One of my recent loves is stoned jewellery. I think they look amazing and can really jazz up a look. It really is a perfect accessory.
While in Pakistan last month, I was in a large market where, while my mum was negotiating (arguing at the top of her lungs) the price of a shawl, I wondered off and found a small neglected stall in a corner that sold stoned jewellery. I went over and found myself falling in love with everything. I started asking the price of some of the stuff and the guy said that they were 100 rupees (about 70/80p) and I e I could get the price down some more.
While picking out what to get (it was my last day and I'd run out of money), I started talking to the salesman and turns out he was the one who actually made them. He said he'd picked out the stones from mines of Northern Pakistan, and then got all the extras and made the jewellery himself. Apparently that region is filled with tone stones and gems like these!! Believe me, that made me value this jewellery so much more. By actually speaking to the maker, it made owning that piece of jewellery more personal and special.
Heres what I ended up buying, each item at about 30p each (about 50 cents)!!
I love the earrings above. I seriously couln't believe that the stall was so empty. My cousin said that she's never seen anything like them and that they aren't at all popular in Pakistan.
I also found this gorgeous necklace while sorting out my jewellery the other day. I remember my dad got it for me from a small market in Bulgaria. Again, the person who made it was the person who sold it.
What do you guys think about stoned jewellery??
Also, Nicola let us know about something really interesting that she's doing for work. They are working with Cancer Research UK on their new campaign: Shine.
Basically, Shine is a 13 or 26 mile night walk through Manchester on the 17th April, with the aim of raising money for CRUK.
What they want everyone to do is tweet about the event by answering the question: 'What will make you Shine in 2010?' (using #Shine2010 in your response).
We'd also appreciate you guys spreading the word and answering the question by blogging, tweeting or answering it on facebook.
You can find more details here: