Wearing jewellery to enhance one’s look is something that has been followed for many centuries. However, most women limit themselves to wearing jewellery only during wedding related functions. They shy away from styling their everyday outfits with jewellery and this holds true especially when dressing for work. This is primarily because women are concerned about choosing the wrong type of office wear jewellery and thereby coming across as being too loud and flashy. If you echo the same feelings and have been wanting to accentuate your professional look by adding some glam to it, this blog is here to help you understand where you need to draw a line with regards to wearing jewellery to office and understanding how much is too much when it comes to office wear jewellery.
Figuring out what the vibe at your office
Before you decide on any outfit or jewellery, first understand the vibe in your office. If your office is more conservative on their dressing, you may not want to draw unnecessary attention to yourself by dressing completely different from the rest. On the contrary, you may want to experiment with your looks if the crowd at work is more liberal with their fashion approach. That said, everyone has their own unique style and the key is to stand out from the rest of the crowd without coming across as the odd one out.
Office Wear Jewellery Etiquette
Gone are the days where you focussed just on what clothes you wore to work. Office wear jewellery come in handy when you want to add that little edge to your work attire. While choosing your office wear jewellery, always keep in mind that your clothing and jewellery work as a medium to convey to your co-workers that you are a smart professional who is well put together.
Most women prefer a minimalistic look while dressing to work. Wearing a pair of small earrings or hoops is the best way to style yourself if the minimalistic look is what resonates with you. If you want to take it a step further, you can complete your look by wearing a simple bracelet and teaming it with a chain and an elegant pendant.
If you like a bolder look and like being a little adventurous with your style, you may consider wearing one statement piece which can also be your go-to office wear jewellery. This could be a big bracelet, or a layered necklace or a big pair of earrings. Team your statement office wear jewellery with simpler or minimal pieces like a pair of delicate earrings or a simple necklace with a gemstone pendant- just to add that little sparkle to your neckline without being too flashy. Always ensure that your other jewellery pieces do not distract and take the highlight away from your statement piece. Adorning yourself with too many pieces of jewellery will not only make you look loud and flashy but would also confuse the eyes of anyone who looks at you.
It is best to save your big pearls and big studded jewellery pieces for other occasions. If you do wish to wear it to work, consider wearing it to a client meeting or an office lunch or conference. When in doubt, always remember that less is better.
Avoid wearing stacking bracelets or bangles or anything that jangles to quiet locations like to meetings where you need to present to the client or to your colleagues. The noise that it would make when you move can be distracting and annoying to others in the room. Even in a functional point of view, wearing something that jangles will only be a source of distraction to you when you are using your keyboard to type something.
While there are no set rules when it comes to wearing office wear jewellery, it is always better to keep some best practices in mind while dressing for an office environment. Each one of us have our own unique style and the key is to bring this style out without coming across as to loud. A key point to remember is to keep things simple and classy when in doubt.
Gehna is proud to introduce the Shimi Jewellery collection that is perfect for any working woman. Our Jewellery collection comprises of earrings, pendants and bracelets in Sterling Silver- perfect for everyday office wear. Our collection is inspired by Art Deco, Geometry and the structural finesse of Cubism. Head over to Gehna and explore the Shimi Jewellery Collection to add that sparkle to your office life.
The lush green hue of emerald has soothed and excited people for centuries. The term emerald comes from the ancient Greek word smaragdus which means green gem. The green colour of emeralds has always had a place in mythology. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks, in particular, gave great importance to the striking green rock and believed it soothed eyes, and your vision could be restored when gazing at them. Several other cultures around the world also consider emerald jewelry to be the sign of spring, rebirth and fertility. For centuries now, emerald jewelry has been shrouded in legends and lore. Let’s delve a little deeper into the history behind this verdant gem.
Cleopatra cuts no lone figure among the celebrated list of royalty who showed off their personal collection of emerald jewelry. Cleopatra reportedly adorned herself and her palace chambers with emerald jewelry and even gifted them to foreign dignitaries and ambassadors. However, it is believed that Cleopatra intended this more as a display of her power and wealth rather than to strengthen international ties.
For centuries, people and cultures around the world believed emerald jewelry could be used as talismans because of mystical powers. Many people wore emerald jewelry as they believed it would confer wealth and power when worn on their body. These gems were also believed to strengthen memory an sharpen one’s wit. However, it’s most valuable power was bestowing its wearer with the ability to see into the future.
In the past eras, the Spanish, Arabs and Hindus believed that emerald jewelry could be used to cure dysentery, infection, poison and even protection against possession by demons.
To soothe vision
Emerald’s soothing green hue was believed to relieve fatigue from tired eyes. A number of gem cutters around the world kept emeralds on their benches. After long hours of close work with other gemstones, gem cutters would relieve stress from their eyes by looking at emerald jewelry.
