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3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT VALENTINES DAY

Feb 4, 2015

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Designer Necklace Valentine Jewellery by Helen Swan Designer Jewellery3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT VALENTINES DAY

Valentine’s day is fast-approaching and at Helen Swan Designer Jewellery, we can’t think of a more perfect reason to treat your partner, or yourself (because who said you can’t?!) to a piece of designer jewellery from our website.. We think our

Love Letter range of Designer Necklaces

are particularly appropriate for the occasion ourselves…

BUT WE WERE CURIOUS

We were curious in the run up was to Valentine Day how the whole tradition came about. As an internationally-celebrated day, it must have a good back story, no? Well that’s what we wanted to know, so we went looking…

VALENTINE

In the Third century, When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men would make better soldiers than husbands and fathers, he outlawed marriage for all young men. Valentine, a roman priest, realised the injustice of Claudius’ actions and defied him. He continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. Valentine was caught, and put to death by Claudius, and so, for dying in the name of love, his tale stuck. It made him a legend that needed to be celebrated, a day for romantic gifts of designer jewellery and engagement rings. After all, do they not say that love makes the world go round? That’s one theory anyway…

And that’s not all…

What article of ours would not be complete without it’s Three Interesting Facts?! Here is our Valentines trio:

VALENTINE CARDS Did you know that Approximately 150 million valentine’s day cards are exchanged annually? – That makes the day second best to Christmas for card sending.

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT GOLD THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Jan 26, 2015

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gold designer jewellery by Helen Swan Designer Jewellery3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT GOLD THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

This week, 3 interesting facts brings you three interesting instalments, starring the most sought after precious metal,

GOLD

Shiny bright, show-stopping and a sign of wealth and luxury, gold is a chemical element and is bright yellow in colour (or.. gold in colour…), dense, soft and malleable as well as ductile. Its properties remain completely unblemished when exposed to water or air, making is ideal for use in jewellery.

One interesting fact about gold is that it occurs in ‘free elemental’ form as nuggets or grains in rocks, in veins- sheet like bodies of crystallized minerals within a rock- and also in alluvia deposits- loose, unconsolidated soil or sediments.

Its value and high demand stems back since long before the beginning of recorded history and its main uses have altered minutely, mainly in the production of coinage and of course, jewellery.

Gold’s value is rooted in its medium rarity, easy handling, easy smelting and non-corrosiveness. It has a most distinct colour and is extremely non-reactive; qualities that most metals lack.

It is obtained through mining, occurring naturally in the earth’s core and at the end of 2009, it was estimated that of all the gold ever mined totalled only 165,000 tonnes.

Since the 1980s, South Africa has been the source for a large proportion of the world’s gold supply, with about 50% of all gold ever produced having come from there.

A lot of interesting facts in just one portion of our ode to gold, but here’s just one more for now:

Gold is one of the heaviest metals and is 19.3 times heavier that water.

GOLD AND IT’S CARATS

For those of you who don’t know, a carat in gold terms refers to its purity (and no, it will not help you see in the dark if you eat it). Pure gold is equal to 24 carat – the higher the carat, the purer the gold.

Lets start with the leas pure used commercially, 9 carat (or ‘K’).

9ct GOLD

9 carat gold is around 37.5% pure gold which means that the majority 63.5% will be alloyed with another metal.

An interesting fact about this type of gold is that it is surprisingly harder wearing than gold of any other carat. Because pure gold is actually extremely soft, the lower the carat, the tougher the piece of jewellery and 9 carat gold tends to be cheaper, tougher, and might actually tarnish slightly over time.

The alloy makes 9 carat gold much more suitable for every day use, making it less susceptible to scratching and denting and adds overall to its colour and appearance.

14ct GOLD

14 carat gold takes us up a class and is about 60% pure. Most commonly used in Russia (and incidentally, Russian wedding rings), its usual gold-copper alloy is nearly identical to certain bronze alloys.

Blue gold tends to be made from gold of this particular carat by alloying with aluminium, although this is rarely done except for use in specialized pieces as it tends to be quite brittle.

