To India and back!

        I’ve just got home from my first trip to India and my ears are still ringing with the hooting horns and wedding music, my eyes are still full of the colour of saris and mustard fields, and I’m exhausted!  But what a trip it was, and the perfect destination for a magpie because there is jewellery everywhere! …

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Ah, Men!

I was prompted to look into the phenomenon of men and jewellery because in a book I’m reading that’s set in ancient Rome, four rings were taken from the hand of a dead senator and dropped in the Tiber (getting rid of identifying objects, of course…). All through the book I read that the Emperor wore a wreath and a …

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Tantilizing Tanzanite

One of the most extraordinary stones – in my humble opinion, naturally – is the Tanzanite.  All stones come in a variety of colours, of course, but there’s just something about the range of colours in the Tanzanite that absolutely entrances me.  The mauve of a Tanzanite is incredibly difficult to photograph and get accurate; it’s a bit like trying …

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How it all began

A while ago I found this photograph of myself when I was about 3. Grubby shorts, no shoes, but bangles!  Clearly I’ve had a thing for jewellery since smallhood, and as the bracelets were a mix of bright coloured plastic and glass bought in the Indian bazaar in Nairobi, I obviously also had magpie tendencies from a very early age. …

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