Revealer of truths
In the medieval times, emerald jewelry was held in high regard as a revealer of truths. People believed emerald jewelry could cut through spells and illusions. Many wore emeralds around their necks or held them in a small pouch that they carried everywhere to protect them from curses and evil eyes.
Offering to the gods
In the past, practising Hindus believed that offering emerald jewelry to the gods would invoke rewards and blessings from Lord Krishna. Hindu teachings also associate emerald jewelry with the planet Mercury, which has given rise to the Navaratna setting.
Western tradition, on the other hand, associates emerald jewelry with the planet, Venus. This is possibly influenced by Greek and Roman mythology where the Goddess Aphrodite or Venus emerges from the sea. As a result, western mythology matches the sea-green colour of the emerald with the Roman goddess’ namesake planet.
The wealth of cities
During the Age of Exploration or the Age of Discovery which lasted between the 15th and 17th centuries, there were several ancient myths and tales surrounding precious stones in India, emeralds being one of them. Europeans were keen to find the mysterious and legendary land that was believed to have enormous wealth. Wealth where entire walls and temples were covered in emerald jewelry and other precious gemstones. As history would have it, once these stories spread across Europe, several countries dispatched ships to discover the New World.
The breastplate of Aaron
Many scholars continue to debate whether the breastplate of Aaron does include emeralds as described in the Book of Exodus. However, over the centuries, with different versions of the text being produced in multiple languages, the names of gemstones have been applied a lot more broadly and liberally than what gemologists would today. For instance, ancients used the term saphirus to describe any blue stone, but the breastplate is also believed to be adorned by sapphires. Similarly, emeralds could have been present on the breastplate or could be any green stone.
Other myths surrounding emerald jewelry
There are several other myths and legends surrounding the lush green gem. Embalmers in Egypt would bury royalty with emerald jewelry to grant them eternal youth in the afterlife. Many cultures use emeralds for protection while on long journeys. The belief was that anyone in possession of emerald jewelry would receive God’s protection.
Doctors and healers considered the stone to hold healing powers, both physical and mystical. It was believed to relive one of depression and insomnia and cure heart, kidney, lymph node and backbone related issues.
Christmas is here, and with the magical season, you will see bright sparkly hues of red, green, gold and silver all around you. Whether you are spending Christmas with your family or will be partaking in all the merriment and festivities with friends, you will be dressed to the nines. And what better way to add an extra bit of pizzazz to your outfits than with some Christmas jewelry?
When picking out your Christmas jewelry, you need to ensure that the pieces enhance the look of your outfit rather than take away from it. With the right accessories, you can completely transform a rather plain outfit into something eye-catching and impressive. Here are a few trends that are currently ruling the holiday season that you can incorporate into your wardrobe.
There are some colours that are synonymous with Christmas – the red from Santa’s outfit, green from the Christmas trees, white from the snow and gold and silver from all the decorations around. So it goes without saying that the most significant trend of the season is about donning Christmas colours. Shine your brightest this Christmas with rubies, emeralds and of course diamonds. If stone jewellery isn’t your cup of tea, you can always opt for plain gold or silver jewellery. You can try out our elegant 18k yellow gold and ruby bracelet which is the perfect embodiment of the Christmas theme.
Statement gold chainlinks
Gold can never go out of fashion, and with every season, this precious metal manifests itself in new forms. While jewellery trends in 2018 were all about minimalist designs and looks, the Christmas season demands statement styles in the form of chain link. Chainlink necklaces were a staple during the 70s and 80s when extravagance was at its peak. These heavy necklaces are the easiest way to immediately add oomph to any outfit. Pair it with a white suit for a sleek and sophisticated look, or channel some Parisian chic by wearing gold chain links with a fitted black top and high waisted jeans. Daring fashionistas can even try pairing multiple smaller chain links together to create a unique statement piece.
Chandelier earrings will always be considered a party staple in every woman’s jewellery box. Depending on their size, chandelier earrings can add as much drama to your outfit as you’d like. Go all out this Christmas and look for chandelier earrings with coloured stones to match the festive colours. Our lightweight gold and ruby drops, for instance, feature gorgeous teardrop shaped rubies set against fine gold for an understated yet festive feel.
Also known as the triple ring, this statement accessory is as versatile as it is bold. They are worn on three fingers at once and offer a different look when compared to the popular cocktail ring or stacking rings. Three finger rings are the new style statement on the jewellery scene because their looks range from subtle to extravagant. From stone-studded ones that curve around your finger and sparkle bright, to simple ones with clean, minimalist lines that ooze sophistication.