Official interesting fact number two:

The word gold derives from the old English word ‘Gelo’, meaning yellow. It is the most popular metal used for jewellery and specifically, wedding bands and has been since the beginning of recorded history!

18ct GOLD

The most popular purity to opt for, 18 carat gold is typically 75% pure gold and jewellery of the utmost quality tends to be 18 carats.

It is sometimes alloyed with silver alone, giving it a greenish-yellow colouring and blends such as this are referred to as green gold (which might sound a little unappealing). Gold of this calibre is also used in white gold alloys, blended with palladium or platinum and 18 carat gold containing even nickel, zinc and copper is used to give it that silvery appearance. However, micro-interesting fact- nickel is toxic and its use is controlled by European legislation.

Being the minimum gold standard for Italy, its demand is high, although pricey.

MOVING UP TO 22ct GOLD

Moving on up, 22 carat gold is just nearly gold in it’s purest form. At roughly 91.6%, this calibre of gold is very soft and the brightest yellow. It is only used in specialised jewellery as it it precious and is extremely expensive and is unsuitable for everyday wearing.

One last of our interesting facts about gold?

Just one ounce of gold can be drawn into a wire 50 miles long, that’s the length of a staggering 670 football pitches!

How can we help?

We specialise in of one-of-a-kind bespoke jewellery in a variety of colour, texture and cleverly engineered, sophisticated designs that Helen Swan Jewellery does so well.. We can help you express your unique style with our elegant designs. We can even help you combine your old jewellery to create new preserving some of your old memories and giving them a new life. Contact us today and allow us to help you solve you jewellery needs

Contact us today Email: helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Phone: 0141 959 5586 Helen

Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery>

3 Interesting Facts about the Traditional Wedding Ring

Jan 19, 2015

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3 Interesting Facts about the Traditional Wedding Ring

GETTING MARRIED? Designer White or Yellow Gold Wedding Rings, versus Designer Platinum Wedding Rings- confused?

Is there such a thing as the ‘traditional’ wedding ring?

In the UK and America, we have become accustom to the classic gold band/diamond combination but have you ever stopped to consider other unique options?

Asia

Consider Wedding Rings in Asia. While many countries across the continent opt for gold, they tend to purchase pure yellow gold, usually of 22 and 24 carat whereas western countries tend to select lesser purity for hard-wearing. This purer gold has some ties to religion in Asian countries.

India

In India, the same calibre of gold is used for Wedding Rings, but this is for more symbolic reasons. For Indians, gold is linked to superiority, beauty and attractiveness and according to tradition, the higher the carat, the happier the bride will be in her marriage. A higher gold content is also considered to be longer lasting and so by investing in longer-lasting gold, the belief is a longer-lasting marriage.

Differing Entirely from Traditional Gold

Differing entirely from traditional gold the Native Americans use materials and symbols that have powerful links to their culture. Wedding Rings are almost always made from silver and decorated with semi-precious stones or natural materials such as red coral, shells and turquoise. Just because it isn’t made from the purest gold or the rarest diamonds does not mean to say that your wedding ring is of lesser value, sentimentally.

If you are trying to decide on a Designer Engagement and Wedding Ring, then the following article may be helpful to you

The fact of the matter is that yellow, white gold and platinum have their own unique properties and hence benefits. By and large, these are not explained too well to prospective buyers, but we are here to help

HARDNESS vs MALLEABILITY???!!!

Two properties of metals that aren’t well understood by the jewellery industry as a whole and by jewellery consumers are HARDNESS and MALLEABILITY. Put simply, hardness refers to a metal’s resistance to scratching and denting. A hard metal, just like diamond, the hardest material known, will be resistant to scratches, whilst a soft metal will scratch easily.

Malleability refers to how easy a metal is to bend and turn into different shapes without breaking. A malleable metal will bend easily, whilst a brittle metal will not bend easily.

