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FIYAH Look Book SS 2016

By Ben Collinson

FIYAH Look Book SS 2016

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Music by Virtuoso The GOD (soundcloud.com/virtuosothegod)

Produced by The Alchemy Lab and FIYAH in Manchester

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Eva Catherine in Hollywood, CA for FIYAH

By Ben Collinson

Browse the collection at www.FIYAH.com

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FIYAH in California - Eva's First Look

By Ben Collinson

FIYAH in California - Eva's First Look

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Making FIYAH - 'The Quest'

By Ben Collinson

Making FIYAH - 'The Quest'
We had a great time filming our advert this weekend.  Check out some sneak preview shots of Sandra Karacic and John Bull on set with FIYAH Jewellery.  Look out for more coming soon!

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Shooting our Lookbook video

By Ben Collinson

Shooting our Lookbook video
We shot our Lookbook video last week in Manchester with Sandra Karacic.  Check the shots below and look out for the video coming very soon!

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Prometheus - The Gift of Fire and the Skill of Metalwork

By Ben Collinson

Prometheus - The Gift of Fire and the Skill of Metalwork
We are in the process of collaborating with our friends at The Alchemy Lab on our first videos.  The forthcoming project is inpired by Greek mythology, specifically the tale of the Titan Prometheus who was renowned for his cunning.  He had a reputation as being a clever trickster and he famously gave the human race the gift of fire and the skill of metalwork, an action for which he was punished by Zeus, who ensured everyday that an eagle ate the liver of the Titan as he was helplessly chained to a rock. 

Prometheus was one of the ringleaders of the battle between the Titans and the Olympian gods led by Zeus to gain control of the heavens, a struggle that was said to have lasted ten years.  Prometheus did, however, switch sides and support the victorious Olympians when the Titans would not follow his advice to use trickery in the battle.

According to Hesiod’s Theogony, Prometheus’ father was Lapetus, his mother Themis and his brothers and fellow Titans Epimetheus (Afterthought or Hindsight), Menoetius, and Atlas. One of Prometheus’ sons was Deucalion, an equivalent of Noah, who survived a great flood by sailing in a great chest for nine days and nights and who, with his wife Pyrrha, became the founder of the human race.

Jan Cossiers - Prometeo Trayendo El Fuego (1637) 

In some traditions, Prometheus made the first man from clay, whilst in others, the gods made all creatures on Earth, and Epimetheus and Prometheus were given the task of endowing them with gifts so that they might survive and prosper. Epimetheus liberally spread around such gifts as fur and wings but by the time he got around to mankind, he had run out of gifts. Lamenting for mankind’s weak and naked state, Prometheus raided the workshop of Hephaistos and Athena on Mt. Olympus and stole fire, and by hiding it in a hollow fennel-stalk, he gave the valuable gift to mankind, which would help the mortals in the struggle of life. The Titan also taught man how to use their gift and so the skill of metalwork began; he also came to be associated with science and culture.

Zeus was outraged by Prometheus' theft of fire and so punished the Titan by having him taken far to the east, perhaps the Caucasus. Here Prometheus was chained to a rock (or pillar) and Zeus sent an eagle to eat the Titan’s liver. Even worse, the liver re-grew every night and the eagle returned each day to perpetually torment Prometheus. After many years of torture and torment the legendary hero Hercules, when passing one day during his celebrated labours, killed the eagle with one of his arrows. In Hesiod’s Works & Days we are told that Zeus punished man for receiving the fire by instructing Hephaistos to create the first woman, Pandora, from clay and through her all the negative aspects of life would befall the human race - toil, illness, war, and death - and definitively separate mankind from the gods.

Peter Paul Rubens - Prometheus Bound (1611-1612)

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Alchemy and FIYAH

By Ben Collinson

Alchemy and FIYAH
We are excited to announce that the development of our Alchemy collection is under way.  This post explains the meaning of alchemy and our inspiration for the range.
Alchemy is the art and science by which the chemical philosophers of medieval times attempted to transmute the baser metals into gold and silver.  Alchemy is also the name of the Gnostic philosophy that motivated the alchemical activity, a practical philosophy of spiritual purification.
The four basic elements of alchemy are: fire, air, water and earth.  Below are the symbols that represent them.

The Theory and Philosophy of Alchemy

The grand objects of the alchemical art were (1) the discovery of a process by which the baser metals might be transmuted into gold and silver; (2) the discovery of an elixir by which life might be prolonged indefinitely.  Religiously, the transmutation of metals can be thought of as a symbol of the transmutation of the self to a higher consciousness and the discovery of the elixir as an affirmation of eternal life.

The transmutation of metals was to be accomplished by a powder, stone, or elixir often called the philosophers' stone, the application of which would effect the transmutation of the baser metals into gold or silver, depending on the length of time of its application.  Basing their conclusions on the examination of natural processes and metaphysical speculation concerning the secrets of nature, the alchemists arrived at the axiom that nature was divided into four principal regions: the dry, the moist, the warm, the cold, from which all that exists must be derived.  Nature was also divisible into the male and the female. She is the divine breath, the central fire, invisible yet ever active, and is typified by sulphur, which is the mercury of the sages, that slowly fructifies under the genial warmth of nature.

