The Burning Question for February… What do you get your wife/girlfriend for Valentines Day?

Fear not, the important thing is that you don’t forget!

Sometimes it is the simplest things that are the most important, such as a quick hug when its not expected. Or a cup of coffee in bed or that most precious thing for parents – a lie in at the weekend.

You do not have to spend a fortune, red roses although gorgeous are not as nice as a bunch of spring flowers, especially if they smell wonderful. Or maybe that’s just my opinion. I was never the traditionalist. Although the red roses I have used in the images are quite beautiful, however as you can see I am contrary

I would be delighted if you wanted to give that special lady a piece of Bish Bosh Becca’s jewellery. There is quite a wide range for you to choose from. From simple single pearl pendant with a heart in silver or gold, pearl drop earrings or a pendant and earrings set to big and bold murano heart necklaces. There are also quite a few earrings with hearts.

If hearts are a bit obvious for you, then there are always the modern symbols of love, such as the love knot. An intricate knot, so that the ropes seem like one, and without beginning or end. (There are wonderful modern pearl chokers with a love knot or stylish hoop earrings on Bish Bosh Becca should you be looking)

Did you know also know that that Shells, were ancient symbols of love by cultures as diverse as the ancient Romans, Hindus,and Native Americans? Venus, Roman Goddess of love and fertility, is often depicted standing in a scallop shell, where she was created from sea foam.

Or the humble apple is a well-known and ancient symbol of love in many legends and stories. It also has various meanings attributed to it. Think of the biblical Adam and Eve, with Adam eating the forbidden apple, the fruit of knowledge, at Eve’s bidding. In this tradition, the apple represents temptation. Venus, Roman goddess of love and desire, is also often depicted holding an apple, so it can be said that the apple represents the slightly dangerous, seductive and sexual aspects of love. But that’s upto you and nothing to do with me.

Whatever you choose to show her you love her, you can be reassured that your jewellery order will be made with love and beautifully gift wrapped.

Vermeil? Gold? Gold Plated? Confused?

These terms can be very confusing and can give the impression that a piece of jewellery is something it is not.

So lets start with gold or rose gold. This is solid precious metal that has been hallmarked by the Assay office to show that it fulfils the criteria for 9k, 18k etc. The k refers to Karat and is the purity of the gold. 24k is the purist but also the softest gold. So its not advsiable to have a ring or favourite peice of jewellery made from 24k gold as it will not last as long as the lower karats

Then the next quality is vermeil . Gold or rose gold vermeil (pronounced vur-MAY) is genuine .925 sterling silver that has been expertly plated with a thick layer of 14k-24k gold. ⁣It will probably be hallmarked or stamped with .925, but this is the hallmark for silver and not gold

⁣Gold or rose gold Vermeil is the perfect option for those with metal allergies due to the durable thickness of the gold combined with the base of sterling silver. ⁣
Gold vermeil is an “insider’s secret” of discerning jewellery buyers as precious metals (silver and gold) are used, but allows for more affordable jewellery than solid gold. A win win situation

Finally we come to gold plated. I know this can be viewed as a lesser product, but it really does have its place. For example my crochet cuffs are gold or silver plate on copper, as copper is a really soft metal this makes the cuffs really soft to wear as they can mould to your arm shape. Whereas some of my earring bases and seashell charms are gold plated brass, as brass is a hard metal, it means these earrings fittings and charms will not bend out of shape.

Any base metal can be plated with silver, gold or rose gold plated. It is slightly confusing as you may see the term gold- filled. This is just a superior gold plating that is thicker than the normal gold plating. As I say above the base metal depends on what you are going to use it.

Should you ever see any of these terms and you are not sure. Then just ask whoever is selling the item.

At the bottom of each description, whether it be a locket, necklace or bracelet, on Bish Bosh Becca, you will see a clear description of what is is made from. In some instances it may be both gold vermeil and gold plated. Whilst we prefer to use vermeil, it is not always available, so we have to make so with gold or rose gold plated.