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MY JEWELLERY HISTORY & TERMS YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND!

 

Have you ever wondered what semi-precious, ST,  rhodium, .925  means?  These are just a few of the terms which you will often see when purchasing jewellery.

My History with Jewellery: I first stumbled upon these type of words way back in the 80’s when growing up. My parents owned a wholesale business on Berwick St. London, selling all types of costume jewellery, from Swarovski, glass and metal beads to hardware for customers to make up their own pieces to sell.

The fun part was, as a baby, I actually used to play in my Father’s warehouse/factory and learnt how to walk there!  I even ate the tiny beads that had fallen to the floor.  This would nowadays, probably send any parent into a meltdown and a trip to A&E!!  However, my parents carried on with their day, slogging away day after day whilst I enjoyed my bead treats!

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To this day, the business is still running and has gone from strength to strength and is a huge success.  Please have a browse on www.internationalcraft.com.

I grew up hearing many terms used in the jewellery business, from various charm sizes, the vast choice of beads, clasps and chain types plus the fact you can make earrings and necklaces from scratch!!  This was music to my ears and so I began to make earrings to sell at school!! I did pretty well and made a small profit!

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Whilst industry changes were taking place over the years including manufacturer and import export levies etc, what became apparent is that jewellery is something that will never fade, never go out of fashion and will always remain as one of the top ten gifts.  Yes, it is a very competitive market however with courage, support and understanding of the jewellery world, Blooming Charms will hopefully have a chance to become part of this market with its personalised handcrafted jewellery.

 

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It is easy for designers to forget that not all non-jewellers are familiar with the terms we use, so we would like to help make it easier.  Here are some of the terms which you may find within our website:

ST – Sterling Silver

Sterling –  The highest standard of silver, i.e., 925 parts of silver to 75 parts of another metal.

Semi-Precious – a semi-precious stone is one that is used for making jewellery but is not extremely valuable i.e. amethyst, turquoise

Rhodium – sterling silver that is polished and dipped in rhodium giving it a bright finish and making the sterling silver more durable and adds more lustre.

.925 – A standard sign used to mark sterling silver, the meaning of the stamp is that the silver content in the piece is 92.5% (i.e., the remaining 7.5% is comprised of other elements). Our Blooming Charms jewellery come with a teeny tiny stamp.

Gemstones – Each gemstone is unique with a special colour, birthplace and story.  Gemstones come in many different colours and are gathered from all corners of the world possessing a unique creation of beautiful colour. Blooming Charms is proud to be able to offer gemstones such as peridot, topaz, ruby, garnet and others as unique birthstones.

Bezel – Setting for our gem/birthstones

Filigree – Thin metal wire that is twisted into delicate lacy patterns.

Prince of Wales chain –  named after the Bare Knuckle Boxer, Jim Belcher, who was Champion of All England from 1800 to 1805. The chain also known as a Rolo (Italian for round) chain is made from a D-shaped wire and is cut and shaped into individual round or oval links which are then interlocked together.  This chain resembles a rope and is extremely strong due to the additional connectivity between chain links.

 

If you come across any other terms you are not familiar with, please feel free to let us know so we can add them to our list!

 

Difference Between Silver and Sterling Silver

 

What is the difference between silver and sterling silver?

 

Silver vs. Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver and silver can often by described as the same thing, but in reality, sterling silver is only an alloy of silver and is much more hard wearing.  Silver, which is usually called fine silver, consists of 99.9% pure silver. On the other hand, sterling silver consists of approximately 92.5% silver, and the remaining 7.5% (or even more) is of other metals. Due to the high percentage of silver in ‘pure silver,’ it cannot be used to make those daily rough and tuff items.  Pure silver is too soft if it is to be made into jewellery.

 

Sterling Silver Bracelet

.925 Sterling Silver Chain

 

Sterling silver can easily lose its luster in many situations however pure silver, remains non-responsive to tarnish on its surface. This is because tarnish is more responsive in alloy metals. To test the tarnish tendency of a metal or alloy, you simply have to rub your finger tightly over a shiny piece of your sample material. In sterling silvers, you usually find some dull smudges on your skin. Nevertheless, you can keep your sterling silver items shiny by using a cloth or cotton to regularly and gently clean its surface. Moreover, if you do not use your sterling silver items for a prolonged period of time, you may notice that tarnish starts to appear.

Find out how to care for your sterling silver jewellery within any of our items at:

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Sterling Silver and Sterling Silver Rose Gold Plated

 

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Why Buy Handcrafted Jewellery?

