The Best Necklace Length

If you are looking for the perfect silver necklace to add to your office jewellery collection, then consider what you normally wear to work.

If you are wearing blouses or tops you should aim for a necklace that begins above the neckline so as not to get your jewellery tangled in your buttons, or make that area appear to busy. Short pendants, as well as larger, wider pieces can work well above the neckline.

The size of your bust is also a consideration. If you have a smaller bust you can get away with delicate pieces above the neckline, as well as medium length necklaces that sit on the bust. Avoid longer necklaces which will serve to make you look longer and more streamlined.

The best lengths for you are going to be a choker, a princess length or a collar necklace. You may be able to get away with a delicate matinee length necklace.

This is however a good look for people who are bustier. A long chain that ends below the bust or even at the navel is a great statement piece that detracts from a larger bust. By ending at a narrow point on you it will make you look slimmer and taller. These necklaces can be quite hard to get right, so try measuring a few chains to find the best length for you.

These are referred to as opera length or rope length.

You can find out more about the different styles and lengths of necklace on the Craftsy website

How To Choose Pearl Jewellery

Whether you’re looking for freshwater pearl earrings or a pretty pearl necklace for your bridesmaid, it’s worth learning how to choose this beautiful stone before you go shopping.

 

Different types of pearl

 

  •          Freshwater pearls

These are found in freshwater mussels and come in different shades, including white, black, purple, peach and pink.

  •          Akoya pearls

These are cream or white and have a lovely shine to them.

  •          Tahitian pearls

Grown in a black-lipped oyster, these have a natural black colour, although they may have a bluish, metallic silver, or purplish tint. 

  •          South Sea pearls

Unsurprisingly, these saltwater pearls are found in the South Seas around Australia and Asia. They are typically larger than other styles – often between 10mm and 20mm in size – and are usually silver or gold.

 

Colour

 

As you can see, there is a huge variety of colours when it comes to pearls and they’re not all the typical white or cream you might have initially thought. Some may be black or pink, while most vary in shade between gold, silver and white.

 

When picking a string of pearls or choosing bridesmaids’ jewellery, simply make sure they match each other in shade.

 

Shape

 

Not all pearls are perfectly round. In fact, you could opt for oval, teardrop or semi-baroque pearls – which have an irregular shape – instead. While pearls that are not spherical might not be considered as high quality as symmetrically round ones, they can still be incredibly beautiful.

 

Size

 

The size of pearl you choose will most likely depend on your personal taste and budget. Traditionally, larger pearls are reserved for more mature women, as girls have to wait to earn the right to wear them, which is why small pearl bracelets are ideal gifts for flower girls or bridesmaids.

 

Pearls vary greatly in size, and can be found from as small as 3mm to as large as 13mm. If you choose a string of pearls, you might want many little stones, while a singular large pearl would suit statement earrings best.

 

Take a look at the pearl jewellery we have on our website to find something you’ll treasure.

On Trend: Mixed Metals

If you are aware of Toko Jewellery’s gold vermeil jewellery then you should be interested to hear about the mixed metal trend.

The latest Augment collection demonstrates how well silver, fold and rose gold goes together. They work together to make previously classic looks take on a modern twist. 

Mixed metals are proving popular for women’s jewellery as it means the fashion rules about metals have been broken. If you were told not to wear gold with silver, then rest assured that that rule no longer stands.

This break away from classic fashion rules means that single items can be worn with a number of different clothes and outfits. The flexibility you now have means you can invest in a couple statement pieces safe in the knowledge that the cost per wear will be low in the long term.

Follow these tips on the Martha Jackson fashion blog to get some pointers. She advises investing in a ready mixed statement piece and then using this to tie together other metal jewellery pieces.

They are also proving popular for wedding rings and keepsakes.

Wedding rings with mixed metals go well with most engagement rings: if you were desperate for a platinum engagement ring but don’t like pure platinum wedding rings, look for a white and yellow gold ring to bring the two together.

There are also a number of masculine looking wedding ring options with rose or yellow gold set in a thin band into a wider silver coloured band. This look also works the other way around. 

Seeing Stars: Jewellery Trends

The sky as inspiration for jewellery designers is certainly not a new concept and it's one of those trends that simply will never die. There are always going to be starry accessories out there for you all to try on and look celestial in, and that's something that we welcome here at Toko Jewellery - stars look beautiful on anyone and can make everyone shine.

Wearing star-spangled cubic zircona jewellery and getting it right all depends on what clothes you've got on. In fact, this is true no matter what kind of jewellery you want to wear. If you've got a V-neck top on, find a starry necklace that's a bit on the chunky side that hangs low, for example, or wear a star pendant necklace that hangs a few centimetres above your neckline.

If you've got a collared shirt on, wear a thicker necklace if the shirt is unbuttoned or wear something quite statement with lots of stars if you plan to button the collar all the way to the top.

