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And The Winner Is…

By James Denney

And The Winner Is...

It's that time of year again and we are announcing the winner to this year's FIYAH Jewellery Award. Firstly, we'd like to give a huge thank you to all entrants that made the competition a huge success. The winner was chosen by all our staff at FIYAH. Everyone placed their votes for the entry that they thought was the best and deserved the £1000 prize.

Let's take a look at the entries with the most votes.

 

Pinky Promise by Samantha Roberts

Samantha's unique entry warmed the hearts of everyone at FIYAH with a wonderfully put together collage and designs for a friendship bracelet which symbolises a love that will last forever.

This is a feeling that we have found a lot of our friends to symbolise with FIYAH jewellery.

Sugar Cube Ring by Jianan Chen

https://www.instagram.com/teresachencjn

Jianan's work is closely linked to ideas of tea as culture and as social connection. Inspired by various forms of tea paraphernalia, she infuses her designs with the customs, manners and aesthetics of this universal drink.

Brass and Walnut Necklaces by Luca Romanyi

https://www.instagram.com/mojoboxerstudio

Luca Romanyi is the jewellery designer creating magic at Mojo Boxer Studio. She creates hand-crafted jewellery using ethically sourced materials and this necklace is no exception with her multi-circle “Gabo” pendant on neck wire being made from walnut with brass covers.

Lucid Dreaming: Crystallisation by Diana Roman

https://www.artsthread.com/portfolios/luciddreamingcrystallization/

Diana is an ambitious creative student currently studying in Ravensbourne. Her entry uses crystals that she grew herself because crystals are known for their healing and protecting power. With the neckwear, she wanted to create an energetic shield for the wearer.

-Unseen- Ring and Necklace by Mizuki Tochigi

https://mizukitochigi.com/

https://www.instagram.com/mtm1z/

The winner of the 2019 FIYAH Jewellery Award is... Mizuki Tochigi who's excellent entry stole the show this year. Born in Tokyo and currently living in London, her entry is taken from her collection -Unseen- 2019 and is a ring and necklace combination representing the “unseen” pattern in her daily life.

She was up against some stiff competition though and we all had a really tough time making a final choice. We bless all of those who entered.

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Does Silver Tarnish?

By Ben Collinson

You’ve found the perfect piece of silver jewellery.  You buy and wear your new silver rings, earrings, bracelets or necklaces, but over time it begins to look a little, well. . .dull.  Gone is the shine that dazzled you in the beginning, in fact if anything it’s starting to look more black than silver!  Therefore you’re left wondering, does silver tarnish? And if so, how do you keep silver from tarnishing? Does wearing silver keep it from tarnishing?  How do you store silver so it doesn't tarnish? Not to mention, how to clean sterling silver?

To answer the first question, yes silver can tarnish, but don’t worry, we are here to help with a quick and easy guide on the do's and don’t of caring for silver jewellery, and more importantly how to restore your favourite pieces.

Oh no, my silver jewellery has changed

When your silver jewellery becomes dull, it can be tempting to push your once favourite piece to the back of the drawer and forget about it.  Unfortunately, whether you wear silver jewellery daily or on occasion it’s almost certain to happen. This is known as tarnishing.  

Note: FIYAH jewellery comes with an anti tarnish coating but may still require cleaning to maintain that sparkle. 

What happens when silver tarnishes?

Tarnishing occurs when silver is exposed to sulphur and oxygen in the air. This causes a chemical reaction as it comes into contact with the metal.  This results in a dull film which can eventually turn black which is commonly referred to as tarnishing. While little can be done to prevent tarnishing, there are steps to take in order to preserve your jewellery, with cleaning being high on the list.  Other factors that lead to tarnishing are swimming pools, sea water, sweat, soaps, makeup, lotions, perfume and other cosmetic items.  

How do I remove tarnish from my silver jewellery?

Now we know the reasons behind, let’s talk about getting that shine back.  We have compiled a few simple methods that are proven to restore your silver jewellery.  Most of which use everyday items you’ll already have, so no need to spend a fortune on fancy cleaning products.


Warm Soapy Water

An oldy but a goody, this process is quick and easy and you should see results in as little as 30 minutes.  Here goes:

  • Add washing up liquid to a bowl of warm water and let your jewellery soak for around 30 minutes.  
  • When the time is up, transfer to another bowl to rinse off.
  • Gently scrub the jewellery with a soft toothbrush until the tarnish is removed.  
  • Rinse again under warm water to remove any residue and allow to dry naturally.
  • Repeat if necessary.

