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SYMBOL - Hamsa

By: Charlotte Blakeney | Date: Thu, Mar 23, 17
 
 The Hamsa Hand is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. It is an ancient talisman that symbolizes feminine power and in all faiths, it is deemed a protective sign. It's said to bring the wearer happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. 
I first fell in love with the Hamsa Hand on my last trip to Greece, where it was adorned with the Evil Eye. I was intrigued by its unique design and the rich history of the symbol. 

It has been a common symbol in Middle East and Jewish cultures for centuries, though archeological digs have provided evidence that the hamsa pre-dates these religions and originated with the Phoenicians and was used as a protective symbol for an ancient Middle Eastern goddess. 


It is believed to channel the forces of good, promotes healing and fosters miracles. It also gives protection from the “Ayin Ha’ra,” also known as The Evil Eye.
     
     
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    Charlotte’s Ultimate Necklace Lengths Guide

    By: Charlotte Blakeney | Date: Wed, Mar 15, 17

    Charlotte’s Ultimate Necklace Lengths Guide

    necklace lengths
    From a young age I have loved to experiment with different jewellery pieces. My passion began when I was playing around in mum’s jewellery box; I would adorn myself with all these Indian-inspired jewels, coloured gemstones, and all the various necklace lengths she had. From there my love and experimentation with jewellery has grown. 

    At By Charlotte we love to layer and stack our jewellery, I design each collection with the idea of layering pieces from other collections together. The By Charlotte woman is a free-spirited bohemian, she loves to have fun with her jewellery, there are no rules as to what goes with what, we like to mix n match and experiment with our accessories to find new and unexpected ways to wear them. Whether you are looking for inspiration on layering, or you tend to overwork the whole idea of layering, or you feel like you are too nervous to mix and match jewellery, I am excited to share below my tips on how to layer your necklaces with my necklace length guide.

    1. A Guide to Necklace Lengths to Help You Layer
    The key to layering is playing with your necklace lengths! Layering necklaces of the same length is possible but will lead to your chains tangling, aim for an inch or two in length difference which will create a more organic look and will decrease the chance of tangling. When designing my collections, I try to incorporate various sizes each season to enable effortless layering. Below is my guide on By Charlotte necklace lengths, the key styles in each variation and few suggestions what to layer them with.

    Choker:

    At 16 inches, this size hangs right above the breast bone and sits against the throat. Our choker is the most versatile as the sliding clasp always you to wear this pieces at different lengths.

    Our Enlighten, OM and Hamsa chokers are a perfect length to start your layering.

    When worn at the choker length, it sits the furthest up your neckline you can layer it back with any of the below lengths, each creating a different look.

    Princess:

    At 18-19 inches, this sits on or below the collarbone.This length is the most common length for layering. Mix up the layers with different stones and symbols. For a casual summer look try our Blessed Buddha necklace layered back with the Hamsa Choker, or try out Lucky Lotus and Star Bright necklace for a casual, but fun evening look. If you really want to sparkle, pair our Heavenly Aditi and Celestial Light necklaces together for an illuminating but refined look.

    Matinee:

    At 20-24 inches, the Matinee is a little lower hanging. It should sit somewhere below the collarbone, but not far enough to touch your bust.   This length is great to pair back with the princess length for a classic layered look. Our adjustable Divine Lotus and Heavenly Lotus necklaces are the perfect Matinee length. I suggest layering our Heavenly Lotus with something simply, a signal pendant necklace such as our Bloom Necklace.

    Rope:

    At 36-42 inches, the rope necklace is quite long. This necklace length is perfect for long layering over sweaters and high necklines. Tie this back with a matinee or princess length for a classic look or go dramatic with a choker. Our Divine Moonlight dazzles against our spirited Enlighten necklace.

    Lariat:

    At 17 inches, the necklace sits just above your collarbone with a stunning 12 inch drop. There are three Lariats throughout the collections, our 14kt Gold Heavenly Aditi lariat, the Path of Light lariat and the 14kt Empress lariat necklace.  When layering with a lariat, keep your styling simple, the lariat will always be the focal point with its dramatic drop. Try layering your lariat back with our Enlighten Choker for a classic subdued look.

