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FANTASTIC PRIZE TO BE WON…. Designer Kilt Pin or a Contemporary Brooch

Jul 26, 2014

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Glasgow Designer Contemporary Kilt Pin

My competition to win a fantastic prize of a Designer Kilt Pin or a Contemporary Brooch is going really well.

I hope in the next few weeks , when holidays are over and the Commonwealth Games finish, that more people will LIKE Helen Swan Designer Jewellery Facebook Page.

This will allow me to show what fantastic presents and gifts you can get and all at  reasonable cost for one off Designer Jewellery. All my jewellery is handmade and individually designed therefor no two pieces are identical.

I try to design for a variety of tastes but if you do not see what you like then a Bespoke piece can be made especially for you.

I have a collection in my studio so if you want a more personal touch, come and visit me

A Competition with a Great Prize

Jul 20, 2014

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 A Competition with a Great Prize.

I am running a great competition with a superb prize to by won by you.

It’s so easy to do just CLICK and LIKE. When I reach 400 likes then a WINNER will be chosen. Remember to tell as many people as you can

BE IN IT TO WIN IT!

Win either the Designer Brooch or Contemporary Kilt Pin. The winner decides on which one

Glasgow 2014 A Year to Remember by Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

Jul 16, 2014

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Glasgow 2014 A year to remember by Helen Swan Designer Jewellery.

A selection of Architectural views from Glasgow which have inspired a new collection of Contemporary Jewellery From Helen Swan Designer Jewellery, Glasgow, Scotland

9 IMPORTANT FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PEARL JEWELLERY

Jun 10, 2014

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9 Important Facts you should know About Pearl Jewellery

Known for their lustrous sheen and valuable status, pearls have been the world’s favourite organic gemstone in jewellery for centuries. Pearls of the finest quality have been highly valued as objects of beauty for thousands of years and due to this, the word ‘pearl’ has become metaphorical for something very rare, admirable and beautiful.

It thus seems only natural that we use the pearl in fine jewellery and here, we present some interesting facts about them:

1.Pearls are the only gemstone made by living animals                                

2.They grow in a Pearl farm which is known as ‘periculture’.

3.Each has a personality of their own so it would appear! Pearls lose their lustre if they’re not worn, so if you neglect them, they begin to dull. Wear them often

4.Pearls take their colour from the inside of the shell in which they are growing. Colours range from white to gold, and from purple to black.

5.You can tell authentic pearls from counterfeit ones. Simply rub them between your teeth and genuine pearls will feel gritty, while fake ones feel smooth

6.They are soft gemstones and so are not suitable for hard-wearing pieces such as engagement rings as they will scuff and damage easily. Only suitable for dress rings, brooches, necklace or jewellery for special occasions

7.Every pearl is unique. No two are alike and all have individual imperfections. Which makes them so special

 

They have been precious and worn for centuries 8. Cleopatra won a bet that she could provide Marc Antony with a banquet costing more than the assets of a country. She took off a pearl earring, dissolved it in wine and drank it.

Did you know that 9.In 1916, Jacques Cartier bought his 5thAvenue store by exchanging two pearl necklaces for the land.Pearls are the only gemstone made by living animals.

I love pearls! Do you have any interesting facts that you can add to this, I would love to know of them. Contact me at  helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk for further advice or to add to my list of interesting facts

3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT YOUR DESIGNER NECKLACE

Jun 9, 2014

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Designer Necklace

 3 Important Facts about your Designer Necklace.

You have just bought a beautiful, bespoke, Designer Necklace and you love it! … How can you look after it now so that it will last for years?

 

 

Metal tarnishes unless made of Gold, Platinum or it is Rhodium plated.

A Designer Necklace in silver, copper or brass will all oxidise, better known as tarnish. This patina can be added deliberately with chemicals and is used by a designer to enhance their jewellery design, adding texture and creating contrast in form. If your bespoke designer has added the patina deliberately, your silver will be black all over or black in recessed areas to emphasise the design.   However once you have bought you Designer Necklace slow down this natural process by storing it in an airtight container, box or plastic bag and by wearing your necklace often.

When tarnish happens it can look quite alarming as your lovely bright silver turns black in varying degrees, don’t panic. No need to return your beautiful necklace

There are several ways to clean your necklace but this depends on its surface texture and whether there are stones or pearls in the design.

The easiest surface to clean is the highly polished. But this surface is the least hard wearing as it shows every scratch. Simply clean your Designer Necklace with an impregnated silver cloth or rub the surface with a metal polish until free of tarnish and polish thereafter with a soft cloth.

A quick fix for a shiny surface is to rub the surface with your fingers, if your jewellery is not too tarnished and this will make it shine.

 A matt, textured surface is best submerged in a good quality silver dip for 1min or until the tarnish has gone, do not leave it for too long as over soaking will cause it to blacken even more. Remove from the dip and rinse with soapy water, dry thoroughly.

To clean your jewellery when there are deliberate oxidised areas… paint the silver dip onto tarnished areas only, avoid the oxide as the dip will remove it also, rinse and dry

PLEASE NOTE pearls and porous stones should not be put into the dip, use the paint brush technique and clean around them.

A matt satin finished Designer Necklace, when you don’t have silver dip or there are stones, can be easily cleaned by using a little trick of mine…Take a clean white rubber, a smaller piece can be cut from it if necessary, and rub it over the surface to erase the tarnish. Wash and Dry- Quick, easy and effective

 

Enjoy wearing your Designer Necklace, look after it and it will give you years of pleasure.