Aluminium Foil, Salt and a little Baking Soda

This is a tried and tested method with outstanding results.  Read on for a step by step guide:

  • Line a bowl with aluminium foil.  
  • Boil 2 cups of water and place in the bowl.  
  • Add in a tablespoon of salt and wait for it to dissolve. . . this is where the magic happens. The combination of salt and aluminium reacts with the silver to remove the tarnish and bring back that shine  
  • For extra fizz on heavily tarnished items, try adding a little baking soda to the mix for dazzling results.

Silver Cleaning Cloth

When time is short, a silver cleaning cloth will be your best friend.  They are 100% cotton, infused with an anti-tarnish agent which will keep on working for months as long as they aren’t washed (this will remove the coating).  To use, simply rub over the silver for instant results. These cloths can be picked up from a local jeweller, discount stores or online for around £2, making them a firm favourite of silver jewellery wearers.  Regular cleaning with these cloths will prevent a build up of tarnish.


White Vinegar and Water

If you’ve never used white vinegar to clean, then where have you been?! A go to essential for many years now, prepare to be amazed.

  • Combine equal parts of white vinegar with water in a bowl and mix it together.  
  • Soak a soft toothbrush in the solution and gently brush the tarnished areas of your silver jewellery.  
  • A firm favourite in the jewellery world, this solution gets to work around any grooves or precious stones.

How do you keep silver from tarnishing?

Good work, your silver jewellery is now beautifully clean.  So of course, after all your hard work (Ok, it was easy, but still, credit where credits due), you want to prevent it from tarnishing again so read on to find out more including the all important question: how do you store silver so it doesn’t tarnish?

  • Keep silver jewellery separate in their own airtight bags - I know, I know a plastic zipper bag is less than appealing, but it will most definitely delay the tarnishing process and that's the aim of the game right?  Right.
  • Always remove jewellery when washing your hands to avoid a build up of soap.
  • Always remove jewellery during exercise.  Silver + sweat = disaster.
  • Always remove jewellery when entering industrial work environments, for your own safety, and to avoid any unnecessary abrasions.
  • Refrain from spraying perfume directly onto silver jewellery.  Wait until any fragrances have settled before wearing your jewellery.
  • Don’t be afraid to wear it.  This may seem silly, but friction slows down the tarnishing process so the more you wear it, the more it’ll shine. 
  • And finally, clean jewellery regularly to maintain it’s beautiful appearance.  

We hope this has been useful reading and you feel ready to tackle the tarnish, but don’t forget, if you have any further questions then just give our friendly team a call here at FIYAH on 0161 703 5606, who are always happy to help and advise.

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Student Design Competition 2018 Shortlist

By Ben Collinson

Student Design Competition 2018 Shortlist

UPDATE 20/9/18:

Congratulations to Mary Chan on her winning design. We are delighted and humbled that so many aspiring jewellery designers entered our first annual student design competition and we would like to thank everyone who entered a design and voted.

Thank you very much to everyone who entered our Student Design Competition this year. We received a lot of amazing entries, and it's been difficult to narrow them down to the following five, which we want you to pick the winner from.

This page provides the context for the entries that we have shortlisted. You can vote for the winner by commenting on the video on our Facebook page with the number assigned to your favourite entry.

Cast your vote before 20th September

1. Mary Chi Ching Chan - EMPIRE OF CHANGE

2. Becky McDonnell - THE CHOICES BRACELET

The Choices Bracelet allows the wearer to decide how the piece can be worn. This is symbolic of one's desire to navigate decisions confidently through life. The bracelet was inspired by the looping, tying and locking mechanisms seen on ships in seaports.
The piece can be worn in two different ways; separately as a bangle and ring, or together as unified bracelet. When worn together, the gold plating hidden when worn as a ring, is revealed and becomes the main feature of the piece.

3. Shangwei Huang - SAMSARA

 

 4. Tobias Cahill - CREATE DERIVE REFINE SELECT

 5. Wen-ju Tseng - LIFE IN A PINBALL

The intention of this piece is to be able to interact with people and to express my personality. Pinball used to be my favourite game as a child. However, smartphones today managed to replace these traditional children games. The piece is designed with the same measurements as my current phone to imply this transition. Life is like a game for me. In order to achieve my life goals, there is a need to overcome problems and keep on trying.

Pollution has always been one of my concerns. Therefore the main pinball piece is made from disregarded offcuts from the university workshops reflecting my dedication to sustainability.

This piece represents who I want to become and am becoming.

