And so it’s a New Year! A chance to start something fresh, turn over a new leaf, out with old and a time to reflect. January is a good time to look back and take stock of a few things. What worked well for you last year?… What could be done differently this year?… And looking forward, what are your new life goals for the months and year ahead?
Don’t forget to take some time out, slow down and give back to you.
Here’s a bit of fun to help shift the focus on what you really want to get out of this year. All you’ve got to do is pick a word for 2018 that resonates with you…
To help you out, I’ll share with you my word for the year… ‘Self-care’
… And let’s start here, with a bunch of beautiful flowers!
There are many ways we can practice ‘Self-care’. Here are my top 5 with some added extra top tips…
1. Simplify your schedule
Feeling like you’re spinning too many plates? Maybe it’s time to let a few of them go. Ask yourself which relationships and activities are truly adding value to your life, and intentionally make space for those. Why not jot them down in this wonderfully illustrated Recycled A5 Notebook by The Beautiful Life.
2. Energize your body
A walk with the dog, some yoga, swimming or running. Whatever takes your fancy! A physical workout or activity you enjoy always works wonders for the mind as well as the body. Exercise is a key element of self-care, and these 100% Organic Cotton Cropped Fold Over Yoga Pants, handmade in Britain by Gossypium coupled with this ace ecoYoga Jute Mat are just the job!
3. Take a long, warm bath
Light a candle or two, add some Trevarno Camomile & Lavender Bath Body Oil and listen to your favourite podcast or relaxing tunes… Take pleasure in carving out some time to make your own relaxing soak by downloading these Free Recipes from Aromatherapist and Mumpreneur Caroline of Hipsley Green.
4. Try your hand at something new
Along the same line as making your own relaxing bath soak, learning a new skill or trying a new hobby can be a fab way take time out whilst feeling that power of accomplishment. It can be fun too!
I offer tailor made Silver Jewellery Workshops, including private one-to-one tuition, and you don’t even have to be local to Somerset… Round up a couple of friends and book a full day with me. Treat yourselves and stay at a local hotel or Airbnb to really make a weekend of it!
5. De-clutter and Spruce
I know as a creative being, things around me can easily get messy! Help clear your mind and choose a place to de-clutter and spruce. Try starting with your email inbox, desk or closet – spend a few moments getting rid of the excess and junk. Recycling is a great way to do this, especially when it comes to your clothing.
And this can also apply to your jewellery too!
I recently described my jewellery as armour for the soul. It simply needs to look great for us to feel fabulous! And like us, it can all too easily get neglected and lost at the bottom of the jewellery box…
If your Julia Thompson Jewellery is need of a little self care, read on for my handy tips on how to look after your precious pieces including our treasure revive and restore services, so that you can sparkle and shine when wearing your favourite pieces.
Jewellery Care Tips
- Remove your jewellery before engaging in practical activities such as exercising, gardening or doing any physical work. This will ensure that your jewellery does not get accidentally damaged.
- Jewellery can be damaged by salt and chlorine. Do not wear your jewellery when swimming, bathing, or using cleaning products such as bleach.
- Beauty products for skin and hair can react with precious stones and metals, causing your jewellery to tarnish, discolour and even possibly corrode. Please put your jewellery on last, after applying cosmetics, scents and sprays.
- When storing your jewellery, I recommend doing so in airtight boxes or bags and not in damp or humid conditions such as on a window sill or in the bathroom. Exposure to the environment can cause your silver jewellery to tarnish over time. Storing it sensibly will keep it looking newer for longer.
- Extra care should be taken when cleaning jewellery set with stones and pearls. If unsure about how to clean your jewellery please contact me directly.
Treat your Treasure to a Pamper Session!
Satin Brushed – Most pieces of Julia Thompson Jewellery made from either gold, sterling silver or gold vermeil are suitable for day to day wear. Many have been given a satin brush finish or a complimentary contrasting finish of high polish and satin brush. All satin brushed metals will eventually become shinier and display a natural polished effect with time and wear; this is part of its character.
Oxidised – Some pieces before they receive a satin brushed finish are given an oxidised patina that either coats the surface of the piece, or highlights any recesses with a blackened appearance. If the surface has been oxidised then this layer on the silver will wear off in time, this is also part of its character.
Gold Vermeil – Other pieces are gold plated, also known as gold vermeil. Vermeil is a process of plating gold onto silver, it needs to be a minimum thickness of 2.5microns and at least 14ct in quality to be considered vermeil. It’s tough, but will eventually wear.
Revive & Restore
So please do get in touch should you like a piece re-satinised, re-oxidised, re-plated or just simply polished and buffed to a high shine in my professional studio. Charges for these services range from £25 – £50.
So what would be your one word for the year? I’d love to know! Jot down some ideas and let me know what you’ve come up with in the comments below…
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