Torc necklaces are the latest trending accessory and have made quite an impression this Christmas. Alternatively spelt torque or torq, a torc necklace is a large metal ring that is stiff and rigid. As opposed to a regular chain with a clasp, torc necklaces go around your neck and hug. Think of it like a ring worn around your neck but with a large opening at the front. Torc necklaces are made with multiple strands of metal twisted together; this helps them stay stiff and hold their shape. Torc necklaces though a new trend are one of the most unique Christmas jewelry pieces. You will be sure to have heads turning while donning one of these.
Nothing about Christmas is soft and simple, so why should your jewellery be? Oversized cuffs are a bold dominating style, bringing immediate attention to your wrists. Opt for a tribal pattern or something simple like a plain gold or silver cuff. Because of their size, even the simplest designs will stand out. Just remember to downplay your outfit when using statement cuffs as they might get lost paired with a busy pattern or print. Bring a bit of tradition into your outfit by matching an Indian themed cuff with your western outfit. You can read our blog on trendy ways to style Indian jewellery with western outfits for more inspiration. You can try even try stacking our Yin Yang sterling silver cuff with multiple other cuffs for a personalised look.
We hope our list of Christmas jewelry trends has given you enough motivation to try new things this Christmas. End the year on a delightful note with some stunning Christmas jewelry that you can find at Gehna. Visit our website today!
Jewellery has been a part of human culture and history for centuries. While every era has shaped the way jewellery is made, looks and what constitutes as jewellery, the time has also given rise to several stories and myths around jewellery. Some of them stem from common folklore while others are more contemporary. Some of them have even subconsciously influenced the jewellery industry and patrons alike. Let’s take a look at some common jewellery myths and shed some light on the truth behind them.
Gold comes in different colours
Gold is always yellow in its naturally occurring state. However, because of the presence of white, gold, rose gold, etc., many believe that gold is available in several colours. However, these are merely alloys of gold – made by mixing pure gold with other metals like iron, silver, or platinum. For instance, white gold is an amalgamation of gold, nickel and palladium, while rose gold combines gold, silver and copper.
The 12 gemstones came from the 12 Tribes of Israel
The origin of this myth is based on true events. King Solomon built the first ever Jewish Temple and the High Priest at the time wore a breastplate adorned with 12 gemstones that were believed to be representative of the twelve tribes of Jerusalem. From there, the idea evolved to be birthstones for each month of the year. These stone were matched to each month without any specific reason. It was only at the beginning of the 20th century that modern birthstone list as we know it today began taking shape. You can also check out our blog on the traits of a Taurus woman based on her birthstone.
Pearls can dissolve in vinegar
There is some truth to this myth as pearls are porous and the most delicate among all precious gems. As a result, these stones can dissolve in vinegar, hover, the process is slow and would take several days. The myth began when Cleopatra wanted to throw an extremely lavish dinner party and began throwing pearls into her in her drink. Although it is possible to dissolve pearls quickly by crushing them, history has exaggerated this fact over the years. If you’re intrigued by this classic gemstone, here’s our blog on all you need to know about pearls.
Sapphires are only blue in colour
While sapphires are synonymous with their cerulean shade, a little-known fact is that these precious stones are available in many other colours apart from blue. Depending on the number of impurities found in the stone, the colour changes from blue to a lighter blue or sometimes to a completely different colour. For instance, the standard blue sapphire contains traces of titanium and iron. The presence of vanadium changes sapphires to purple, while iron turns them yellow. Head over to our blog on myths and legends that surround the blue sapphire for more interesting facts.
Diamonds are the world’s rarest gemstone
Diamonds hold the mantle of the world’s rarest gem. While they are among the rarest in the world that their value surpasses other stones like emeralds, rubies, sapphires, etc., a few other stones like painite, bixbyite, jeremejevite, serendibite, musgravite, benitoite, taaffeite and garnierite are much rarer.
Diamonds are indestructible
This is among the most widespread myths related to jewellery. Diamonds are in fact among the most durable gemstones in the world and score a 10 on the Moh’s scale of hardness. However, a level 10 classification means it cannot be scratched. And while diamonds do last the longest because of their composition, they can crack under extreme heat and pressure. Therefore it is essential for you to take care of your jewellery
The bigger the stone, the more expensive it is
It would seem the most natural thing to assume, that the price point of a gemstone directly depends on its size. However, this is far from true, as a stone’s price depends on the 4Cs – cut, colour, carat and clarity. It is entirely possible for a diamond to have a mediocre colour and cut but be large in size and still cost less than a diamond with high-quality cut and colour, but be small in size. As a rule of thumb, it is always best to choose diamonds based on their overall qualities rather than focussing on their size alone.
Buying jewellery and precious stones is always an investment, and you shouldn’t be held back by myths and legends. With time, more and more myths surrounding jewellery are bound to crop up. While some of them make for fun stories, it’s always a good idea to know the difference between fact and fiction. Visit Gehna today for beautiful and authentic jewellery, or find out more about our custom-made designs.