Whilst it may be true that platinum is harder than gold in its purest form, 18kt white gold is mixed with other metals, most commonly palladium, silver and copper to make it harder. This results in 18kt white gold being harder than platinum alloys, which are most commonly 95% platinum. On the other hand, platinum is more brittle than white gold, and is hard to bend and hammer into shape. What the hardness and malleability of white gold and platinum means in real life is that a platinum ring will be easily scratched and dented, but will hold diamonds and other gemstones more securely, as platinum is less prone to bending due to its brittleness. However, to get the best of both worlds, we have been encouraging our clients to buy rings with a platinum setting and a white OR YELLOW gold band. This results in a more secure setting for the centre diamond, whilst the gold band results in less scratches and dents.

Platinum’s softness versus white gold is also the main reason why we don’t recommend platinum for mens’ wedding rings.

DENSITY AND WEIGHT

Platinum alloys are about 20% denser than white gold. This results in a ring that feels more substantial, and thus more luxurious, even though it may be very fine. Platinum is more difficult to work with, and often needs a jeweller with experience to produce a good job. Therefore, the labour cost is roughly 20% more than with white gold. Platinum can not be re-used and re-melted like white gold. Therefore, any scraps and filings must be sent to a refiner which is very expensive. For me the ideal engagement ring for longevity is a white or yellow gold band with a platinum setting and I hope this article explains why.

How can we help?

We specialise in design of one-of-a-kind bespoke jewellery. We can help you express your love to the one in your life in the most unique way possible. We can even help you combine your old jewellery to create new preserving some of your old memories and giving them a new life. Contact us today and allow us to help you pop the question in the most romantic and meaningful way possible. Contact us today Email: helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Phone: 0141 959 5586

Helen

Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery>

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3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT CHOOSING AN ENGAGEMENT RING

Jan 13, 2015

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Bespoke Wedding Engagment Rings set3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT CHOOSING AN ENGAGEMENT RING Differ from Diamonds

If you’re getting engaged, but worrying over the cost of an engagement ring, why not buck the trend and opt for something unique- Differ from Diamonds

Tradition leads us to believe that to be engaged means a diamond engagement ring, but this can be pricey. Why not save yourself the trouble and explore different gemstones? After all, if we broaden the marital spectrum, we are spoilt for choice! We seem to have forgotten that the idea of marriage is to celebrate love and the all-important engagement ring has become a token of this.

Diamonds

The beauty of the diamond traditionally conveys the preciousness and indestructibility of the bond between the happy couple but there are many gemstones equally perfect for the job!

Red Stones

Red stones- Rubies, Garnets- symbolise the heart typically, and thus the passion and love that one would hope contributes to a relationship.

Green

Green gemstones are also an ideal candidate as they typically symbolise faithfulness and continuity and if

Blue

is your colour, think dazzling sapphire to denote spirituality and purity.

These are but 3 examples

3 examples of ways we can branch out and express our personalities, selecting the perfect gemstone to make each engagement ring fresh and unique. Another pointer is instead of opting for that traditional gold band, maybe think about using white gold or even silver. Different gemstones complement different metals so why not do away with tradition entirely and go for something truly different? Even if your bank balance is skating on thin ice, mixing things up in regards to your engagement ring may actually be more meaningful! So maybe step away from uniformity. Diamonds are beautiful, yes, but so are other gemstones and these in turn add a more personal, thoughtful touch. So start dropping hints, ladies, the horizon has broadened!

How can we help?

We specialise in design of one-of-a-kind romantic jewellery. We can help you express your love to the one in your life in the most unique way possible.We specialise in design of one-of-a-kind romantic jewellery. We can help you express your love to the one in your life in the most unique way possible. We can even help you combine your old jewellery to create new preserving some of your old memories and giving them a new life. Contact us today and allow us to help you pop the question in the most romantic and meaningful way possible.

Contact us today Email: helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Phone: 0141 959 5586 Helen

Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery>

3 Important Facts About January’s Birthstone, The Garnet

Jan 5, 2015

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bespoke contemporary designer Garnet ring3 Important Facts About January’s Birthstone, the Garnet

January– Birthstone Garnet

By her who in this month is born No gem save garnets should be worn; The will ensure her constancy, True friendship and fidelity.

Unknown Tiffany&Co. Pamphlet 1870.

