Bonhams Fine Jewellery auction: the popularity of pearl jewellery shows no signs of abating

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Aegean agenda

I must confess that my Aegean necklace and earrings are pieces I designed a while ago. I love them and sold quite a few sets last year at the Country Living Fair in Harrogate, but never actually got them online.

So I have had these pieces on my list a little while, but I’ve been struggling with lighting some of my pieces to take the kinds of pictures I want – the kind that make them look as lovely as they do when they are in my hand, but I think I am finally getting there.

So, here is the Aegean necklace. I have used these gorgeous tear drop shaped chrysoprase beads which come in an amazing range of greeny-turquoisy shades. For this reason, I make each necklace have a graduation from the paler greens to the stronger turquoises, to ensure that you will receive a necklace that looks pretty much like this one.

turquoise handmade necklace


The matching Aegean earrings are long, but also dainty, and I have used a seed pearl to contrast with the turquoise shades. Because of the variance on the stones, I can guarantee a closely matched pair, but their shade may be at the darker or lighter end. If you have a preference, you can just let me know when ordering which shade you would prefer.

turquoise handmade earrings

turquoise handmade jewellery


I’m really pleased with this design, I hope you like it!

contemporary chrysoprase necklace


Rachel x

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Liberty London fine jewellery department: unique jewellery from an eclectic selection of international designers

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Doyle & Doyle Presents, THE VAULT series featuring Gem Gossip

Sentimental Rings (1)

Some exciting news!  Doyle & Doyle‘s latest creation, THE VAULT, an ongoing series of exhibitions of curated collections around a theme, has chosen myself as co-collaborator of their next installation!  Both myself and the Doyle sisters have worked closely coming up with a theme and choosing the pieces that will be featured.  The theme is Sentimental Rings, with pieces that fall within five categories – Birth & Childhood, Memento, Love Token, Courting & Marriage and Death & Mourning.  I am so excited to see all the pieces in one place, both from Doyle & Doyle and my own personal collection. 

This event will appeal to jewelry connoisseurs and insiders since it is showcasing some very interesting and rare pieces with the intellectual theme of “Sentimental Jewels” as it’s reflected through historical periods and pieces. The exhibit will run from October 9th to November 9th, with a private preview party on on Wednesday, October 8th at Doyle & Doyle, located in NYC’s meatpacking district. 

Please join us as we unveil this showcase of rings–send me an email, there is limited space for the private preview party, but I would love to try and get everyone in!!  Would love to meet you all!!



Sentimental Rings- From Birth to Death and In-between
October 9th – November 9th
Doyle & Doyle
412 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10014

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Busy Doing Nothing ~ Thoughtful Thursday

It’s vacation time for me. Three weeks of closed shops, and this year even an ‘out of office’ reply for my email (I’ve never done that before, feels very grown up!).


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I’m not away the whole time, but I am ‘away’, but actually not because I’ve still been popping over to Pinterest (addicted, moi?).

So, anyway, what to do? I have to admit to finding it hard to switch off, my website-based musings and mental lists of stock to order, and orders to make has been replaced with other ideas of where am I going, new collection ideas, plans for up-coming events. So I haven’t really left it all behind, but they do say a change is as good as a rest. I hope so! Is this the curse of the ‘creative mind’ or the person who runs their own business? Well, as I’m both …


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We’ve been having a wonderful time, going to the beach, crabbing, body boarding – let me tell you, I even bought myself my first wetsuit (I’m so NOT a sea-action person by nature), and introducing the dog to the sea was utterly hilarious, but it was great to catch an hour to myself in our fabulous log cabin this afternoon to lie on the sofa, read my Anthology magazine, and do, well… nothing. Except I wrote a blog post. Damn, almost!


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I’m Back!

Hi! All my shops (, notonthehighstreet and Etsy) are now reopened, and I am catching up with orders.


{Enjoying our time off, Lily took this photo!}


To all my customers who patiently waited for 3 weeks for their jewellery over my holiday time this summer, a very big thank you! If you haven’t already received your order this week, then it’s on it’s way to you and will be with you by Friday as I have nearly caught up. Of course all new orders are being dealt with in my normal dispatch time.

I am delighted to say that my Midori necklace and Midori earrings are now back in stock, as I finally tracked down the gorgeous dark green onyx beads I needed. Great news as this has been a popular design, and one of my favourites (I love those greens!).

I have also added a cheeky little sale of my last remaining Little Red Riding Hood necklace. Unfortunately, I can’t source the large navette link any more, so at a reduced price, I am offering to make the last one just for you!

I had a great time on my two holidays, this year. We decided that rather than have 2 weeks away together (my son finds it tricky to be away from home for so long), that for the second year running we would have two separate weeks, and this worked really well. Week one was in Pembrokeshire from a great log cabin we have rented before (last post came from there!) and the second week was in a converted barn on a farm in the depths of North Devon.

