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Timeless Marcasite Jewellery

by Alexandra May | November 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

Marcasite

Year after year, our range of Marcasite silver proves to be one shop's most adored collections - it seems the glittering jewellery's instantly recognisable, turn-of-the-century look sparks nostalgia in people of all ages, whatever their personal style. We've just added another 30 pieces to our extensive online range, as we predict it'll be very popular come Christmas.

The stones in Marcasite jewellery are actually pieces of Pyrite, a gem that became known as 'Fool's Gold' in the 19th century after gold miners attempted to pass one material off as the other. It was its affordability, however, that ensured the stone's enduring appeal: young Victorian girls could afford to copy the Queen's style by accessorising with a marcasite brooch, while economising 1930s women saw it as a way to wear sparkling, encrusted jewellery without having to face the diamond price tag.

During the 1920s, the gem enjoyed another spell of popularity. It was so ubiquitous that it cropped up on all manner of occasion-wear: belts, headbands, dresses, shoe buckles.

A very Art Deco Luke Stockley design:

            Have a look at some nostalgic images in my Inspiration Gallery.

Enjoy browsing the site!

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Rings For Spring

by Alexandra May | February 03, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rings are back for this spring but unlike the chunky glass rings of last summer, these are Gothic and elaborate yet have a beautiful 'Victoriana' femininity about them. Pastels are one of the strongest fashion looks for spring, as well as nails, and these rings are the perfect accessory.

Our favourites include Michal Negrin Cream Vintage Rose Crystal Ring, with it's pretty rose design surrounded by colour shaded Swarovski crystals, and Vintage Rose Lace Effect Ring, embedded with enamel and surrounded by pretty milky green Swarovski crystals. Ollipop's stunning bronze and enamel Crystal Mermaid Ring, is set with tiny iridescent Swarovski crystals, and Iridescent Blue Bumble Bee Ring, is set with the sparkliest colour changing crystal stones. 

So pile the rings on this spring, and if, like in the beautiful picture above, you want to match your nails to your jewellery, you can choose from over 100 shades of nail polish at Priti NYC, who have the prettiest pastels all of which are non-toxic and long lasting.  

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