Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Eclipse Necklace and the Obey and Queen of Hearts Rings from The Rogue and The Wolf

Some of you may recall that I recently purchased the Eclipse necklace and the Occult ring from The Rogue and The Wolf (you can read my review of those here). I loved both of the pieces I ordered, and I was itching to order a few more. I found a discount code for Attitude Clothing recently so I purchased the Eclipse necklace in matte black from there, and I ordered the Obey and the Queen of Hearts rings from The Gothic Shop.

I adore my Eclipse necklace in 'Old Steel', and I thought the black matte necklace would be wonderful for occasions where I do not want to wear anything too elaborate. It is the same design as my Old Steel necklace but omits the rose quartz stone and is made from soft, matte black material. The material is quite difficult to describe. It is soft without feeling flimsy, and it is incredibly light. The quality still feels excellent and I'm not concerned about it being damaged. According to the website the black pieces are 3D printed in polyamide plastic.

The Eclipse necklace features a crescent moon placed horizontally on a gunmetal chain, with runes etched across the centre. It is really striking for such a simple piece, and rests perfectly at the base of my throat. It looks wonderful as a choker and can also be worn a little longer as a necklace. I love the design of this necklace. I would adore a silver version of this necklace with a black onyx stone. I apologise for the poor quality of photo of this necklace, my camera wouldn't focus on it so I used my phone. I will try and upload a photo of me wearing it to my Instagram at some point this weekend so you can actually see what it looks like.

After buying the Occult midi ring, I decided to purchase a couple of their other rings. I have really tiny fingers so I find buying rings quite difficult, but their midi rings fit my fingers perfectly. I purchased the Obey midi ring in a size 4, which I wear on my third finger, and the Queen of Hearts ring in a UK size 6. The Queen of Hearts ring was a little too big, so I cut it and glued it (albeit poorly), which is why it looks a little odd on these photos! You can't tell that I adjusted it when it is on. The Rogue and The Wolf do offer an excellent custom size service (I own the Queen of Hearts ring in Old Steel in a size 4.5 because of this) but I since it only needed to be a little smaller I didn't think it was worth it for a matte black piece.

The Obey ring features three thorns to wind around your finger. It also features two ring bands at the back for extra support. It is intended to be worn as a knuckle ring, but it fits at the bottom of my third finger perfectly, with the thorns almost meeting in the centre. The Queen of Hearts ring complements this ring perfectly, and features a crown adorned with hearts. The detail on this ring is intricate and delicate. It's beautiful. Both of these rings are dark and edgy, but retain a certain sense of elegance. I posted a photo of both of these rings on Instagram and one lady commented that they reminded her of Game of Thrones, which I think is incredibly true! They can look sophisticated and dainty but also dark and striking. 

I am incredibly pleased with all of these pieces, and they look excellent when worn together. These rings are also a lot cheaper than their Old Steel counterparts so I highly recommend investing in one if you are curious about their designs but want something more affordable. I also purchased the Queen of Hearts and the Priestess rings in Old Steel during one of their sales a month or so ago which I will review separately.

The Eclipse Necklace costs £12.00 from The Rogue and The Wolf website. I purchased mine from Attitude Clothing.

The Obey ring costs £10.00 from The Rogue and The Wolf website. I purchased mine from The Gothic Shop here. The Queen of Hearts ring costs £8.00 and can be found on The Rogue and The Wolf website here and from The Gothic Shop here. You can use the discount code FBKNAV to get 10% off your order from The Gothic Shop.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I'm heading to Surrey to visit my family tomorrow, so I'm hoping for sunshine! I also get to meet my aunt's new puppy which I'm so excited about! I'll post some photos of my visit next week so you can expect lots of puppy pictures! Are you planning anything interesting for the weekend?

Disclaimer: I purchased these pieces myself. I'm part of The Gothic Shop's affiliate scheme, but this does not affect my opinion whatsoever.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Black Onyx & Dark Red Crystal Sterling Silver Pull Through Earrings from The Black Cat Jewellery Store

I hope you are all having a wonderful July. I thought I would begin this month with a very overdue post. I purchased a pair of the black onyx and dark red crystal earrings from The Black Cat Jewellery Store a few months ago and I have been intending to review them for weeks. I always say that I will get organised and write a blog post schedule, but it still hasn't happened yet. I will do it one day!

As you can imagine, my jewellery box is overflowing with necklaces and chokers. However, I only own three pairs of long earrings. Two of these were given to me by my Nanna when she passed away, and they are incredibly important to me. I cannot imagine how upset I would be if I were to lose them, so I have put them away for special occasions. I am sure my Nanna would tell me to stop being so sentimental and wear them, but I really do treasure them. Whilst this means that I am not concerned about losing them, it also means that my earring collection is reduced to one pair.

In the summer months I am usually resigned to wearing my hair up, as the heat does not agree with my naturally curly hair. My hair is really thick and getting quite long, and as a result I tend to scoop it up to get it away from my back when I know it is going to be a hot day. Because of this, I thought it would be appropriate to purchase a pair of earrings that I can actually wear. I detest having to wear my hair up, and since I prefer dramatic and interesting jewellery, I thought it would be a good idea to invest in a pair of earrings to draw attention away from my hair.

I chose a pair of the black onyx and dark red crystal sterling silver pull through earrings from The Black Cat Jewellery Store. These earrings feature a dark red crystal between two black onyx beads suspended from a long, delicate silver chain. A detailed silver spacer separates each of the beads. The chain measures 176 millimetres.

Black onyx is said to promote feelings of strength and stability. It is a popular stone with those impacted by grief; it alleviates concerns and worries in times of stress and emotional difficulty. The black onyx beads complement the red crystal perfectly. The red really catches the light and looks wonderful against the darkness and depth of the onyx. In contrast, the silver is especially striking against the dark beads. The silver effectively separates the darkness of the other beads.

These earrings are pull throughs, so the length can be adjusted depending on the occasion. I prefer to wear these long for formal occasions or when I'm wearing my hair up, and I wear them a little shorter for lectures or days in the library. The chain is incredibly fine and delicate, so it doesn't get tangled or caught in my hair, which is wonderful if you have long, thick hair like me.

My only problem with these earrings is that they are absolutely impossible to photograph when you are wearing them. I ended up having to use my phone because my camera refused to focus on them. The earrings swing with the slightest movement, so most of my photos were blurry! I apologise for the quality of the image below. If I manage to take a better one in the future I will replace it. It really doesn't capture how beautiful the earrings are, which is such a shame!

I adore these earrings. They are suitable for a number of different occasions, and they are look wonderful when paired with an elaborate necklace. I feel so much more confident when I have to wear my hair up when I am wearing these. They are a wonderful addition to my collection, as they are the longest earrings I own. They are a little expensive, but they are incredibly well made and I wear them very frequently.

These earrings cost £19.50 from The Black Cat Jewellery Store.

On an unrelated note, I would like to take a moment to thank you all for your comments on my last outfit post. You are all so lovely, but in the end I couldn't stand looking at my blog with those photos on it, so I ended up deleting it. I always say that I am going to be brave and keep outfit posts up but I really do not think that I am at that stage yet. I just wanted to thank you all for your wonderful comments regardless.

I hope you all have an enjoyable end to the weekend! Do you have any exciting plans for July?

Disclosure: I bought these earrings myself.
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