If you’re a jewellery lover like me and stuck at home dreaming of a private island in the Philippines where you could escape from the coronavirus, then you could probably use a little sparkle to cheer you up. Self-isolation is no fun on your own! But we all need to self-isolate right now and social distance ourselves to help contain the spread of this virus. So let me share with you a few ideas to help you through these crazy times. You can also support the ‘Loving Hands’ project at jewellerycuration.com. All profits from the ‘Loving Hands’ collection will be donated to the UN Foundation #COVID19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.
HOW FAR CAN YOU SPREAD THE LOVE? REACH OUT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
Time to reach out to your loved ones and find out how they’re doing. But first, adorn some beautiful jewels and send some of that sparkle down the phone lines or across the internet. If you’re chatting over Facetime or Skype, let them see you haven’t lost your sparkle. Wear something your loved one gifted you to make it extra special. Spread the love and stay connected.
IS YOUR JEWELLERY BOX A MESS? TIME TO REORGANIZE & DECLUTTER.
Just because you’re in self-isolation doesn’t mean your jewellery has to stay hidden away in some jewellery box. But what a mess! Thankfully, my fine jewellery is arranged neatly inside a safety deposit box, but here I have some Iradj Moini brooches that were gifted to me and some Vickisarge earrings, hand-made in Belgravia. So let’s get to work and untangle this mess!
DO YOU LIKE BOOKS ABOUT JEWELLERY? I HAVE JUST THE THING FOR YOU!
I love reading books on jewellery and I have quite a collection of these gem treasures that I’m so proud of – I take them with me everywhere I travel. Together we are true globetrotters! Now in self-isolation, I have the best of both worlds: browsing through my jewellery book collection, re-reading my GIA books, and catching up on my Kindle reader, which I just love. Let me tempt your tastemaker tastebuds with some tantalizing jewellery photography in my own GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips. I wanted to create a jewellery/fashion book that inspires other jewellery lovers to find their own unique style, so I hope you like it.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CLEANED YOUR JEWELLERY?
You want to keep that sparkle and shine intact during these difficult times, so let’s show our jewellery some love and give it a good polish. When was the last time you cleaned your jewellery? Probably when you cleaned your makeup brushes – wink-wink! I like to use a fine jewellery solution, it’s a gentle, sudsy soap with twice the bubbles, twice the fun! I find it very grounding and that’s exactly what this self-isolation experience is all about.
WHY NOT PAINT SOME CRAZY NAILS? TRY BLACK NAIL POLISH AND SEND ME A PHOTO!
You know I have a bit of an obsession with my nails and I love a French manicure to show off my jewels. There’s nothing like adding a splash of colour to your nails to brighten your day, and a little extra gold for sparkle and shine. Who cares if you can’t give the best French manicure, with some black or red polish and a little glitter, you can master it on both hands! It’s quality time spent in self-isolation.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO WORK OUT AT HOME? I LIKE FITNESS APPS.
There are so many ways to work out at home and many of your favourite gyms, yoga and pilates studios are offering classes online. Everybody needs a home workout routine to keep them emotionally and physically fit during these crazy times. So why not follow my lead and add a little sparkle to your workout routine and gemify your dumbbells. It will help lift your mood and keep your spirits up.
WHAT’S COOKING? BAKING IN STYLE!
You can have your cake and eat it too when you’re in self-isolation. There’s no better time to whip up something delicious in the kitchen and put the joy back into cooking. Add some sprinkles to your cupcakes and add some sparkle to your fingers! Dress up for dinner and take the whole dining-at-home experience up a notch with a few fine jewels and healthy recipes. You have to stay healthy in times of crisis, so why not make it fun too!
WANT TO MAKE YOUR FACE SPARKLE? CREATE YOUR OWN #JEWELLERYFACE
When was the last time you got crazy with your makeup? Self-isolation is the perfect time to be outrageous because nobody is going to know but you! It’s easy and fun to apply crystal jewel makeup or you can try creating your own pearl face. Let your imagination go wild and transform yourself into a jewellery warrior, braving the pandemic and conquering the hearts of your husband and children. Fun for everyone!
DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE SUPER POWERS OF GEMSTONES? TAP INTO THEIR HEALING ENERGY.
Surround yourself with crystals and absorb their healing energy, as you contemplate what the future will hold once this coronavirus pandemic is all over. I found a beautiful limited edition set of Dali Tarot cards and I’m enjoying learning how it all works and what all the cards mean. Most of all, I love the beautiful artistry, a true work of art that helps to keep me calm and inspired. Of course, a Tarot reading wouldn’t be the same without your most beautiful cocktail rings. Everything’s better with jewels and gems!
I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery.
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Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
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