Jewellery is the one thing that sits closest to your skin and what most people notice first about your outfit. When buying jewellery, most people only consider their style and preferences. However, another important factor you need to consider while choosing your jewellery is your skin tone. If you’ve ever noticed that your friend’s gold or silver necklace looks much better on them but doesn’t have quite the same sparkle as you, it’s probably because it doesn’t match your undertone. So how does knowing your skin tone help with picking jewellery? Well, that’s because certain metals and stones perfectly match certain skin tones. But learning how different jewellery can flatter your skin tone, you’ll be able to find the perfect pieces of jewellery that looks best on you.
What is skin tone?
The first thing you need to bear in mind is that skin colour and skin tone are two different things. Your skin colour (the overtone) is the colour of the skin you were born with. It can change due to environmental factors like getting tanned or burnt in harsh sunlight. Skin tone (the undertone) never changes. It can be traced back to your ethnicity and biological makeup, which consists of pigmentation, melanin, etc.
Types of skin tone:
There are three broad categories of skin tones – cool, warm and neutral. While there are a number of ways to figure out your skin tone, the easiest way to do so is by standing under natural light and looking at the veins on your wrists. Here’s what you will find:
Warm skin tones – Take a good look at your wrists. If your veins look green, then you have a warm skin tone. If you stay out in the sun for too long, you get tanned very easily.
Cool skin tones – People with cool skin tones will have blue or purple veins. Alternatively, people who have cool skin tones will burn when exposed to too much sun, rather than get tanned. This is because they have a lower melanin count.
Neutral skin tone – Your veins will be both blue and green, in equal measure or leaning towards one or the other. When exposed to the sun, you will either tan or get sunburnt. Sometimes, this could depend on the part of your body exposed to the sun.
Matching skin tones to metals
Now that you’ve determined your skin tone, it will be easier for you to find the perfect piece of jewellery. People with cool skin tones look best in light metals like silver, platinum and white gold. Those with warm skin tones will look good in gold, rose gold, copper and brass metal. Those with neutral skin tones have the best of both worlds – both yellow and white metals will them.
Matching skin tones to gemstones
Matching metals to your skin tone always ensure that your jewellery doesn’t look odd when you’re wearing it. However, the metal is not always the focal point of your jewellery – it’s the gemstones. When the gems in your jewellery match your skin tone, they give your piece a more cohesive look.
Cool tone – Cool skin tones work well with bright colours like blue and purple as they add some brightness and liveliness to cool skin. So if you have a cool skin tone, opt for gems like sapphires and amethysts.
Warm tone – Those with warm undertones will have a yellow hue to their skin. Yellow being an earthy colour will match well with other earthy tones like red, yellow, orange, brown and turquoise. Reach out for jewellery set with rubies, garnets, coral, citrine, etc.
Neutral tone – Since you are a mix of both, you have free reign to choose any gemstones, as all of them will look flattering on you.
Diamonds are your best friend
If you’re still in doubt about your skin tone and can’t decide what will complement you the best, turn to diamonds. They are the one gemstone that looks stunning on both warm and cool skin tones and can instantly lift any outfit. Be sure to read our blog on how to identify a real diamond before you go shopping for these stunning stones.
While we hope this guide has given some clarity on your skin tone and how to balance it with jewellery, the whole point of donning jewels is to feel special, unique and beautiful. When buying jewellery, make sure it holds some meaning whether it is a birthstone, something you’d like to wear on a date with your special someone.
Jewellery is all about mixing and matching styles to create your own. At Gehna, we have an exhaustive collection of jewellery to suit every skin tone. Visit us today and find your perfect match.
As an Indian woman, you love your traditional Indian jewellery and perfectly match it to your ethnic wear. But have you ever thought of pairing western outfits with your traditional jewellery? Wearing jewellery has moved from just adding glitter to your outfit; today it is more to do with making a statement and stepping up your style quotient.
The Indo-western clothing-jewellery combination is quite a bold fashion statement, one that shows off your fashion sensibilities and how creative you are. When done right, western clothes, with our elegant Indian jewellery makes for a stunning ensemble.x
Here are a few hints to help you nail the pairing.
Statement necklace with a crisp white shirt
White shirts are the epitome of formal, office wear and professionalism. However, they can be quite drab after wearing them multiple times. Give new life to your well-worn white shirt by pairing it with a stunning statement necklace. You could continue the Indo-western vibe by wearing an ethnic skirt, or you could opt for jeans to keep your necklace the focal point of your outfit. Pairing your white shirts with a statement necklace can give you an edgy look and can be worn to work, family get-togethers, functions, etc.
