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The Perfect Keepsake: A Martha Jackson Locket (A Review)

There’s something really sweet and romantic about lockets.  I think it’s because they have been romanticized in stories, books and in the movies.  Whether it’s a period or a romantic movie, chances are, the heroine will have a locket around her neck with the photo of her beloved in it.  Or perhaps, of a mother, who has lost a child and forever wears her locket with a photo of her little one, close to her heart.  Or this:

She saw that it was the work of a skilled artisan and that the diamonds were of great brilliancy and superbly set, but the cutting of them denoted that they were of a former day. She noticed too that the locket opened, and, pressing the hidden clasp, she saw the two halves spring apart to reveal in either section an ivory miniature.” 

  • Edgard Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes

When Martha Jackson got in touch and asked if I wanted to do a review of one of their lockets, I quickly said yes.  At the back of my head, I thought of T of course.  I knew that when she’s old enough, she will love to have a locket to forever cherish.

They have a number of beautiful lockets to choose from, but I chose the Silver Double Oval locket.  I thought it would be handy to have two compartments.  Although admittedly, I haven’t found a photo of little T, small enough to fit in there.  But I’m sure I’ll eventually find something or perhaps, I’ll have to print a specific photo for this beautiful keepsake.

Above is a photo of the first compartment.

The second compartment is bigger than the first.

Martha Jackson’s lockets can also be personalised.  I asked that the words “Carpe Diem” to be engraved behind the locket.  This is something we like to remind T about to.  To always seize the day, no matter what her fears are or the circumstances she’s in – grab life by the throat and experience everything life has to offer.  After all, as parents, isn’t this what we wish for our children?

As you’ve probably noticed, there’s also a small letter “T” and a little pearl charm along with the locket.  You can order these add-ons.  It can be an initial like the “letter T”, a lovely pearl, or even a little key.  I just love these little add-on details, it just makes the locket even more special and unique to the wearer.

What I love about the Silver Double Oval Locket:

  • As mentioned, it has two compartments.  One small one in front and another bigger one at the back.
  • I love that you can personalise all the Martha Jackson’s lockets.  For me, it’s the perfect gift for daughters when they are old enough to cherish it..  You can also choose your own font, whether you want a simple font or an elaborate one.
  • Again, I love that you can choose some add-ons, whether it’s an initial or a charm like a pearl or a key.  You can also choose whether you want the add-ons in silver or gold.
  • I love that you can choose the length of the necklace.  When ordering, you can choose a short one (35-40 cm), or a long one like mine (76 cm, extra long belcher chain.)
  • And most of all, I love that the price is affordable.  It won’t cost you an arm and a leg to have something as beautiful and unique as this one.  This particular locket starts at £45.   Of course, the add-on charms and the length of the locket will also determine the cost in the end.  For someone special in your life, it’s definitely worth the spend.

What I don’t like about it:

  • This isn’t major.  But I wasn’t too impressed with the packaging.  It came in an ordinary small white box.  I think something as pretty and as dainty as this deserves better packaging.

I’ve shown little T the locket and she absolutely loves it.  I’ve told her that when she’s older, she can have it.  She keeps asking me “But when will that be mum”?  I told her that she’ll have it when she’s responsible enough not to lose it.

Christmas is just around the corner.  If you’re looking for a special and unique present for the woman in your life, whether it’s your wife, partner, girlfriend or daughter, I think this forever keepsake is the one for them.

What about you?

Do you like lockets too?

*I received this lovely locket from Martha Jakson for the purpose of this review but all photos and opinions are by yours truly.  

Summer Exhibition for Jewellery and Art Lovers

We woke up to a lovely warm Sunday morning.

Right after breakfast, we dropped by little T’s best friend’s house (one of her many best-friends) to give him his birthday present and to eat some delicious birthday cake with coffee.  Then we did some errands, went off to pick up M, the mum of another of T’s best-friend’s who also happens to be a friend.  She asked if T would want to stay behind to play with W, of course she said yes. So off we went, sans the children to a friend’s summer exhibit at Rock.  Yes, the weekend was all about friends.

It was one of those lovely rare-child-free moments where we got to pretend we were grown-ups attending an art and jewellery exhibition. We mingled, sipped prosecco, ate delicate looking canapés, looked at beautiful paintings and pretended that we could afford art works worth about four figures and that we didn’t have responsibilities and kids who were probably running around like loonies as we sipped our lovely wine and nibbled daintily (or so we tried) at chocolate coated strawberries.

M and I oohed and aahed over the lovely delicate jewellery handmade by our friend, choosing our favourites and at the same time wondering where we would wear such lovely pieces, while T’s dad trailed behind us feigning interest.  We giggled with the idea of showing up and wearing our friend’s intricately designed jewellery at the school gate.