    2. My tips on How to experiment with your necklace layers
    When it comes to experimenting with your accessories, the most important thing is to have fun. Be creative with mixing styles, lengths, and colours, this makes the look much more organic and interesting.

    Mix Your Metals:

    You don’t have to wear all gold or all silver accessories. Don’t be afraid to mix your metals, play with sterling silver, rose and yellow gold. Mixing a variety of metals creates a more natural and interesting feel. Personally I love wearing gold jewellery, but I love to mix n match with rose gold to create accents in my accessories. The rose gold blends perfectly with my gold pieces, for example I love layering my necklaces, two gold and one rose gold together, this add depth to my accessories and draws attention to them.

    Mix Your Colours:

    Also mix your different stones, if you have a favourite garnet piece, an opal, rose quartz and a crystal piece, wearing them all together will be meaningful to you and will simultaneously create a more interesting eye-catching look. Don’t be afraid to mix colours either, wear your turquoise, garnet and rose quartz pieces together or play with different shades of the same colour with our mother of pearl and opal.

    Remember there is no correct way to layering, it's an extension of your personality and should reflect who you are. Be playful and try new options, accessorising is supposed to be fun. I can’t wait to see how you all layer your necklaces. Make sure to share your creations with us!

    3. How to choose the perfect necklace lengths for your outfits
    When choosing your necklace lengths it's important to think about what you're going to wear as your outfits neck line has a large impact on this.

    If you're wearing a v-neck top or dress choose a princess length necklace with a pendant attached, this will draw the eyes upward toward your chin. You can also wear a longer rope length or lariat necklace, this will serve the same purpose as the pendant necklace.

    For a boatneck were  matinee or rope necklace, this will balance the high horizontal neckline.

    An open collared shirt pairs back perfectly with a choker and princess necklaces. For a classic look layer two princess necklaces in the same metal.

    Longer necklaces should be worn with crew neck shirts. This will give the illusion of a lower neckline without ever having to reveal a thing.

    Go elegant with a long and short necklace on a strapless top, and mix your metals for an extra pop of glamour. 
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    Farewell Summer... Hello Autumn!

    By: Charlotte Blakeney | Date: Thu, Mar 02, 17
    As our favourite season draws to a close, we look back on some of our favourite By Charlotte babes and reminisce of the beach, balmy nights, and long summer days!

      We love seeing our By Charlotte Babes adorned in our jewels!
    (From top left: @madiblampied and @bronte_blampied; @montannacox1; @bellablu; @versepasi; @bambilegit; @shaninamshaik; @cheyennetozzi; @bridgetmalcom; @annabellabarber)

    But we don't like to dwell at By Charlotte, instead we look forward to new beginnings, we look to Autumn with bright eyes and anticipation of our upcoming Autumn/Winter 2017 collection 'Temple of Dreams' coming April.
     
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    Symbol | The Lotus

    By: Charlotte Blakeney | Date: Mon, Feb 20, 17
     With roots secured in the mud, a stem that grows through water, and a flower that lies pristinely above, the lotus signifies the progression of the soul. Inspiring us to rise from the darkness into enlightenment, the Lotus Flower is the symbol of new beginnings. 

    When I began By Charlotte the first collection I created featured the Lotus Flower. This symbol has continued to be featured throughout my collections, the Lotus is central to the cultures that I admire most and represents the essence of By Charlotte.

    Our signature Lotus collection also features the Semi Circle of Life, which is the pendulum that swings from rest to work and back. The symbol represent abiding (resting), growing, fruitfulness, and pruning. 
    Wear our Lotus collection to represent cognitive balance, embrace new beginnings and to grow spiritually.
     
      
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    One Fine Day Wedding Fair

    By: Charlotte Blakeney | Date: Thu, Feb 09, 17
    A big thank-you to all the lovely bride-to-be's and their family and friends who came
    and visited us over the weekend at Sydney's One Fine Day Wedding Fair.
    We enjoyed every minute with you all and wish you all the best for your future marriages. 
    "Love never claims, it ever gives. Love never suffers, never resents, never revenges itself." Gandhi
    We now have a beautiful selection of jewels perfect for your special day, bridesmaids and honeymoon.
    Make sure you check out our Bridal Edit here
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    Stones of Love

    By: Charlotte Blakeney | Date: Thu, Feb 02, 17

    Stones of Love


    As Valentine's Day approaches add an extra meaning to your gift this year,
    we have curated a Valentine's Gift guide that includes two of our favourite stones,
    the stones of love; rose quartz and garnet.

