Valentine’s Day Wednesday 14th February | Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is known for being the most romantic day of the year and gives us the opportunity to show our desire for our loved ones by giving cards and gifts.

Find the perfect romantic gift from our collections of Unique and Limited Edition jewellery designs in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide including bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings and cufflinks.

From Venice with Love!

Whether it’s a gift for someone special in your life or a well deserved treat for yourself, our wonderfully romantic Venetian Murano Glass Heart Necklaces are an excellent choice.

Match our Venetian Murano Glass Heart Necklaces with our luxurious Venetian Murano Glass Earrings.

From Russia with Love!

Solid Sterling Silver Triple Russian Bangle
Faith, Hope and Love

Symbolising the pledge of fidelity and love for eternity, our luxurious Triple Russian Bangles are both a classic and modern choice for Valentine’s Day.

You can also enjoy The Bijoux Magpie gifting experience!

We can wrap your gift, personalise a luxury greetings card and even send your gift directly to the recipient.

All your jewellery is beautifully presented and available with our complimentary full gift wrapping service. Each presentation box is carefully hand wrapped in simple, contemporary white Kraft paper and finished with a sumptuous black, pink or red satin ribbon and a gift card with an envelope.

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Complimentary Gift Wrapping

You can choose this option on the product page together with an option to add a personalised handwritten message to the gift card.

The Bijoux Magpie also offers a Luxury Gift Wrapping Service.

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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Christmas Gift Guide | Treat Someone Special!

Find the Perfect Gift for Your Loved One with our Exclusive ‘One Of A Kind’ Designs

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Welcome to The Bijoux Magpie Christmas Gift Guide, where you’ll find ideas and inspiration that can’t be found anywhere else.

You can also enjoy The Bijoux Magpie gifting experience!

We can wrap your gift, personalise a greetings card and even send your gift directly to the recipient.

If your loved one loves jewellery, discover our unusual and sometimes quirky jewellery gifts that they don’t already own.

Christmas Gifts Under £30

Christmas Gifts Under £50

Christmas Gifts Under £100

 

Christmas Gifts For Girls

From our Angel & Lottie for Girls Collection, individual handcrafted jewellery beautifully finished in Sterling Silver and designed especially for girls.

Angel & Lottie for Girls can also be personalised making each piece of this girly jewellery even more.

Christmas Gifts For Him

Sure to delight, solid silver cufflinks handcrafted from a Bombay Sapphire Gin Bottle or lampwork glass with a distinctive dragon scale pattern.

Complimentary Gift Wrapping

All your jewellery is beautifully presented and available with our complimentary full gift wrapping service. Each presentation box is carefully hand wrapped in simple, contemporary white Kraft paper and finished with a sumptuous black, pink or red satin ribbon and a gift card with an envelope. Our Angel & Lottie for Girls Collection also has the option of a lilac ribbon.
You can choose this option on the product page together with an option to add a personalised handwritten message to the gift card.
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Complimentary Gift Wrapping

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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Aromatic Indian White Sandalwood

Complimented Beautifully by Gemstones, Beads and Classic Sterling Silver

Sandalwood!

Just the word conjures up images of tropical beeches with trees swaying in balmy warm breezes, natives in exotic Eastern costumes and jewellery, and finely carved traditional ornaments and caskets. It is the woody, sweet and distinctive smell of Sandalwood whose essential oils are used in incense, perfume, cosmetics and aftershave that produces this effect and transports us to romantic oriental places. This oil is also easily blended with other aromatic oils, which makes it such a versatile part of the perfumer’s array of scents.

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Sandalwood grows throughout southeast Asia and on the islands of the Pacific Ocean. The most common of the ten species, and the most commercially valuable, is Santalum album. The Sandalwood tree grows to a height of about ten to fifteen metres after thirty years and reaches full maturity in fifty or sixty years. It is actually partially parasitic on the roots of other plants, such as bamboo. When young the wood is white and becomes yellow and orange with maturity.

