My Precious

You can say want you want about Gollum’s looks, but he looked after that ring of his. So lets follow his lead and take good care of our lovely jewellery.

If you’d like to keep everything lovely and sparkly I’d suggest you follow the points below. Don’t worry though – If your jewellery is tarnished and you don’t have time to clean it up or you feel it needs a professional polish just get in touch!

  • Do not bath, shower, use cleaning products or wash up when wearing your jewellery.
  • Store your jewellery in a dry place. Preferably in a jewellery box. (The box your Jenny Grace Jewellery came in is perfect for this. The little black tab you will find in the bottom is an anti tarnish tab). The bathroom shelf is the worst place to store jewellery as the jewellery will be exposed to air and steam.
  • It is recommended to remove jewellery before going to bed or when taking part in any physical activity.
  • Jewellery should not be exposed to chlorine or salt water as this makes the surface matt and dull.
  • Avoid contact with make-up, creams and perfumes..
  • Gold plated jewellery may need re-plating every few years, depending on how it is cared for. It can be re-plated though so as always, just get in touch if you require this.
  • When pearls have been worn, give them a quick wipe to remove any grease and prolong the life of the silk.

So there you have it. No need to throw any of your jewels into burning mountains to keep them fresh (ok I admit – it’s been a while since I saw that movie). And do feel free to contact me with any care queries you might have – enquiry@jennygracejewellery.com

Jenny x

Thoughts on Mother’s day

We all know that we should cherish our Mums on all days of the year, but March 26th 2017 is official Mothering Sunday here in the U.K. so we make an extra effort. Traditionally we honour mothers and other mother figures, such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law.

With tiny tots, such honouring often includes plenty of macaroni art and glitter as well as oddly shaped cakes and hand-picked flowers (read twigs from the garden). These offerings melt our hearts of course, but for older gift givers who don’t fancy getting their hands dirty with glue and paint, we have plenty of jewellery ideas for you. Why not treat her to an a one-off pair of labradorite earrings? (Each pair is unique due to the colour and cut of the stone slice) Or, if you want something truly personal, have a look at our personalised hexagon bar necklaces or dainty circle necklaces.

Most importantly though, on this day, we remember the many sacrifices our mothers have made for us and continue to make every day. So the top gift of all is the gift of time. There is nothing more precious and appreciated than making time for the people we love.

Jenny x

Valentines day ideas

It’s here! The Big one. V-Day. Rose petals at the ready friends, we are talking business.
If this makes you a bit nervous, don’t be. Here at Jenny Grace we have put together a quick one-stop guide to choosing a Valentine’s Day gift. Feel free to print this and leave it lying around for your significant other to find. You’re welcome.
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Dinner – too late to snag a reservation for the ‘it’ place in town? Surprise your loved one with homemade champagne breakfast in bed. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like fresh blueberry pancakes. Trust us, we know.
Red roses – a classic for a reason. But if you fancy something different, did you know that the flower of the month for February is the Violet?
Chocolates – non-negotiable we are afraid. But a gift you will surely enjoy too of so choose something you will both enjoy (a post – breakfast chocolate fondue springs to mind)
Diamonds – may be a girl’s best friend but are also rather on the expensive side. Choose handmade loveliness with a hint of sparkle like our Sparkle and Pearl Earrings or Pendant. Or give your heart in the form of a bangle or necklace personalised with initials to make it super special.
However you choose to celebrate February 14th, we wish all you all lovely day!

Ps – last day for orders delivered in time for Valentines day is Thursday 9th February.

‘Tis the season to be merry ….

Here at JG we embrace every opportunity for a wee get together and we would think it rude to say no to a tipple at these gatherings. Christmas – of course – asks for bubbles and there is nothing wrong with a simple glass of Prosecco. But if you are hosting this season, how about ‘dressing’ the bubbly to match your favourite party dress? As lovers of cocktails, we have gathered the most delicious (and best looking) champagne cocktails to help you celebrate in style. That’s right folks – we are colour sorting your cocktails:
RED – Southern Belle (doesn’t the name just evoke images of heady parties?):
1 shot amaretto
1 shot apricot brandy
Champagne/prosecco
Pour amaretto and brandy into a flute glass, then add in bubbly to fill.
PINK – Scottish Raspberry Romance (because no one can say we don’t love our country):
1 shot Glenmorangie Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
1 shot Chambord
Rose champagne/ sparking wine
Pour Glenmorangie and Chambord into a flute glass, then add in Rose Champagne to fill.
GREEN – Emerald Gem :
8oz Champagne/prosecco
1oz green creme de menthe
First put the Champagne into the glass, and then add in the shot of creme de menthe into the centre. It’ll swirl out in quite a gorgeous way! It’s only slightly minty in flavour.
GOLD – Orange Ginger Champagne (let’s embrace some classic winter flavours):
1 shot ginger liqueur
1 shot orange liqueur (Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, Cointreau, etc.)
Prosecco or Champagne
Put the shot of ginger liqueur into a Champagne flute. Next add in the orange liqueur of your choice. You can even splurge for the high end versions of Grand Marnier if you’re feeling extravagant. Then fill with Champagne or Prosecco. Prosecco will give you a sweet, light flavour, while Champagne will typically give you a more dry taste.
Both orange and ginger are known for their health benefits, so you can really say “to your health” with this cocktail!

So there you have it – a cocktail for every outfit. And be assured that some rigorous quality testing has taken place. Bottoms up everyone!