The Red Garnet

The red garnet for all you Capricornians, is thought to signify eternal friendship and trust and the word garnet is derived from the word granatum meaning seed. It is called so because of the garnet’s resemblance to a shiny red pomegranate seed.

The Garnet Is Not Only A Birthstone.

The garnet is not only a birthstone, they are also used as a wedding anniversary gemstone and can be given as a second year anniversary gift They are very bohemian. The historical region of Bohemia, in central Europe (now located in the Czech Republic) was an early source of garnets of the highest quality. Now, in the county’s capital Prague, you can visit the Magic Garnet museum, which features a large collection of historical and contemporary garnet jewellery.

Garnets Are Good For Your Health.

The third of our three important and interesting facts claims that garnets are good for your health. Garnets are thought to have healing properties credited with improving every sort of ill health from heart palpitations to heart disease. They are also thought to offer protection against injury or death Soldiers throughout the ages have carried garnets onto the battle field to protect them from their enemies.

Garnets are a group of what is known as silicate minerals (a group of minerals containing ratios of silicon and oxygen) and have been used as gemstones since ancient Egypt. Red garnets were the most commonly used gemstones in the Late Antique Roman world in the Western Roman Empire (although they occurred then and now in a variety of other colours). Garnets were especially used inlaid in gold cells in the Cloisonné technique. An ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects using vitreous enamel in recent centuries and cut gemstones, glass and other gemstones in older periods. The resulting product is known as a garnet cloisonné. As mentioned, the use of garnets in jewellery dates back to 3100 B.C, when the Egyptians used them as inlays in their own jewellery. It’s most fruitful and important sources are Africa, Sri Lanka and India and they are obtained by mining.

3 Important Facts about January’s Birthstone the Garnet

This is the first of my monthly blogs about stones representing each zodiac birth sign. This month, as I said, is the GARNET for Capricorn but remember garnets can be also used as a second year wedding anniversary gift for the special partner in your life. If you would like to see more jewellery ideas or discuss a beautiful, unique bespoke piece of jewellery using the garnet then contact me on Helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk or phone 01419595586

Blog written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz @ Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

Helen Swan Designer Jewellery Exhibition gets under way.

Nov 15, 2014

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Helen Swan Designer Jewellery Exhibition gets under way.

I had successful start to my Xmas Jewellery Exhibition when I revealed my new collection of contemporary jewellery . I like to hold these events as it gives the opportunity for a hands on experience. I realise the difficulty in selecting jewellery from my website so this lets my clients, present and future, see my designer collection of necklaces, bangles, brooches, earrings, kilt pins and much more in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

There is no pressure to buy anything, my jewellery exhibition is exhibited in my west end studio in Glasgow. I hope my clients like what they see and remember me throughout the year. It also gives me the chance to demonstrate and explain my more unusual pieces, like my interchangeable necklaces and my newly designed interchangeable range of contemporary jewellery. These pieces are unique to me and always look better worn than they do in a photograph and the unique mechanisms sometime need some explaining.

Would like to see more of my range of designer necklaces, and contemporary jewellery?

You can contact me at Helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk or phone 0141 959 5586 to arrange a viewing.

My jewellery is not just for Xmas!

Helen Swan Designer Jewellery Exhibition 2014

Nov 13, 2014

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Setting up Helen Swan Designer \Jewellery’s Exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland

Helen Swan Designer Jewellery Xmas Exhibition 2014

It’s that time of year again when frantic buying and a lot of unnecessary stress appears in our lives. Here at Helen Swan Designer Jewellery I have tried to make Xmas buying easier.

I am hosting my Xmas Exhibition of Designer Necklaces, Designer Brooches, Designer Earrings and Bangles a bit early to alleviate that last minute stress, leaving you time to enjoy the festive period. Get ahead and place your order or you can pop along to my studio and view a wide range of statement designer jewellery.

Today I am putting the finishing touches to my displays and making sure that the best prices are in place, I am even offering a 10% reduction on orders over 50.00 when place directly to me at my studio.

