October 2017 Jewellery Box UK Purchases and Review

Jewellery Box UK – My October Purchases

I love to buy jewellery for friends and family as gifts, there is something about finding the exact thing that you know they would like. When you order it and it arrives all boxed up and beautiful… This blog post is about an order for myself, but I am not ruling out a Christmas Gifts based order before the year is out. Jewellery Box UK have an excellent range and their website is easy to navigate and search.

Upon previous orders from this company I have been impressed with the quality and the choice. So when I wanted some new “every day” earrings (as I like to call them) I knew which website to search.

This time my order arrived inside the Jewellery Box UK personalised envelopes. A professional way to keep the stock separate in transit and you know that all the products are brand new and sealed within their plastic.

Another feature that wasn’t apparent last time I ordered was the addition of the Jewellery Box packaging, bits of cardboard attached to the items.

Having graduated lobe piercings on both of my ears I often purchase earrings that go together, in order for them to look symmetrical. I particularly like sterling silver jewellery and usually choose this metal for my sensitive skin too.

Upon browsing for my usual 2mm, 3mm and 4mm silver ball studs though, I noticed they were now selling a sterling silver and rose gold plated ball stud at a 3mm size. Intrigued, and because I had a discount code, I added them to my basket.

And as you will notice on the image above there is one other earring set, I chose some very tiny arrow earrings. For a very personal reason to me, mainly to cut a long story short, the arrow represents moving forward, and I am currently going through a difficult time in my life, one that requires courage and by wearing my earrings they remind me of how strong I can be if I only believe in myself.

Final Review of Each Item and Links

I only have one small criticism about the order. I don’t like to keep my earrings, after use but between wears inside any plastic, once worn they need to breathe. There wasn’t an option to perhaps purchase a small earrings box to place them in, or add one for free to an order over a certain amount. The order does come in those amazing envelopes and that’s wonderful to send out and also to gift to people, but when it comes to storage, I am now running low on things to put my many earring styles in to. You wouldn’t want to bend any of them.

Also, an option to purchase a small silver cleaning cloth with a large order, for a small discount might be a good idea too? I like to clean my silver jewellery every couple of months with a professional silver cleaning cloth, it helps to maintain them and also keeps them looking shiny. Just a few thoughts for you Jewellery Box, I hope you don’t mind my honesty. The products you sell are amazing quality and I love the amount of choice, but the products need caring for once you’re home using them…

I will now outline each item, the price advertised on the website (correct on the date I published this post) and also give a link to that specific item. As well as my final review scores I will be writing out some relevant information about each item that I know some of you would be wondering about.

Sterling Silver Ball Stud Earrings Set – 2mm, 3mm and 4mm.

Appearance 5/5 (Shiny and Look Great Set Together)
Quality 5/5 (925 Stamps Ensures Metal Quality)
Pin Length 10mm
Backs – Butterfly
Weights 0.42 Gram (2mm) 0.46 Gram (3mm) 0.56 Gram (4mm)
Price £5.95
NB. You can also purchase these sizes individually and in varying metals.
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Small Sterling Silver Arrow Stud Earrings

Appearance 5/5 (Beautifully detailed for such small earrings).
Quality 5/5 (Straight and Well Made, Proportional and Straight with 925 stamp).
Shape – Arrow – 9mm by 3mm by 2mm
Length 11mm (Front to Back)
Backs – Butterfly
Weight 0.6 Gram
Price £3.55
NB. The earring pin attaches at the arrow point end of the earring.
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Rose Gold Plated Sterling Silver 3mm Ball Stud Earrings

 Appearance 5/5 (Shiny and A Good Size for most lobe piercings)
Quality 5/5 (Straight and Well Presented with the 925 Stamp Clearly Visible)
Length 14mm (Front to Back)
Backs – Butterfly
Weight 0.5 Gram
Price £3.95
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Thank you very much for reading this review post today. If you enjoyed this then please leave me a comment letting me know, I would really appreciate the feedback. Jewellery Box UK is an excellent online shop to find gifts, they also do regular discounts and a 10% off your first order when you sign up to their newsletter.

