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How Do I Look? by Jules Erbit

A Painting I like

This is fab it's by Peter de Sève. I think it's so cute the little mouse has his own Railway tracks and briefcase.

9 June 2016 - Scarves

You seem really cool wearing a silk scarf around your neck, but apart from the fact that you look like a stewardess in the 60s, this is a fixed accessory for the 60s.

A scarf can be cool, but instead of wearing on the neck, you can connect your bag handles (contrasting colour) or you can turn it into a silk bracelet.

The vintage scarves are especially attractive for using in these ways.

You could also wear them to ties your hair up like the land army girls.

Shop vintage scarves at Swanky Jewels...

18 November - A Study of The Effect of Beautiful Items on The Brain

I read this item today, and related it to jewellery too., since jewellery is art....

Art has been scientifically proven to help you to live a longer and healthier life.

In a study where human guinea pigs were hooked up to a brain scanner and shown 30 different works by world-renowned artists, they found that when the viewer looked at a piece of art that they really enjoyed, blood flow increased to the brain by 10 percent (the same as looking at a loved one!) The increase in blood flow was directly related to how much the viewer enjoyed the piece.

When they were shown works that the viewer thought was ugly, often times either little or no blood flow increased to the brain.

Even though it may seem obvious that looking at something beautiful will make you feel good, the scientific study proved that it affects our brain even more than we previously thought.

Wearing a piece of jewellery, or other accessory that you love does more than just make you feel good every day (as if that benefit wasn’t enough!) If it can cause increased blood flow to your brain that helps you to think more clearly and have healthier cognitive function, then it can also improve your overall health.

So there you go..

3 June 2015 - The Meaning of the Word - RETRO

RETRO

One thing I wanted to mention because it's something I've been coming across a lot since I've been sourcing vintage items.

I wish more people understood what the term Retro means. Maybe many of you do, but I must admit that prior to researching vintage items, I didn't fully understand it myself, so I'm going to try and explain it here, for those of you that don't know.

'Retro' is a term for new items which are made to look like vintage items. A lot of vintage sellers use the term retro, but the only times that this applies, is if they are selling a newly made item that is made to look as though it was made in the 1950's, for example. This item wouldn't be vintage. It would be retro 1950's.

The other time it applies is when sometimes you will find items that are vintage but still retro. For instance you can see a genuine vintage 1980's handbag that is made to look as though it was made in the 1950's. It is still vintage because it's over 20 years old, but it's also retro 1950s because it was made to look like it was made in the 1950's.

The term 'Retro' can therefore be very misleading to buyers who don't understand. Which is why I want you to know. Retro and vintage mean two very different things. They are not interchangeable.
Something 'Retro' is not necessarily vintage, even if it looks it. So please be sure of what you are buying when you are buying it.

Also please be aware that 'Vintage Style' is not vintage at all and never can be.

As reassurance for you, so that you know exactly what you are buying when you buy vintage from Swanky Jewels, I only ever describe items with the true year in which they were made, and everything I have for sale comes from reputable sources.

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10 February - Top 5 De-Aging Jewellery Style Tips

Top 5 De-Aging Jewellery Style Tips

One of the easiest ways to fight aging and appear more youthful, fun and vibrant is by focusing on the jewellery you wear. Jewellery and accessories play a major role in any fashion statement and choosing the right pieces can literally take years off any look. Here are some top de-aging jewellery tips:

1. Spice Things Up

A common fashion mistake is letting jewellery become more and more conservative as you age and relying too much on fine jewellery versus branching out into fashion/costume and handmade (one-of-a-kind) jewellery. Keep jewellery statements fresh by mixing together fine and fashion jewellery and a combination of different metals, finishes and materials, such as leather and pearls, shiny and matte or smooth and rough textured surfaces.

Incorporate unexpected, edgy, kitschy or trendy motifs into jewellery designs such as skulls, spikes, shark teeth, snakes, insects, tassels and more. Play up the scale of jewellery by designing with oversized pearls, chunky gemstones, large-link chain and attention-getting pendants for youthfully inspired statements. Have fun experimenting with non-traditional jewellery styles, such as toe rings or ear cuffs for a cutting-edge look.

2. Bibs Aren't Just for Babies

Keep necklaces short and sweet. Chunky bib-style necklaces brighten the face and draw attention upward towards the eyes, especially in mixes of pearls, crystals, beads and stones that reflect light. Bib necklaces can also disguise sun-damaged skin, can be easily dressed up and down, and offer the perfect complement to flattering V-neck and scoop necklines.