Christmas is coming…

Can you smell it? Crisp autumn air, the promise of snow, bonfires …. Festive season is around the corner – time to dust off our glad rags, get the decorations down from the attic and start on the naughty or nice lists. And since everyone knows that the nice lists get longer each year and that there is nothing worse than last minute panic buys, we at JG are happy to present our new collection of handcrafted Scottish jewellery which will delight anyone from your best friend to your mother in law.

The versatility and modern elegance of the Hexagon Drop earrings will thrill the most discerning recipient. Choose from silver, or mixed metal with gold and rose plating to match any jewellery, occasion and taste. And for someone extra special, do have a look at the new Hexagon Statement necklaces. Or why not treat yourself to a show stopping piece of jewellery for any upcoming parties? ‘Tis the Season after all …

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And with that list taken care of, we can concentrate on what is most important at this time of the year – friends, family and fizz! Here’s to a wonderful festive season for all of us!

Cheers!

Busy in the Workshop

It’s October, and there is no pleasant way to say it – summer is over. But here in Scotland, autumn comes with plenty of benefits. The landscapes are bright with autumnal colours, the skies have a wonderful purple and orange glow and wildlife watching becomes a national sport.

While we often complain that we want a hotter summer with more sunny days and grumble over another wet winter with no real snow, it is autumn that displays the beauty of this unique place to its fullest.

Here at Jenny Grace we are glad that now is the time for comfy jumpers (yay long sleeves) -and hats (who needs nice hair now) to keep us warm in the crisp autumn air.

Staying in is the new going out, sweetened by hot chocolate laden with cream and cosy evenings with good friends. And if we overdo the comfort food, there is the opportunity to walk it off on a leisurely stroll through beautiful autumn woods.

Not glamorous you say? Don’t be fooled – autumn is the season of accessories! Add a bit of autumnal sparkle – such as our new black druzy and sterling silver earrings – and your relaxed outfit suddenly radiates elegance.

It is the season that offers us so much inspiration for designing truly Scottish pieces and so you’ll find the workshop a hive of activity – as long as no one runs out of the spiced latte that is … We can’t wait to share our newest creations soon.

Happy autumn days all!

Bangle weather

We are now in the middle of a Scottish Summer. Whilst we are never sure how long those summer rays will last (and at the moment they seem to be interspersed with lots of rain!) we celebrate the first rays of real summer sunshine. And with those first rays of sun we toss our jackets aside (admittedly sometimes we have to put them back on within an hour) and delight in short sleeves and lighter fabric.

Here at Jenny Grace we call it bangle weather – nothing celebrates summer time better than the delicate jangle of some beautifully stacked bangles. Not only is the eye drawn to our slender wrists (and let’s face it, it is always joyful to show off a summer-ready body part that requires no workout whatsoever), but bangles are also a great tool to embrace the latest trend of layering different material – why not try a rose gold bangle layered with silver, Or a couple of silver bangles with a gold accent, such as our ever popular personalised gold rings bangle. Or just wear a bold piece of silver that is sure to make a statement. No matter how you decide to style your spring wardrobe, we wish you many days of sunny bangle weather!

Jenny x

To Jumper or not to Jumper

We Scots, arguably, get very excited at the sight of those first rays of spring sun. With Christmas and the festive season only a distant memory, the long and dreary Scottish winter has truly lost its charm come April. It would be foolish though to assume that spring in Scotland equals warm weather and so we find ourselves in a style conundrum – to jumper or not to jumper?
Luckily, at Jenny Grace we know how to give our woollen treasures a spring make over if needed; we add accessories! The intricate spring time pendant on a 30’’ chain looks gorgeous over any jumper and comes in silver or on-trend rose gold. Why not pair it with matching bumblebee stud earrings, also available in both silver and rose gold.
Our delicate frangipani flower studs are sure to add a floral note to your – probably and unfortunately still long-sleeved – spring time ensemble.

We wish you a wonderful spring time and hope that the question of wearing a jumper will soon be an unnecessary one!

Christmas 2015 delivery cut date

As I’ve had a few enquiries as to when the last date for ordering with delivery in time for Christmas is, I thought I should give a little information here.

Orders placed by Sunday 20th December will be sent via royal mail first class signed for on Monday 21st December and the expectation would be that they would arrive by Wednesday the 23rd December.

After this date, please get in touch before placing your order and I will try to help if I can.

Thanks,

Jenny x

 

Caring for your jewellery

I’m often asked how best to care for jewellery and so I thought I’d write a little post on this.

First of all, silver jewellery will tarnish. This is completely normal but can be slowed down by following the advice below. I’ll also cover how to clean up tarnished silver.

  • Remove your jewellery before bed or before doing physical activities – especially swimming as both chlorine and salt water make the surface matt and dull.
  • Put your jewellery on after showering and using any lotions or perfumes as these can accelerate tarnishing.
  • Store your jewellery in a dry place. Preferably in a jewellery box.

If your silver jewellery does tarnish it can be cleaned up with a silver polishing cloth.

If the surface of the jewellery is heavily patterned, you may find it easier to use a silver dip such as Town Talk or Goddards silver dip. Please do follow the instructions on the dip carefully and polish up with a silver cleaning cloth afterwards. (This method is suitable for all silver Jenny Grace Jewellery without pearls or stones but may not be suitable for other silver jewellery so please check before use.)

Last of all, If you have Jenny Grace Jewellery and would like it to be cleaned up or polished up then you will find the option for this here: Jewellery service/polish

Jenny x