The sandalwood oil is contained in both the tree and its roots, and is obtained using a steam distillation process. The trees are never felled but are uprooted during the rainy season when they contain more of the precious aromatic oil.

As well as its cosmetic and perfumery uses, Sandalwood oil has been used since ancient times for a number of medicinal purposes, from treating dry skin conditions to helping relieve stomach troubles. It also has amazing calming, mind enhancing properties, hence its favoured use in incense to help in meditation. Powdered Sandalwood is used in the paste applied to make Brahman caste marks.

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Keshi Pearl and Aromatic Indian White Sandalwood Slider Bracelet
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Citrine and Aromatic Indian White Sandalwood Slider Bracelet

Sandalwood has been carved by craftsmen for centuries, made into containers or ornaments, and into beads which are incorporated into religious jewellery such as the Mala, a chain of 108 beads used in eastern religions to keep count of mantras, or prayers, as they are offered up to deities. The smell of the wood aids the meditative process of the ceremony. Sandalwood bead jewellery is also very popular when it is incorporated into designs as bangles, bracelets or necklaces, the soothing aroma released from the beads providing a counterbalance to today’s pressures and pace of life.

Genuine Sandalwood comes only from Santalum album species, and it may be called East India Sandalwood or even white sandalwood. You may be offered other colours of Sandalwood, such as Red or Green, which may carry similar smells but are not genuine and truly from the Sandalwood tree.

The Bijoux Magpie has carefully sourced the beads used in our Friendship Bracelets and Necklaces to ensure their authenticity and that they originate from renewable sources.

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Citrine and Aromatic Indian White Sandalwood Tassel Necklace

Our collection of Sandalwood jewellery can be found at The Bijoux Magpie including our gorgeous Citrine and Aromatic Sandalwood Tassel Necklace, Sasha and stunning Keshi Pearl and Aromatic Sandalwood Slider Bracelet, Riya.

Our Gift Wrapping Service is all part of your buying experience at The Bijoux Magpie and you can choose our complimentary service or our luxury service for a small extra cost.

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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Happy Birthday November!

Citrine, Our Favourite November Birthstone

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The autumnal oranges and golds of leaves falling off trees in November reflect perfectly the most popular colours found in Citrine, colours that are said to be a gift from the sun. The name of this gemstone is derived from “citrin”; in French the word for lemon.

The birthstones for November are Citrine and Topaz, which may often be mistaken for each other but whose origins are distinct. If you are celebrating your birthday this month then you share it with David Schwimmer, Richard Burton, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jodie Foster.

Citrine is a form of quartz whose yellow hues are derived from the traces of iron that it contains. Most Citrine is sourced from Brazil, and other suppliers are in Spain, Bolivia, France, Russia, Madagascar and the United States (Colorado, North Carolina and California specifically). The source of the gem produces its own distinctive colour and hue.

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Faceted Citrine Gemstone Drop Hoop Earrings

Citrine has been found in jewellery from ancient times; in Egyptian talismans, from the Greeks who carved rock crystal ornaments from larger pieces, and the Romans’ jewellery and intaglio work, where an image or profile is carved into one surface of gemstones often set in signet rings. Citrine was used in Art Deco pieces between the two world wars when stones were set into highly decorative and prized pieces worn by Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford; the stone’s hardness makes it durable when carved into large cabochons.

Citrine has been called the “healing quartz” because of its supposed ability to comfort, sooth and calm the wearer, releasing any negative feelings, sparking the imagination, and bringing new beginnings. It is also known as “the merchant’s stone” because of its ability to attract wealth and prosperity.

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Citrine and Aromatic White Sandalwood Tassel Necklace

True, genuine, Citrine as a natural occurrence in nature is relatively rare and its abundance now comes as a result of the discovery that other quartz rocks such as purple amethyst and smoky quartz can be heat treated to artificially produce gems that resemble Citrine, but originate from far less expensive sources.

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Citrine and Aromatic White Sandalwood Slider Bracelet

Like all the other materials used in the singular, original jewellery designs of The Bijoux Magpie, the gemstones used to produce the pieces newly available have been created from true Citrine, not heat treated artificial replicas.