3. Stacked Up Style

Start stacking bracelets, rings and necklaces for a younger-looking appearance. Layering jewellery and mixing in different pieces exudes a fun and youthful spirit. For example, layer a pendant charm necklace with a long chain necklace, wear a few mismatched bracelet bangles, a multi-strand bracelet and necklace, or a couple of different rings together.

4. Colour Your World

Take years off your look by adding bright pops of colour to black, navy and beige outfits. Colourful jewellery is cheery, fun and when worn near the face can instantly enhance the complexion. Brightly coloured bracelets are a smart choice for three-quarter length sleeves. Shockingly bright-coloured earrings make a major impact and large-stone cocktail rings are extra memorable. Experiment with brilliant jewel tones and even neon-coloured jewellery for stunning results. Ombré colour patterning and colour-blocking techniques are a great way to master a colourful fashion statement.

5. A Stud Magnet

Attract attention and avoid showing droopy earlobes with statement stud earrings. Studs, along with slim hoops, are lightweight, easy to wear and can be beautifully showcased by smoothing hair behind the ears or wearing a ponytail. Incorporate colourful elements, shiny crystal beads, clusters of seed beads, sparkly gems, floral motifs and filigree or lace-like materials for stud earrings that are anything but small in terms of their fashion influence.

You can also wear studs with dangled elements attached.

via Fire Mountain Gems
by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively

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The Return of the Parure

Parures are enjoying their time in the fashion spotlight as demand for co-ordinating jewelry sets continues to rise. Derived from an Old French verb meaning "to adorn," a parure, pronounced pah-rur, refers to an entire wardrobe or suite of jewelry, often designed to be worn all at once. Representing the ultimate in adornment, these jewelry ensembles could consist of a necklace, comb, tiara, bracelets, pins, rings, earrings, brooch or belt clasp.

Traditional parures were seen as status symbols and included enough jewellery to fill out an entire wardrobe. Mixing things up was encouraged, in fact some parures even featured necklaces that could be easily taken apart and rearranged into pendants, bracelets, hairpieces and more. This is very similar to the interchangeable/convertible jewellery concept we know and love today.

Full jewellery parures include three or more matching items made by the same designer, and a demi parure is a term used to describe a jewellery set consisting of two pieces, such as a necklace and co-ordinating earrings. Parures offer a wide range of style power as pieces within the set can be worn individually or in different combinations for a multitude of looks, complementing everything from casual to special occasion attire. The bottom line is that jewellery parures make it look like you have more jewellery than you actually do and keep you looking fresh.

Commonly connected by a similar stone, the jewellery pieces within a parure can share similar materials, colours, patterns or motifs. Jewellery lines can be presented in a way that allows customers to create their own parures, encouraging add-on sales and repeat purchases.

Parures are especially popular in wedding jewellery, as brides can wear the entire ensemble or select certain pieces for the ceremony and reception, setting many different style moods throughout the day and night. This can also be a great way to market awareness and holiday-themed jewellery, giving customers a wide variety of fashionable jewellery options with a consistent message.

Parures can be designed for both women and men, for example a men’s parure can include a wallet chain along with a matching necklace and bracelet. Designing in terms of a parure offers the perfect solution for leftover beads as well; simply use them up by making a pair of earrings or a pin to go with an existing necklace and bracelet set.

via Firemountain Gems

New Line of Jewellery at Amazing Beads - Hat/Stick Pins

I've been busy making a new line of jewellery for the winter here at Amazing Beads.

With the colder months arriving upon us right now, we will all start wearing our hats again, and I have been making Hat Pins, or Stick Pins as some people call them.

They make a fantastic addition to any hat, and if you don't wear hats they make a great brooch to pin through a coat, jacket or scarf too.

They are also a good present to give to friends and family members because whatever happens, their beauty will be admired when they are being worn, or lying on the dressing table.

Small pieces of jewellery at affordable prices.

GIFT VOUCHERS

Gift Vouchers are a lovely way to give a present when you aren't sure what the person you are buying for might like.

Vouchers can be purchased for any price and can be used to buy anything on site, whether jewellery or beads etc.

The vouchers can be sent to you to give, or can be posted direct to the person of your choice, with the wording of your choice in them. (Great for those of you who tend to leave things a bit late - I can even send a voucher by email !)

They are posted in a quality card (unless it's email), with the amount available for the recipient to spend printed within.

I have made a category in 'Shop Items' where you can go and buy direct.

If you would like to spend an amount that is not listed here, then click on the 'Contact' button above, and let me know how much you would like the voucher to be for, and I will get back to you.