Kundan necklace with a strapless gown
One of the latest trends of 2018, Kundan jewellery is no longer a traditional set seen only at weddings and special occasions. If you have a black tie event to attend, opt for a strapless gown and flaunt your gorgeous Kundan necklace. With several leading ladies in Bollywood sporting the trend, this is a tried and tested pairing. Kundan necklaces are usually light in colour and grand in size in design. Choose a simple gown in a dark colour to beautifully offset and complement your Kundan jewellery.
Silver jewellery for a boho-chic look
Silver jewellery has a unique charm of its own, different from other precious metals. Pure silver or even oxidised silver jewellery give off a very boho-chic vibe. Want to try out a maxi dress? Pair it with a silver coin necklace to nail the look. You can also pair your necklace with a cold-shouldered top to maximise your boho-chic look. If you prefer a more sophisticated look, pair your silver necklace or a pair of silver danglers with a formal shirt. You could also use an entire set – think necklace, rings, bangles and earrings to jazz up a simple bodycon dress for a trendy look.
Jhumkas with an LBD
When in doubt, always go for a little black dress. This classic piece of clothing is timeless and versatile as it is appropriate for any occasion and comes in an exhaustive number of styles. Give this timeless classic a twist by pairing it with your favourite pair of jhumkas! Even the simplest of outfits can be lifted with the right accessories. By pairing your LBD with some gorgeous jhumkas, you’ll be sure to have heads turning in your direction.
Gold bangles instead of stacking bracelets
Stacking bracelets may be one of the biggest trends this year, but fashion is all about breaking the rules and finding your own style. Take this trend a step further by wearing a stack of gold bangles instead. Ensure your outfit is monochrome – nothing with a loud print or pattern so that your bangle stack stands out.
Maang tikkas instead of a headband
The idea of pairing a maang tikka with your western outfit may seem a little peculiar, but with the right design and style, this look will have at the centre of attention wherever you go. Don’t wait until the next wedding or a big family celebration. When you choose an outfit for your next party, birthday celebration, or an outing with friends, take out your favour favourite maang tikka and pair it with a simple hairstyle.
Anklets with cropped jeans
Another piece of jewellery that every Indian woman owns is a pair of anklets. From simple silver payals to decadent gold ghungroos, anklets are an ancient tradition that has adorned our feet for centuries. Give your entire look a fashionable boost by pairing your anklets with cropped jeans or pants. If you’re someone who likes fusion wear or likes to stay trendy, then this is the look for you. You can even opt for a single anklet instead of a pair and make your own style statement.
Indian jewellery has myriad styles, designs and categories. By pairing with western clothes, you open up an even vaster set of choices. With these handy tips, you can make even the most mundane outfits look magnificent. Head over to Gehna today to add to or complete your jewellery collection.
Diwali is the festival of lights and happiness. While partaking in the festivities and enjoying the company of family and friends, Diwali offers multiple occasions to dress up and party. Whether it’s a religious family gathering or a party with your friends, there’s no celebrating Diwali without donning our traditional Indian attire and of course, jewelry.
Diwali is synonymous with buying new clothes – and buying jewelry is considered auspicious during this festive season. Here are the latest jewelry trends that will have you looking every bit of a diva this Diwali!
Gold is always considered auspicious in India, so it comes as no surprise that gold jewellery is still a part of 2018’s jewellery trends, particularly during Diwali. Since time immemorial, gold jewelry has ruled the hearts of Indian women. Today, gold jewelry has taken on newer avatars. While traditional designs remain popular, there has been a shift towards minimalist designs, a fusion of gold and precious stones, gold jewelry with hints of other colors and many more. Undoubtedly, gold jewelry will always be a staple in every Indian woman’s jewelry drawer.
Many may consider pearl jewelry to be outdated, but this is far from the truth. Pearls are a classic and timeless gem that lends itself well to different designs. From dainty drops to a statement necklace or a simple single strand, pearl jewelry is a charming addition to any outfit. This Diwali, let your outfit shine with the addition of some elegant pearl jewelry. Take your pick from our extensive collection that has options for both lovers of tradition and modern fashion mavens alike. Whether you opt for a set of only pearls or a combination of pearls and other gemstones, rest assured you won’t go wrong with this Diwali trend. Be sure to take care of your pearl jewelry as they damage easily.
While minimalist pieces are still in the spotlight, statement pieces are making a comeback this Diwali. Both statement earrings and necklaces will make this trend the most prominent one during Diwali. Pick either one to take your outfit to the next level. If you’re considering getting yourself a pair of earrings, take a look at our blog on how to choose the right earrings for your face shape. Here’s another helpful blog on how to match necklaces to your neckline. You’ll be sure to have heads turning your way when you don this trend.
Diwali is a busy time of the year, and there is a lot of socializing that happens. Everyone is at the top of his or her fashion game. Take your Diwali costume up a notch with a maang tikka. Everyone will be focussing on wearing the latest jewelry trends but will be limiting their choices to necklaces and earrings, but maang tikkas or maang pattis are an excellent choice if you’re looking to stand apart from the crowd. They’re a unique piece of jewelry, as not many people would consider opting for a headpiece.
