Available in a choice of bracelet designs, Fay Designs stocks a wide range of sterling silver 1st Communion bracelets and First Communion bracelets are handmade to order.
The First Communion bracelets in Ireland available from Fay Designs include First Communion: boys bracelets, girls bracelets, sterling silver bracelets, pearl bracelets, crystal bracelets, personalised bracelets and Irish bracelets.
Crafting necklaces in sterling silver, Fay Designs sell handmade personalised First Communion pendants and First Communion necklaces are made to order.
The First Communion necklaces in Ireland crafted by Fay Designs include First Communion: sterling silver First Communion necklaces, personalised pendants, personalised necklaces, personalised pendants, childrens necklaces, children’s pendants, girls pendants, girls necklaces, pearl pendants and pearl necklaces.
With a range of handmade First Communion pearl earrings, Fay Designs sells First Communion earrings online and First Communion earrings are delivered to your door.
The First Communion earrings in Ireland crafted by Fay Designs include First Communion: sterling silver earrings, pearl earrings, crystal earrings, online earrings, pearl earrings, crystal earrings and silver earrings.
Spring, a time for new beginnings, is almost here. A time for the
celebration of life, in nature and in our personal lives, which is why Spring
is the most popular time for celebrations.
First Holy Communion is probably one of the most memorable events in a child’s life. The excitement of dressing up and attending mass surrounded by family and friends and the feeling of entering a new stage in their life, it is a truly special occasion for them to remember.
Choosing a gift to commemorate this unique experience can be challenging. At Fay Designs we have a range of Irish handcrafted Communion jewellery designed to be worn not only on their First Communion day, but for many years afterward.
Our Communion jewellery for boys and girls come with extension chains to allowing for growing and we can resize jewellery at any time so it can be worn for a lifetime.
When you receive money as a Communion gift it can be hard to remember what you actually spent the money on and, years later, you will have no reminder of the gifts you received.
Keepsake jewellery will last forever and will always bring the giver to mind, no matter how many years have passed. Personalised Communion jewellery makes the perfect keepsake gift.
Communion Rosary Beads
Rosaries are a traditional symbol of Catholic faith and are usually held in the hands during prayer. Communion rosary beads are a very personal gift for a young boy or girl celebrating their First Communion and our beautiful Communion rosaries are handmade in County Louth and can be personalised to make your gift more meaningful.
Cross or crucifix jewellery is the classic symbol of faith. Religious jewellery represent something very spiritual and are ideal gift for First Communion celebrations.
All Fay Designs Communion jewellery comes beautifully gift boxed and is covered by our 30 day returns guarantee.
Referred to as the “Well of Higher Knowledge”, the Crown Chakra is often depicted in art as a lotus flower and symbolises spiritual awakening.
White, violet and purple gemstones are associated with the Crown Chakra and many wear these gemstone jewellery colours to help cleanse their spirit and awaken their intuition.
The most popular gemstones to open and clear your Crown Chakra are
Clear Quartz: Opens and activates the third eye and the crown chakra. Cleanses the aura and removes energy stagnations. Lifts your awareness to higher planes and allows you to move forward in life.
Amethyst: This gemstone facilitates meditation and assists in your communication with your angels. Clears the mind and allows constructive thinking, which can help us to understand the root causes of imbalance or disease. Allow us to see self destructive behaviour patterns and the causes of addictive habits. A wonderful gemstone to encourage clarity of mind.
The Crown Chakra is the highest of the 7 chakras and is the most spiritual of all the chakras. It sits at the top of your head and points upwards to the heavens.
A strong Crown Chakra allow you to feel a deep feeling of connection and trust in the world about you. You feel that you can cope with, and rise above, your problems. You generally feel a sense of calm and peace throughout your day.
If your Crown Chakra is weak you will have a general feeling of disconnection. Nothing will inspire you, you never feel a sense of achievement with life and you are never happy, no matter how much money or posessions you have. You may have a very cynical outlook on life and never take joy in the little things. Withour the lifting energy of your Crown Chakra, you may find life a bit dull, flat and meaningless.
