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New Silver Rings

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More hand candy on the way – from plain polished bands through to creatively textured/finished bands, each silver ring will be available as a handmade to order product, whatever your ring size.  We love the ‘urban silk’finish on three of the rings pictured above & love the way the matt finish really lends an antique look to a piece (hard to tell from the above photo but the matt finish has been given to the ring on the left).  Handmade rings make the perfect gift, to yourself or to a loved one, and we are always on hand to ensure the finished item meets your expectations.

We’re also pleased to announce that within the next couple of months we’ll be unveiling our new fully responsive e-commerce website!  It’s still very much in the design phase but we have seen the initial concept and can’t wait for it to go live.  The current website will remain active in the interim!

We also have a fabulous Summer Sale on at the moment, so don’t forget to check out the sale bargains, all at an amazing 40% off!

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Written by Rhianna

August 1, 2014 at 7:15 am

Competition Time: Win A Keishi Pearl Pendant

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For a chance to win a gorgeous keishi nugget pearl pendant, like the one pictured below (colour may vary), all you need to do is post your favourite item on Pinterest or recommend a Sugarpuss London product on Google+.  Yup, it’s as simple as that!  Once you’ve posted your favourite item, or Google plussed us, then drop as an email to let us know & you will automatically be entered into the competition.

Pearl Necklace

 

Written by Rhianna

May 17, 2014 at 9:45 am

Jade Jewellery

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Pantone LLC,  the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, picked out ‘Pantone Margarita’ (a refreshing yellow-green) in its trends report for 2012 last winter, along with ‘Pantone Cockatoo’ (a turquoise blue-green), hence our flurry of recent turquoise jewellery editions and our new found love of jade jewellery.   Indeed, Sugarpuss has been open now for about 4 years but this is the first year we’ve incorporated jade into our collections – and both types of jade, in fact: nephrite jade and jadeite jade (or ‘a-jade’, as its sometimes known).

If you’re unfamiliar with gemstones, you’d be forgiven for thinking that jade is jade – a green stone that people often use for carving.  And that’s correct to a point but jade actually comes in a vast array of different shades and colours and is split into the two types above, as they have slightly different chemical compositions.  Indeed, the most valuable type of jade is most often ‘a-jade’ or jadeite, as it is less plentiful than nephrite jade and slightly higher up the Mohs scale (hardness scale).  Good quality nephrite jade, however, can also be costly, so long as the fibres are tough and interlocking and, this, suitable for carving and setting.

For those who like ‘the science bit’ (and being Big Bang Theory geeky, we do):

Nephrite

Jadeite

Chemical composition Ca2(Mg, Fe)5Si6O22(OH) NaAISi2O6
Mineral composition Amphibole Group Pyroxene Group
Crystalline structure fibrous micro-granular
Hardness 6-6.5 6.5-7
Specific gravity 2.9-3.1 around 3.33
Refractive index 1.62 1.65-1.66
Polished surface Smooth with a waxy sheen Hard, with lustre
Common colours Evenly distributed; translucent
white, dark green, black
Spotty or clustered distribution; white, grey, green

Both types of jade are graded according to ‘The Three T’s’:

Tone – describes the specific colour grade. The finest colours are bright and true from a distance, being free of brown and grey tones.

Texture – this runs from fine to coarse, with specimens that are clear and free of irregularities being the most valuable.

Translucency – this runs from transparent to opaque and, as with most gemstones, the more transparent a piece of jade (so that it is clear and resembles fine honey) the more valuable.

Because we love contemporary jewellery, however, and because another huge jewellery trend this year is natural forms (think hammered/textured shard beads, Herkimer diamonds and geode slices), we’ve not just stuck to introducing the precious emerald green variety of jade so often sort after, but varied our choices.  Take this designer jadeite necklace, for instance,  with it’s lovely natural shading between white and green (which gives a great almost ‘dip-dyed’ look):

The necklace is a one off design and probably the darling of our current jade offerings.  We haven’t seen any other jade briolettes like this one but if we ever find a pair suitable for earrings, we’ll be snapping them up!

Written by Rhianna

May 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm

15% Off & Free Upgrade To Special Delivery For UK Customers

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For 15% off your last minute Christmas shopping, simply use the voucher code ‘XmasWish1’ at checkout (limited time only).  All UK orders will automatically receive a free upgrade to Special Delivery shipping, simply type ‘Social’ in the comments section at checkout (no voucher code needed).

Also, watch out for the next issue of Vogue on sale 09/01/12 — we’re in it!

Gemstone Rings On The Way

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SNEAK PEEK:  Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Ring & Black Onyx Ring.

We have had these cabochons for around 8 months now and have finally put them to good use.  Both rings will be going to the assay office this week (alongside lots of other goodies), so keep checking the site regularly for new items, including diamond earrings and couture pearl pendants.

Written by Rhianna

November 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

New Items All This Week

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We’ve been working hard to bring you some more great selections and will be uploading them to the site all this week.  New items include these beautiful rings pictured below, chunky pearl bracelets, more childen’s jewellery, a black Lightening Ridge opal necklace, and amethyst earrings.  There’s so much more to come in the following weeks too so, if you’re a jewellery lover, keep your eyes peeled and check back often:

Ruby Ring & Moonstone Ring

Written by Rhianna

April 1, 2010 at 1:51 am

Tumblr-ing Popularity …

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Just a quick post to alert you to our new tumblr blog. We’re loving tumblr, because it’s just so darn easy to use (yes, we can’t believe we just used the word ‘darn’ either). We’ll be using our tumblr blog to upload sneaky peaks, bring you product information, business updates, and much, much more.

We love our WordPress blog for longer articles, but tumblr is great for random thoughts & smaller posts & seems to provide a more stable environment than Twitter (where our updates get lost quickly but allow us to interact with you all on a more personal and chatty level).

Unnecessary justifications aside, we really do love tumblr!

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July 5, 2009 at 5:44 pm

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