A lot of my new designs will appear on my website over the next few weeks

Thank you for reading this, if you wish to get in touch email me at Helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk. Bespoke pieces of designer jewellery is also something to talk about. Helen

2014 Christmas Exhibition

Nov 4, 2014

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2014 Christmas Exhibition2014 Christmas Exhibition

You are invited to come and see my new collection of Designer Jewellery, just in time for Christmas

For a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift, look no further than my contemporary collection of unique and versatile pieces. All lovingly handmade, no two pieces are the same, and my diverse range means there is something for everyone.

I also specialise in bespoke pieces if you are looking for something extra special, and can use gold and diamonds from unwanted jewellery to create beautiful new pieces with sentimental value

3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT CONTEMPORARY PEWTER KILT PINS

Aug 31, 2014

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3 important facts about pewter kilt pins3 Important Facts about Contemporary Pewter Kilt Pins

I have just introduced a new exciting range to my Contemporary Kilt Pin Collection at Helen Swan Designer Jewellery. Instead on owning a Designer Silver Kilt Pin you can now be the proud owner of a Contemporary Pewter one. Silver is very expensive and I thought I would source an alternative to it. Pewter allows me to supply large kilt pins but at a fraction of the cost so it gives you an option on price and a choice of metal. The only disadvantage is the contemporary pewter kilt pin cannot be personalised in the same way that a silver kilt pin can. Silver Kilt Pins can be engraved with a personal message to commemorate a special occasion however a Pewter one could have a commemorative card placed in the box with a special message.

Advantages of Pewter

One advantage of pewter is, it never changes in appearance. As you know from my previous blog “Looking after your designer jewellery”, silver tarnishes. Pewter Kilt Pins can also be oxidised to blacken them as with my Silver Kilt Pins. This process is a chemical one and is permanent. This gives a nice alternative to a shiny, polished finish and matches the contemporary style of button found in the more contemporary style of Kilt Jacket

Myths about Pewter

A myth behind pewter is that it contains lead, this is not so, modern pewter is made of tin, bismuth, antimony, and sometimes copper or silver. It is a softer metal than Silver but polishes well.

Conclusion

Thanks for reading my article on 3 Important Facts about Contemporary Pewter Kilt Pins. You can read more about Pewter at “What is Pewter” My new range of Contemporary Pewter Kilt Pins can now be found on my website, I hope you like them. If you would like to know more please contact me on helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk and look out for my next blog. You can join my newsletter at www.hswanjewellery.co.uk if you would like to keep up with my latest products and offers

3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT INTERCHANGEABLE JEWELLERY

Aug 27, 2014

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3 Important facts about interchangeable jewellery

3 Important facts about Interchangeable Jewellery

Do you like value for money? Then my interchangeable jewellery is for you. Do you go from work to a social event? Then my interchangeable jewellery is for you. Do you like to add colour and glamour to an outfit? Then my interchangeable jewellery is for you. My Interchangeable jewellery in silver with anodised aluminium will take you from season to season, outfit to outfit, add glamour when necessary and all from a single piece of jewellery. Gift problems can be eased. Buy one basic designer interchangeable necklace, brooch or earrings and the unique interchangeable sections can be collected and added too for years.

HOW? I hear you ask.

My uniquely designed jewellery allows you to slot in or add another design element by a very simple process. Simply remove the o-ring and slip in another colour or bespoke precious metal section. The added sections will then match an assortment of outfits. Add Oomph to black and white or neutral colours, add a zing with a wine accent of colour to an olive green outfit. Contrasts can really works

Add some glamour!

Adding gold and precious stones to your interchangeable jewellery, changes it into an expensive, glamorous piece for your LBD: little black dress. If you are going straight out from work, match a colour to your daytime outfit and add bling for your evening one by adding your precious metal section.

Holidays couldn’t be simpler.

When going on holiday, it couldn’t be simpler, instead of a bag of jewellery, take you key interchangeable jewellery pieces. Your designer brooch, contemporary necklace and earrings add several interchangeable sections and this will ring the changes for the duration, especially useful with the luggage restrictions.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this article on Important Facts about Interchangeable Jewellery My Interchangeable Jewellery Collection, is just one of my ranges. If you would like to see more why not contact me at helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk or go to www.hswanjewellery.co.uk.