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  1. The celebration of wedding anniversaries dates back to Roman times when husbands gave their wives a silver wreath for 25 years of marriage, and a gold wreath for 50. Twentieth century commercialism then led to the addition of more gifts to represent names for other years. By the 1930's there was a material representing the year as a gift suggestion for the first year and milestone years such as 10th, 20th, 25th and 50th. Over the years more materials were added and the gift list updated and modernised by various American and British greeting card companies.


    Year Traditional Modern
    1st Paper Clock
    2nd Cotton China
    3rd Leather Crystal/Glass
    4th Linen Fruit/Flowers
    5th Wood Silverware
    6th Iron Sugar
    7th Copper/Wool Desk Set
    8th Bronze/Pottery Bronze/Pottery
    9th Pottery Linen/Lace
    10th Aluminium/Tin Leather
    11th Steel Jewellery
    12th Silk/Linen Pearls
    13th Lace Textiles/Fur
    14th Ivory Gold Jewellery
    15th Crystal Watches
    20th China Platinum
    25th Silver Silver
    30th Pearl/Ivory Diamond
    35th Coral Jade
    40th Ruby Ruby
    45th Sapphire Sapphire
    50th Gold Gold
    55th Emerald Emerald
    60th Diamond Diamond
    65th Blue Sapphire Blue Sapphire
    70th Platinum Platinum
    80th Oak Oak



  2. Ancient Bling: Exquisite Jewelry Found in Tomb of Chinese Woman

    Around 1,500 years ago, at a time when China was divided, a woman named Farong was laid to rest wearing fantastic jewelry, which included a necklace of 5,000 beads and "exquisite" earrings, archaeologists report.  Read full story here

  3. Marine life, Country diary - The Guardian:

    pointed yellow cone

    We have beachcombed this tideline on scores of summer days but have only gone home with painted top shells (Calliostoma zyzyphinum) on a handful of occasions.

    Of all the shells washed ashore here, this is the most desirable: a pointed yellow cone decorated with purple streaks. Stand it on its tip and it resembles a 1in tall replica of an old-fashioned spinning top.  Read rest of article here

  4. Cool Place of the Day: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

    Every day, a new place to discover or explore from coolplaces.co.uk


    Lindisfarne Castle National Trust Images

    Is there a more dramatic journey in the north of England than across the causeway to Holy Island? The tide cuts the island off for a few hours each day – time it wrong and you're in for an extended stay...

    Also known as Lindisfarne, the island was an early centre of Christianity, with a monastery first founded in the 7th century, which was later the source of the famous Lindisfarne Gospels – illuminated manuscripts that are possibly the high point of Celtic religious art. Read full article here


  5. Searching through my sea glass collection I found some lovely little, smooth and frosty pieces of sea glass (very hard to find) and made charms with them. Drilled twice to get the correct size hole and fitted with a sterling silver jump ring - all links on the bracelet are soldered, so no more missing charms :) The pieces of sea glass are sea mist, white and seafoam in colour and go so well with the sterling silver. Beautiful alone or stunning when stacked!

    sea glass gems belcher bracelets (2) copy

  6. Sea Glass and Faux Suede Jewellery

    I had a request from a customer for a sea glass bracelet, but as she had a metal allergy I couldn't use sterling silver for a clasp as I normally would. We got around this by making a wrap bracelet with faux suede. The piece of sea glass was drilled at either side then lovely soft faux suede was inserted through the holes, this was able to wrap around the wrist three times, tied in a knot and the ends tucked in - beautiful! My customer was absolutely delighted! This led me to making a necklace to match.  I've made lovely long necklaces 30 inches long and instead of using a sterling silver clasp, I've used wood beads in co-ordinating colours, to close the necklace and it makes it fully adjustable. One happy customer said that she can wear it at different lengths for different tops!

    The photos show some of the colours of faux suede I am using with co-ordinating beads, finished wrap bracelets (the ones in the photo have sterling silver fittings, but I can make them without for a reduced price) and a finished necklace. Hope you like them :)  I will be listing more on my website, but if you would like me to make one for you please let me know.

    P1370709 copy

    P1370043 copyseafoam sea glass moss green faux suede necklace (2)4x4


  7. Wow! Just got these sixteen sea glass and silver bezel set pendants back from the Assay Office in Birmingham. They're all ready for their final polishing, which may take a while, then they'll be photographed and listed on my website.  If you would like an email when they are listed please fill in the form at the bottom of this page or on any other page of my website and I'll drop you a line :)