The Oyster & the Pearl

We can truly learn so much from nature! I just love the story about the the oyster and the pearl and thought I'd share it with you. Natural pearls form when an irritant, usually a parasite (the proverbial grain of sand) finds its way into an oyster. As a defense mechanism, a fluid is used to coat the irritant. Layers of this coating, also known as nacre, are deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed.




 The Oyster⁠

There once was an oyster whose story I'll tell,⁠
Who found that some sand had slipped under his shell.⁠
It was only a grain, but it gave him great pain,⁠
For oysters have feelings although they're so plain.⁠
Now, did he berate the harsh workings of fate⁠
That brought him to such a deplorable state?⁠
No, he said to himself as he lay on a shell,⁠
Since I cannot remove it, I shall try to improve it.⁠
So, the years rolled by as years always do⁠
And he came to his ultimate destiny, a stew.⁠
But the small grain of sand that had bothered him so,⁠
Was a beautiful pearl all richly aglow.⁠
Now this tale has a moral, for isn't it grand,⁠
What an oyster can do with a morsel of sand?⁠
What couldn't we do if we'd only begin,⁠
To enrich all those things that get under our skin.⁠
-Anon⁠

 

 

 


Tips for selecting the perfect bridal jewellery #sldesignshbj


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Start shopping early! Getting your bridal jewellery as early as possible will help relieve the stress of rushing to find something perfect in a few short days. 

Styling Ideas







Are you struggling to find the perfect jewellery to match your dress? Then look no further, you're at the right place! I work with brides all over the world helping them to make their vision come alive, whether it's a bohemian, beach wedding, vintage wedding, rustic, classic or modern wedding.

If you see something in my collection that catches your eye but want it in a different colour or you want me to design and make a custom piece, please me let me know and we'll work together to create that unique piece of jewellery especially for you. 
  
E-mail me to start your online consultation! sldesigns@live.co.za
 
If you're looking for a custom piece, please include photos of your dress and any other accessories you need to match, photos of your hairstyle inspiration, your budget and timeline.
 
Every piece is made-to-order and will be finely handcrafted to your specifications to complement your overall wedding theme. 

Classic, elegant and timeless, my pearls are perfect to celebrate all those special moments in your life, sure to become all-time favourites in your jewellery collection and heirloom pieces to pass on from one generation to the next!
 


 

Embrace Your Wild Soul






"Embrace from your wild soul, the part of you that knows you are one with rivers, forests and mountains. To break free of the fears and cages that hold you back."

🌊 Saturday Vibes ⛱️ When pearl meets turquoise ✨

For the woman who loves to make a statement with a bit chunky, yet delicate and feminine pieces. Very natural and earthy but also feminine, classic and elegant. 

Jewellery can be found online at Etsy and HelloPretty

Samantha x


How to choose the right necklace for your wedding dress neckline

A handy guide to accessorizing for your big day.


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How to wear pearls classy

Here’s some help with which length necklace works best with your bridal gown's neckline. Please keep in mind that it’s not a hard and fast rule, you can get away with a lot depending on the look that you’re after.


In The Mood For Some Bling!




Did you know? Shell pearls are made from the inner lining of oyster shells, also known as Mother of Pearl. The substance is ground to a fine powder, shaped, dyed and coated with natural pearl nacre and then a protective coating to give it that gorgeous luster.




Luxurious with exquisite details, this pearl jewelry set is hand made with lustrous shell pearls and sparkling rhinestone crystals. Timeless and classically elegant, these bridal glam pieces can even be worn after the wedding with your power suit or little black dress.

How's that for the best of both worlds?

Samantha xx

Bridal stacked bracelets - still a hot fashion trend

Stacking Bracelets are continuing to be a big hit. Celebrities are now loading up their bracelets and we see it all over the magazines and on the red carpets. Stacking, layering, mixing and matching of bracelets is a fun way to add a little more personality to your outfit.

I am totally obsessed with this look. We all know the saying less is more but when it comes to stacked bracelets, more is definitely more!


Here's my take on the layered, stacked look - the mixing and matching of classic pearls, crystals and sparkly rhinestones!

 

 1. For The Classic Bride

 

 

How to choose the perfect earrings to complement your features

Are you struggling to find the right pair of earrings for your face shape? Then this guide is for you!

When trying to determine your face shape, it is all about the outline of your face so focus on lines, angles and curves.




Choose your face shape here and then check what shape earrings are best for you.

The Heart Shape
A heart shaped face has a narrow jaw and is wider at the forehead and /or the cheek bones. It is wide at the temples and hairline with a small delicate chin.
 

How to wear jewellery to complement your skin tone

First things first. We need to figure out if your skin tone is warm or cool.

The best way to determine this is to take a white piece of paper and hold it under a light next to the underside of your wrist. Now you need to decide if your veins are more on the blue or the green side. If your veins are more on the blue side you have a cool skin tone. If your veins are more on the green side, you have a warm skin tone.

You can also establish whether your skin tone is cool or warm by following this general rule of thumb. If you look better in silver and blue, you probably have a cool skin tone. If you look better in gold and orange, you are probably warm toned.


Now let's figure out whether you are warm or cool depending on your natural hair colour, eye colour and the undertones in your skin.

Layer up in glossy strands of pearls

 


Some days you just have to create your own sunshine ☀️ and layer up in glossy strands of pearls 😆💞

⁠Have a good day and whatever you're doing, busy building or pursuing, never give up. It always looks impossible, until it's done.⁠🌈☀️

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”⁠
You've got this x⁠

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