Our collection of Citrine jewellery can be found at The Bijoux Magpie including our gorgeous Citrine and Aromatic Sandalwood Tassel Necklace, Sasha and stunning Faceted Citrine Gemstone Drop Hoop Earrings, Aurelia.

Our Gift Wrapping Service is all part of your buying experience at The Bijoux Magpie and you can choose our complimentary service or our luxury service for a small extra cost.

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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With Love From Venice!

Murano Glass, Crafted by Artisans and Lovingly Incorporated into our Stunning Jewellery

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Murano Glass Hearts

Glass bead production dates back to Egyptian times and then to the Romans. The first references to Venetian glass production are found from the ninth century when the work of phial and bottle makers was recorded. The skills and raw materials were imported from Eastern Mediterranean countries, primarily Syria, and through the middle ages were important in Venetian trading with Mediterranean and African countries.

Initially found throughout Venice, the industry was relocated to Murano by order of the Venetian Great Council, partly for safety reasons as the furnaces in which the glass was worked were a threat to the city’s mainly wooden construction, but also to keep the developing techniques of the craftsmen away from the prying eyes of competitors. A decisive factor in the development of Murano as a key glass manufacturer was the invention in the fourteenth century of clear glass by Angelo Barovier; glass became for the first time transparent, pure and like rock crystal.

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries many new types of glass and glass production were invented. Iced glass with a rough external surface, translucent glass produced by immersing the hot, unfinished piece in cold water, and possibly the best known of all, filigree. Invented in 1527 by Filippo Catani della Sirena, filigree is made by incorporating glass rods with thin threads of white milk glass or coloured glass into the crystal in different ways in either parallel or interwoven bands. Highly complex in manufacture, this glass remains a popular form in the twenty first century.

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Darkest Ruby Red Murano Glass Heart

The production of Murano glass beads goes back to the fourteenth century when they were used to trade with countries in the African, American and Indian continents. Murano beads can be either conteria – seed beads, rosetta – chevron beads, or a lume – lamp-worked beads. Seed beads are monochrome, tiny and produced on a large scale from thin hollow glass rods and are used in embroidery and for decoration. Chevron beads are made of hollow rods with several multi-coloured layers and lamp-worked beads are made by heating a rod of solid glass over a flame or lume as the molten glass drips onto a metal wire that is continually rotated, creating an infinity of variations in effects and colours.

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Black Diamond Murano Glass Heart

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the importance and production of Murano glass declined as a result of French occupation and then transfer to the Hapsburg Empire in 1814 when Austria brought the Venetian Republic to an end. However, through the latter half of the nineteenth and into the twentieth century Murano glass production has seen an exciting renaissance. Replication and reproduction of old designs and techniques have given way to new techniques, artisan restrictions to new artistic freedoms so that Murano Glass is once more at the forefront of an imaginative and creative art form that is carefully selected by The Bijoux Magpie for incorporating in jewellery that displays all of its unique variation of form and colour.

Our collection of Venetian Murano Glass jewellery can be found at The Bijoux Magpie including our gorgeous Deepest Ruby Red Heart, Rhiannon and stunning Black Diamond heart, Freya.

Our Gift Wrapping Service is all part of your buying experience at The Bijoux Magpie and you can choose our complimentary service or our luxury service for a small extra cost.

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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From Russia with Love!

Luxury and Simplicity | Solid Silver Triple Russian Bangles and Rings

Here at The Bijoux Magpie we love the wonderful meanings behind our Triple Russian Bangles and Rings and hope you enjoy reading about the significance of this gorgeous jewellery.

The Trinity Ring is a popular design for contemporary jewellery, with rings and bangles being common forms. It is strongly associated with Russian marriage ceremonies and “Russian Rings” is a term often used for the concept, symbolising the pledge of fidelity and love for eternity.

