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  1. Starting the conversation...

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    Mental health has always been such a taboo topic – which is kind of ridiculous when you think about it… I mean people get sick all the time, we develop various ailments throughout our lives and they’re usually met with a ‘Get Well Soon’ card. But it’s not the same with mental health issues – they’re often swept under the carpet. 

    Sometimes it’s because people don’t look ‘poorly’ and other times it’s because we simply don’t know what to say.  Which I think is where we come in.   I often write about my jewellery that it says what you want to, simply and eloquently.

    For this reason we were delighted to work with Funky Pigeon.com on their ‘Believe’ and ‘Happy’ campaign during mental health awareness week which launches on the 14th May.

    As a mother myself, Amy’s story resonates with me, the life change from carefree to carer, the lack of sleep and the omnipresent worry that you’re not doing anything right is all new territory.

    Admitting that you’re only just coping in any given situation is not easy for most of us… and the single best way back from the edge is by talking to someone you trust.  Sometimes it’s the smallest gesture that starts that difficult conversation, or the start of the long journey out of the mist, and it is a journey. In sporting terms it’s often a marathon, not a sprint. 

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    As a designer, my jewellery is really a reflection of the way I see the world and I’ve had my fair share of learning experiences (many I would not choose to repeat) They all teach you something and whilst I think of myself as a positive person we all need a little boost now and again.  We need to be reminded that we are not alone and perhaps that we are not facing our demons alone.

    Jewellery has been worn as talismans throughout the ages so its perfectly placed to be worn as a daily reminder that things can get better… because we have to believe that things can get better… So such a simple act as glancing in the mirror and seeing your ‘Believe’ necklace might be all the boost you need that day !

    The messages on our jewellery or gift cards are all positive and wonderful reminders that moments of mindfulness are essential for our mental wellbeing and more importantly than that even, that someone loves us !

    When I package up our jewellery I’m reminded that actually I’m packaging up love from one person to another – my jewellery is simply the carrier…

    So please support mental health awareness week, join the conversation and help end the stigma around mental health issues...

    For more information please go to :  https://www.funkypigeon.com/believe-in-happy

     

     

     

     

     

  2. So just what is Sterling Silver ?

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    We're often asked about the terms we use to describe our jewellery, The terms silver, sterling silver and silver plated are bandied about a lot, but what do they mean ?  We've put together this short blog post to clarify some of the confusion around the terms silver, sterling silver, fine silver and silver 925 - We hope you enjoy reading it...

    Silver when it is mined from the ground is known as pure silver – it has an actual silver content of 99.9%  which I think we can all agree is pretty close to as pure as can be.  However, there’s a slight problem with using this pure silver to make jewellery – its too soft !  So pure silver is mixed with other metals to make its harder.

    When pure silver is mixed with copper it becomes harder and can be used for jewellery making, among other things.  Usually, sterling silver has a purity of 92.5%, meaning that 7.5% of the alloy is made of copper or another metal (usually nickel or zinc).

    Although sterling silver is more durable than pure silver, the additional metals in the alloy make sterling silver more prone to tarnishing. Tarnishing occurs when the copper, nickel, zinc or other mixtures in sterling silver react with oxygen and other elements in the air.

    Often, sterling silver items are plated with a thin layer of pure silver to improve the shine of the piece which confusingly is not to be confused with items marked as ‘sterling silver plated’ which means a base metal (not silver) is simply plated with a layer of sterling silver which will wear off after some time.

    Fine silver is stamped with marks such as 999, 99.9 or .999, indicating how much silver the piece contains per hundred or thousand parts.

    Sterling silver made in the U.K. is marked 925, .925 or 92.5. Jewellery with lower purity is not considered sterling silver by U.K. standards.

    According to the oxford English Dictionary the word Sterling is most probably derived from the old English word Steorling which meas with or like a little star – early Norman coins apparently had small stars imprinted on them, which I kinda like.

    Silver is used in the making of so many things today that you wouldn’t expect such as…. Batteries, dentistry, LED chips, medicine, nuclear reactors (yes, really) photography and touch screens to name just a few… oh and my personal favourite – Indian sweets.

    Silver really is an indispensable metal !