Crown Chakra gemstone jewellery makes a beautiful gift for your closest friend, for those you love who believe in angels, for those who need inspiration in their life, for those who are in need of spiritual lifting and for yourself on your journey through your life.
The origin of the word ‘bracelet‘ is from the Greek ‘brachile’ meaning ‘of the arm’, originating from the the Old French word ‘bracel’. A ‘bracel’ refers to a small brace or bracer, armbands worn by archers and usually made of leather often decorated with gold, silver and gemstones. Women began to wear smaller versions known as brace-lets.
Around 2700 B.C. ancient Egyptians wore bracelets of gold and silver decorated with semi precious gemstones. They were skilled metalworkers and some of the most elaborate gemstone bracelets come from this period.
Headlines in a recent UK newspaper, The Daily Mail, reads “Incredible 40,000-year-old bracelet believed to be the oldest ever found suggests ancient human race used drills which were just like modern tools”. This bracelet is the earliest example of jewellery ever found.
In Victorian wedding traditions, the jewellery worn by a bride at her wedding were a gift from her husband-to-be. Matching wedding bracelets were a must, not just as a piece of wedding jewellery but to keep their flowing sleeves tidy.
Many people wear bracelets without realising the symbolism behind the colour and style of the bracelet being worn.
Beaded semi precious gemstone bracelets are believed to impart their special properties on the wearer. The meaning behind gemstone bracelets depends on the colour of the gemstones in the bracelet. Purple gemstones are believed to enhance creativity and steady concentration while blue is a calming colour and soothes stress.
Charm bracelets have been a favourite among jewellery lovers for thousands of years. Animal charm bracelets are popular with each animal having a special meaning. Anchor charms symbolise that the wearer is faithful, loyal and steadfast.
Starfish charms are worn to demonstrate a belief in rebirth and equality. Acorn charms symbolise ‘great strength from small beginnings’.
Aquamarine is the March birthstone and aquamarine birthstone bracelets invoke the tranquility of the sea. Aquamarine gemstone colour can range from the palest blue to a deep blue green. Given to celebrate a 19th wedding anniversary, Aquamarine protects the aura from negative influences and calms the mind. A popular jewellery choice for pregnant women as it is believed to protect unborn children.
Nowadays it is traditional to give bracelets as First Communion gifts. These First Communion bracelets are usually crystal or pearl bracelets and are worn to symbolise purity and innocence. First Communion bracelets are often decorated with religious symbols or meaningful charms.
Amethyst is one of my favourite gemstones. It is also one of the oldest and best loved gemstones in the world. Amethyst birthstone jewellery is my favourite way to wear purple. We have a wonderful collection of unique Irish handmadeFebruary birthstone jewellery with gorgeous February jewellery designs for adults and children.
One of the main reason people have worn amethyst jewellery through the ages is because it is believed to promote clear thinking.
In ancient Greek times it was believed that drinking from a cup made from amethyst that you would be protected from drunkenness. In the early middle ages, Saxon warriors wore amethyst to ensure a clear head while in battle.
If you have amethyst jewellery it is important that you do not expose it to too much heat. Heat can cause amethyst to fracture. All you need to clean your amethyst jewellery is to wash it in a little soapy water now and then.
February Amethyst Birthstone Poem
The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst do wear.
Nowadays amethysts are worn to strengthen relationships and give the wearer courage. Is also provides welcome extra positive energy for the dreary month of February.
An emotionally stimulating gemstone, amethyst inspires hidden creativity and awakens the imagination. It brings peace and serenity to those who wear it.
Hair accessories can bring your wedding day look together and when it comes to bridal hair accessories there are several looks to choose from. In this post, I have rounded up my favourites. With the 2019 wedding season coming closer, I have started on my 2019 bridal hair accessories collection. I hope you enjoy browsing my wedding hair jewellery collection as much as I enjoy making them.
Romantic Wedding Hair Accessories
Bridal hair pins are beautifully dainty and so versatile. They can be added to any style, in long or short hair, loose hair styles or updos. You can also use them to attach a veil in place of a comb or tiara. Created in Swarovski pearl, freshwater pearl and Swarovski crystal, hair pins add so much elegance to all bridal hair styles.