The alchemist had to be ingenuous, of a truthful disposition, and gifted with patience and prudence, following nature in every alchemical performance.  He recalled that like attracts like, and had to know how to obtain the "seed" of metals, which was produced by the four elements through the will of the Supreme Being and the Imagination of Nature.  We are told that the original matter of metals was double in its essence, being a dry heat combined with a warm moisture, and that air is water coagulated by fire, capable of producing a universal dissolvent.

The novice alchemist also had to acquire a thorough knowledge of the manner in which metals "grow" in the bowels of the earth.  They were said to be engendered by sulphur, which is male, and mercury, which is female, and the crux of alchemy was to obtain their "seed"—a process the alchemistical philosophers did not describe with any degree of clarity.  The physical theory of transmutation is based on the composite character of metals, and on the presumed existence of a substance which, applied to matter, exalts and perfects it.

Earth

Earth is the symbol of life. All life.

The other elements (water, air and fire) are life forces too, but Earth is the accommodator:

Earth Accommodates Other Elements

  • She allows great swaths to be sliced from her body as she yields to the waters of our world.
  • She communicates with the air and without the Earth; air would be a lost and sorrowful daughter.
  • Fire lives in the belly of Earth, and could not consummate without the foundational spark originating from Earth-based matter.

Within these contemplative contexts, we sense all threads of life are first woven with the fibre of Earth.
Furthermore, this interconnectedness reminds us not only is the Earth a stabilizing and a wholly physical symbol, it also represents a network.  Earth is synonymous with belonging.  She represents community and tribal wisdom.  Earth is the embodiment of the concept of HOME.

Look out for the first in the collection, the FIYAH Alchemical Earth Pendant – coming soon!

For now, click here for the FIYAH ring collection

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Cubic Zirconia Versus Diamond

By Ben Collinson

Cubic Zirconia Versus Diamond

Cubic zirconia (or CZ) is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2). The synthesized material is hard, optically flawless, and usually colourless, but it can be produced in a variety of different colours. It should not be confused with zircon, which is zirconium silicate (ZrSiO4).

Given its low cost, durability, and close visual likeness to diamond, synthetic cubic zirconia has remained the most gemologically and economically important competitor for diamonds since 1976. It is marketed as a "diamond simulant." Its main competition as a synthetic gemstone is the more recently cultivated material, synthetic moissanite.

Diamond Vs Cubic Zirconia

A few key features of cubic zirconia distinguish it from diamond. Some of these are observable only under a microscope or loupe. Examples are noted below.

  • Dispersion: With a dispersive power greater than diamond (0.060 vs. 0.044), the more prismatic fire of cubic zirconia can be recognized even by an untrained eye.
  • Hardness: As noted above, cubic zirconia has a hardness of 8.5 to nearly 9.0 on the Mohs hardness scale, whereas the rating for diamonds is 10.
  • Specific gravity: Cubic zirconia crystals are heavyweights compared to diamonds. A cubic zirconia crystal will weigh about 1.7 times more than a diamond of equivalent size.
  • Flaws: Contemporary methods allow the production of virtually flawless crystals of cubic zirconia. By contrast, most diamonds have some sort of defect, be it a feather, included crystal, or perhaps a remnant of an original crystal face (for example, trigons).
  • Refractive index: Cubic zirconia has a refractive index of 2.176, compared to a diamond's 2.417.
  • Cut: Under close inspection with a loupe, the facet shapes of some cubic zirconia appear different from diamonds.
  • Colour (or more precisely, the lack thereof): Only the rarest of diamonds are truly colourless, most having a tinge of yellow or brown to some extent. By comparison, cubic zirconia can be made in most cases entirely colourless: equivalent to a perfect "D" on diamond's colour grading scale.
  • Thermal conductivity: Cubic zirconia are thermal insulators while diamonds are among the most efficient thermal conductors, exceeding copper. This makes telling the difference between diamond and cubic zirconia quite easy for those with the right instruments.
  • Visually, it can be challenging to tell exceptionally- cut CZ’s apart from authentic diamonds. There are many high-quality best diamond simulate products to choose from, making this all the more compelling. The list of prestigious companies that sell this stone all possess brand-specific registered trade mark names for the diamond stimulants, most often being made of cubic zirconia.
  • Jewellers use equipment like loupes and magnifiers to identify gemstones. A loupe is a small hand held lens that magnifies a gemstone to great detail allowing gemmologists and professionals to identify small fine points. Zirconia do not possess inclusions so this is one way to differentiate the two.

CZ History

Russia developed cubic zirconia gemstones to create a specialized window glass for their space program to function and allow cosmonauts to take pictures through the window. The world’s first CZ was made in the USSR. It was manufactured to compose a gemstone with the similar optical properties of a ruby and was intended to be used in Russian laser technology. It was not used in jewellery until 1969 when a creative person decided to facet the material.

Cubic zirconia is an impressive diamond simulant that offers unsurpassed quality and price. The dispersion of white light from a CZ is superior at 0.058-0.066 to a diamond’s 0.044. CZ is a truly colourless gem, equivalent to a perfect D on the diamond-colour grade scale and by comparison delivers a generally indistinguishable product.

Diamonds are always best worn with other stones and are associated with Crown Chakra, or the colour of white. Chakra is an Indian philosophy that designates energy centres in our bodies. The purpose of the Crown Chakra is to connect spirituality to the physical being and encourage intuitive knowing. Zircon on the other hand is said to communicate with angels and provide safe passage upon travel.

Check out the FIYAH Adjustable CZ Ring

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