When it comes to choosing your jewellery, look out for star earrings or ear cuffs with lots of stars on them for a really contemporary style that'll have you looking fashion forward no matter where you go or who you're with.

We'd love to get some starry style tips from all of you so the next time you're out and about in your starred accessories, snap a few photos and send them into us. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter so come along and say hi.

Do TV Shows Influence Jewellery Trends?

If recent fashion shows are anything to judge by, our range of gold vermeil jewellery is set to be a must-have for another season. Interestingly, the Guardian has spotted a trend among the haute couture collections for designs influenced by the costumes of cult TV show Game Of Thrones, including some in the field of jewellery. But do you think fashion can really takes its cue from something so fantastical?

 The programme, if you’re not familiar with it, is part fantasy, part historical drama – with the Guardian describing it in its catwalk incarnation as "medieval gown followed woodland warrior dress". So while it might feature dragons and magic, the trend is borrowing more from historical dress from England. But while it’s from an earlier age than we’re used to looking for style inspiration, it’s come to us in a modern style.

 The article quotes one buying director as saying: "I am a firm believer that the most influential TV series do impact the way people dress. Mad Men is a perfect example.”

 When it comes to jewellery for next season, this means that ornate gold designs are going to be particularly popular again – showing off the craftsmanship of their design. If Game Of Thrones-inspired fashion really does take off next season, we’re sure we’ve got plenty to add to your outfit here at Toko Jewellery too.

 Our gold vermeil designs are timeless and befitting of any ‘queen of dragons’ and we can imagine lots of characters from the show falling in love with our natural semi-precious stone jewellery. 

8 Exciting Ways To Display Jewellery

If you're something of an accessory junky, you need to make sure your jewellery is shown off to the full rather than hidden away in a jewellery box, sat there just waiting to be admired. Put your gold vermeil jewellery out on show instead - here are eight fabulous ways to do just that. Which of these is your favourite?

 

For the bookworms

If you love books and jewellery in equal measure, why don't you combine your two passions and stick open vintage books on your wall in a beautiful arrangement, then add your necklaces and earrings to the pages so everyone can see your accessories and you get amazing wall art into the bargain.

 

Vintage frames

We love the way people are repurposing so many different products at the moment and you can easily make your own jewellery stand just by using a bit of cork and an old vintage frame. Head to your local charity shop to see if you can find a beautiful ornate one, remove the glass and picture if there is one and replace it with a sheet of cork. Then use pretty pins to hang your jeweller up.

 

Driftwood

Another easy DIY and a great excuse to head to the beach for a day out with the family. Seek out four or five pieces of similar sized driftwood, nail them together to create a stand and hey presto! You've got somewhere to put all your gold vermeil bracelets and bangles. Winning!

 

Teacup stand

If you love the shabby chic look, this is the project for you. Seek out some old teacups and saucers (matching or otherwise) and use superglue to glue them together in a tower. Then simply drape all your accessories over them and fill the teacups with your rings. Easy!

 

Old drawers

If you have an old dresser you're planning to chuck, make sure you save the drawers. Paint them up, add some funky knobs to hang your necklaces off, then stick to the wall to create extra storage. We love this idea - super simple, super effective.

 

Pebbles

Another excuse to go walking on the beach! Start a lovely pebble collection and then when you have enough, glue them to one of your bedroom walls so you have somewhere lovely to hang your necklaces.

 

Cheese grater

If earrings are more your bag than necklaces or bracelets and you've run out of space in your jewellery box, head to the kitchen and grab the cheese grater. Paint it in a funky shade and add some felt to the bottom so it doesn't scratch your dressing table, then hang your earrings up in the holes. Love it!

 

Old bottles

Another way to reduce, reuse and recycle using products you'll have at home. Seek out old beer bottles, take the labels off then place them on your dressing table to drop all your bracelets and bangles onto. You'll end up with a cool tower of accessories, with the bottle necks peeking out of the top.

8 Exciting Ways To Display Jewellery (2)

If you're something of an accessory junky, you need to make sure your jewellery is shown off to the full rather than hidden away in a jewellery box, sat there just waiting to be admired. Put your gold vermeil jewellery out on show instead - here are eight fabulous ways to do just that. Which of these is your favourite?

 

For the bookworms

If you love books and jewellery in equal measure, why don't you combine your two passions and stick open vintage books on your wall in a beautiful arrangement, then add your necklaces and earrings to the pages so everyone can see your accessories and you get amazing wall art into the bargain.

 

Vintage frames

We love the way people are repurposing so many different products at the moment and you can easily make your own jewellery stand just by using a bit of cork and an old vintage frame. Head to your local charity shop to see if you can find a beautiful ornate one, remove the glass and picture if there is one and replace it with a sheet of cork. Then use pretty pins to hang your jeweller up.