Hair vines are my personal favourite. They look delightfully delicate yet are so robust and flexible. Hair vines can be easily worked into any hair style and are a contemporary alternative to the traditional tiara. With their natural organic look, bridal hair vines provide the perfect finish to your hair without detracting from your gown.
Vines are available in a range of lengths and either gold or silver plated wire depending on your jewellery colour.
Aside from your wedding dress, your hairstyle is the next most important element in achieving your wedding day look.
Fir more tips and ideas on wedding day hair style trends visit Weddingsonline where you will find all the inspiration you need as well as a list of Wedding Hair Stylists and Suppliers.
Do a hairstyle trial run
Once you’ve decided on your wedding day hairstyle, it’s a good idea to do a trial run. Your hair stylist will be able to help you with this. Any problems you might encounter can be sorted out at this stage rather than on D-day. Maybe you have a few images from magazines and want to try all of them to see which one you like best. For more wedding hair inspirations have a look at Brides.com
And, the most important thing, Have a Wonderful Day.
Spring is almost here and across the country boys and girls are starting to prepare for their First Holy Communion. So it goes without saying that this is a very special occasion for the whole family to celebrate together.
First Communion gifts are customary on this occasion. However, boys are much more difficult to buy for than girls. So hopefully this post will give you a few ideas for First Communion gifts for boys.
Caiseal is a stylish Communion bracelet for boys crafted with 6mm faceted Swarovski jet crystal and bright sterling silver beads. Personalise Caiseal bracelet by adding his name in 4.5mm solid sterling silver letter cubes.
Carraig is one of our most popular boys First Communion bracelets with a masculine geometric look. Designed all in sterling silver, Caiseal features silver coated crystal cubes and his name is spelled in sterling silver cube beads.
Carraig personalised bracelet for boys comes stylishly gift boxed and makes a perfect First Communion gift for boys.
If your diamond ring has lost its luster or your silver or gold bracelet is starting to tarnish, you don’t have to pay big money to a jeweller to make them sparkle again. The following solutions will show you how to clean your jewellery so it looks like new again.
Caring for Pearl Jewellery
When cleaning your pearl jewellery it is recommended to use a mild, non-detergent soap, lukewarm water and soft cloth (preferably 100% cotton). Dip the cloth in the water and gently rub the pearl in a circular motion. Do not use excessive pressure. Lie flat on a towel and allow to air dry. Never soak your pearl jewellery as pearl is an absorbent material and soaking will cause them to swell and crack. Clean your pearl jewellery regularly and avoid excessive contact with perfume, dirt and skin oil. Remember to always put your pearl jewellery on last, after you have applied makeup and perfume.
Never store pearl jewellery in an airtight container or plastic bags as this can cause their quality to deteriorate; some plastics may even emit chemicals that can harm pearl jewellery. Protect pearl jewellery from temperature extremes and chemicals, such as alcohol and hairspray, as these can erode the surface. Never leave your pearls in a hot area such as a sunlit windowsill or on a radiator.
Wear your pearls often as they thrive on your skin, the natural oils from your skin will help to keep your pearl necklace in top condition. Also avoid soaking in chlorinated water or any liquid. If you have hand-strung pearls then have them restrung every few years as the silk string usually has a life of no more than 8 years.
Storing pearl jewellery for long periods can dry them out and fracture the surface. Wear them regularly, pearls love to be worn. Store your pearls flat, as opposed to hanging them, thus avoiding stretching the thread prematurely.
Caring for Silver Jewellery
Silver in its pure form is very soft, too soft to be used for silver jewellery and other items, so it is mixed with other metals to make it more durable. A popular silver mixture, called an alloy, is known as sterling silver.
Jewellery sold in Ireland cannot be marked or described as silver, solid silver, sterling silver, sterling, or using the abbreviation Ster. unless it contains at least 92.5 % pure silver. The minimum silver content can also be stated as 925 parts per thousand of pure silver, so you might see the figures 925 or 92.5 used to mark silver content. Copper is the most common metal used to round out the 7.5 percent alloy balance in sterling silver. It adds hardness to pure silver jewellery, but brings with it a tendency to tarnish (a darkening that occurs when sterling silver reacts with gases in the air or with other substances that it comes in contact with.)
