Bespoke Gemstone Jewellery - Made Specially for You

I’m a big fan of making bespoke jewellery for people. It feels so special to work with a customer to actualise their dream piece of jewellery. If you see something in my shop and think you’d like it made in a particular style to suit you, please get in touch. Maybe you want one of my designs made in gemstones that are symbolic to you, like you and your partners birthstones or the birthstones of your children. I especially love to create a design for someone for a talisman or amulet they would like to wear as a symbol and reminder of something they are trying to manifest in their life.

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The ring above was designed with a customer around the two beautiful tourmaline stones she picked from my collection. She treated herself to a special ring for her 40th birthday. The band is sterling silver with 9ct gold bezels and accents. I love the combination of gold and silver.

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The 18ct gold chrome diopside earrings above were made specially for my mother as a (very belated) birthday gift! A bonus of having a jeweller for a daughter is the lovely gifts you can get…the downside is that she often takes way too long to make them for you!! Oops!! These earrings are designed in the style of my new gemstone Pebble collection, more of those pieces to come soon to this site. I can make these earrings with any gemstone you’d like.

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Above are a pair of 18ct gold Totem earrings. These drop earrings were commissioned for my customers wife as a lovely surprise gift to celebrate the birth of their 3rd child. The tsavorite garnet, aquamarine and rhodolite garnet are the birthstones of each of their 3 children. I felt very honoured to be chosen to make these and loved making them. My Totem design can be made in any gemstones you desire. I love this design as earrings. I usually make my Totem’s as necklaces seen here.

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This amethyst, citrine and green tourmaline necklace was designed for a customer looking for a talisman to help him call peace and calm into his life. He said that he wanted something in my style that captured a yin/yang symbolism, one of balance. Amethyst symbolism has long been one of peace and connection with the divine, so this was the first gemstone to come to mind for this design, capturing the “yin” energy. Citrine is symbolic of “yang” with it’s empowering and energising golden hue.

I’d love to hear from you if you like my style and would like to have a special piece made for you or for a gift. Contact me here to chat more. I have some gorgeous gemstones that I’ve been collecting over the years but can also try and source anything you are looking for.

Emma Kunz - Geometric Spirituality at The Serpentine Galleries

My eyes were filled with so much joy visiting the Emma Kunz exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries yesterday. I wondered in through the lush Kensington Gardens in the sunshine and this beautifully curated exhibition was such a perfect springtime destination. The combination of the colours, satisfying geometric patterns and the spiritualism behind the creation of these beauties totally bewitched me.

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The Swiss artist was also a healer and naturopath and she created her art using a divining pendulum, which she would ask questions. The pattern of the pendulums movements would result in these magnificent “energy field” images, within which she discovered her answer. Emma refused to name her work or record the meanings behind them and that really added to my experience as I prefer to have my own experience of a work of art rather than be told how it should be making me feel. Funnily enough, what I felt more than anything was healed. I felt such a lightness inside me looking at this work. The symbols worked on my consciousness like mandalas or sigils. I also felt very inspired to take up a new creative practice. Maybe get back into drawing again. But definitely something that involves colour. Kunz’s art made me think of how I’d love to have a go at some kind of fabric design again, so I wasn’t at all surprised to read later that she came from a family of weavers. I feel giddy just imagining one of these pieces being woven!! Swoon!

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Wall of the week at the Serpentine Galleries

This symbolic art had a real nostalgic effect on me too. It had me reminiscing on my two favourite subjects at school, art and maths (GCSE maths! I don’t want to give a false impression of my genius!!). I love the contrast of the precision of perfect lines and the innocence of the coloured-pencil shading. It all took me back to a youth spent drawing. The fact that all of it was drawn on graph paper was the cherry on the top for me. I have a lifelong love of graph paper. Does anyone else share this love?? Can anyone explain it? I’m sure graph paper was the main reason I enjoyed maths at secondary school!

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So, if you find yourself with some free time this weekend, I can’t recommend this exhibition highly enough. I love the setting of the Serpentine Galleries, it’s such a pleasure to get to and such a pleasant, intimate space to be in. And, best of all, it’s free!! Emma Kunz exhibition ends this Sunday, 19th May. Do your eyes a favour!

The Allure of 18ct Gold

I've fallen hard for 18ct gold this year. I'm so excited to have introduced this exquisite metal into my collections. The buttery yellow glow of it has bewitched me and I look forward to sharing more fine jewellery with you in the future. Working with it makes me feel like I’m weaving rays of late afternoon sun into my jewels. You know, that richest, most awe inspiring glow you get from the summer sun at sundown.

