an Eye on current Key Trends and Colours for Autumn/Winter
this section, we have collated together a quick summary
of some of the current information available on
key trends and colourways
coming to the fore in fashion for Autumn/Winter
2013. We also provide some information here on
- their meanings and properties, and
some tips on caring
for your jewellery. We hope you
find this section a useful quick reference guide.
Trend Reports for Autumn/Winter 2013
full acknowlegment to Style.com, here are some of the
key themes coming off the catwalks and playing out on
the High Street as we move into Autumn/Winter 2013 ......
echoes of Sid Vicious, Siouxsie Sioux and Westwood ....
Coated - coats appearing in fresh pastels .....
is Hers - outfits straight out your boyfriend's
Fur - over the top, shaggy, colourful, not
for the shy ....
Menswear Mystique - reworking of houndstooth
Century - cinched
in waists, full skirts and Hitchcock movies ..
and their Signs and Birthstones .....
is the modern and traditional birthstone with Emerald
being the mystical birthstone;
is the modern and traditional birthstone with Bloodstone
as the mystical birthstone;
is the modern birthstone, Bloodstone is the traditional
birthstone and Jade is the mystical birthstone;
is the modern birthstone, Diamond is the traditional
birthstone and Opal is the mystical birthstone;
is the modern and traditional birthstone and Sapphire
is the mystical birthstone;
or moonstone is the modern birthstone, Alexandrite is
the traditiona birthstone and Moonstone is the mystical
is the modern, traditional and mystical birthstone for
is the modern birthstone, Sardonyx is the traditional
birthstone and Diamond is the mystical birthstone;
is the modern and traditional birthstone with Agate
being the mystical birthstone;
Opal and Tourmaline are the modern birthstones, Citrine
is the traditional birthstone with Jasper being the
Topaz and Citrine are the modern birthstones, Citrine
is the traditional birthstone with Pearl being the mystical
Topaz or Turquoise is the modern birthstone, Blue Zircon,
Turquoise and Lapiz Lazuli are the traditional birthstones
with Onyx being the mystical birthstone.
and associated Properties .........
- abundance, good
luck, harmony, courage. Set in gold, said to speed
up the metabolism;
- romantic love,
purification, wisdom; said to enhance psychic abilities
and to be excellent in meditation;
said to soothe and protect and enhance feelings of contentment
and a connection to one's spirituality. A stone
of peace and strength.
calming, soothing, alleviates fears and phobias.
- said to be a
soothing stone - it is said to be able to absorb microwaves
and cell phone emanations and relieves stress. It is
also said to help the wearer to see both sides of a
creativity, motivation, leadership, imagination, prosperity
change, transformation, purification, protection.
said to help with energy flow and vitality, creativity,
past life recall, emotional warmth, courage, happiness,
said to be an energiser and associated with prosperity,
generosity, creativity, motivation and clearing congestion
from internal organs;
associated with love, cleansing clairvoyance, strengthening
memory, fertility and protection.
is associated with flouride and may strengthen the teeth
and bones as well as said to help with unblocking energy,
balancing and protection;
associated with love and passion, sensual energy, self-confidence,
social popularity, joy and expressions of desire.
- said to channel passions in constructive ways,
it is a symbol of purity and serenity and said to help
heal disfunctional relationships. Psychologically, Jade
is said to be a stablising stone - stablising the personality
and integrating the mind with the body.
said to intensity primal awareness, protection, energises
- said to be a highly mystical and protective
stone and a bringer of light. It is said to raise
consciousness and deflect unwanted energies and prevent
energy becoming drained.
said to aid with depression, sadness, grief and aid
tranquility, increase the pyschic senses.
they say this stone must be cleaned after wearing as
it absorbs negativity very easily. Associated
however with sympathy and compassion for others, purfiication
and releasing negativity.
a very feminine stone, moonstone is said to be excellent
for menstrual cramps, bringing good luck, aiding hypnotherapy,
and releasing feminine energies. It is also the
stone of new beginnings.
is said to amplify and strengthen the whole auric field,
bring calm and clarity and amplify the energies of other
stones placed by it. Felt to be a wonderful stone
for meditation and healing.
associated with compassion, it is said to be the stone
of unconditional love and peace and is the most loving
of all gemstones - helping to heal emotional issues
and imbalances of the heart. It is also said to
help with childhood issues, fostering a love of humanity
the lover, children and self.
- said to discipline and structure our approach to life.
It is also said to help stabilise marriages and relationships.
- said to neutralise harmful influences and provide
- said to provide protection, enhance courage, balance
said to be an all purpose stone which has an emphasis
on balancing and healing the physical organs of the
body and providing strength energy and wisdom.
It is also said to strengthen the auric field and help
to neutralise and repel environmental negativity.
Tips on Caring for your Jewellery ...........
keep jewelry sparkling at home, remember the following
Use a soft cloth to wipe away dirt after each wearing.
Apply lotion, perfume
and hairspray before putting on jewelry and ideally
do not spray perfume or put anything alcohol based on
your skin whilst wearing jewellery.
Acrylic and Resin jewellery can be easily damaged by
contact with alcohol based products especially if not
cleaned after wearing as the the alcohol is left on
the jewellery and acts as a corrosive. If accidental
contact with these products occurs, wash your jewellery
with cold water and a mild, unscented, non deodorant
soap and dry carefully with a clean cloth or kitchen
Coloured acrylic and resins
can fade in bright sunlight so avoid leaving these pieces
on window ledges.
Never soak pearls. Clean
them gently after every wearing with a soft, damp cloth.
Due to their organic nature, pearls are both soft and
Use a soft-bristle toothbrush
and a mild, unscented, nondeodorant soap to gently clean
Clean diamonds with vodka.
Spray or pour over the stones and pat dry for a brilliant
If you have costume jewelry
that doesn't have glue holding the setting in place,
you can clean the pieces easily by dropping them in
a bowl of warm water and two denture-cleaning tablets.
Let them soak for five minutes or so, then dry carefully.
For more intricate pieces, dry them with a hair dryer
on a cool setting.
Storing silver jewellery
in sealed plastic bags can help prevent silver oxidising
When using strong silver
dip - do make sure the instructions are followed and
the jewellery is immersed only for a few seconds to
remove any tarnish. Overdipping can cause silver
to turn brown. It is also important to wash your
hands as some of the stronger dips have carcinogenic
properties and warnings on the labels to this effect.
Store each piece of gemstone
jewellery separately to avoid harder stones scratching
Think twice before putting
gems in an ultrasonic cleaner. Diamonds and rubies and
sapphires may be fine but many other gems many not be,
in particular emerald, opal, pearls, peridot: when in
doubt, leave it out.
Opaque gemstones like
lapis lazuli, turquoise, malachite, require special
care because they are rocks, not crystals of a single
mineral like transparent gems. There gem materials should
just be wiped clean gently with a moist cloth. These
gemstones can be porous and may absorb chemicals, even
soap, and they may build up inside the stone and discolor
it. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner and never use ammonia
or any chemical solution.
Opals require special
care - wipe after use with a soft dry or slightly damp
cloth. Never wash or scrub your opals.
Have a jeweller restring
your pearl or bead necklaces every two years (or annually
if you wear them frequently).
It is essential that you not allow your diamond to come
into contact with Chlorine bleach when doing household
Always check for loose gems and clasps before wearing
hope this is helpful x