Storing Silver Jewellery
Ideally you should store your sterling silver jewellery in air tight tarnish prevention cloths or bags. The treated cloth slows down the tarnishing process and keeps the jewellery from rubbing against harder jewellery that can scratch it. Try to keep your sterling silver jewellery in a cool, dry place. You can also place it in an air tight bag with a piece of chalk. Chalk is highly absorbent and will absorb any moisture in the air around your silver thus really slowing down tarnishing.
Cleaning Your Silver Jewellery
Clean sterling silver jewellery with a phosphate free detergent. A low abrasive cleaner is a good choice for removing light tarnish, or you can use a silver polishing cloth if you don’t like mess. A good cloth should last for several years. Some people use toothpaste to clean their sterling silver jewellery, but most silver experts caution against it because they feel toothpaste is too abrasive and leaves dulling scratches on fine silver jewellery.
Sterling Silver Patina
Sterling silver jewellery that is worn continually often develops a lovely silver patina, a kind of glow combined with darkened areas. If you like the look, leave it alone. If you prefer a bright and shiny look for your sterling silver jewellery, use polish to restore your jewellery to its original appearance.
Caring for your Gemstones
Clean opaque semi precious gemstone jewellery, such as opal jewellery, lapis lazuli jewellery, jade jewellery, turquoise jewellery and malachite jewellery, by wiping it with a moist lint free cloth after each wearing. Avoid exposing gemstone jewellery to soap and water as these gemstones are porous.
Clean organic gemstones such as pearls, coral and amber by wiping them with a soft cloth after each wearing to remove dust and body oils from the gemstones. Protect gemstone jewellery from exposure to hairspray, perfume or cosmetics, as the chemicals in these products can damage organic gemstone jewellery over time.
Separate gemstone jewellery pieces as hard gemstone jewellery can scratch softer gemstone jewellery. This can be done by placing them in separate sections within your jewellery box, using fabric pouches, or wrapping them in separate pieces of soft cloth.
Light Sensitive Stones
Many semi precious gemstones will bleach in strong light if left exposed for long periods of time. Gemstone jewellery will lose it’s bright colour and eventually become drab and unattractive. The gemstone jewellery most vulnerable to sunlight include amethyst jewellery, ametrine jewellery, aquamarine jewellery, aventurine jewellery, chrysoprase jewellery, citrine jewellery, rose quartz jewellery, smoky quartz jewellery, fluorite jewellery and topaz jewellery.
Do not use Chemical Cleaners
Many types of gemstone jewellery will be adversely affected by harsh chemical cleaners, which will discolour them and some may eventually break apart. The gemstones which are particularly vulnerable include amber jewellery, aquamarine jewellery, coral jewellery, emerald jewellery, jade jewellery, lapis jewellery, opal jewellery, pearl jewellery, mother of pearl jewellery and turquoise jewellery. It is never advisable to use chemicals on any type of gemstone jewellery.
Caring for Copper and Brass Jewellery
Surprisingly, copper jewellery and brass jewellery are very simple to care for. While they do tarnish more quickly than silver jewellery, they can be restored to their original shine very easily. Methods for cleaning and polishing copper jewellery and brass jewellery include
using tomato ketchup, worcestershire sauce or vinegar. As unlikely as it sounds, the acetic acid in these substances will shine up copper and brass very nicely. Apply them carefully with a toothbrush or soft cloth, leave on for a couple of minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Avoid rinsing if your jewellery also contains pearl or water absorbent stones such as opals, lapis lazuli, jade, turquoise and malachite.
Disclaimer: In this post I have discussed the generally accepted way to clean your jewellery. I follow these methods and have always been happy with the results. Whilst the information given above is provided in good faith, I do not recommend you do anything unless you are personally certain that no harm will come to your jewellery as a result of the cleaning. I do not take any responsibility for damage which ensues from your actions.
Not all handmade jewellery is created equal. Here at Fay Designs we pride ourselves on using only quality materials to create our handmade jewellery, that means using strong jewellery wire to prevent breakages and strong components that stand up to a lot of wear and tear.