I hope you will find something nice for you or a loved one if you take a look. Remember this is not my first review from this great company, click Jewellery Box on my main page categories to see more.

✩ Sabrina ✩

 

Graduated Lobe Piercings – Styles and Jewellery

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Graduated Lobe Piercings

I made the decision many years ago to have more than one piercing in my ear lobes. And nowadays I’m rather glad because it’s on trend, and also grateful of the choice of jewellery that is available for me to wear.

Examples of the styles that I have come across more recently include a variety of shapes and also varying metals. I always prefer to purchase 925 sterling silver jewellery due to my sensitive skin, and that is what kind of jewellery will feature in my post today.

I will make a list of all the items shown within my blog post, so that if you wish to purchase any yourself you will find the links at the end of the page.

Graduated lobe piercings have been becoming more and more popular within the last five years or so. With both celebrities and regular people alike making the choice to adorn a variety of jewellery on their ears. Graduated piercings are now common on other parts of the ears now as well, such as cartilage.

So how do I wear mine? Well I normally take one particular symbol or style and wear it in all three of my piercings. I have more recently branched out into wearing various symbols all together, and I think this look can make you seem more individual, even pretty unique depending upon the jewellery, the possibilities for earring combinations are endless.

Styles and Jewellery

Any earrings can be included to make your lobes a graduated style, but usually they are earrings of the same type but in different sizes or metals. It can also be symbols that are similar and can be worn specifically in that combination, such as a space theme with a sun, moon and star, for example.

I don’t think you can go wrong with stars, and I wear them regularly. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like stars and I often get compliments about mine.

These cute ones in the image below range in size from 3mm, 4mm and 5mm. They are available on Amazon UK from Heather Needham Silver.

dsc00438procswThis seller also sells a set of a sun, moon and star, as well as just a star and moon. I like the pieces in my next picture because it means you can add a further earring of your choice if you have a third piercing, or that you can just wear the two stud types if you only have two piercings in your ears.

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When it comes to body jewellery and piercings I usually get my labret studs online from sites such as Body Jewellery Shop and Piercing Mania. You can see my recent review from the latter site by searching in my category for Jewellery or Piercings.

The final place I regularly buy my earrings from is Argos. They have a wide range of sterling silver products including ones that are coloured cubic zirconia and also plain shapes.

My Review of the items that I have purchased from Heather Needham jewellery via Amazon are;
Quality 4/5
Value for Money 4/5
Delivery 5/5
Appearance 4/5

I found the quality of the earrings to be very good and the prices I paid for the sterling silver was also very reasonable. I gave the delivery a score of 5 because the earrings all came in individual sets and boxed, with professional postage and packaging so as nothing could be damaged.

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Thank you very much for reading this review, I hope I have given you some purchasing inspiration, and with a certain festive holiday creeping up on us, you may have seen something you could get as a gift for someone who has multiple ear piercings.

Until next time, I hope you have enjoyed this post. If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment. I shall leave you the links at the bottom of this page.

Sabrina

Links to Jewellery featured in this post

Stars Set of Earrings https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gift-Boxed-Sterling-Silver-Earrings/dp/B0089XHLLQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1475354132&sr=8-2&keywords=heather+needham+silver+stud+earrings
Ball Earrings Set https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gift-Boxed-Silver-Stud-Earrings/dp/B00ODVJNPK/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1475354397&sr=8-21&keywords=heather+needham+silver+stud+earrings
Cherry Diva Sterling Silver Earrings https://www.cherrydiva.co.uk/collections/bohemian-earrings/925-sterling-silver

Piercing Mania Review and Product Testing

If you managed to catch one of my posts from June you’ll know that I am big into piercings and body jewellery. Growing up I never liked the look of my ears and I had to wear glasses as well. So as soon as I was old enough I had piercings done which made me like my ears a bit more.

