How to Repair a Necklace

How to open a jump ring to repair a necklace
You know that annoying feeling when your favourite necklace falls apart and you realise that you may never be able to wear it again? The good news is that, often it’s just a simple fix to repair – dare I say you may even be able to repair your jewellery without the help of your better half! Read on to find out how to easily repair a necklace (or indeed a bracelet) when it breaks.


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Silver Hallmarks

Sterling Silver and Makers Mark on ring

In recent months a number of people have asked me about silver hallmarks. It occurred to me that you might be interested to know a little bit about these too – who knows, you might even discover some of your own hidden treasures.


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An Island Day Out from Brisbane

Coochie Day Out

With the start of the Easter school holidays now upon us, like me, you might well be thinking of ways to entertain your children for the next couple of weeks. I don’t know about you, but I love to visit places which are easy to get to & enjoyable for all the family. With this in mind I thought I’d tell you about a little island just off the coast which to me fits the bill perfectly for a day out from Brisbane.


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Introducing the Jocale Design Gift Bag


We are all familiar with the expression that first impressions count. This naturally extends to gift giving. For most women opening a gift is very much a part of the experience. Somehow a beautifully packaged gift can create a great sense of anticipation and sets your expectations for what you are about to find inside. With this in mind, I have been considering for a long time how best to package your jewellery for you to allow you that brief moment of anticipation. Today I’m very excited to share with you the new Jocale Design silver jewellery gift bag!


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What To Do With Your Old Gold & Silver

Let’s face it gold & silver are expensive! Despite today’s throw away society, even if we are no longer in love with it, gold & silver are not something that any of us just throw into the bin. That would be such a waste of precious metal! So what do we do with it? A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to tour a Gold Refinery. This is what I learnt.


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Delicious Homemade Tropical Guava Jam

Tropical Guava Jam Making

If you’re lucky enough to grow fruit in your back garden, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the pleasure of harvesting your own home grown produce. How good is it when, after months of watering and feeding, the fruit finally ripens and is ready to be picked and enjoyed! In our house this feeling is very quickly replaced by one of panic – what are we going to do with all that fruit? How can we possibly use it all before it goes off (which would be such a waste)? To help solve this problem I have started to make jam – this is my take on an easy recipe for Guava Jam.


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Creating a new Collection – One Day at a Time

3mm Thin Solid Silver Bangle

In January I signed up to take part in The 100 Day Goal challenge, which is run by The Business Bakery. My aim – to design and create a range of jewellery. Now that we’re well into the new year I thought you might like a little update on how the collection is progressing.


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HOT, HOT, HOT! (Summer in Brisbane)

Brisbane Summer Blue sky

One of the many attractions of moving to Australia from the UK, let’s be honest, is the weather. After spending most of my life living in the UK, the thought of blue skies and sunshine was a huge attraction. Having lived down under for over 5 years now I thought it time to reflect on what it’s like living in Brisbane (in the Sunshine State) during those hot summer months.


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100 Days to Reach Your Goal

The 100 Day Goal
With the start of a New Year and a clear head, like many people, I’ve been setting goals & planning. To help along the way I’ve signed up to take part in The 100 Day Goal. Will you be joining me?


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