The photos in today’s post are a selection from our first holiday, along with my instagram highlights.

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What a difference three weeks makes – our Devon holiday was certainly wetter and colder, but it’s been years since I have got that far down south, and to spend it in such lovely surrounds was great, despite the iffy weather.

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Things I learnt this summer:

  • You can play great beach-cricket with a dog. Just make sure the bowler has a bag of treats, and our labrador will happily be the fielder and bring back the ball. Dexter Dog almost caught Robert out!
  • If I wear a wetsuit, it does almost make the sea bearable (I am so rubbish at being cold).
  • The end of August is pushing it for nice weather, our gamble didn’t pay off.
  • We all like horse-riding. Robert was not keen to try at all, but was persuaded and we all had a brilliant family lesson together. We knew that Lily loved it already (she so wants lessons, but it’s sooo expensive).
  • Staying in on a wet afternoon watching DVD’s gets easier with and 8 and 1o year old that it would have been a few years ago. No cabin fever!
  • Despite enjoying the time together, I still need some quiet time away from all my big and small darlings (even the dog), so will actively try and make this happen next year. Shopping in the local town is a must!
  • I really am addicted to Pinterest and Instagram.
  • We all love the beach, but Lily and I love rock-pooling and finding crabs more than anything else.

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lily's birthday and Pembrokeshire 2014 sml (3 of 11)

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Favorite Instagram Pictures: late Summer 2014

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robertleemorrisny has one amazing mood board…so much inspiration!

hsternofficial in love with these rings from H. Stern, Brazilian design at its best

karenhsiangjewelry scored a lovely mini squash blossom necklace, which pairs perfectly with her designs

emilyameyjewelry visits the Royal Ontario Museum and captures this incredible shot

wowhannahwow visits an awesome Rock Shop on her Route 66 road trip

theoneilovenyc perfecting a perfect duo: antique stacks and boyfriend jeans

nicholasliufinejewels custom ruby cuff really just goes so well with tattoos and a brown leather watch

alishamiele and her dog Sushi are outta control

circa1700 has the most amazing antique charm collection, with a snake protecting each one

paula_dolubizno playing with jewels and falling hard for this diamond ring from Rahaminov Diamonds

elisasolomon organizing all of her incredible, handmade designs

turquoise_row is stacking up her wrist, admiring a new addition to her stack–the buckle bracelet

lorimcleanjewelry a shop I’ve been wanting to visit, for obvious reasons

karripsoph showing me her grandmother’s ring, which used to be owned by Carole Landis

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Explore the World of Holistic Aura of Chakra Jewelry

The Chakra jewellery and even buying Chakra crystals is becoming immensely popular with the growing awareness among people about the significance of such ornaments on the health and mind. Chakra yoga art is widely practiced by people worldwide to generate an aura of positive energy. Over the past few years, there has been an inclination of the masses towards the chakra yoga practices to raise the power of the chakras in the body to generate a flow of positive energy in the mind and the body. The most exquisite factor why people are getting more inclined to the Chakra jewellery pieces is the brilliance of the designs on this contemporary ornament piece. Designers are constantly experimenting with various forms of jewellery designing that can raise the power of these pieces in the wardrobe to bring energy and fortune to your life so that you get the fruits of all the hard work leveraged in your field of activity.

The jewellery designers for quite a long time have been designing Chakra ornaments like pendants, bangles, earrings and much more. The astrologers and spiritual preachers of the opinion that wearing these jewellery items increase the power of the mind and the body manifold that helps you to get the optimum benefits out of your Chakra yoga and lifestyle practices. Wearing a Chakra band on your hand is not only beautiful to look at but carries the vibes of healing power that soothes the mind and the body. In this age of hasty lifestyle and immense stressful condition of the mind, these holistic pieces of jewellery and the path of Chakra yoga has emerged as a major savior for the mankind.

Many astrologers even suggest the use of gemstones on Chakra jewellery. Hence, you can have rubies, diamonds, pearls, emeralds and what not designed on your favorite jewellery pieces. Gemstones for long have been believed to bring fortunes back to the life not only by the astrologers in countries like India, but it is now becoming a practice in many countries. When everything around is going wrong, the gemstones are said to attract the positivistic elements and goodness around with the lives setting things right. This is more a matter of belief that boosts confidence to the person energizing him to face the challenges of life. However, before using these powerful gemstones, it is very important to consult an astrologer to get the right set of stones as these stones are very powerful and subject to suitability factors.

Now you can get Chakra jewellery online with loads of cool collections at unbelievable prices. This is even easier for the customers seeking to buy fabulous Chakra bangles, wristlets, pendants, earrings and other pieces. Many companies offer free shipping so you save the money on traveling expenses for visiting a far off shop and getting your products. Simply take out time to search for the designs you desire to buy and place the order. Your Chakra jewellery will be dropped on the doorstep. So relax, take a fresh breath and of course, keep shopping for your Chakra jewellery