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💚Birthstone for May-Emerald-Go green! 💚

The birthstone for May is the mighty Emerald, a stone considered to be a symbol for re-birth and love. Being born in this month will mean you are dependable and quick-witted, not a bad start in life.

Emerald is a stone whose colour reminds us of fictional cities and namesake to a whole isle. The deep green colour in this Beryl mineral is caused by inclusions of chromium, rather than the presence of a diminutive wizard or magical elves.

The brilliant colour of an Emerald is where its value lies, as it is not equal in strength to its hardened friends, diamond or corundum.

Yet the shade of these stones is enough to inspire the most dramatic of jewels. It lends itself well to storytelling since it masquerades as kryptonite in this ‘Superman’ ring by Ming Lampson. Clearly not a ring for Superman himself, but ideal for a wearer trying to bring Superman to his knees.

This vintage inspired pyramid ring by Erica Weiner highlights how just a touch of Emerald could be enough to bring out the green-eyed monster in your mates.

Whereas Robert Trisko makes a statement with this set of jewellery sculptures.

Mikala Djorup’s ring with simple chunky setting shows off a gorgeous stone.

Ornella Iannuzzi’s ring follows the form of the stone in its setting of gold.

Gold lends itself well to complement the tone of this stone, but emerald sits equally with other metals. As we see in this 9ct wax-carved white gold engagement with diamond and aquamarine ring by London Jewellery School tutor Helen Walls.

Green egg no ham. A bespoke ring designed for a couple who met in a cookery class. Just a hint of the frying pan was requested for this design.

Don’t be green with envy at these glittering creations this May. Get started on your own lucky charms on one of our courses.

 

 

 

 

Jewellery inspiration – Pantone color of the year 2017

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The Pantone colour of the year is a result of research into trends in fashion and home interior design so it is worth being in the know. The colour of the year for 2017 is greenery. LJS tutor Anna Campbell looks at some jewellery inspiration for this colour trends.

 

Pantone are a commercial printing company known for their colour matching system. However, they have become most famous for their announcement of the colour of the year. This is discussed and agreed by industry insiders and is often influenced by fashion and interior trends that work well in advance and is just as important for jewellery makers.

The colour for 2017 is Greenery 15-0343 ‘a refreshing and revitalising shade symbolic of new beginnings’.

There are many green gemstones that will fit in with this trend including emerald, tourmaline, peridot, tsavorite garnet, labradorite, demantoid garnet, beryl, jade and apatite as well as other forms of jewellery including enamelling and beading.

Take a look at some examples to inspire you.

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Green bead bracelet from gifts with a cause

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Art deco earrings from Wixon Jewelers

 

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Resin ring by Sylwia Calus

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Emerald choker by Vanleles

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Robert Procop drop earrings

 

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Green diamond bracelet by Glittering Stones

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Open heart pendant by Tiffany

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Bronze clay labradorite necklace by Anna Mazon

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Sylvan green enamel bracelet

 

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Emerald ring by Niquesa

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

 

When high-tech meets jewellery

London Jewellery School tutor Anna Campbell has spotted a new trend – technology in jewellery.

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As someone who has previously worked in an IT department (yes, I used to spend a lot of time telling people to switch things off and then on again!) I can be a little bit geeky when it comes to gadgets. So when I saw the Ringly I was sorely tempted to get one!

Ringly sell 18 carat gold plated costume jewellery rings in a choice of four different stones; emerald, pink sapphire, black onyx and moonstone (my personal favourite).

high tech jewelleryInteresting, you may say, but not particularly unusual. Well, this is a ring with a difference. It has a clever bit of Bluetooth technology inside it that allows you to connect it to your smartphone. You download the app and choose the notifications you would like including phone calls, text messages, emails, Facebook and Twitter. You can choose to be notified of just one of these (so just when your phone is ringing) or any combination. Then, when you have a message or phone call the ring discreetly lets you know. It vibrates and has a small light on the side that flashes the colour you have assigned via the app. For example, using the settings on the photo of the app below, if the ring was flashing blue it would be notifying you that you have a phone call, green means a text message etc.

 From $195 per ring (currently available on a pre-order price from $145 plus shipping) it’s not cheap but it looks great for the gadget girl who loves her jewellery!

 Anna Campbell is a self confessed neo-geek, an experienced teacher and enjoys different types of jewellery making including metal clay and beading. She runs her own business, Light Boat Jewellery and has made jewellery for celebrities.