I personally design and create each piece of jewellery so you can rest assured that when you purchase Fay Designs jewellery, it is of the highest standard . . . . Geraldine Fay.
My jewellery is created with the best quality beads I can find, no matter the price of the design, i.e. even my lower price range jewellery uses good quality gemstones, crystals and pearls.
I purchase all beads and jewellery components from Ireland, the U.K. and Europe and all materials used to make my jewellery designs comply with current European safety regulations.
All jewellery purchases comes with a 30 day no quibble return guarantee. Even if you simply change you mind for absolutely no reason you can return your jewellery for an exchange or a 100% purchase price refund. This refund does not include postage costs.
Shop my children’s jewellery collection with children’s jewellery designs in sterling silver and gold. Beautiful First Holy Communion jewellery for boys and girls including 1st Communion rosary beads in beautiful pearl and crystal.
A choice of birthstone jewellery is available with birthstone pendants, birthstone necklaces, birthstone bracelets and birthstone earrings. Swarovski crystal birthstone jewellery is becoming more and more popular as an alternative to more traditional gemstone birthstone jewellery.
Children especially like the sparkle and shine of Swarovski crystal birthstone jewellery.
All sterling silver jewellery is .925 stamped sterling silver and the majority of my jewellery designs are crafted in sterling silver, although I also love creating copper jewellery and gold jewellery.
Beautiful matching mother and daughter jewellery in sterling silver with freshwater pearl, gemstone or crystal. Each matching mother daughter jewellery set is crafted with great attention to detail and come in elegant matching gift boxes.
Collection of personalised jewellery and birthstone jewellery designed just for Grandma. Elegant sterling silver bracelets with all her grandchildrens birthstones and personalised with her name or an endearment. Each piece of grandmother jewellery comes in a stylish gift box.
Unique high quality sterling silver personalised jewellery for children and adults. Designed to commemorate those special moments in life with hand stamped personalised bracelets, necklaces and pendants.
Celebrate her birthday with a personalised birthstone bracelet or personalised birthstone pendant. Personalised first communion jewellery in sterling silver with boys personalised communion jewellery and girls personalised communion jewellery.
With Valentine’s Day coming closer, we thought we would share some of our unique Valentine jewellery gift ideas with you.
All our Valentine jewellery comes beautifully gift boxed, ready for giving. If you wish, you can have your Valentine gift delivered directly to the recipient and you can also include a Valentine gift message for a personal touch.
“I Love You” Morse Code bracelet is the perfect Valentine gift. Designed all in sterling silver with dainty silver beads spelling the words “I love you” in morse code and finished with a sterling silver heart charm.
Go Valentine geometric with our on trend hand forged sterling silver earrings on contemporary hammered ear hooks.
The perfect Valentine jewellery gift for February birthdays. Tia is a beautiful handcrafted sterling silver pendant featuring a stunning 10mm sparkling Swarovski crystal in February birthstone amethyst.
WoW her with our raw amethyst gemstone earrings. A sterling silver earring design featuring stunning unpolished amethyst gemstone nuggets on sterling silver leverback ear wires.
All our handcrafted Valentine jewellery comes beautifully gift boxed.
So August has arrived and for those of you who have a birthday this month, your birthstone is the beautiful Peridot.
Peridot is a gorgeous lime green colour and are associated with prosperity, love and positive change.
Peridot gemstones open our hearts to joy and new relationships, enhance confidence and assertion and motivate positive growth and change. They sharpen thinking and open the mind to new levels of awareness and help banish lethargy, apathy and exhaustion. A great gemstone to enable you to take responsibility for your own life.
We love Peridot here at Fay Designs Jewellery, with it’s uniquely beautiful green colour that looks great with with gold, silver, bronze or copper.
Some interesting facts about Peridot
1. Celebrate your 16th wedding anniversary with peridot gemstone,
2. Small amounts of peridot have been discovered in meteorites, making it one of the few minerals to exist outside of our solar system,
I recently read an article about a woman who was left an old coin collection by her grandmother and she decided to have the coins made into a necklace to wear as a sentimental piece.
I totally understand where she is coming from. I have several items of sentimental value, worthless but valuable to me, and have made them into bracelets so I can keep the memories close to me.