Contact us today at helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk

Father’s Day. Designer Necklace, why don’t you!

Jun 9, 2014

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Father’s Day. Designer Necklace,

Why don’t you give your dad something special this year. A Designer Necklace, a Bespoke Finger Ring, or even an Ear Decoration- There is plenty of choice from studs and plugs to ear- cuffs. Have you thought of a Money clip with a special message engraved or add a symbolic symbol to give a personal touch to something he will handle often. Designer Necklaces for men can be made in different styles, depending on your dad’s preference. A plain chunky neck chain can be made in silver or gold as can a chunky bracelet in a matching style.

If your dad likes a finer style then a gold or silver  personal symbol hanging from a piece of leather  or a chain.  What about making it your star sign or that of his grandchild or something to symbolise a hobby.

If you would like more information please contact helen@hswanjewellery.co.uk

THREE IMPORTANT FACTS ON HOW TO APPEAR SLIMMER USING JEWELLERY

May 5, 2014

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Aluminium, Silver and Gold Designer BroochTHREE IMPORTANT FACTS ON HOW TO APPEAR SLIMMER USING JEWELLERY

 It’s all about distraction.  Statement jewellery really gets you noticed, and if you know how,

does so in all the right places. Try adding a colourful piece to a white, black or neutral outfit to see it come alive.

NECKLACES

If you are a more curvaceous lady, you may wish to add a stunning necklace to your repertoire, stealing your admirer’s eyes away from your tum and towards your upper half. Enhance your eyes with a colourful piece that will light up your face. If you have blue eyes, try pieces with pastel shades such as lilacs and soft pinks or turquoise to set them off, for green eyes, dazzle your audience with deep purples, mauves and lilacs and for brown-eyed girls, opt for greens and golds. Need suggestions? Follow the link below to browse some of our anodised aluminium pieces- with bright bold colours, they’re perfect for summer! Some stunning Necklaces

If your intent is to elongate and narrow, a long necklace, such as this

creates the illusion of a more lithe body. This brings attention inwards and thus creates a narrowing affect.

BANGLES

Those with larger wrists often make the mistake of wearing small, finer bangles.

You can resolve this by balancing your form with a medium to large style bangle. Try matching up a colourful outfit or creating drama and contrast with a bold flash of a contrasting colour.

Our Anodised Aluminium range of Designer Bangles  again offers many exciting statement pieces, adding instant class and sophistication in a variety of daring colours and styles.

BROOCHES.

Brooches are another great way to get you noticed in all the right places. Put one in the centre of your neckline to emphasis a voluptuous cleavage.

 A large brooch will make your body appear smaller, pick one hot point and highlight! 

A dark outfit with a statement piece of jewellery will really get you noticed, so to stand out and dazzle, make it loud and proud!

Contact Helen Swan Designer Jewellery is you would like to see more

written by Hazel Martin for Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU COULD REDESIGN and use your unwanted gold jewellery

May 1, 2014

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Did you know that you could use your unwanted gold jewellery to redesign and make something new like your Engagement and Wedding Rings.

Collect your gold together, every thing must be the same carat, 9ct or 18ct.

This is all melted together into an ingot. This ingot is then milled and rolled into  usable wire

silver-and-gold-wedding rings by Helen Swan Jewellery

This wire is shaped into the jewellery with will now be the treasured wearable piece

unwanted-gold-melted-down-and made into gold wire ready to be remodelled into something new

MAKE YOUR OWN WEDDING RINGS or have one designed especially for you

May 1, 2014

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Did you know that you could make your own wedding rings at Helen Swan’s jewellery studio

Demonstrate your love by designing and making your own bespoke wedding or civil partnership rings. Work in tandem or surprise your loved one with an exclusive symbol of your love.

 

GETTING ENGAGED? Fun facts you might just want to know

May 1, 2014

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Getting Engaged?   Fun facts you might just want to know

 Did you know:

 The tradition of an engagement ring was introduced in 1477. Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a Gold ring set with a diamond as a token of love.  Ancient cultures believed that the third finger on the left hand, had a special vein called Vena Amoris, the vein of “love,” this vein runs directly to the heart.  The word diamond comes from the Greek word “adamant” which means steadfast or invincible. It is from this word that the diamond gets its name. Diamonds are believed to be indestructible but although a very hard material they are also quite brittle so getting a hammer to it will not do it much good!! Some engagement rings are used as Wedding bands. You can still have a separate wedding ring band, but some designs incorporate this. Countries such as England, United states, France, and Canada traditionally wear the engagement ring on the left hand. Where as Germany, Russia and India wear the ring on the right hand.  Although Valentines day is one of the most important days of the year for jewellery retailers, December is in fact the most popular time of the year to get engaged. Diamonds were not used on wedding bands or engagement rings until the 15th century The most expensive diamond engagement ring in the world is the De Beers Platinum. Weighing in at a cool 9-carats. It’s no wonder it costs around £1.2 million. The average diamond carat weight used in engagement rings is estimated at 0.37 carats. Did you know if you shine an ultraviolet light on a real diamond it will glow in the dark for a few seconds. Some experts believe this is a good way to make sure its the real thing. Never test a diamond by scratching a glass surface it will damage the surface of the Diamond.  Even a imitation glass diamond will scratch the surface of glass.