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Sunshine, Seashore and Styling…

The beautiful @isabellath wearing our Mosaic Necklace

As Britain starts to open up again and we slowly begin to get back to some semblance of normal, we will all have a chance to wear our favourite jewellery pieces in public again

How can it be June already?! Anyone else feel that this lockdown has been an eternity but also that the weeks have gone by incredibly quickly?! During those first few weeks of lockdown, I, along with many others wondered why we bothered dressing up. I wasn’t going anywhere or going to see anyone.   Thinking about what to wear and experimenting with clothes and jewellery behind closed doors almost seemed futile. However, the arrival of sunshine made me think again as I hadn’t properly ventured into my wardrobe or looked through my jewellery box for a good few weeks, two of the things that usually make me very happy. It reminded me that emotional wellbeing is often linked to feeling good about oneself and the clothes and jewellery that we choose to wear can definitely help to improve our mood.

I have a drawer in my room, segmented into 20 boxes to house all the jewellery pieces I have collected since I was a teenager. Some of these I keep for inspiration or because there is something intrinsically lovely about them, even if I doubt that I will ever wear them again. Others remind me of people and places or memorable times in my life. My Grandma’s engagement ring, the bracelet I wore religiously during my first weeks of starting work in London or the necklace I designed for my wedding day.

Recently, I have been experimenting with my jewellery, layering up Pureshore pieces with other jewellery in my existing collection to create a combination look. As Pureshore is a dainty collection it works well when worn with other petite designs.  It’s important when layering up necklaces and pendants for example, to keep shorter chains and smaller pendants at the top and work down in size order so as not to look chaotic. Allow some space between each piece so that they are not sitting on top of each other. Be brave and mix metals and textures to include chains, bars and small beads or stones. The Mosaic or Ardour necklace can sit as the bottom layer to bring the whole look together.

When bracelet stacking, start with the delicates such as the Pureshore Wildflower or Tulipa. Select similar size bangles to complement the look; slender ones work best with the Pureshore bracelets. Bangles can sit higher up your wrist but keep the daintier bracelets lower to brush over your hand.

Stacking rings or wearing rings on multiple fingers look great but it is probably advisable to stick to the same metal finish to give continuity when wearing different designs. You could always try the same design but in different colour finishes – see our Pureshore homepage slide show for multiple Ardour ring inspiration!

For earrings, the Pureshore studs are a fair size so they work best on their own but can also take an ear cuff further up the ear to give a relaxed boho vibe. A rule with earrings is to always wear the largest earring at the bottom and then work your way up in size order. I love talking jewellery, so if you have any styling tips you would like to share then I’d love to hear from you at hello@pureshorejewellery.com.

As Britain starts to open up again and we slowly begin to get back to some semblance of normal, we will all have a chance to wear our favourite jewellery pieces in public again. We have had some lovely feedback from our customers, their Pureshore pendants have invited positive comments from friends and colleagues during Zoom meetings! Now is the time to start wearing them again for meetings in person, suitably distanced of course!

On a final note, I must mention Durdle Door, which has been in the news this week. We have great affection for this stunning rocky cliff in the sea. Indeed, it was the inspiration for our Sundown Collection. It has been upsetting to see it in the media for all the wrong reasons.  With thrill seekers and vast hordes of over enthusiastic day trippers descending on the beach, the area has suffered. Various news articles have cited the ‘devastating’ and ‘heartbreaking’ amount of litter that has been left there since the heatwave, including plastic bottles and take away food cartons. Local volunteers have since been working tirelessly to clean up the beach. Many of us hoped that the current coronavirus situation was going to make people think about the world, our environment and limiting the amount of plastic that enters our seas – and while that has undoubtedly been the case for lots of people, sadly it seems not everyone received the memo and we still unfortunately have a long way to go.

Olivia x

Durdle Door, Dorset – photo from resortdorset.com

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