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We love a bit of tree planting!

We love a bit of tree planting!

Here at Gem's Treasures, 10% of our profits are set aside specifically for approved and carefully managed reforestation projects, like the National Forest, as well as various other UK and Global Tree Planting Schemes.  We're also adding a new up-cycled jewellery collection to the site shortly, so keep an eye out for updates.

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My favourite pieces

My favourite pieces

As I’ve mentioned before, I really like jewellery. I’ve built up a collection over the last 30 years and have got a piece for every occasion; feeling nostalgic? A family heirloom is the perfect adornment.  Feeling a little low? Something absolutely ridiculous (my Nicolas Cage as the Mona Lisa earrings are a particular favourite) is a must. Everyday wear? An R2D2 necklace or a rose gold pendant with a freakish engraving of my son’s first drawing of me (I’ve got GIANT HANDS apparently).  Very few (if any!) pieces have a significant value – most are purely sentimental, but that’s how...

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Jewellery in the Archaeological Record

Jewellery in the Archaeological Record

Wearing decorative adornments has been part of human culture for thousands of years. Carved shells and bones represent some of the earliest jewellery from the upper Palaeolithic and Neolithic, with the addition of pottery, semi-precious stones and precious and semi-precious metals appearing in the archaeological record in the Bronze and Iron ages. The motivations for wearing these adornments have been lost, but there are many suggestions, from simply being aesthetically pleasing, to being status symbols (particularly when individuals are wearing jewellery made from materials that are not locally sourced), to having a religious or symbolic purpose, but the same can...

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