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My rustic, hammered wedding rings are now available in 18ct gold, both the men's wedding band and the women's wedding band. These hammered rings work so beautifully as a full set with my 18ct Sapphire Engagement Ring

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Wedding rings and sapphire engagement ring set - Image by Peach & Jo Photography

Any of my wedding rings can be made in 18ct gold, so please get in touch if you see something you'd like in 18ct that isn't on my site.

Other than my wedding rings, I have a couple of small items available in 18ct at the moment. I am excited to pair this beautiful metal with some of the delicious gemstones I cherry picked out in India earlier this year and bring you some special pieces of unique jewellery. 

Much golden love,

Marcia

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Gem Shopping in Jaipur - What Would You Like?

This Wednesday 14th February I'm on my way to my beloved India for a month of much chai, much meditation and much being-in-the-momentness. I feel a strong need to get reconnected to the natural flow of life. This helps me to tune in to my inner guide, reboot my spiritual sat-nav! 

I will be closing up my online shop from Tuesday. But I will be working whilst I'm away. Part of taking this time out is to give myself the space, in my head and my schedule, to design some new pieces for you. I'll be doing some deep communing with my muse and seeing what beauties she delivers up into my noggin! I will be working a lot more with juicy juicy gemstones this year. The dizzying visual splendour of the places I will be in India will, no doubt, have a massive influence on me. Varanasi, Pushkar and Jaipur are such colourful delights that I reckon I'll be back with an array of brightly coloured stones. I also want to work on more deeply symbolic pieces as I get so much out of making them. I will be making more of my Totem necklaces (above) in a range of stones and also introducing some earrings once I'm back. Oh, and there'll definitely be some more 18ct gold pieces, I've fallen HARD for it's beauty. There's no going back!

I'd love to hear what stones you would like to see my Totem collection in. I love making these symbolic necklaces bespoke for customers, in their choice of gemstones so do get in touch if there's anything you'd like me to pick for you when I'm stone shopping in Jaipur. I'll be there the second week in March. And if you have any thoughts of pieces you'd like to see made with gemstones, let me know. I'd love your input in my collection design. 

What gems would you love this ring made in?

What gems would you love this ring made in?

I'd love to know, what gemstones really speak to you? What do you love about them? Leave your comments below, I'd really love to hear. They could be a real source of inspiration for me.

Jewel of The Month - Goddess Totem Necklace

I'm a bit of a donut when it comes to keeping track of time! I think it must be something about working from home and never knowing what day of the week it is.....it's resulted in me not even knowing what month it is! Ha! My Jewel Of The Month blog was originally intended as a  monthly thing but, well, that ain't happened! So let's just say it's something I do SOME months! It's boring to be predictable, eh?!

The main inspiration behind my Totem necklaces was the symbolic way in which jewellery used to be worn. I wanted to design a collection of talismans to aid people in calling in certain states of mind or emotions. I, personally, wear certain pieces of jewellery as symbols to remind me of where I'd like to be mentally and emotionally. These jewels, when my gaze falls on them, serve as prompts to shift my mental focus over to the feeling I'm wishing to manifest in my conscious mind. 

My jewel for October is my Goddess Totem necklace. It's in a rich, luxurious combination of glowing tanzanite and magical star ruby. I designed this necklace with the intention of whipping up inside the wearer a sensation of sensual Goddessness! You put this one-of-a-kind necklace on and step confidently into your divine feminine incarnation. There's something so sexy about these colours together and the gold enhances the richness of the colours. I love the symbolism of both stones and thought they would work beautifully together in ushering in a Goddess mindset. Ruby is a stone that symbolises passion and tanzanite symbolises heightened spiritual growth. A true Goddess attitude combines both passion and a spiritual awakeness, a beautiful balance of lower and higher chakras.

Is there any feeling or attitude you'd love to be reminded to embody in your life? We can all tap into so many different sides of ourselves at will, but it helps to have a reminder. Jewellery is the prettiest way of guiding us to make these shifts in our attitude. If you imbue a talisman with a particular meaning, it will always create a shift inside when you put it on, even if only a subtle, subconscious one. I love making bespoke pieces for people so get in touch if you would like your own unique Totem necklace designed to help you call in a particular attitude or perception shift. I'd love to work with you and design a necklace to fit your desires using the perfect gemstones for your tastes. 

Divine Feminine: Hilma Af Klint

Symbols, symbols, symbols. I looooove me some symbols. So this wonderful woman of yore gave me such a lovely buzz in my tummy when I, only very recently, heard of her.

I'm fascinated by how Hilma Af Klint was guided to create. Along with 4 other women, named The Five, she conducted seances to make contact with the High Masters. Communion with these spirits guided her to paint these beautiful, symbolic works filled with a language of colours and shapes.