Chloe Michell’s jewellery are unique one-one-of-a-kind pieces.  If you’re looking for something that’s just a little bit extra special, I have a feeling you’ll find it in her collections which are all handmade and delicately made in Cornwall.

Then we moved on to the lovely paintings by her mum artist Danka Napiorkowska, and I wish I could afford them all.  My favourite among the others was a painting of Cape Verde fish which was about £1,200.  I also saw another one I loved but was even more expensive at £2,000.  When I win the lottery, I’m going to buy all her paintings.  (Note to self:  Buy lottery ticket which I never do).

She had beautiful painting of fishes and flowers.  I loved her fish pieces which according to Chloe, she painted during one of her Cape Verde trips which isn’t surprising because they made me think of lovely warm tropical days with the wind billowing and sand in my feet.

I also loved her crockery where she had her lovely designs of fishes on beautiful Wedgwood plates.  And not just plates, but mugs, jugs as well.  Her pieces are beautiful.  Like her paintings, I wanted to take them all home with me.

If you’re in the area at the moment, do drop by for a visit, especially if you are like me who love beautiful unique pieces whether it is jewellery, crockery or a work of art, you won’t be disappointed.

Danka Napiorkowska and Chloe Michell’s Summer Exhibition is still on and is open daily till the 27th of this month from 10am – 6pm at the Rock Institute near Wadebridge here in Cornwall.

At the end of our visit, thanks to the Historian, I didn’t come away empty-handed.  I went home with a lovely print from Danka’s fish collection which is now hanging proudly in our living room.

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I’m also now a proud owner of one of her large Wedgwood plates with her beautiful seafood design.

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The historian also chose a lovely Chloe Michell silver necklace with a love heart for little T.

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Have I piqued your interest yet?

If you’re nowhere near Cornwall, and love art do you can always head over to Danka Napiorkowska’s website and don’t forget to visit Chloe Michelle’s jewellrey too.

 What about you?

Do you like collecting art pieces and jewellery too?

Christmas Gift Suggestions for the Important Women in your Lives (Attention: Husbands)

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  We have!  In fact, we are actually done with our list save for a few stocking fillers.  This is the first time this has ever happened, normally we wait till it’s actually December before we start ticking our list off.  But then my husband and I just got into it and did everything online.  Oh the joys of online shopping!  Now if only he’d get into the Christmas mood too and start getting our Christmas decors out from the attic.  If I weren’t hobbling, I’d go up there myself in spite protests from him saying “It’s TOO bloody early for that!” I do want my foot to heal soon, so I’m not doing anything crazy like climbing up the ladder just to get to the attic… at least, not yet.

Speaking of the husband, I’m wondering now if he’s bought his Christmas present for ME yet.  I’ve emailed him my Christmas wish-list, surely he has?  You think?

In case he hasn’t though, I’m dedicating this post to him and all the other husbands out there, or boyfriends or partners.  Just think of this post as a big-help to nudge you men to the right direction.  I know how totally clueless you guys are sometimes.  I don’t want to hear a dialogue like “What do you mean you don’t want tickets to a Test Match at Lords for our Anniversary?!  All women want that?!  Believe me, we don’t!

Here’s a little tip.  Women love jewellery, just like we also love bags, shoes and books.  But let’s focus on the bling first, because as much as we love books, during special occasions like Christmas birthdays and anniversaries,  it’s nice to feel extra special and jewellery will do just that, especially unique handmade ones that won’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Remember F, little T’s best friend?  His lovely mum happens to make the most intricately designed necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and they are all handmade.  Her online shop is called Camali Design.  Here are a few examples of her lovely designs:

Show your wife how special she is by gifting her with this beautiful Labrodorite ring in sterling silver and cubic zirconia.  I think that ring will look perfect on my finger!  Hint, hint, hint.  Click here for more information about it.

If your loved one prefers necklaces, this one-of-a-kind intricate Cow Parsley Large Silver disc pendant design, will make her feel truly special. And if you’re ready to purchase that beautiful necklace, click here.

And lastly, this is one of my favourites from her collection –  These simple but lovely earrings made from beach pebbles.  What makes them so special?  Those pebbles are from the beaches in Cornwall.  So if you want to take home a piece of Cornwall, this would definitely make the best present ever.  Click here to buy. There are of course lovelier and dressier earrings than this one.  you can click here to see for yourself.

She also does commissioned pieces, so if you have a particular design in mind, just contact her and she’ll do it exactly as you want it.

You can also find her at notonthehighstreet.com.  And if you love craft fairs, do visit her stall at Truro in December.  See poster below for more information.

Remember, if it’s made in Cornwall, it’s truly special.