A lover of ballet from an early age, I have seen Swan Lake numerous times. Being performed again in April 2020, at the Royal Opera House, it has everything: stunning music, the tradition of ballet dancing and intriguing connections to fable, fairy tale and drama.
Swans have long held a fascination for me, we often see them at our house in Scotland and a wonderful picture of them features on our website.
Recently in Bath for a few days, I couldn’t resist this little coaster featuring a black swan and a white swan. Another inspiration is a fun card I bought when holidaying in Oregon features a swan, and other motifs of natural objects, flowers and birds.
My Odette and Odile Swan rings:
A friend carved the first version in wax a few years ago and...
I didn’t expect to be inspired to write a blog about the James Taylor concert we went to in Hyde Park in the summer, but his beautiful song one of my favorites from many years ago, reminded me of colour combinations I have always loved.
There is an old fashioned saying that tries to persuade us that ‘ blues and greens should never be seen’. I am never following that advice - after all nature hasn’t. The song ringing in my head as an ear worm recalls bluebells in woods, a tree against a summer sky, seaweed in the water – every scene beautiful, refreshing and inspiring.
I was once snorkeling in the Caribbean and was surrounded by thousands of bright blue Angel fish shoaling in a solid wall of colour, winding a brilliant tube of colour around m...
At a time of new beginnings and renewal – I wanted to share with you a recurrence of patterns in my repertoire!
My secret garden (at the back of my garden) was designed by me, and laid out in brick edging and box edging about 20 years ago. I still love it! The planting has changed over the years, and as things have grown it has changed scale. When I showed it to a friend she said, “that’s not a garden – it a piece of jewellery!”
Another reincarnation of these favourite shapes of mine was in my engagement ring – I designed it using a central cushion-shaped old cut diamond, bordered by tiny diamonds. There are hollow navette and cushion shaped motifs either side which are also set with tiny diamonds. An unconscious recurrence of the theme f...
Since earliest humans have tied pieces of shell, bone, teeth, feathers and pebble around their necks, arms and ankles, because we have had a compulsion to collect treasures and to adorn ourselves!
Like the inspiring Bowerbird, some people decorate their lives, homes and bodies with the jewels they collect and hope to impress others with!
Jewellery is hugely personal. Your taste, budget, history and the taste of your family and loved ones tells a unique story for each of us. Of course, sometimes we inherit pieces, some are loved immediately, some need ‘refreshing’ and personalising. This is something we love to do here – we each have a few pieces that have been modernised!
Some are particularly interested in the sentiment of illustrating our lo...
Pantone have announced that Ultra Violet has been crowned the 2018 colour and I for one am delighted, because purple is one of my favourite colours!
I possess many clothes and accessories in varying shades; even the walls of my kitchen and orangery are purple. Who knew I was so on trend?!
Amethyst is the best known purple gemstone, but there are plenty of others that present purple variations. Such gemstones include Charoite, Iolite, Garnet, Tanzanite, Rubellite, Sapphire, Spinel, Tourmaline and even Black Opals often display blue and purple tones. In recent years, Rio Tinto discovered some impossibly rare violet Diamonds in Western Australia, formed over one and a half billion years ago and worth millions of pounds today.
Typically red, Garnets are thought to resemble the seeds of a pomegranate. In fact, the name Garnet was derived from the Latin Garanatus – meaning seed-like.
Prized for thousands of years, the oldest garnet jewellery was discovered in the form of beads found in the grave of a young man, dating from 3000BC. An ancient and meaningful stone to the Bohemians, Anglo-Saxons and Victorians alike, Garnets have long been seen as a token of everlasting love.
There are few gemstones that come in such a wide range of colours. Garnets also show a good lustre and wide variety in size of crystals found. All Garnet minerals show a cubic crystal structure and are mined in many diverse parts of the world.
My personal favourites are the green Demantoid and Tzavo...