As mentioned in my blog post http://severnwishes.co.uk/piercings-my-experiences/ about my piercing experiences, I wanted to find some good quality fake body jewellery that I could wear before considering any more actual holes in my ears. For me it isn’t the piercing itself that is the issue, it’s the healing time with my line of work. So after doing some research I came across the site for Piercing Mania http://piercingmania.co.uk/

Piercing Mania has been around since 2011 and supplies a variety of jewellery and tools in order for people to customise their personal look. There are many aspects of their website that I liked, including detailed photography of the items and a massive range of filters which allow you to search through many types of jewellery. Not only this but a wide range of jewellery in many shapes, sizes and colours, as well as a huge supply of materials.

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After contacting Piercing Mania about doing this review, I explained which piercings I already had, and how I planned more but wanted some false pieces to use as visual examples to make my decision easier. They were very accommodating to me and within a few days I had received a little parcel in the post.

The items were boxed in professional and excellent quality packaging to ensure the contents arrived safely. I was rather excited to open the box, and found a beautiful twisted false ring, a spring loaded false ring, a gorgeous purple heart labret bar, and a titanium plated ball closure ring. These pieces of jewellery fit into a variety of piercings and I looked forward to trying them myself and photographing them of course.

Each item came individually sealed in plastic so you know that none of them had previously been opened, touched or used. They were all shiny and of good quality metal and I liked the look of every item that I had been sent.

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This isn’t something that I am interested in doing personally because I have many piercings already and don’t want to stretch my skin. So I thought I may organise a giveaway in the near future so a female with interest in doing this for herself can win these fabulous items. I am very impressed with these items that I was sent, and I haven’t opened any of them to do any tests, so they are brand new and available for me to giveaway when I can.

PiercingMania014SWSo let me show you the products in detail now using my macro photography. Then I will show you how I applied some of them to my own ears, and how they looked. I will also give my full review at the end of this post and include the links to items if you wish to purchase any of them for yourself.

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The Ways In Which I Wore The False Piercing Rings.

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In the next couple of images I will show the ways in which I wore the two rings as examples. One is a surgical steel pull open and push closed multi functional twisted design ring, and the other is a multi functional titanium plated spring clip on ring.

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The quality of both these small items was impressive, especially the twisted ring which is made of steel. The twist looks so delicate and feminine, I loved the way it looked against my skin, and the versatility of being able to place it anywhere I wanted. The spring loaded clip on ring was also rather versatile, I would only use it on my ears I would think, but I fitted it in as an extra lobe piercing, as well as a helix or auricle one. I liked the way it looked because it was so shiny and bright, but I have fairly small ears, and preferred the thickness of the twisted ring.

Here are a few more images of me using both of the rings in different areas on my ears.

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I think I would be tempted to get some more of the twisted steel rings, as you can easily wear several close together because they are thin, and I think they look like real piercings. Piercing Mania do these rings in several sizes and thicknesses as well to accommodate all sized ears.

If anyone is interested in knowing what my piercings are, and what the false rings would be classed as by a piercer, here is a diagram of my ear with labels.

Types Of Piercings On My EarsOverall I am more than impressed with the service and the quality of the jewellery from Piercing Mania. I will be ordering from them again without a doubt.

My final review for the products available from Piercing Mania are;

Design of Products 5/5
Quality of Item 5/5
Variety Available 5/5

Value for Money 5/5
Appearance when Wearing 5/5
Delivery Cost and Time 5/5

Here are more images of my ears with the false piercing rings in them along with my current piercings including the graduate lobe set on both sides, and my lower helix and tragus from my left ear.

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Thank you very much for reading my blog post today, I hope you have enjoyed looking at pictures of my horrid ears (insert laughing face here) and looking at some of the awesome jewellery available too! I can highly recommend checking out the website because of the sheer amount of jewellery available.

Check out the links for the Piercing Mania items that I have reviewed below, or visit the sight as a whole and have a browse at the pieces you’d be more interested in.

