Tuesday 12 July 2011

Cool Jewellery For The Summer

Summer is definitely here in the UK, with tropical sunny days and just a little rain. On Sunday I came to put on my vintage jewellery and as the day promised to be very hot, ended up choosing a cool gemstone necklace. Best choice as even when I felt hot, the necklace remained cool.

Here are just a few to consider:)

Bloodstone jewellery has always been popular.

Amber is not cool to the touch, it has a warm waxy feel. But there are quartz crystals in this modern necklace in a cream and amber flecked colour to cool you down. Short length of 40 cm or 16 inches. 

Agates now come in all sizes and colours. Many are dyed vivid colours. But they are also still available in their natural state and transformed into beads. Cool to the touch. This necklace has moss agate beads and is vintage with a screw fastening. Short length of 16 inches or 40 cm. 

A mix of two natural materials. Mother of pearl and hematite. Both cool to the touch. Pretty dainty two piece jewellery set. With an added bonus as hematite is said to protect against all harm!

When we first held this necklace it was like a heavy metal bead piece but the beads are in fact spinels and probably Picotite. Rare brown beads with black gemstone beads combined. Long necklace of 80 cm or 32 inches. Very cool to the touch and very natural in style.

Contemporary rose quartz and hematite necklace

Moonstone orange & hematite necklace

Two hematite necklaces combined with gemstones of rose quartz and beautiful orange moonstone beads. Hematite I feel is underrated. It has a "Cleopatra" or Egyptian style when in these fringe designed necklaces.
Wear with a white top or dress for an exotic contrasting look.   

Necklaces of small beads or chips are so versatile as they can be used as necklaces or wrap around your wrist as a bracelet. they can also be pinned to a hat as a hat band. Wear one on its own or more than one in contrasting colours. Here are two with real turquoise and jade. Many pieces of turquoise now is not the actual stone but a coloured look a like, so be careful when buying it.  

A 1990s not quite vintage necklace and pair of earrings. This set has pearls with white opaque jade and quartz of rose, amethyst and a pale blue. Very pretty jewellery set. the earrings are clip on with a screw for extra comfort. I have just brought a set that has screw on earrings that I would not wear a I like pierced ones. So I have matched up some earring findings and will change then to become pierced earrings as soon as the findings arrive. Remember that some necklaces can be made longer with an additional extender chain.

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I preserve the past. Researching family and local history. Finding about mine and other people's ancestors, is just one of my passions. I also love vintage costume jewellery made here in the UK. I write about my finds and like to research.