Seven Ways to Make a Statement
- New to statement jewellery?? - no problems - start with a wide cuff- it makes a statement but isn't overwhelming. If you fancy something around your neck, look to contrast with the colours in your outfit, rather than match them - a green necklace would be drowned when worn with a green outfit - try a red or blue - if all else fails, try a monochrome black and white - remember, you are making a statement!
- Don't wear too many pieces on every limb. Instead, wear different textures and sizes together— chain styles, studs, leather cuffs, and charms — on only one arm at a time - unless you are deliberately going for the gypsy look. Wearing matching jewellery around your neck, arms and ears was once in fashion - 'the set' - today it's all about wearing the one statement piece and mixing it with co-ordinated - or contrasting smaller pieces, to maximise impact - wear your statement necklace with understated earrings, and multiple little bracelets in different textures and colours so the necklace gets attention, and the rest of your jewellery balances it out. Or be brave - just wear the one fabulous piece - less is more!
- Pair big accessories with casual clothes. Large pieces of jewellery might seem tricky to wear, but they go well with a t-shirt and jeans which act as a blank backdrop for the more complicated pieces of jewellery. If jeans are not right for your look or circumstances, try a plain blouse and well cut, simple, neutral trousers or skirt instead.
- If your neckline is complicated such as a be-jewelled collar, a halter neckline or a fussy pattern, opt for large earrings or loads of bracelets.
- Long earrings suit everyone - make sure they aren't too heavy for your ears that they are uncomfortable to wear. The inverted triangle shape especially suits round faces, with the point downwards elongating the face. Keep the lines simple at work, and go wild in the evening.
- If you love a particular piece of jewellery and want to show it off, stick with a plain and simple outfit to showcase it. Wildly patterned clothes call for simple jewellery - maybe it's time for some arm candy.
- And now for the best tip of all - relax, and enjoy your jewellery - if it is easy to wear, and you look relaxed wearing it, your look will pull in the compliments - and you're laughing!
OK, homily over now, let me tell you about the pieces I made last week.
Walk on the Wild Side
I found an extremely contemporary pendant, set in silver, with chromium diopside, contrasted with mystic quartz, onyx and an agate druzy, and paired it with a string of fluorite. The greens in the fluorite beads were a bit too muted, so I added another string of acid yellow tinted, tiny seed pearls and onyx beads - this seemed to lift the colour value of the necklace, and set the beautiful green in the pendant off beautifully.
Spindle whorls have been used worldwide for thousands of years, originally as tools in the cotton spinning industry to increase or maintain the speed of spin. In more recent years they have become much sought after as interesting beads and incorporated into the very fashionable genre of 'Tribal' jewellery.
The whorls were made from clay, amber, antler, bone, coral, glass, metal and wood. Local materials such as chalk, limestone, mudstone, and soapstone, have been used in those found in Mali and Guinea.