Titanium Plated Spring Clip On http://piercingmania.co.uk/multifunctional-titanium-plated-spring-clip-on-piercing
Twisted Multi Functional Steel Clip On http://piercingmania.co.uk/multifunctional-clip-on-ring-of-steel-with-a-twist
Titanium Plated Ball Closure Ring http://piercingmania.co.uk/titanium-plated-ball-closure-ring
Coloured Internally Threaded Screw Heart Labret Stud http://piercingmania.co.uk/colored-internally-screwed-labret-with-heart
Ear Stretching http://piercingmania.co.uk/ear-stretchers

Piercing Mania site http://piercingmania.co.uk/

Thank you very much for visiting Severn Wishes today, I hope to see you again soon, and if you enjoyed this review why not leave me a comment.

Sabrina

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Piercings – My Experiences

On the blog today I am going to be discussing ‘Piercings’. To wear multiple earrings is back on trend this year, and considering I already have that I have felt pretty fashionable lately. I was never a fan of my ears growing up, I had to wear glasses as well, so when I was eventually able to get my piercings done as a teenager I felt like I was finally happy with the way my ears looked. Putting earrings in them made me feel like an individual, and with the range of jewellery available nowadays, it’s no wonder so many people are getting things done.

Whether you love them or hate them, piercings have been a cultural aspect of human life for thousands of years. The history behind them includes some mummified remains which were found to have pierced ears dating back to approximately 5000 years ago. Some body piercings go as far back as Ancient Rome. Facial piercings include African and American tribes, who used body piercing for spiritual reasons. More reasons for getting metal through your body in more recent decades include religious and self-expression. I have personally had mine done for aesthetic reasons.

So what if you do love them, but you’re having trouble deciding what you should get, or where. Well in this blog post today I’m going to be explaining about my own experiences with piercings and the aftercare, and how I feel about it all now that I am much older than when I first decided to get my piercings on my body.

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My first piercing experience was when I was thirteen years old. I got my lobes pierced, and I wanted them done for a long long time. My mother had decided that you’re too young as a child to understand the implications of having something through your body that needs looking after and caring for. So I was told to wait until I was a responsible teenager. That time came and once the summer holidays started I was off to get my ears done. I had them done at Claire’s, and they pierced with a gun. If I had known this before hand I wouldn’t have gone there. It was painful, a real pinch, and they insisted we pierce with yellow gold, even though I had sensitive skin. My lobes didn’t heal within the six weeks they were meant to, and I ended up going back to complain. Luckily we spoke to a nice woman who suggested changing the studs to a sterling silver or a surgical steel, so I did this, and within two weeks my ears were healed. I kept earrings in them almost constantly for a year though, because my skin kept trying to heal over at the back. Even after all these years of having the holes, if I don’t wear earrings for a week they begin to heal. If you think about getting a piercing always go to a professional, either a piercing salon who specialise in all sorts of piercings, or one registered at a tattooist (bare in mind you may need to be eighteen on these premises).

My favourite piercing is my navel. I had this done in the summer after I turned sixteen, and I had to beg my mother for over a year before she gave in and took me to have it done. A number of years ago the piercing was done in two parts, a piece of metal is pierced through the skin, and then the jewellery is quickly inserted afterwards. Now I hear they do it all in one smooth movement which makes it quicker and less painful. I won’t lie to you, it did hurt, but not to the point where you would faint, unless you’re particularly bad with pain. I felt a little light headed when I sat up afterwards, but that was more to do with your body going hot and into a state of shock because of what you just put it through.
My piercing healed very well, and within a few months I was able to change the bar. I always wore a bar in it, because I loved it, and I found it to be a flattering piece of jewellery. You must continue to clean and look after your piercing in the months after it has healed to ensure it stays good. I love all the different kinds of jewellery you can purchase for a belly piercing, it’s so versatile. I haven’t grown much since I was sixteen, luckily, so the piercing hasn’t become misshapen, and I wear jewellery in it every day.
All these years later and I still love mine. Here are a few pictures from over the years so you can see how it looks with varying bars in it. You can get metal bars, jeweled bars and even plastic ones, perfect for soaking up the sun because the metal doesn’t get hot. I do like the jeweled ones the best, you can easily match them with your outfits. Like I said this is my favourite piercing, it is most definitely a part of who I am as a person.

