Acorn Necklace

$170 NZD

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Acorns are an important source of food for many wildlife such as jays, pigeons, ducts, woodpeckers, mince, and squirrels. Large mammals such as pigs, bears and deer also consume large amount of acorns; they may constitute up to 25% of the diet of deer in the autumn.

The acorn represents strength and potential. The proverb "great oaks from little acorns grow", which dates back to the 14th century, means that great things can come from small and humble beginnings.

To the Nordic and Celtic people, the acorn was a symbol of fertility and immortality. In Norse mythology, oak trees are sacred to Thor, the god of lightning, as the tall trees attracted lightning. When the storm ended, druids would collect acorns, which were miraculously spared from the god's wrath. Druids believed that consumption of acorns would help see into the future.

Whenever there was a storm, Scandinavians would place an acorn on the windowsill as a gesture of respect to Thor, and as a request for protection from lighting.

The acorn also symbolises good luck, prosperity and youthfulness.

 

Details

Metal: Sterling silver

Measurement: 9 mm x 10.5 mm, chain 45 cm

Finish: Polished

 

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See the hints and tips below for taking care of your Winter in July jewellery.

Wearing of silver or gold jewellery

You must remove jewellery before:

  • any form of physical exercise
  • going to bed
  • entering a shower, pool, spring or the sea (chemicals found in swimming pools and natural springs cause tarnishing).
Skin and hair products can cause tarnishing, discolouration and possibly corrosion. It is recommended to apply cosmetics and scents before you put on your jewellery. Your jewellery should always be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off. You should take off your jewellery first when you are changing clothes or before you go to bed.

Wearing diamond jewellery

Diamonds are some of the hardest minerals on earth, however they can get chipped and shatter. Periodically check your jewellery settings to ensure the diamonds are still secure.

Cleaning jewellery

  1. Soak your jewellery in warm water with a little dishwashing liquid, or use a jewellery cleaner
  2. Use a soft brush (such as an old toothbrush) to carefully clean your jewellery. A harsh brush might produce scratch marks
  3. When the dirt has been removed, rinse the jewellery again in the bowl and then dry it with a clean dish towel

    Removing tarnish

    If silver jewellery gets tarnished, use a silver dip solution. Always ensure you clean your item after silver dipping, with warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush.

    Do not put blackened jewellery (e.g. the blackened silver rose earrings) in silver dip, as the patina will be removed. To clean these pieces, please use silver cloth. It will remove the tarnishing on the raised area and the depressed area will remain blackened. 

    Storing your jewellery

    • Store pieces separately in a jewellery box or bag to help avoid scratching by other items of jewellery.
    • Storing your jewellery in a zip-lock bag is recommended as exposure to the air and environment can cause your jewellery to tarnish. Zip-lock bags are a cheap way to keep your jewellery looking newer for longer. Storing jewellery in acid-free tissue is another option.
    • Store each item of jewellery separately, so that they don’t rub against each other, or tangle. Sleeping with jewellery on is not advisable.
    • Damp and hot conditions cause jewellery to tarnish. Do not store jewellery in the bathroom, near heating vents, on window sills or in the bathroom.

    Each Winter in July pieces are designed and handcrafted in Auckland, New Zealand.

    The inspiration comes from beauty of the nature and the meaning behind it.

    Learn about us, and how our jewellery is made.

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