 

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5 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas With FIYAH

By Ruby Butcher

5 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas With FIYAH
Silver jewellery has been a favourite form of gift for hundreds of years, not only is it beautiful, but it is made to last, meaning your partner can cherish it for as long as their hearts desire. If you are stuck for ideas on what to treat your special one with this year, don’t worry, we have gone ahead and curated a list of our top five romantic gestures from the FIYAH range, just for you...
1. The FIYAH Desire Ring
Gifting the Desire Ring is an excellent way to hint that things are going in the right direction. Once Cupid's arrow hits you, you are sure to fall in love with the next person you see. This stunning feathered arrow design wraps around the finger to allow adjustability, so no need to worry if you don’t know their ring size yet.

2. The Crystal Heart Necklace
The heart shape is used to symbolise the centre of our emotions, especially affection, love and romance. Giving the gift of a heart symbol to your loved one on valentine's day is a tradition that has been going for decades and is not stopping anytime soon. Whether it be a box of chocolates or this sterling silver cast cubic zirconia, it will undoubtedly show your date how much you mean to them.
3. The Have Heart Ring

This adjustable ring is ideal for men or women who like to make a statement with their jewellery. The intricate design of the Have Heart Ring features a heart shaped pattern and inspires the artwork of the early Renaissance. It is a statement piece, but with a subtle romantic sentiment, which would sit well on the hand of any fashionista or history buff.
4. Heart Shaped Studs
For the practical dresser, the understated fashionista, or someone who just loves pretty things; the heart-shaped studs make a super cute and pocket-friendly present for your crush. Stud earrings are suitable for everyday wear, and in sterling silver, they can be a go-to accessory for time to come. Our heart shape studs come in two styles; full heart and hollow heart. 
5. The Infinity Collection

For the ride or die couples. Show your loved one that your love is forever, and not just for Valentine’s. The infinity symbol translates to that which is eternal and can not possibly be measured, and there is nothing more romantic than infinite love. Whatever jewellery type you are looking for we’ve got it covered, with rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings all in the collection.

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What You Might Not Have Known About Valentines Day...

By Ruby Butcher

What You Might Not Have Known About Valentines Day...

The tradition of Valentine’s Day started in England in 1537, when King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine's Day, to celebrate all things romantic. Since then, traditions have developed into what we know today; a day of romantic dates, giving gifts of affection and celebrating love.

There are a few theories about Valentine’s days origin, however the most popular and interesting story is that in the Roman times, Emperor Claudius II didn't want men to marry during wartime. Bishop Saint Valentine however, did not agree with this, and performed secret weddings for soldiers against the Emperor’s wishes. Saint Valentine was caught, imprisoned and sentenced to death, but during imprisonment the legend goes that he restored sight to the judge’s daughter, and being the die-hard romantic he was, wrote a note to her on his departure, signing it "Your Valentine".

In Victorian times, it was considered bad luck to sign your name on a Valentine’s Day card, which may answer to why anonymous love letters, or letters simply signed ‘Your Valentine’ are still a popular tradition.

Today, about 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year after Christmas. So much so that there have been theories that Valentines Day started merely as a marketing campaign by card shops to increase sales after the Christmas period.

Gift giving is also an essential part of the tradition. The red rose has been a favourite gift for valentines day for a long time. Not only is the colour red symbolic of romance, but it was the favourite flower of the Roman goddess of love, Venus.

Doctors of the 1800’s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love, which is perhaps why chocolate is also a common romantic gift. Richard Cadbury was the first chocolatier to produce the first official Valentine’s Day themed box of chocolates in the late 1800’s. This year it is estimated that 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold.

Understandably, the romantic holiday has become a popular time for marriage proposals, with an average of 220,000 questions popped on the day each year. This means it is a fantastic time for jewellers, and jewellery has become a staple gift between lovers, with proposal or not.

This western tradition has trickled across the globe and integrated into other cultures and now many other countries have put their own stamp on it.

For example, on February 14 in South Korea, the tradition is for only women to give chocolate to men, a month later on March 14 the men then return the favour by giving non chocolate sweets to women - this is known as white day. On April 14, the unlucky in love Koreans who did not receive any chocolates or sweets will go to a Chinese-Korean restaurant to eat black noodles - this is known as Black day.

In Brazil, Valentine’s day is known as Dia dos Namorados, which translates to Lovers day, and is celebrated on June 12 when traditionally single women would perform rituals called simpatias in order to aid them in finding their one true love.

The Japanese, like with most things, have a unique way of communicating the language of love. Unlike western countries, gifts such as cards, flowers and jewellery aren’t as common. Chocolate acts as the centrepiece for this holiday and and most of the sentiment is about giving the right amount of chocolate to each person. Many women will feel obliged to give out chocolates to every man they work or socialise with, giving “giri-choko” or “obligatory chocolates” out to those they don’t desire, and giving“honmei-choko” or “true feeling chocolate” to their loved ones. Men are then expected to return gifts up to three times the value of that which they received. With this is mind it is no surprise that chocolate companies make half their annual sales during this time of the year.

