Silverbling Jewellery Blog

Necklaces

The earliest necklaces dates back to the Stone Age, some 40,000 years ago, they were made of mollusc, bone, shells, small stones and teeth gathered from successful hunting trips. Like all forms of jewelry, the necklace lost its popularity for a time. After the fall of Rome, necklaces were seldom worn until the beginning of the 14th century.

In the 1860's the Navajo tribe of Native Americans began to fashion necklaces from turquoise and silver. These necklaces were not only sold, but used as barter with traders on the reservation. The Navajo would get supplies from these traders, and give them the necklaces for security. If payment for the goods was not made within a certain length of time, the trader kept the necklace.

The cz you see today has been created in a laboratory by combining the metals of zirconium and oxide through extreme heat and a monitored cooling process. The temperature required to melt the zirconium is so extreme platinum containers could not be used in the melting process.

 Soviet scientists developed the method still used today. The process entailed using the zirconium itself to hold the molten form of zirconium. The extreme temperature used to melt the zirconium is created by the use of a very large microwave, it allowed the center zirconium to melt while the outer layer remained cool and solid to hold the molten form. The production of zirconias, the melting and cooling of the zirconium metal combined with the metal oxide, formation of columnar crystals are produced and then cut into gemstones. Recently

 

Earrings

Pierced earrings made their debut in the Middle East as early as 3,000 B.C. where they were used to identify the wearer’s religious, political or tribal identity. In the beginning, earrings were fashioned out of metals that could be bent, flattened and twisted into unique designs and hoops and it was not until the second century AD and the introduction of assorted gems that they became more elaborate.

By the 18th Century earrings had became redundant as ladies adopted bonnets that framed the face, hugged both sides of the head and sported wide sashes that would obscure, or tangle with anything attached to the earlobe.

The trend for earrings resurfaced in the 19th Century as ladies adopted elegant hairstyles piled on top of the head or brushed back into a sleek chignon. 

 

The full range of Dove of Peace Confirmation jewellery is in stock, we have new pendants and brooch lapel pins this year, all designed for 12/13 year olds.

 

 

 

 

 

New Ranges In Stock - 

After searching for a while I have finally sourced magnetic and clip on earrings for girls to add to our large ladies range of non pierced earrings, the pearls are ideal for communion and bridesmaids.

 

 Pearls On Your Wedding Day

 

The tradition of wearing Pearls on your wedding day stems from the Ancient Greeks, it is one of the worlds oldest gemstones taken from the latin meaning "unique". The Greeks believed that pearls promoted marital harmony and symbolised happiness, chastity and purity.

In the Louvre in Paris there is a fragment of the oldest known Pearl which was found in the coffin of a Persian princess who died in 520BC.

Almost all Pearls sold today are cultured Pearls, the way they are created is slightly stomach turning for such a beautiful end result. A slight opening is made in a live mollusc and a tiny foreign object or even a small Pearl is inserted, this understandably annoys the mollusc and to protect itself it covers the object with a substance called nacre.

Once nucleation has taken place it is then added to a wire frame and suspended from a float into water. Ten or more Pearls can be cultured from a single muscle with various ranging colours.

Natural Pearls are an accident of nature and are formed randomly when a parasite becomes lodged and it covers the parasite in nacre, this can take several years (it seems to me being an oyster is not much fun, if they are not nacre-ing Pearls they are being swallowed whole in restaurants)

Why do some superstitions say Pearls can cause tears?  Once the nobility discovered Pearls they all wanted one causing several small European houses to bankrupt themselves therefore leaving them in tears.

The moral of the tale is to buy Pearls for your wedding day that you can afford to avoid going bankrupt. 

 

Debs Wrist Corsage

 

With the rise in debs and pre debs in Ireland we have a new range of affordable flower wrist corsages. Having a son that age I was fed up of paying for real flowers for girls that I had never met and suspect in some cases he had not either!

Designed to match our very large range of bow ties in every colour you can think of for debs and pre debs.

 

Interesting Random Jewellery Facts

 

Hippocrates wrote that silver had beneficial healing and anti disease properties. The expression 'born with a silver spoon in their mouth' stems from health rather than wealth status, as children fed with silver utensils were believed to be healthier.

Early necklaces were made of mollusc, bone, shells, small stones, claws and animal teeth gathered  from successful hunting trips and  date back to the Stone Age 40,000 years ago.

They then moved on to wearing strings of shellfish around their necks (I think I prefer the thought of teeth)

The earliest examples of gold used in necklaces dates back to 2500bc and were found in Royal graves. After the fall of Rome necklaces were seldom worn until the 14th century. 

Beads were introduced into necklaces as a form or barter with other traders. The Native Americans discovered mixing Turquoise with Sterling Silver, and for that we thank them!