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June Jewel Of The Month

Ok. So I'm not great at keeping track of the month I'm in and totally lunched on creating a Jewel of the Month blog post for May! Time goes so fast and I've just checked the calendar to see that it's the end of June! So here is the Jewel of the Month for June (just in time!). But to make up for the missing month, it's more a Collection of the Month!

I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling that the sun is one of the most important entities in my life. I'm a different woman when the sun shines on my bones. As a teenager, my mum once observed that I grew visibly taller when the sun came out, like a flower. I feel this expansion in every part of me when I go for a stroll in the sun's nourishing rays. I'm flooded with a serene positivity and feel more confident, more empowered.

Some pieces from my  Sunburst  collection

Some pieces from my Sunburst collection

Living in a country that doesn't always see the sun inspired me to create my own sunshine. On those days when the sun don't shine, I can wear a piece from my Sunburst collection to take me back to the Marcia that comes out in the sunshine. Each time my eyes fall upon the piece of jewellery, I take my attention back to feelings of warmth and expansion. I focus on feeling the warm, golden glow of the sun coursing through my body. This is jewellery to chase the clouds away. A little bit of mind-over-matter can convince your soul that it's a beautiful day, no matter what the weather is doing outside. On days when the sun is shining, I wear my Sunburst jewellery to remind the Sun how much I love him and invite him to please stick around awhile. 

The traditional symbolism of the sun often relates directly to the ways it makes us feel. It is a symbol of vitality, passion and energy. But my personal favourite meaning to attribute to a piece of sun symbolism I'm wearing is "rebirth". The sun heralds the dawning of a new day, every day. It's a beautiful reminder to start anew, recalibrate. A message to ourselves to shake off the shit from this chapter and step, cleansed, into a new one.

World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day. A day to honour and remember the millions of people around the globe who have been forced to flee their homes. But, most importantly, it's a day to remember that, although the refugee crisis has faded from our headlines, the suffering and displacement has definitely not faded.

Image from the  CalAid  website

Image from the CalAid website

According to the UN, this past year has seen the highest ever number of displaced people since they started recording these figures. By the end of 2016, 65.6 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict or persecution. I can't even begin to process the magnitude of suffering that implies. 

There are so many organisations out there striving to help as many as they can find a level of comfort in their uprooting. CalAid is a grassroots charity that is now mainly focused in the camps in the Epirus region of Greece. I am proud to donate a portion of all of my sales to this wonderful charity. Have a read of their About page to find out more about what the money they raise goes towards http://calaid.co.uk/about/ They are doing such great work. They rely on donations and are always in need of our financial support. 5% of every sale I make is donated to CalAid but you can also donate to them directly here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/calaid

Choose love. Spread love.

Peace.

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Valentines Gift Guide - How to Choose the Perfect Gift for Her

It's that time of year again. You want to get your lady something special to show how much you appreciate her on Valentines Day, but you have no idea where to start. If the thought of finding a gift for your beloved gives you an anxiety attack, I'm here to make it a bit easier. You're welcome.

If you've come to my site, you've probably decided that jewellery would be the best Valentines gift for her. But, the most vital question to ask when buying jewellery is, "what kind of jewellery does my boo wear?". If this isn't something you've been taking any notice of (tsk tsk!), there are two things you can do. First is to look through photos of your sweetheart on social media to see what she's regularly adorned in. Second is to look for jewellery boxes or drawers in the bedroom (usually) and have a look through her collection to see if she's more of a bracelet, necklace, ring or earring kinda gal. If she has no bracelets at all, for example, don't go rogue and buy her a bracelet as there is a strong chance she never wears them. Some women have very strong aversions to particular types of jewellery and may not feel comfortable with rings on or things hanging from their ears. A look through my jewellery box (and the collections on my website!) would show that I luuuurve me some big earrings. 

The next question to ask is, "What kind of boo is she?" Is your beloved a minimalist? A bold, brassy broad? The shy and quiet type? This blog post is a short list of some of my best-selling pieces of jewellery along with an idea of the kind of woman they may appeal to. I hope it helps! And, remember that 10% of all sales is donated to the refugee charity CalAid, which means give back to more than your darling with one of these Valentines Day gifts.

Dainty Darling

Minimalist and simple earrings. For no-fuss ladies or dainty dames.

Sex Kitten

The choker is the sexiest piece of jewellery you can get for your woman. A gift for her and you. Gift this necklace along with some Agent Provocateur undies for a steamy Valentines night.

Ray Of Sunshine

Upbeat and positive. For those little rays of sunshine, give these earrings as a symbol of what she brings to your life.

Dynamic Dame

This necklace is perfect for designers and architecture lovers (it's inspired by the New York skyline). It is also a symbol of power and perfect for the formidable dynamo in your life.

Brassy Broad

Gold Large Cross Hoops £165

Gold Large Cross Hoops £165

Large hoops - the perfect modern symbol of a lady with attitude....for your badass queen.

And, if you're still not confident about exactly what to buy her, sign up to my mailing list as I will be adding online gift certificates to my site in the next week.

Happy loving, 

Marcia

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