Diwali is a time when traditions shine through. From our religious ceremonies to the food we make and the outfits we wear – everything reflects centuries of culture. What better way to complement your traditional Indian clothes than with traditional jewellery? The newest trend this Diwali comes in the form of Kundan, Polki and Meenakari sets. While a relatively new trend, these traditional pieces exude ethnicity and are etched deep in our country’s history. Opt for an opulent conventional kundan set or one that has been re-imagined from the trends of yore!
Gemstones and pops of color
Like most Indian festivals, Diwali, too, is filled with colors. Match the festivities around you by wearing colorful pieces of jewelry! Go the bold route with bright, sparkly gemstones – think rubies, emeralds, sapphires and every gem imaginable. If you’d prefer a more subtle hint of color, consider getting yourself a piece in rose-gold or white gold. You can also check out Tints and Tinges collection for sophisticated and fun jewelry with charming pops of color that will add an air of wonder.
Fluid forms and Contemporary Shapes
The final trend you can try this Diwali is all about fluidity – jewellery sets in a lot of contemporary shapes and silhouettes. Think animal-inspired patterns and geometric shapes. This trend will be a hit among those with a bold personality and like to experiment with their style. If you’d like to try something new this Diwali, or merely want a dramatic look to match the bright atmosphere around you, try out Gehna’s Tessera Collection. This artistically designed collection features the art of tessellation and features unique geometric patterns that will be sure to catch everyone’s eye.
So what are you waiting for? With Diwali around the corner, there’s no better time than the present to get on your hands on jewellery that matches these trends. Head over to Gehna today for all your Diwali shopping!
It isn’t uncommon for jewelry to appear dull and lose its shine over time. This happens because your jewelry is exposed to dust, pollution, your soap and shampoo, lotions and perfume. All these elements make your jewelry look lackluster. However, there are many easy-fix remedies to bring back the gleam and glow to your precious jewels. Instead of making that expensive trip to the jewelers to get your jewelry cleaned, take a look at these simple home remedies that you can try with everyday household items.
Baking soda for Silver Jewelry
Silver jewelry is always the first to lose its sheen. Thankfully, there’s a natural home remedy if you’re wondering how to clean silver jewelry at home. Tarnished silver can be polished using a chemical process called ion transfer. All you will need is some aluminum foil, baking soda, salt, and detergent.
To begin, line a baking pan with some aluminum foil and place your silver jewelry in it. Then put a tablespoon each of baking soda, salt, and mild detergent into the pan. Pour enough hot water to cover your jewelry. Let it soak for ten minutes before flipping them over and letting them soak for another ten minutes. Once 20 minutes is up, remove your jewelry from the dish and rinse it off. You can also check out our blog on how to keep your silver jewelry sparkling.
Beer for Gold Jewelry
It is heartbreaking when your once resplendent gold jewelry loses it glow. If you’re looking for a reliable gold jewelry cleaner, then you’re in for a surprise. Beer comes in handy when you need a DIY gold jewelry cleaner. All you need to do is get some light bear (opt for a lager or pilsner), soak a cloth in it and then use it to wipe your gold jewelry. This simple yet effective cleansing method will have your gold jewelry sparkling like brand new! Just bear in mind that beer should only be used with plain gold or gold-plated jewelry and not anything that has stones.
Toothpaste for Diamond Jewelry
Another surprising home remedy is using toothpaste to clean your diamond jewelry. Diamonds are one of the sturdiest elements, but that doesn’t mean you subject your diamond jewelry to harsh chemical cleaners. Instead, merely polish your jewels with some toothpaste and a soft old toothbrush. Rub a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto your necklace, earrings or rings, and then gently buff with your toothbrush. Rinse with water once done. Your diamonds will be glittering like new once again. You can also read our informative blog on how to identify real diamonds.
Dish Soap Soak for Stone Jewelry
For jewelry that has many stones, you’ll need to be careful as different elements can react differently to chemicals. The easiest way to clean stone jewelry at home is using your dish soap. Mix a teaspoon of your dish soap with water and soak your stone jewelry in it for about ten minutes. Gently buff with an old toothbrush and then rinse under cold water. The soap will get rid of any dirt and grime hidden in between your stones.
Mild Soap and Water for Soft or Porous Stones
Pearls, emeralds, opal, turquoise, etc. are examples of porous stones. As a result, you need to be extra careful about the kind of cleanser you use to clean them. Anything harsh will discolor your gems or cause irreversible damage. The best remedy will be to use mild soap and water. Don’t soak your jewels in this solution for too long, in fact, avoid soaking at all if you can. Just wash your gems in this mixture, rinse and wipe with a soft cloth to remove stains or dirt of any kind. If you’re cleaning your pearl jewelry, read our blog on how to take care of your pearls.