    Each stone has beautiful unique markings and colouring, and bring their own
    qualities and characteristics to the wearer. Below we bring you our 'Love Stone Guide',
    designed to give you clarity and meaning when choosing your new jewels.


    ROSE QUARTZ

    Rose quartz is often called the "Love Stone." It's energetic hallmark is that of
    unconditional love that opens the heart chakra. This makes rose quartz a stone
    for every type of love: self-love, family, platonic, romantic and unconditional. 
    Wear our Rose Gold Lotus Rain Necklace, adorned with a soft ballerina pink rose quartz,
    close to your heart to promote unconditional love, calmness and infinite peace.


    GARNET
    Garnet is a stone that helps one realize and enjoy the pleasures of earthly incarnation,
    through enhancing sensuality and intimacy. As such, garnet is a stone of commitment,
    love, passion, and devotion. I was inspired to use the rich and exotic garnet stone after
    traveling through India where the women adorn themselves with pink and luscious red garnets.
    Wear our popular Dhan'ya bracelet to promote love and passion for yourself and others.

    I hope you enjoy wearing our beautiful semi precious stones.
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    SYMBOL | Evil Eye Motifs

    By: Charlotte Blakeney | Date: Thu, Jan 19, 17

    Evil Eye Motifs

    We have recently created two necklaces that feature the evil eye motif,
    the 'Lucky Lotus' and 'Jewelled Eye'. We chose to create the motif using
    crystals and iolites which embrace intuitive qualities. 

    An ancient symbol, the evil eye grants the wearer 
    protection against evil and misfortune.

    You could say that I have a long love affair with the Greek Islands
    where I first saw the symbol... it's culture and its beauty
    which lead me to introduce the evil eye motif into my designs. 



     
    The evil eye dates back almost 3,000 years to Ancient Greece and Rome,
    it protects the wearer against receiving the evil eye from another person. 
    The evil eye has symbolism in almost every country in the world
    and in every religion; Judaism, Islam, Hindu, Buddhism and Christianity. 

      I hope love our jewelled evil eye motif necklaces!
      Charlotte
      x
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      TRAVEL | INDIA

      By: Charlotte Blakeney | Date: Wed, Jan 11, 17
      India is one of my favourite countries to visit,
      the brilliantly bright colours, exotic sights, sound and flavours
      inspires my creativity. My first trip to Rajasthan inspired
      my very first piece, the Lotus Moonlight!
      Charlotte
      x
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      Give more meaning to your gifts this season

      By: Charlotte Blakeney | Date: Wed, Dec 07, 16
      We've got you covered this season with gifts of positive affirmations


      This Christmas our new SS17 collection, Beyond the Sun, is the perfect meaningful gift to give or receive.

      Our new collection centres on positive affirmations with pieces featuring statements such as ‘you are blessed', 'be fearless' and ‘follow your dreams’. These pieces are a reminder to the wearer to believe in themselves, the chosen affirmations generate positive emotional support and encouragement. 

      Charlotte x
       
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      Beyond the Sun Inspiration

      By: Charlotte Blakeney | Date: Tue, Nov 29, 16
      Sometimes you need to breathe and re-focus on the journey of life.

      Ahead of our new SS17 collection launch, Beyond the Sun, I wanted to share with you my journey at the picturesque Billabong Retreat that promoted a sense of positivity, inspiration and strength within myself to create this collection.

      With our busy lifestyles, its important to take time for yourself and reconnect with  nature. 
      Our new collection centres on positive affirmations with pieces featuring statements such as ‘you are blessed', 'be fearless' and ‘follow your dreams’. The range also includes meaningful and spirited symbols like the Hamsa, Buddha, Om and elephant to harness essence of positivity.
      So when you find yourself overwhelmed and stressed, stop and make space to dream; remember these pieces are designed to strengthen and inspire you in the journey of life.
       
      Charlotte x
       
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