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Hilma's will insisted that her paintings not be shown to the world until 20 years after her death. She died at 81 in 1944. When she, posthumously, received attention from the art world, it was concluded that her work predated artists such as Kandinsky, who was always credited as creating the first abstract art.

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I love the idea of art being channeled from a higher realm. Whether you believe in the spirit world or not, the act of ritual definitely connects us with some kind of power. A material explanation for such unseen creative guidance could be the removal of over-analysis in such ritualistic gatherings. Surrendering yourself fully to ritual results in a loss of (or shrinking of) self. Most of our everyday creativity is performed whilst we are very conscious of the self. It's most definitely this awareness of self that can piss on my creative chips and cause me to overthink whatever I am working on. Will people like it? Is it original? Is it my style? All of these egoic questions can totally turn off a more intuitive creative urge in me. I read that Hilma engaged in automatic drawing, a method involving allowing your hand to move freely and randomly over the paper with no pre-considered design. A technique to access and express your subconscious. I have definitely found that a deep connection with my subconscious mind has brought about the best creative results. I came up with my favourite designs (which inspired me to properly launch my brand) after a 10 day silent meditation retreat. In these 10 days, the bellowing, ego-mind was turned down to a gentle whisper. My designs felt like they "came" to me. They sprung up from an intuitive place within that quietening the mind had allowed me access to. The pieces I created were the first designs that truly came from an authentic place, rather than an attempt to create something that I thought other people would like.

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But maybe quieting the mind removed the screen between myself and the spirit world. Maybe I communed, unknowingly, with my own High Master. I'm totally down with that possibility. (Although I'm not at all claiming to have pioneered any kind of definitive new creative movement, like Ms Af Klint!). I'm also totally down with the idea of experimenting with my own creative seance. Get in touch if you want to join me and see what comes up! 

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A Jewellers Guide to Caring For Your Gold Plated Jewellery

Gold. It does something to a soul. It's so pleasing to the eye and makes you feel a lot more special when you're wearing it. There's nothing like opening a gift box to see a piece of gold jewellery glinting out at you, all seductive and sophisticated (such a saucy minx, is gold). But, what to do if you have champagne taste and lemonade pockets? Gold plated jewellery to the rescue!!

Gold plated jewellery makes a great alternative to real gold jewellery. The cost of even 9ct gold can be quite prohibitive these days but nobody should deny their gold lust! Never! Gold plated jewellery looks just as beautiful as the real thing....well, it is kind of the real thing. With plated jewellery, a layer of real gold is applied to another metal so it has the same appearance. In the case of my jewellery, I use 24k gold to plate on sterling silver. Due to the fact that this jewellery has a layer of gold on it, different care is needed than with sterling silver or real gold pieces. And, be aware that, in time, the plating can wear off, especially if not taken care of properly.

I've seen sooooo much terrible advice online about how to clean and care for gold plated jewellery so I'd like to right that wrong! See my tips below for the best way to make your gold plated jewellery last as long as possible.

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Gold Earth Necklace

  • Remove all gold plated jewellery when doing pretty much anything that involves heat or moisture...so...bathing, swimming, exercise....and anything else you can think of where the jewellery may get wet.
  • After bathing/showering, wait until you're dry before putting on your gold plated jewels and apply all lotions and perfumes on before putting the jewellery on. Different chemicals in lotions and perfumes can seriously tarnish jewellery. It's best to avoid tarnish with gold plated items as they aren't as easy to clean as silver and gold pieces.
  • Store gold plated jewellery in the box it came in. Don't chuck it in your jewellery box with everything else as the friction of rubbing up against other metals can wear away at the layer of gold. And leaving it lying around increases the risk of tarnishing.
  • Don't sleep in your gold plated jewellery for the same friction-y reasons!
  • DON'T use any abrasives to clean your gold plated jewellery! So ignore all of the advice online to use baking soda or a toothbrush to clean your gold plated items! Anything abrasive will remove the layer of gold. This includes a lot of polishes used on real silver and gold as polishing metals usually involves slightly removing a layer of metal as you buff.
  • My jewellers secret trick for polishing up gold plated jewellery is to spray some window cleaner onto a piece of kitchen towel and gently rub it over your metal. Bada bing! Hello bling!
  • I plate all of my jewellery in a layer of palladium before gold-plating as palladium tarnishes much much slower than other metals and this under-layer slows decreases the tarnishing risk.

Lastly, if your plating has worn off your jewellery, which can happen eventually, you can always have it replated. It's not an expensive thing to have done and is a service I offer for smaller pieces of jewellery. Please contact me for further details and prices https://www.marciavidal.co.uk/contact-1/

Wonderful multi-purpose kitchen roll!

Wonderful multi-purpose kitchen roll!