Tea-tree Oil and White Vinegar for Sturdy Jewelry
Tea-tree oil is one of the best substitutes for several commercially available chemical cleansers available today. It is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal essential oil. Tea-tree oil is known for having a strong scent, but it makes for an excellent homemade jewelry cleaner. Place all your jewelry in a glass jar and cover entirely with white vinegar or witch hazel. Then add a drop or two of tea-tree oil and swirl it around, so everything is thoroughly mixed. Let your jewelry soak in the mixture overnight. In the morning, coat your jewelry with baking soda and gently scrub with a soft cloth or old toothbrush, before finally rinsing with water. This solution works best for sturdy jewelry like platinum and gemstones, so avoid using it on porous stones.
Now that we’ve provided you with several homemade jewelry cleaners, you will be able to avoid expensive trips to your jewelers. For exquisite handmade jewelry, head over to Gehna. In the meantime, you can check out our blog on tips to organize your jewelry.
Sapphires are one of the four precious stones along with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. It is a variety of corundum or aluminum oxide and can be found in different colors, popular to contrary belief. While the blue sapphire is the most famous and well-known around the world, the gem is also found in colors like green, pink, yellow, purple, black and white.
There is no exact date to pinpoint when sapphires were first discovered or where. But their presence is seen in several parts of the world. Even the name “sapphire” was used differently. In ancient Greece for instance, sapphire was called sapheiros or “blue colored stone”. In Hebrew, it was called sappir or “the most beautiful thing”. Many linguists also believe that sapphire comes from the Sanskrit word Santi Priya meaning “dear to Saturn”. This is because of the belief that the gemstone is representative of the planet Saturn. Most of sapphires myths and legends revolve around the blue sapphire.
Common myths around Sapphire
While sapphire is one of the most beautiful stones, there are a lot of myths surrounding the stone. Here are the common myths.
Sapphire are only blue
As we mentioned before, the blue sapphire is the most famous, but not the only color of sapphire available. The variations in color are due to the presence of micro-impurities. For example, the blue sapphire contains traces of iron and titanium. Purple sapphires are because of vanadium. Yellow is because of the presence of iron, and sometimes green sapphires occur due to some difference in density.
Reverses a person’s fortune
In the middle ages, people believed that sapphires would protect them against treason and fraud, as well as the plague, fever, skin diseases, etc. In some cultures, sapphires are still believed to bring bad luck.
Sapphires are naturally blue
When you heat colorless and extremely pale blue sapphires to a high temperature, it gives them an intense blue color. This treatment also improves the clarity of the stone by removing minute impurities.
Sapphires are not durable
Sapphires are among the most durable gemstones. Precious stones are rated on their ability to withstand scratches. This is based on a system called the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Sapphires score 9 out of ten on this scale. Diamonds are the only other naturally occurring element that can scratch a sapphire. A sapphire’s durability makes it an ideal choice for engagement rings and everyday jewellery.
Sapphires bring bad luck
It is believed that sapphire is a manifestation of Lord Shani/Saturn. If the stone doesn’t suit the person wearing, it is supposed to bring them immense bad luck. However, many celebrities including Kate Middleton sport the gemstone. In fact, sapphires were often worn by medieval kings, who believed that the gemstones would protect them from their enemies.
Interesting Sapphire Facts:
Sapphires have been prized as gemstones as early as 800BC. In ancient Persia, it was believed that the sky was blue because the entire world sat on a gigantic sapphire.
Sapphires were also considered to be symbols of royalty and aristocracy, in all of Europe and particularly in France. It was made famous thanks to the Capetian Dynasty who ruled France in the early 10th century. During this time the color blue was expensive to produce and extremely rare to find. Therefore it became a symbol of prosperity and nobility and was exclusively work by kings, queens, and nobles.
Sapphires were worshipped in Asian countries, particularly by Buddhists who reserved the stone for deity and believed the rock gave one the desire for prayer and meditation.
In today’s day and age, sapphires symbolize eternal love, fidelity, and integrity courtesy Prince Charles who gave Princess Dianna a sapphire ring on their wedding.
Because of their hardness and durability, sapphires also have industrial uses. The Apple Watch features a lab-created sapphire glass screen.
One of the most intriguing of sapphires is the color changing variety. These stones change color depending on the lighting. They have the ability to change from blue in daylight to purple in incandescent light.
Famous sapphires in history
Black Star of Queensland – This precious stone is 733 carats and comes from a raw sapphire of 1156 carats. It is the biggest star sapphire known today. It was discovered in 1938 in Australia and was displayed in museums across the country until 2007.