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Faith, Hope and Love

However, the triple rings pattern has origins that date back beyond the familiar Celtic symbolism when it was known as a “triquetra”, from the Latin for three cornered, or Celtic knot. Found throughout Celtic culture, the Triple Ring was associated with mother goddesses, symbolising the meeting of earth, ocean and sky and was developed in Ireland around the seventh century. The Norman invasion saw a decline in Celtic artwork in general and it was not until the mid-nineteenth century and the so-called “Celtic Revival” that more instances of Celtic knotwork were once more reproduced and regularly used.

The central belief in Christianity is the triumvirate nature of God, the Holy Trinity of God the Father, His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Occasionally the Trinity Knot may be enclosed within a circle in order to emphasise unity or eternity.

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Traditional Russian wedding jewellery includes a plain gold ring and a Russian Triple Ring. Selecting a triple ring can have special meaning for a couple celebrating their marriage within the Russian culture and its rich heritage. The wedding ring is usually worn on the right-hand ring finger, as in many Orthodox Christian and Catholic countries, after the priest has placed it on the right hand to follow the betrothal service based on biblical passages.

In 1924 Louis Cartier created one of the most famous modern interpretations of the Triple Ring when he designed a piece composed of three bands of gold using pink, yellow and white metal. These colours symbolise the unity of love, fidelity and friendship and may differ from the original traditional rings but still carry the values of everlasting love.

With such a long and rich tradition of diverse meanings and uses, it is little wonder that the Triple Ring form of jewellery has been assigned a multitude of new contemporary uses and significances.

It may be used to celebrate ancient Celtic and Irish culture, to represent the hope for eternal love or to convey a desire for longevity by representing an uninterrupted life cycle. It may also be used to define the stages of a woman’s life: youth, motherhood and old age.

In short, whether in the form of a finger ring or a wrist bangle, the Triple Ring is a versatile gift representing an individual but instantly recognisable pledge from one to another.

Our collection of solid sterling silver bangles can be found at The Bijoux Magpie including our truly indulgent Triple Russian Bangle, Anastasia and our Russian Wedding Band, Annushka.

Our Gift Wrapping Service is all part of your buying experience at The Bijoux Magpie and you can choose our complimentary service or our luxury service at a small extra cost.

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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The Bijoux Magpie wins Theo Paphitis’s Small Business Sunday (SBS)

Ribble Valley based The Bijoux Magpie gets a Twitter Boost from Theo Paphitis

We are delighted to have received a business boost from Retail Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, best known for appearing on Dragon’s Den on BBC2.

On Sunday 2nd July I tweeted Theo about my handcrafted jewellery business during ‘Small Business Sunday’.

On Monday evening at 8pm, Theo reviews all the entries and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted. This week The Bijoux Magpie  was one of the six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo.

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The weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has nearly 2000 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK. Business and retail entrepreneur and self-confessed Shopkeeper, Theo re‐tweeted my message to his 500,000+ followers and as a result, The Bijoux Magpie has more followers and orders for our individual pieces of jewellery which are designed to make you stop, look twice and think.

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This is a fantastic opportunity to generate great PR for my business and I am looking forward to promoting my #SBS win. I will update you soon!

I would recommend any small business to enter and here’s how;

Visit Small Business Sunday for more information.

Good Luck!

Catherine J Davies | The Bijoux Magpie Limited

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The Magic of Cufflinks!

Originally the preserve of the rich and famous because they were fashioned by jewellers, the industrial revolution introduced mass-produced products whose price made them more accessible. But by the 1960’s shirt manufacturers were producing shirts with sleeve buttons already sewn on and once more cufflinks became a sign of status and stature. However, after a brief decline, cufflinks in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colours are enjoying a renaissance amongst both men’s and women’s couture as subtle, or not so subtle, fashion statements.

Navigate to the Silver Cufflink pages of The Bijoux Magpie and there you will be forced to choose between intricate Artisan Lampwork Glass Cufflinks and bold, colourful Bombay Sapphire Cufflinks, all with robust Sterling Silver toggles that ensure they will survive everyday wear and tear and sparkle at the most auspicious celebrations.

