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As We keep getting asked what bracelets go together and how we get THE IBIZA LOOK for this summer’s beach jewellery,
We thought we would give you a few examples today!
All bracelets are unisex and available at AMANDA MARCUCCI JEWELLERY
Who doesn’t love a bit of Press!?
Well it seams the girls at Marie Claire love us! Check out this June’s issue with our gorgeous long white Agate necklace! Perfect for summer evening beach jewellery!
These gorgeous little gems are suitable for all ages sexes and sizes!
Neon, Coral, Turquoise … all beautiful bright summer colours with Peace sign, Buddha’s an Skulls.
Perfect stacked up for a sexy beach look…. We’re LOVING them!
Emerald Gemstone meaning
The emerald is the sacred stone of the goddess Venus. It was thought to preserve love. The emerald has long been the symbol of hope. It is considered by many to be the stone of prophecy. For some the emerald acts as a tranquilizer for a troubled mind. The emerald is said to bring the wearer reason and wisdom. The strongest time for the powers of the emerald is said to be spring.
Lucky for love, give your lover an emerald to stay faithful.
In several cultures the emerald was the symbol for fertilizing rain. In the Christian faith it is the symbol of faith and hope.
Sources of Emerald
The proper name for the emerald is beryl, but there are different colors of beryl. Emerald green is the color as well as the stone. Most emeralds have inclusions (bubbles) in them. If the stone has too much blue in it, it is then an aquamarine. Pink beryl is Morganite, yellow beryl is golden beryl, yellow-green beryl is heliodor. There is also a rare red beryl. The best beryl comes from Colombia and Brazil. Emerald can also be found in India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe. An emerald of the right shade of green can be more valuable than a diamond.
Healing properties of Emerald
Emerald is used by healers to help heal the heart. The power of the Emerald is highest at the full moon.
Some cultures thought the emerald would heal any disease of the eye. The emerald would be placed in a container of water overnight and the water would be poured on the eyes the next day.
Emerald is a stone of great harmony, wisdom and love. Giving your lover an Emerald will bring the lover closer if the giver’s motives are pure love. The Emerald can be a bridge between 2 people. The Emerald vibrates with love.
For centuries diamonds have been a symbol of love, excellence and purity. Because of its unmatched hardness and clarity, it also symbolizes power, strength, brilliance and unparalleled beauty. Throughout history many regarded them as magical.
Not only were they rare and beautiful, they could not be cut and they were impervious to fire. It was said that the Greeks believed diamonds were tears of the gods. Romans believed they were splinters of fallen stars.
In Tibetan Buddhism, diamonds are an important symbol and the Diamond Sutra is one of the most popular texts.
Diamonds were also believed to have been used as a healing stone. They were used for detecting and detoxifying poison, opening spirituality channels and assisting calming creatures. In modern times, the diamond symbolizes eternity and love.
The first diamond engagement ring can be traced to the XV century, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave the first diamond ring engagement to Mary of Burgundy in 1477.
The diamond was used in its natural crystalline structure. The octahedral or eight-sided formation, like 2 pyramid joined at the base, was mounted with the lower pyramid completely hidden in the ring setting and the upper half rising out of it.
Light would be reflected from all four sides of this exposed upper point. The structure of this diamond mirrors the symbolism of the Egyptian pyramids.
The union in 1477 was celebrated by the exchange of a diamond betrothal ring which would have been an early example and perhaps the first royal one.
Global Interview: Amanda Marcucci / Jewellery Designer
I love Florence Welch and to have her not only wear the piece, but she asked if she could keep it was a massive compliment!- Jewellery Designer, Amanda Marcucci
Italian by blood but Navajo by nature, Jewellery Designer Amanda Marcucci‘s move to Austin, Texas certainly opened her eyes to many things- and crystals, turquoise & semi-precious stones were among them. It was through her travels that she discovered a passion for creating jewellery, as she experienced life in two magnificent cities; Milan & Paris.
After causing waves of success over in the Med, it wasn’t long beforeAmanda Marcucci’s jewellery begun gracing the pages of Vogue, Tatler and Stylist Magazine, adoring the neck of Miss Florence Welch.
With her rapid success in the bag and Summer just around corner I speak with Italian Jewellery Designer, as she shares her must-have for S/S13 as well as a sneak peak at her next collection.
SV: So tell me a little about your creative background and what influenced you to become a jewellery designer?
AM: From a very early age I was fortunate enough to travel the world with my family. Having lived in Florence, Texas, Paris and Milan, I was immersed in Art, Culture and History. Always being attracted by style, clothes and costumes from around he world I was always very artistic and creative, learning how to sew and knit by age 10. Needless to say my Barbie was the best dressed girl in town!
I went on to study Fashion Design & Technology at The London College of Fashion, on leaving I started work at Vivienne Westwood and then on to becoming a Fashion Stylist.
It was purely by accident that I got in to Jewellery. One very busy summer back in 2008, I was heading to Ibiza, St. Tropez, and Sardinia, I wanted a cool collection of beach Jewellery that looked effortless on the beach so I designed a range of earring, bracelets and necklaces in various colours and stones. From the second I arrived in Ibiza it was crazy! People were taking orders off me on the beach just off what I was wearing! I came back to London with a stack of orders a pocket full of cash and a new business! Amanda Marcucci Jewellery was born!
SV: What do you enjoy most about designing and creating your own jewellery line?