The Great Sapphire of Louis XIV – this sapphire of 1358 carats is famous for its six sides and its diamond shape. Purchased by King Louis in Sri Lanka, it was the third gem in the French crown.
The Rockefeller Sapphire – John D. Rockefeller bought this blue sapphire in 1934 and gifted to Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam of Hyderabad. It was 62.02 carats.
The Star of Bombay – This purple-blue star sapphire from Sri Lanka this sapphire from Sri Lanka is 182 carats. Douglas Fairbanks offered it to his spouse Mary Pickford who donated it to the Smithsonian Institute of Washington.
The India Star – This 56335-carat sapphire was the biggest until the discovery of the Black Star of Queensland. It comes from Sri Lanka and is of a milky, grey-blue color. JP Morgan donated it to the Natural History Museum.
The Midnight Star – this star sapphire is 116 carats and is amazing due to its color varying from purple to black. It comes from Sri Lanka and is located at the Smithsonian Institute of Washington.
The Commoners’ Sapphire – This is perhaps the world’s most famous sapphire. Found on the engagement ring of Princess Diana, this Sri Lankan sapphire weighs 12 carats. Today it adorns the finger of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
If you feel inspired to buy a sapphire of your own, then head over to Gehna for a wide variety of pieces with this vibrant gem.
Weddings are a joyous and exciting experience. It unites two people and two families in an unbreakable bond. But weddings are also whirlwinds in terms of all the planning that goes into it. And as a bridesmaid, you’ve been bestowed with the added responsibility of helping and supporting the bride at all times. One among your bridal duties is ensuring you look the part. After all, you will be the first to walk down the aisle and set the expectation of what’s to come! However, you don’t want to overshine the bride either.
While there usually is a discussion beforehand about your accessories, some brides prefer to leave the decision up to their friends. If you’re in a similar situation and are at a loss, we’ve put together a simple list of options you can peruse to help you nail accessorising for the wedding as a bridesmaid.
Never overshadow the bride
One of the biggest crimes you can commit at someone’s wedding is looking more flamboyant than the bride. It’s her day and her time to shine. If the bride is wearing a chunky pearl necklace, mimic her style with a strand of pearls. If you aren’t sure about what to choose, here’s everything you need to know about pearls.
If she’s going the traditional route with some eye-catching Kundan jewellery, complement her style with a pair or earring perhaps. However, if your bride is modest or straightforward in her jewellery choice, follow her lead so you won’t accidentally overshadow or clash with her.
Bridal parties always dress in similar shades of the bride’s choosing. Use the colour of your outfit to figure out what jewellery to wear as a bridesmaid. Certain metals look best with some colours. Rose gold jewellery looks stunning with a blush dress. If your bridal party’s colour is blue, opt for silver jewellery. Gold jewellery makes the perfect choice for an emerald green outfit.
Work with your neckline
A simple and fool proof idea to follow when wondering what jewellery to wear as a bridesmaid is opting for a necklace. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to perfectly pair a necklace with your outfit’s neckline:
Strapless or sweetheart neckline: These necklines offer you endless options. What looks best, of course, is a statement necklace. If you’d prefer some simple bridesmaid jewellery, opt for a classy choker necklace. They’re one of the current jewellery trends of 2018. You could even double up a long single-stranded chain for a layering effect.
One shoulder neckline: One shoulder outfits are a fun and flirty departure from the standard neckline. However, a necklace would be too much with this neckline. We recommend opting for a pair of statement earrings. You could also opt for studs with a prominent bracelet or cuff.
V neckline: Pendant necklaces pair the best with V necks. A simple pendant necklace adds a lovely touch to your outfit without being distracting. You could also opt for a choker necklace or a double-up necklace.
When thinking of jewellery for bridesmaids, opting to follow a theme will make your jewellery selection easier. If the wedding’s theme is a little bohemian, opt for some pieces from our Vibrant Vibes Collection. They’re sure to add a pop of colour and flair to your outfit.
Alternatively, you can also try a theme like geometrics or nature-inspired patterns. Your bridal party can sport a different piece of jewellery. Play around with metal colours and finishes. This way each bridesmaid can create a personalised look for herself while still maintain a cohesive, uniform look and theme.
If you’re looking for unique bridesmaid jewellery, why not try some stacking rings or nose pins? These items are discreet and create a minimalist look that’s classy and subtle. Opt for a larger nose pin to match the bride’s prominent jewellery. The stacking rings will perfectly match a simpler wedding ceremony.
As a bridesmaid, you too are responsible for the planning of the wedding in your own way. Whether it’s your best friend, sister or colleague, remember to have fun on her special day to make it more meaningful. Enjoy this part of your wedding planning, and with our suggestions, you’ll be sure to feel inspired. Head over to Gehna for all your bridal jewellery shopping. You can also check out our blog on 5 things you must know before jewellery shopping for your big day.