 

Driftwood

Another easy DIY and a great excuse to head to the beach for a day out with the family. Seek out four or five pieces of similar sized driftwood, nail them together to create a stand and hey presto! You've got somewhere to put all your gold vermeil bracelets and bangles. Winning!

 

Teacup stand

If you love the shabby chic look, this is the project for you. Seek out some old teacups and saucers (matching or otherwise) and use superglue to glue them together in a tower. Then simply drape all your accessories over them and fill the teacups with your rings. Easy!

 

Old drawers

If you have an old dresser you're planning to chuck, make sure you save the drawers. Paint them up, add some funky knobs to hang your necklaces off, then stick to the wall to create extra storage. We love this idea - super simple, super effective.

 

Pebbles

Another excuse to go walking on the beach! Start a lovely pebble collection and then when you have enough, glue them to one of your bedroom walls so you have somewhere lovely to hang your necklaces.

 

Cheese grater

If earrings are more your bag than necklaces or bracelets and you've run out of space in your jewellery box, head to the kitchen and grab the cheese grater. Paint it in a funky shade and add some felt to the bottom so it doesn't scratch your dressing table, then hang your earrings up in the holes. Love it!

 

Old bottles

Another way to reduce, reuse and recycle using products you'll have at home. Seek out old beer bottles, take the labels off then place them on your dressing table to drop all your bracelets and bangles onto. You'll end up with a cool tower of accessories, with the bottle necks peeking out of the top.

How To Choose Bridesmaids’ Jewellery

Getting married is tricky business – there’s so much to think about and sort out. You may not even have had time to think about what kind of bridesmaids’ earrings you’re going to get. And if that’s the case, here’s our handy guide to ensure you pick the right ones that all your friends will love.

Before you decide on jewellery, make sure you know what colour dresses you’re going for and the individual styles for each one. It’s a big trend these days for colour to be the unifying element for bridesmaid dresses and then the different girls choose a style that’s unique to them – which can make picking out the right accessories quite tricky!

If they’ve gone for a V neckline on their dress, a longer pendant necklace might be a good idea, while for something with a strapless neckline a multi-strand necklace that’s on the chunkier side will help balance the look out.

For halter necklines, think about statement drop earrings that would go wonderfully with an updo, although for a sweetheart neckline opt for a necklace that reflects the line of the dress. Pair with some simple stud earrings.

Jewel necklines are especially elegant so if you’ve gone for this option, complement it perfectly with a huge twisted necklace to really make a statement with your bridesmaid dress. And if your bridesmaid has chosen a one-shoulder neckline, make sure you buy her some chandelier earrings to perfect the look and perhaps avoid getting a necklace, since the neckline will be making enough of a statement on its own.

Gem Up: The Meaning Of Amethyst

If you’re looking for a present (either for yourself or some other lucky person) and are mulling over some amethyst jewellery, first of all, good choice. Secondly, you might want to get to know this particular gemstone a little bit better so you can wax lyrical about it to whoever you’re giving the gift to.

 You could tell them, for example, that this beautiful purple stone was traditionally worn to guard people against inebriation. In fact, ‘amethyst’ actually comes from the Greek to mean ‘without drunkenness’!

 It has other interesting qualities, however, and if you’ve got a friend who has trouble sleeping it would make a brilliant gift. It’s thought that by placing a piece of amethyst beneath your pillow at night time you’ll help promote a good night’s sleep and bring you lots of sweet dreams.

 Aside from that, amethyst necklaces, rings and bracelets are often worn to promote a greater sense of spirituality and can be used to aid meditation. The ancient Egyptians used it to protect themselves against guilty feelings as well as witchcraft, apparently!

 It’s also thought that amethyst can promote a sense of happiness and peacefulness, while bringing inner strength so if you’re going through a bit of emotional turmoil at the moment, why not start wearing some amethyst bangles or earrings to see if that makes a difference?

What Is Cubic Zirconia?

If you’ve been looking at our cubic zircona jewellery and are wondering just what the gemstone actually is, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it looks rather like a diamond.

 In fact, cubic zirconia is a diamond substitute, also referred to as CZ, that has been made in a laboratory and is typically heavier than a diamond of the same size would be. It can be cut in much the same way as a diamond would be so you can find it in all sorts of popular shapes.

 What you might notice is that the colour is different to that of a diamond. While a white CZ is colourless, you can find some pieces that produce more colour than a diamond would do so if you’re looking for something with a serious bit of pizazz this would be a great choice.

 Many people opt for CZ jewellery as suitable alternatives to diamonds for engagement rings because they’re much more affordable and quite durable, so they’re resistant to scratches – although, of course, not as resistant as a diamond would be.

 When it comes to cleaning your jewellery and accessories, make sure that you use a soft brush so that you avoid scratching the stones and you should also try to store your new jewellery away from other pieces and other stones to help prevent scratches.

 Have a look at some of the beautiful pieces that we have in stock on our website. We’re sure you’ll find something that you love and can’t wait to wear time and time again.

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