Halloween, which has often failed to entice Britain’s into the same frenzy of America, is in the process of a renaissance. Interest in cultural celebrations have given profile to a variety of world festivals, many focused on honouring passed loved ones. From Cambodia’s Ancestors Day, Pchum Ben, to Brazil’s, Dia de Finados, and Mexico’s famous, Dia de los Muertos. Halloween, far from just carved pumpkins and apple bobbing, offers a rewarding insight into the heritage of our world’s continents.
So, its nearly Easter and with over 80 million Easter eggs sold in the UK each year and sales at Easter time, equating to 10% of the UK’s chocolate spending for the whole year – many of us now associate the holiday with a bumper crop of bank holidays and chocolate coated calories…
Its St Patrick’s Day and we’re feeling the lucky of the Irish rubbing off on us! From the Four Leaf Clover to the ever-popular Hamsa Hand, we’ve decided to look into the superstitions and original beliefs behind some well-known, lucky talisman jewellery…
THE FOUR LEAF CLOVER – Formed of three heart shaped leaves, the Shamrock is the lucky emblem of St Patrick’s Day (alongside the traditional Leprechaun of course). Its name originates from the Irish term Seamróg that has morphed over the centuries into the modern day term. Similar to the traditional Shamrock, the Four Leaf Clover is often mistaken for the iconic St Patrick’s Day signifier. Each of the four leaves represent an element of good will – said to bring the holder Faith, Hope, Love & Luck, whilst also helping to ward off evil, witchcraft & bad omens. But beware, the luck of the clover is said to disappear if it is passed to another person, so be sure not to let it out of your sight!
LUNAR & SOLAR – Often depicted in delicate tattoos; Sun & Moon symbols are often used without full knowledge of their links to good fortune. The Sun is generally associated with the Fraternal, whilst the moon is a key Maternal symbol, with links to a female goddess. Solar symbols are also thought to represent rebirth, strength & power with the circular forms making reference to the concept of the circle of life. If the Lunar & Solar Symbols are merged together, it can represent the combining of opposites, showing compromise instead of conflict.
THE HAND OF FAMITA – With variations of the symbol used in Muslim & Jewish cultures, the Hamsa Hand or Hand of Fatima has been globally adapted as a symbol of good luck. The Evil Eye, often found at the base of the palm, is thought to protect you from evil spirits according to folklore superstitions. Widely regarded as a sign that brings the owner good luck, happiness, health & good fortune, Hamsa’s are often found on pendant necklaces & delicate charm bracelets.
We’ve all heard the Gwen Stefani waxing lyrical about the Harajuku Girls and the Japanese street style that sees living dolls channel their comic book heroes. But where did it all begin and how much do we really know about the history of this quirky style phenomenon..?
As the exhaust fumes gather and Brewer Street Car Park returns to its original self, we’ve put together a round-up of our favourite looks from the ever decadent London Fashion Week. From Sparkling Sequins to Bold Berry Lips, these trends are sure to make a big statement for the Autumn, so why not be one of the first to get smugly ahead of the curve..!
We can always rely on Spring trends as the much needed reminder that Summer is around the corner and a new wardrobe beckons, as Winter’s darker tones gratefully transition into this seasons’ brights, stripes and florals…. But, for those on a budget, a new season doesn’t have to mean an entirely new wardrobe (though we wouldn’t blame you for trying!) – a few carefully placed accessories can be enough to lift your look. So, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite jewellery pieces to match the SS16 season…