘adapts’ to give your body what it needs the most. It can boost concentration and help manage environmental stress as well.

7. Golden Root (Rhodiola rosea)

Golden Root (Rhodiola Rosea)

This section has been updated with new information on 20th June 2017

Also called Arctic Root or Roseroot, Golden Root is considered a queen of adaptogenic herbs.  What this means is that it is a plant that gives humans an herbal medicinal effect when taken and helps a person keep their “cool” under stress. The results ending that Rhodiola Rosea will be able to stabilize the biological function of the body and to help you to stay in a “happy place” despite the stress around it despite psychological or physical pressures. This is known as Homoestasis.

Many people report that Rhodiola Rosea has impressive usefulness in sickly problems such as not being able to sleep well, lack of concentration and lower performance on the job, headaches, poor appetite, hypertension, and being tired all the time.

There is a lot more information and further links at https://www.healthambition.com/rhodiola-rosea-benefits/

Important Note

Nothing in this post should be taken as medical advice. Before taking any herbal medicine, you should always consult a qualified practitioner.



Food and Drink Fairs

It may seem a little odd to be taking our jewellery to Food and Drink Fairs, but one of our innovations for 2016 is to do exactly that.

More details on our Calendar Page.

Food and Drink Fair

Many Food and Drink Fairs are set in the amazing grounds of some of the UK’s most prestigious venues. They are events that cater for the whole family and offer something for all ages. This goes way beyond rows of stalls selling food and drink, although this is still at the heart of each event.

At a well-run fair, you will find up to hundreds of stalls selling everything from hot and cold foods, wine and spirit producers and home and gift wear to name a few.

You’ll also find a host of entertainment from Cooking demo’s by celebrity chefs and contestants and winners of TV cooking and baking programmes, product demonstrations from leading manufacturers as well as local producers, live music and children’s entertainment.

There will also be a good selection of craft stalls at the best events, where you’ll find our white gazebo filled with our constantly evolving ranges of jewellery and accessories. We may even come up with some food-related jewellery offerings.

LoveTaliesin Jewellery at Prestwold Hall Food and Drink Fair

The LoveTaliesin Gazebo and Jewellery Collection

Prestwold Hall Estate is a magnificent location that will play host, for the first time, to The Great Food and Drink Festival over 3 days.

More details on our Calendar Page.

Prestwold Hall – Venue for the Prestwold Hall Food & Drink Festival

The event is held in the estate adjacent  to the hall  in the heart of Charnwood Leicestershire, home of the World famous Stilton, Red Leicester cheese and the one and only Melton Mowbray Pork Pie. The county is renowned for its food lovers and fine produce.

What’s on…

  • We have over a 100 exhibitors selling local produce from across the county and East Midlands
  • Plenty of hot food stands selling food for every ones taste from Hog Roast to Asian Fusion
  • Stalls selling hand made goods and crafts (That’s us!)
    More details on our Calendar Page.
  • Cake Decorating workshops
  • Wine tasting and Cocktail master classes
  • Real ale marques and bars
  • Children’s entertainment – Punch and Judy and the amazing Bongo Bongo
  • There will be fun and educational cooking classes put on by KidzKitchen, so if you want your child to be the next winner of The Great British Bake-Off, make sure you attend this workshop!
  • Live music every day from 11am – 4pm
  • We have three wonderful celebrity chef demo’s over the three days
    • Jean-Christophe Novelli
    • Aldo Zilli
    • Marcus Bean

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.

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

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.

Buying Jewellery

Buying beautiful jewellery has never been easier. Visit our Calendar page to see where we will be in person, or go straight to our online shop.


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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

Year of The Monkey


February 8th is the Chinese New Year and the words above say “Happy New Year” in Simplified Chinese and are also spelled out phonetically as they sound.

2016  Year Of The Monkey

Today sees the start of the Year of the Monkey.

The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year.

The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year.

Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. This year it’s the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.

The full list is:

  • Rat
  • Ox
  • Tiger
  • Rabbit
  • Dragon
  • Snake
  • Horse
  • Goat
  • Monkey
  • Rooster
  • Dog
  • Pig

In the LoveTaliesin team,Sue was born in the year of the Rabbit and Dave’s from the Year of the Dragon.

People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterised as quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous, but it is also believed to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar.

LoveTaliesin Jewellery for Year Of The Monkey

We’ve added some playful monkey charm jewellery to our collection as we celebrate the start of the year of the Monkey. You can see these on our stall at craft fairs and events and you can buy them here, on our website.

Craft Fairs In The LoveTaliesin Gazebo

The LoveTaliesin gazebo set up at a craft fair

Craft Fair Growth

We’ve been going out and selling our jewellery at craft fairs for several years now and have developed our ranges of jewellery and associated product lines to the point that we need more space than is normally offered by a single stall in any fair. The stall size is normally based on a 6 foot long table, sometimes the traditional fold-up table found in church halls and community centres and sometimes trestle tables. These will be provided by the organiser who will also arrange for shelter in the form of a hall or a marquee.

As our product range has grown, a single table is simply not enough to show our goodies at their best, so the next option is to book two tables. Obviously, this normally costs double the rent for a single space.

Moving Out Of The Marquee

Some craft fair organisers are able to rent outside space to crafters to set up their own tables. Indeed there are some hardy souls who trade in the open air.

We’re not made of such stern stuff. We decided that if we are to venture outside the secure confines of the marquee, we needed shelter and some security, so we bit the proverbial bullet and bought a gazebo.

We have also had to provide our own tables and everything else that we discovered that we needed.

The Plus Side

But the biggest advantage of our gazebo is space. In 3 x 3 metres, we now have three tables, mobile workshop space for making and customising jewellery and storage for stock and components while still having enough space for the two of us.

The interior of the LoveTaliesin Gazebo showing jewellery displayed across two of our tables

The Down Side

There are, of course a few disadvantages. Firstly, our car now has to transport even more to the fairs. Then there is the extra time it takes to erect the gazebo and set out three tables of stock. We have several 5:00am starts and that takes some commitment.

Then there’s the need to increase our stock (and product ranges) to fill this extra space. We were really keen to make the stall stand out by having visual impact from a distance; something that is difficult to do with earrings and necklaces! So we have added scarf hangers and scarves to our craft fair stock, further increasing the load on the car.

One thing that we miss is the constant chat between stallholders when we are hidden away behind the canvas walls. It’s pretty well essential to have two of us at each fair so that we can have that contact, but also to allow coffee and loo breaks.

Scarves and Scarf Hangers make a strong visual impact as an addition to the LoveTaliesin Jewellery in the gazebo.

Lessons Learned

We have learned some important lessons during the first few craft fairs with the gazebo:

  • Our gazebo is blue, which can sometimes feel a bit gloomy inside. Eventually we want to get a white or silver roof and walls.
  • We wanted to have a strong “brand presence”, so we  bought a large banner. This also reflects light and helps to overcome the issue of the blue roof and walls.
The LoveTaliesin Banner inside the gazebo to emphasise our brand and reflect light.
  • Wind can be a gazebo’s worst enemy. We have had to pack up and leave a fair because the gazebo was in real danger of being blown away. Since then we have added extra weights to hold the gazebo in place – some made of cast iron, and some filled with a total of 50kg of sand.
  • Planning the way that the car is loaded is essential to ensure that the gazebo comes out first and goes in last.


The gazebo has proved to be a great addition to our business. It’s early days to see how much it affects our sales, but the opportunity to display so much of our jewellery and to expand the ranges of things that we can offer.

LoveTaliesin’s jewellery designer, Sue, inside the gazebo with the LoveTaliesin banner behind her.


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.

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

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


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