10 REASONS TO BUY HANDCRAFTED JEWELLERY

1) I don’t know about you, but as a busy mum, I seem to have limited time to keep going in and out of the house to shop for any kind of jewellery, especially with a young family in tow! Forget about department store jewellery which tends to be mass produced and designed toward the trend of the moment. Nice for a bold fashion statement but why not celebrate your own style and gift someone a unique personalised piece, what most people don’t have.

 

 

2) Workmanship is evident, and handcrafted jewellery can last forever, especially with its personally chosen pieces.  I prefer to own fewer good pieces that I love as quality outweighs quantity in my book.

 

3) Your handmade jewellery will become a conversation piece. Whenever I wear handcrafted jewellery, I get asked about it. I get to share my story and it sure feels good to promote the talents of what goes behind handcrafted jewellery.

 

4) It makes more sense for jewellery artisans to promote their work on a site like #bloomingcharms.  Profits go to a company who has you in mind and spends time and effort to make these individual pieces.  Profits are better of here than in department stores.

 

5) Handmade jewellery is not only a piece of art but retains its value as such. Blooming Charms uses high quality .925 sterling silver which is imported to provide the best for our customers.

 

6) Purchasing handcrafted jewellery benefits the small business and not these huge department stores, it is more personal and you will be remembered more!

 

7) Handmade jewellery need not break the bank when purchased directly. Jewellery store markup varies however we tend to keep our markups low!

 

8) Handcrafted jewellers take pride in their work, and are known for forming one-on-one relationships with their customers. They work hard to make sure you are satisfied with your purchase and your shopping experience.

 

9) Handmade jewellery makes a fantastic gift for any any occasion. By choosing something handmade the recipient will know you spent the time to choose a meaningful present, and will think of you often while wearing the piece.

 

 

10) Great design and craftsmanship never goes out of style!

 

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Fun Facts About Charm Bracelets

So what do we all look for in a charm bracelet?  Charm bracelets are a wonderful and an easy way to express your love and gratitude to another person. Charm bracelets are made up of various materials, from gold to silver to platinum. However, no matter what material is used, charm bracelets will still look beautiful. They are and should be treated as treasured pieces. Some families even have a tradition where they pass down charm bracelets from mother to daughter to grand daughter. If you are looking for the best silver charms, make sure to visit Blooming Charms website for the best charms collection! Read more

Reasons for Gifting Jewellery for any Occasion

Be it a birthday or an anniversary or just a couple of friends celebrating their friendship, jewellery is the best gift you can give to anyone. Personalised jewellery for any occasion is available almost everywhere in the UK, however most of them do not have the proper quality which you may be looking for. Which is why you should check out Blooming Charms for the best personalised jewellery for any occasion. You will not regret it and your friend or partner will cherish that personalised piece of jewellery forever. Read more

Tips to Buying Personalised Jewellery UK

 

Personalised jewellery has existed for literally thousands of years–from golden bracelets in ancient Egypt carved with favorite symbols to brooches in Victorian England hand-embroidered with someone’s initials and favorite flowers, all the way to modern day when personalised jewellery has become an industry of its very own. And the long lasting popularity of jewellery is exactly why it makes the perfect gift or even a present for yourself. If you want to make sure you’re getting the best deal on jewellery, take a look at these 4 tips to buying personalised jewellery in the UK. Read more

Tips For Buying the Best Sterling Silver Jewellery

 

Sterling silver is one of the most popular materials in the world for making jewellery. This is because sterling silver is durable, long-lasting, easy to care for, and is much more relatively affordable when compared to other–and often, more fragile–jewellery making materials. The popularity of sterling silver has made it an obvious choice for all sorts of jewellery, ranging from bracelets to necklaces to earrings and much more. If you want to know how to buy the best sterling silver jewellery for yourself or as a gift–birthdays, holidays, and more–then look no further than these essential 4 tips. Read more

Charm Bracelets with Birthstones – A Special Birthday Gift Idea for Your Daughter

 

Birthstones have long been believed to bring good luck, wealth and health to the wearer. A birthstone is a precious or a

semiprecious gemstone associated with either a month of the year or an astrological sign (or occasionally a year of birth

when using Chinese astrology). For centuries birthstones have been incorporated into jewellery, including rings, necklaces and bracelets. Many of these pieces become family heirlooms, passed down in a family from mother to daughter to granddaughter. They still make adored and popular pieces of jewellery as gifts for a range of special occasions, especially birthdays. Read more

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