AM: I love working with semiprecious stones, colours and textures! Being able to be creative in what I love and watching peoples reactions makes me so happy.
First image: Green Agate & orange skull necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
Image above: Agate necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: How would you choose to describe your style aesthetic in three words?
AM: Eclectic, bold, tribal
Pink & Gold long Agate and Angel Necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: You’ve released two collections; Precious and Gypsy- tell me more about your influences behind each one?
AM: Precious is a more bold, statement and slightly more expensive collection that I created for a more high fashion customer, where as Gypsy is more everyday, beach and light for a more casual easy to wear look.
SV: Not only are your designs absolutely beautiful, they also hold quite deep meanings- can explain why you choose to create pieces from Semi-Precious stones and crystals?
AM: I have always been quite spiritual and very much into the customs and beliefs of the American Indians, Mayans, Egyptians and so on. I strongly believe in natural remedies and that nature has blessed us with everything we need to live a happy healthy life, including crystals and minerals whom each have there healing power and meaning.
Large Fuisha Pink Agate & Cobalt Blue Necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: I’ve got to say after doing a little travelling myself around Arizona I also developed an infatuation for Navajo pieces- how did your time living in Austin Texas influence you as a designer?
AM: Living with my family in Texas were the happiest years of my life! Being surrounded by beauty and culture of the beautiful, spiritual and cultured American Indians. I was always drawn to the Silver & Turquoise jewellery, which still remains my favourite stone to this day. There costumes, look, beliefs and ways always drew me in. I remember my father would refuse to by me anything Indian from the White American mass produced stores, so any time I wanted a Navajo piece of jewellery or clothes he would take me to there reservations to spend time with the people and purchase directly from them.
Frosted Grey Agate Collar Necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: What’s your favourite fashion store in London?
AM: Koh Samui of course is at the top, and I’m not just saying that! I remember back in the day when it first opened, it had that beautiful and colourful eclectic mix of fashion from around the world that I so love! You could travel the world in that store! I like small boutiques with edgy and different pieces and vintage. Felt, Pebble, Vitalised Vintage, Alva
SV: Where’s your favourite hang out in London?
AM: I love quirky little places, La Bodega Negra, The Montgomery Notting Hill, The Experimental cocktail lounge, Boo Bon Riccard. Anything different and edgy,
SV: Stylist magazine recently featured singer Florence Welch wearing one of your necklaces ‘Egypt’- how does it feel to see you jewellery being worn by other influential creative types?
AM: AMAZING! I love Florence Welch and to have her not only wear the piece, but she asked if she could keep it was a massive compliment!
Florence Welch on the cover on Stylist Magazine. Inside wearing necklace by Amanda Marcuuci. Photo credit: Stylist Magazine
SV: Who would you love to see wearing one of your pieces?
AM: Many beautiful women from all walks of life and cultures. I love strong women and earthy! Erykah Badu, Monica Bellucci, Sophia Lauren, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Grace Jones, Catherine Deneuve. But the person I respect the most, the strongest most beautiful of all is my mother Nannette and she has many pieces!
Yellow Butterfly Bracelet. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: Is there any jewellery designer’s you would love to collaborate with in the future?
AM: Not really to be honest. I would however like to work with local jewellers in Mexico, Texas (Navajo), Egypt, Africa and as many other areas as I can reach to collaborate on a line of Jewellery and Accessories that are Fair Trade and incorporate local products and design.
Chunky Unisex Silver Skull cuff Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: Now spring & summer (fingers crossed) is on its way- what piece from your latest collection would you say is a must-have for S/S 13?
AM: Oh for sure it has got to be our Large 11cm Agate necklaces which are Ltd. Edition and quite simply gorgeous! There going to be featuring in Wyld magazine, Marie Claire and In Style May/June issues, but even I this weather they are running off the shelf’s!
Green Agate & orange skull necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: Can you give us a little sneak peak as to what’s in store for your next collection?
AM:We Design and produce so quickly that every couple of months there are new pieces on there way. I would say our most recent are our gorgeous unisex Mexican Rosaries which are very bright and colourful and look great layered up on the beach!
Yellow agate Necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
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With 1980s hoops at Balmain, oversized pearls at Chanel, and Madonna-style rosaries revisited at Jean Paul Gaultier, it’s not only the clothes that made the Fashion Week hit list. Put the finishing touch to your look for next season, with our jewelry trend edit from Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week, packed with pieces that you will be dying to get your hands on before they’ve even hit the shops.
History of Day of the Dead ~ Dia de los Muertos
Day of the Dead is an interesting holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.
They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.
In most Indian villages, beautiful altars (ofrendas) are made in each home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock’s combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto. The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches.
Day of the Dead is a very expensive holiday for these self-sufficient, rural based, indigenous families. Many spend over two month’s income to honor their dead relatives. They believe that happy spirits will provide protection, good luck and wisdom to their families. Ofrenda building keeps the family close.
On the afternoon of Nov. 2, the festivities are taken to the cemetery. People clean tombs, play cards, listen to the village band and reminisce about their loved ones. Tradition keeps the village close. Day of the Dead is becoming very popular in the U.S.~ perhaps because we don’t have a way to celebrate and honor our dead, or maybe it’s because of our fascination with it’s mysticism.
We LOVE these gorgeous UNISEX little numbers, yes boys that means for you too!
In a variety of bright colours fun and bold! Look great alone or layered up! All different styles and stones.