Less romantic, but still as sweet, Finland Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, and Estonia Valentine's Day is sõbrapäev, which both translate to “Friend’s day”. The day is used for celebrating friendship over lovers, recognising the  

In recent years in the UK we have seen an uprise in celebrating friendship over romance. February 13 has not been coined Galentines day, thanks to women all around who saw a flaw in the traditionalist way we perceive love. Now women (and men) have their own date on the calendar to celebrate the unbreakable bond they share with their gal-pals.

Whatever your culture, whether you are single, in a relationship, it is important to celebrate the most precious of human gifts - love.

 

Shop Valentines gifts with FIYAH: https://fiyah.com/collections/eternal

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The Talismans - Luna

By Ruby Butcher

The Talismans - Luna

The moon, or Luna, is surrounded by plenty of wonder and mystery. Our fascinations come from both its physical and spiritual properties. Its most poignant physical aspects being the harmonic way it coexists with the earth and the sun, controlling our tides and lighting up the sky at night. Spiritually, it is linked to many ideologies and religions and is even known to have power over human emotion.

The moon is the birth planet of the astrological sign Cancer, perhaps the most mysterious and emotionally lead of all the zodiac signs. When the moon is full, certain people with a strong connection to the planet might experience irrational behaviour or uncontrollable mood swings. The words lunatic and lunacy derive directly from this idea; we hear tales of men turning into beasts under the light of the full moon. But equally so, we can link the moon to balance, harmony and intuition.

FIYAH Moon NecklaceThe FIYAH Moon Necklace

The moon has in total eight phases in its monthly cycle. We can observe each day as it changes, growing bigger and brighter and then disappearing into darkness. From birth to death it repeats, as does the circle of life, reminding us that lightness cannot exist without the dark.

The crescent moon is what we most commonly see in jewellery design and has been a popular talisman for hundreds of years. This celestial phenomena is strongly linked to the Hindu religion, in particular the Hindu God Shiva who shares a close connection with the moon; he is depicted adorning a crescent on his crown in most of his visual representations.

The FIYAH Moon Phase Ring

This crescent shape can be seen in the sky during both the first quarterly and last quarterly phases. When the crescent can be seen on the right side of the moon it is in its waning phase, its earthly visibility shrinking. This moon phase is linked to letting go, surrender, release and contemplation. This is a good time for self reflection and letting go of things that may be holding you back in life and happiness.

When the crescent is on the left side of the moon, it is in its waxing phase; a time of growth. This phase is symbolic of birth, manifestation and attainment. This may be a good time of the month for taking action and channelling your energy towards achieving your personal goals.
The FIYAH Doublet Crescent Ring

In some cultures the moon is seen as a symbol for femininity and as the counterpart and balance of the masculine sun. Our moon is perceived as a luminary presence, however she does not produce light on her own accord; it is only by her pearly surface reflecting the light from the sun that she glows for us. It is no wonder that the relationship between the moon and the sun is one that is admired by many poets and philosophers.

“Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born,
Yours is the darkness of my soul’s return
-You are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”
- E.E.Cummings


In the context of love, moonlight provides the perfect ambience for a romantic setting, “I love you to the moon and back” is a widely uttered phrase to express deep feelings towards somebody. In the Victorian era, the crescent moon was a popular jewellery motif and more often than not it was gifted to couples on their wedding day. These pieces usually came as brooches and were made with floral details. The flowers represent honey and the crescent represents the moon. When presented together we complete the word honeymoon. Newlyweds would wear their brooches during honeymoons to signify that they had just been wed.

There is so much that can be said about the moon and the crescent, which is why at FIYAH we have used it as the focal point for some of our favourite designs. It proves to be a great gift to a friend, lover, or for yourself. When you wear your crescent talisman let it help promote emotional balance by reminding you that life is in a constant cycle of movement, no matter how dark times may get, light is always waiting just around the corner.

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Rose Gold And How To Style It

By Ruby Butcher

Rose Gold And How To Style It
The popularity of Rose Gold has been soaring over the past few years, and it looks like it’s here to stay. We see it everywhere. You can buy pretty much anything in this colour, from eyeshadow to iPhones, but does anyone know much about it?

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New FIYAH Adjustable Rings

By Ben Collinson

We are continuing to focus on adjustable rings to fit any finger, so that you don't have to worry about size when buying online, and if you have trouble finding rings that fit in fixed sizes you can come to us and easily find rings that work for you.
Here are the latest FIYAH adjustable rings.

 The Caribou Ring

 

 The F-Nail Ring

 

 

Moon Phase Ring

 

 

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