Old pearl necklaces can be restrung or made into completely new designs. When I am redesigning such a necklace I carefully take each pearl from the original cord and clean and polish it before restringing or redesigning. If redesigning I usually try to make a matching set, necklace, earrings and maybe bracelet.A popular choice is to make matching mother and daughter or sisters jewellery – a wonderful way to share an heirloom piece.
Another recent project was reworking a broken rosary into a new design. Some of the pearls were missing and it is next to impossible to find exact copies of older pearls. Some creative thinking was needed for this project but the finished rosary worked out beautifully.I find it quite sad that items and jewellery full of memories are left in a box simply because they are unable to be worn. I love to bring these old pieces back to life for another generation to wear and love.
Upcycled jewellery is especially popular for brides, “something old, something new” and a beautiful way to remember loved ones on your special day.
If you would like me to redesign or repair your jewellery send me a photo of the piece and tell me what design you would like. If you are unsure what you can do with it, browse my website Fay Designs for inspiration.
Photos can be emailed to me at email@example.com, text or Whatsapp to 086 3522191 or private message me via Facebook, Geraldine
Wearing jewellery is the perfect way to bring life to your outfit and enhance your best features. What better way to complete your look than with a bold striking attention grabbing piece of jewellery.
Statement pieces are designed to have fun with, but if not worn correctly they can make the wrong statement.
The beauty of statement jewellery is that it often takes just one piece to make you stand out. The key is to keep it simple and either work your outfit around one big eye catching piece or add several coordinating pieces to strike the right balance.
Statement jewellery comes in all colours, shapes and sizes. They can work wonders with a simple dress or can draw attention to parts of yourself that you would like to emphasise.
Follow these simple rules to make sure people will look at you in awe rather than dismay;
Less is More: Bold pieces should be allowed to stand out so don’t overcrowd your look by wearing several pieces too close to each other. Wear one piece at a time but if you do want to wear more than one piece make sure they are set far enough apart so as not to clash. In other words, it’s not a good idea to wear statement rings and bracelets on the same side or a collar necklace with long earrings.
Chandelier earrings can look amazing with a statement bracelet as can a long necklace and bracelet. Just be sure to stick to the same metal and colour scheme.
Layered chains can work if worn correctly. Don’t layer too many strands and don’t overload on the sparkle.
If you are wearing a belt then avoid wearing long necklaces as there will be too much going on around the same area. Bib necklaces can stand alone as your sole piece of jewellery,it’s best to let these larger necklaces take centre stage.
Big jewellery is best worn with simple clothes. Steer clear of busy patterns and embellishments when wearing statement jewellery e.g. sequins, bows, buttons. The little black dress (or red dress, or white dress) is perfect for one or two statement pieces. Jeans and a white top form the perfect backdrop for strong colour jewellery. Stick to neutral or block colours when wearing vibrant or detailed jewellery. Less busy jewellery work better with patterned clothing.
Statement earrings are beautifully ornamental as are the first thing people will notice when talking to you. Make sure you choose an earring style that perfectly frames your face. Choose to suit your facial shape and to enhance your features. Also take ear size and hair colour and length into consideration when choosing earrings.
When wearing long earrings it’s best to keep your hair sleek and not too “big”. It’s all about balance – big earrings, small hair. Pull your hair into a simple bun and wear brightly coloured earrings, but be sure to tone down your make-up so the bright colours won’t clash.
Match your necklace with the right neckline to make sure your statement necklace really stands out. Strapless tops, off the shoulder, scoop or v necks are ideal for large necklaces and they don’t distract and they let the jewellery do the talking.
Avoid collars or detailing around the neck area of your top as this will distract from your necklace. Wear a multi colour necklace with a single colour top to avoid clashing. Attention grabbing necklaces work well with single colour tops or neutral tones and will keep your look elegant.
Statement bracelets work well on bare arms or over a close fitting sleeve. Stick to one bracelet to create a focal point.You can stack more minimal bracelets with bangles as long as the metals co-ordinate and the colours don’t conflict.
Remember, statement jewellery is supposed to make a statement and to help you finish your overall outfit.