 

 

Distilled in Hampshire in the UK, Bombay Sapphire Gin traces its origins back to a recipe that was first recorded in 1761. The iconic signature bottle is made of a striking blue glass, which, when illuminated in the appropriate manner, can give the impression that the liquid within is glowing. The name of the product, and the subsequent choice of this colour for the glass bottle was inspired by the 182-carat gemstone Star of Bombay, which was discovered in Sri Lanka and given to Mary Pickford, the silent movie star, by her then-husband, Douglas Fairbanks.

The Bijoux Magpie’s Bombay Sapphire Cufflinks incorporate Glasswork Beads that have been fashioned from Bombay Sapphire gin bottles using traditional Lampwork techniques, giving them the stunning blue colour, each pair totally unique but equally gorgeous, making your purchase all the more exclusive.

 

They are supplied perfectly packaged in a beautiful black gloss wooden gift box with an information card and you can choose one of their full Gift-Wrapping services for that extra special touch. Also on offer is Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders, with a 3-5 working days promise.

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Win Our Gorgeous Giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of ANGEL & LOTTIE FOR GIRLS, a pretty collection of unique handcrafted jewellery beautifully finished in Sterling Silver and designed especially for girls, we are giving away this gorgeous candy coloured Artisan Lampwork Glass Heart. Wire wrapped in sterling silver with a choice of a 14 or 16 inch sterling silver snake chain.

The sterling Silver charm can be personalised with a letter of your choice. A perfect gift for a birthday girl and a gorgeous ‘I Love You’ present from Mummy, Daddy, Sister or Auntie!

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To Enter FOLLOW THE SIMPLE STEPS BELOW…..Good Luck to everyone!

Navigate to our Facebook page.
• LIKE our FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/TheBijouxMagpie/
• LIKE the GIVEAWAY PICTURE
• SHARE the POST (if you feel inclined)
The closing date is Midnight on Wednesday 21st June and the Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Thursday 22nd June. Delivered perfectly gift wrapped.
Angel & Lottie for Girls is a pretty collection of unique handcrafted jewellery beautifully finished in Sterling Silver and designed especially for girls.
• Heart measures Approx. 15mm
• Sterling Silver charm measures Approx. 10mm

Angel & Lottie for Girls Collection can be found at The Bijoux Magpie

All your jewellery from The Bijoux Magpie arrives perfectly presented in a beautiful gift box with a matching satin ribbon. By choosing one of our gorgeous gift wrapping options with the choice of adding a personalised handwritten message to the gift card, your gift arrives ready for giving.

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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The Bijoux Magpie | Introduces Angel & Lottie for Girls

We are delighted to introduce Angel & Lottie for Girls, a pretty collection of unique handcrafted jewellery beautifully finished in Sterling Silver designed especially for girls.

Angel & Lottie for Girls Personalised Jewellery

This gorgeous collection of girls jewellery includes Lampwork Glass Heart Necklaces in charming candy colours, Lampwork Glass Cat Necklaces, each with their own cheeky personality and beautiful earrings on handcrafted sterling silver ear wires. All the jewellery in this collection is either ‘one of a kind’ and therefore will not be repeated or limited edition, making all our girls jewellery truly unique and a wonderful keepsake to be treasured for many years to come.

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Angel & Lottie for Girls can also be personalised for an additional charge by adding a sterling silver charm of your choice with a single hand stamped letter, making each piece of this girly jewellery even more special! Perfect for birthdays or to mark a special occasion.

 

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All Angel & Lottie for Girls jewellery arrives beautifully packaged in a lilac gift box with a matching satin ribbon. You can also take advantage of our complimentary gift wrapping service which includes lovingly wrapping your gift in white craft paper with a sumptuous satin ribbon in a colour of your choice and a gift card.

To ensure your gift arrives safely we offer Free UK Delivery via Royal Mail’s 2nd Class Signed For Service.

We hope you love the first look at our new collection!

All Angel & Lottie for Girls jewellery can be fount at The Bijoux Magpie

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