navelpiercingWhen I was eighteen I decided I wanted to get another part of my ear done. The helix or pinna part of the ear is done with a needle through the cartilage of a persons ear. Even though I looked after this piercing like all of the others, the trouble with any cartilage piercing is that if you knock it, get your hair caught in the jewellery, or even sleep on it for hours at a time, it can cause issues. This was the trouble with my piercing. I would often sleep on the other side and end up rolling over in the night unaware, and then that caused no air to get to my piercing. It took 18 months to heal completely, and although I really liked it, I would always remind myself of how long it took to be usable and wearable. After a year I made the decision to change the bar to surgical steel one with a flat base for the back of the ear, this was much better in terms of caring for the piece. I haven’t gone back to using any other jewellery in this piercing, I now only use flat backed bars where you can change the heads. I buy mine from ‘Body Jewellery Shop’ and find they have both excellent service and advice about types of jewellery.
Here is a link to the stud that I currently wear in my helix piercing, I love this stud, and this online shop do a lot of variations to it, perfect if you want a large selection to find your individuality.
http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/online_store/steel-internally-threaded-labret-stud-heart.cfm
Below is a recent image of my left ear, as you can see I’m wearing my heart labret stud in my helix and a simple plain bar in my tragus. I am wearing a trio of stars ranging in size in my lobes as well.
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Another piercing of mine is my Tragus. This was a decision that I took months to decide whether or not to go for it, because I have fairly small ears and I didn’t want to risk the piercing growing out, or it looking ridiculous. I went to a local piercing and tattoo studio for this one, and trusted their expertise. The lady was very thorough and explained to me the after care and complications that could happen with a piercing like this one. Even though it was a risk, I have had no problems with other piercings and decided to go for it. Years later and fully healed I’m so glad that I did it, although without any jewellery in it the hole is quite an eye saw, I don’t know what I will look like when I’m old if I ever have to remove it. But for now I always wear a bar in it.
The piercing did hurt to have done, and it is a tricky one due to the placement so close to the face, however once your jewellery is in, it’s often a very flattering accessory and I love mine. There are lots of different jewellery available for it now, because it has become a very popular placement in the last few years.

I had several lobe piercings in my late teens and early twenties. I love how multiple earrings look together. Here is a photograph of both my ears from way back in 2009 when I had recently had my Tragus done. I love how with lobe piercings you can wear studs, or hoops or long earrings, or a mixture of all three. The possibilities are literally endless!
I only wear surgical steel or sterling silver in my ears, but that is a personal choice. I know there are many choices on the market.
EarsSo am I contemplating anymore? Not at the moment, although there are some I have seen that I would love to have. I love the latest jewellery that is available and I would love to have some piercings to compliment the ones I have now. But I do also have small ears and some types of piercings are not suitable for everyone. You also have to consider the healing time, if it will take longer than a couple of months will it be a problem for your school life, work life or for your health. Operations and scans and other medical situations often require you to remove all jewellery, so there are lots of things that you must consider before going ahead with a piercing. If you haven’t had one before, I recommend that you have a talk with your local piercing artist, and discuss the implications of pain, healing time and also whether or not your piercing choice is susceptible to growing out. I have been very lucky, but some peoples bodies reject their choice and this can lead to scarring.

There is another choice nowadays that people can make, if they only want to wear these kinds of jewellery occasionally. You can get great fake pieces now that you just open and slide on, and then push closed just enough to hold on to your ear. Here is one earring that I own, that can be worn on the ear or other body areas too. Easy to use and light enough so it doesn’t hurt to be worn all day. Just ensure that you get a size that is appropriate for you. This flower one that I have is a little big but stands out nicely if you wear it with other floral accessories.
Another choice for some is magnetic earrings too.
I would love to try out some smaller fake piercings if anyone can recommend any, or if you have a product you can recommend me to review.
FakePiercingOneI hope you have enjoyed reading about my experiences, if you have any questions I would be happy to answer any that I can, just leave me a comment below. Thank you for reading.

Sabrina