Monthly Archives: October 2011

It’s Hallowe’en: slap on the silver

Given the current obsession with all things supernatural, it looks like we’re in for a bumper Hallowe’en this year. That’s right. Spooks are in. Big time. And especially those of the bitey kind (I’m talking vampires and werewolves, if you hadn’t already guessed).

Thinking about the toothsome creatures that it seems we simply cannot get enough of (look at the TV schedules if you don’t believe me), my mind wandered onto the subject of silver. Have you ever wondered why the very mention of the metal itself puts the fright up those who are loud of howl and sharp of fang?

Well, werewolves anyway. Silver bullets are – as anybody knows – one of the best ways to see off a werewolf. And vampires too (though this does tend to depend on the author – or perhaps I should say scriptwriter). But why?

Apparently it has something to do with the moon. There is an association between the moon goddess, Artemis or Selene in Greek mythology, and silver because she carried a silver bow. In Celtic mythology, the moon goddess is called Arianrhod (Arian means silver in Welsh – or more generally these days, money). Perhaps the link has more to do with the colour of the moon, who knows?

And which mythological monster has close links with the moon too? The werewolf. At least you don’t want to be around someone who’s a werewolf when the moon is full. So the moon goddess made silver poisonous to the werewolves to help protect anyone who crossed their paths at full moon. And that’s a very good reason for wearing silver – if you do meet a werewolf, they won’t be able to touch you.

The moon link doesn’t quite work for vampires. But everyone knows that wearing a silver cross around your neck will protect you against a vampire’s bite. Why? Well there are some suggestions that silver is associated with the Virgin Mary, and that if you wear silver she will protect you against blood-suckers (no, you won’t find it in the Bible, duh).

It does, of course, depend on which book/film/TV programme you’re watching. In some, vampires are merely weakened by silver – in True Blood, for instance. Meanwhile in other variations of the story – the Blade series of movies, for instance – silver is lethal for vamps.

So if you don’t want to be bitten by either creature, slap on the silver tonight. Double up on a silver cross, such as our super-chunky Amethyst and Chunky Silver Cross Necklace, £145, or Silver Cross on Long Haematite necklace, £95 (hematite is believed to have a strong protective energy, so the effect is a double whammy).

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Protect yourself from any supernatural creature nibbling on your neck (unless you want them to, of course) with our Solid Silver Star Stud Earrings, £35. Or, if you want to actively encourage ghostly goings-on, a pair of our Silver Skull Stud Earrings, £25, could just do the trick.

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Happy Hallowe’en!

Rok Chix ruby raspberries are good enough to eat

At Rok Chix we like to bring you designs that are a little bit different or quirky, even. So we hope you’ll like one of our newest creations: our raspberries.

Well, to be precise, our Silver and Natural Ruby Raspberry Ring, £75, and Silver and Natural Ruby Raspberry Earrings, £75. These seriously funky little baubles are a visual delight. We use beautiful little dark red ruby crystals set in ball shapes, so yes, they really do look like raspberries – raspberries set in sterling silver, that is.

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The rubies are all natural and uncut, so no two rings or pairs of earrings will be exactly the same. What’s not to like?

The ring is a single ball of raspberry crystals that sits in a silver half cup on top of a classic, 2mm-wide silver band. The ball is around 10mm in diameter, which is big enough to get noticed (but not too big to be clumsy). The earrings are two ruby balls set in two silver half cups that hang from simple silver drop wires.

They’re perfect for when you get a hankering for fresh raspberries in winter. There again we certainly don’t recommend that you eat them. But they will make your mouth water.

If you’re looking for something more discreet, on the other hand, why not treat yourself to a pair of our Silver and Uncut Ruby Studs, £40? Again we have used natural, uncut rubies (we think they are much prettier than the cut type), which also means each pair is different from the next.

For more delicious jewels, take a tour around the collections at rokchix.com

Roughing it with Rok Chix diamonds

There’s no getting away from the fact that cut diamonds are exquisite – we’d be the first to admit it. But there’s something about natural, uncut diamonds – diamonds in the rough, you might say – that’s so special. Before they are cut into the various shapes that you see in jewellery shops – princess, marquise, baguette, trillion and so on – each diamond is unique and just as nature intended. And we like ’em like that.

At Rok Chix we are more than a little fond of natural, uncut gemstones – it’s one of our biggest passions – and diamonds are no exception. And that’s why many of our new autumn/winter 2011 designs feature raw diamondsmilky white diamonds, rare blue diamonds, black diamonds and even pink diamonds. And guess what? They’re a lot more affordable than you might think, especially as we set them mostly in silver.

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Diamonds have, of course, been prized for many centuries. As the hardest mineral we know of in the universe, it’s no wonder diamonds are used in engagement rings to symbolise purity and eternal love. Many years ago they were worn by kings going into battle to protect them and make them fearless. Diamonds have also been used to ward off evil spirits. But one of the most fascinating facts we’ve come across where diamonds are concerned is that jewellery-makers only started cutting them into the shapes we know today in the 13th or 14th century, because before that it was thought that cutting a raw diamond would destroy its magical powers.

That’s not why we use raw diamonds – but it’s a nice story, isn’t it?

Check out the new natural sparklers at rokchix.com today. Rok Chix only uses diamonds from sources that are guaranteed conflict-free.