Leah Yard Designs Blog

  • Jewellery Essentials: 5 classic staples every jewellery enthusiast should have!

    ESSENTIAL #1: THE EVERYDAY NECKLACE

    An 18” chain with a pendant is one of the most universally flattering necklace styles.

    Here's why:

    The “V” shape elongates the neck, and creates a slimming effect. This style also allows for easy layering. A shorter necklace, such as a 16" or even a choker sits nicely above an 18" chain. (Do you know how to measure for your necklace length? We've created a guide here.)

    PRO STYLIST TIP: When possible, choose designs that have an extender. the ability to adjust a chain by even one inch helps to tailor your necklace to compliment your shape and wardrobe.

     

    ESSENTIAL #2: HOOP EARRINGS 

    Hoop earrings are one of the most classic styles. A medium size hoop is always fashionable! Try to find thinner styles, since finer jewellery is more classic.

    How do I choose: gold, silver or rose gold?

    Choose the metal tone that compliments your skin the best. Earrings highlight your facial complexion, so choosing which tone is complimentary to you is a better rule than choosing what might be most fashionable at the time.

    PRO STYLIST TIP: Opt for hoops with stud backings. This simple detail will help keep them secure when worn!

     

    ESSENTIAL #3: STACKING BANGLES

    Bangles are a timeless choice. They can be stacked for a playful look, or worn alone to add sophistication to an everyday outfit. Collecting bangles from different eras will give you a wide variety of stacking options.

    PRO STYLIST TIP: Try layering bangles in different widths, textures, and metal tones to create a multi dimensional look.

     

    ESSENTIAL #4: STATEMENT PIECE

    Statement jewellery isn't necessarily BIG, it is the piece of jewellery that has impact. It could be a bib necklace that feels like a piece of armour to you, or earrings with a pop of colour that brightens your day.

    Statement jewellery is jewellery that creates an emotional experience when wearing it.

    PRO STYLIST TIP: Choose pieces that feel bold-- but are still classic in their colour, or style. Tassel earrings are a great example: a monochromatic colour-way with the added movement of the chain creates a whimsical but impactful style! Statement jewellery should be playful, but still pieces you could wear everyday.

     

    ESSENTIAL #5: STACKING RINGS

    Like bangles, thin stacking rings are classic staples that can be combines with other jewellery trends. Stacking rings can be worn spread out to create a dainty look, stacked together, or even stacked around a thicker band to create more drama.

    What about sizing?

    When possible; opt for adjustable band sets, which allow you to wear the same ring on your index finger or thumb.

    PRO STYLIST TIP: Invest in Gold Filled, Rose Gold Filled, or Sterling Silver rings to ensure your bands don't loose their colour too soon. (learn the difference between Gold Fill and Gold Plating here.)

    Want more jewellery tips?
    Get our free Style Guide, a complete guide covering top 3 style elements:
    COLOUR COMBINING / ADDING TEXTURE / NECKLACE LAYERING
    Learn to style your jewellery like a pro!

     

  • 5 Things to consider before purchasing jewellery: A Checklist

    In a world of endless jewellery and fashion choices, it is difficult to know which pieces or brands to invest in. We've put together a checklist of 5 things to consider before purchasing your next piece of jewellery!
     
    WHERE IS IT MADE?

    Never before have consumers valued company transparency more; it's important to know what business practices are behind your purchases. Look for terms such as "manufactured in Canada" instead of "designed in Canada". (Bonus: look for studio photos, it adds value to envision where your new treasures are being created!)

    IS IT VERSATILE?

    Those who are fashion savvy know it's more about quality than quantity. Investing in one great necklace that has an extender, or rings that are adjustable, adds longevity to your jewellery.

    IS IT OCCASION SPECIFIC?

    I am a firm believer in owning a few statement pieces! But, even when choosing these bolder styles, considering how often you will actually wear them helps make the decision. Again, it's all about long-term pieces that will last.

    DO I HAVE SOMETHING

    SIMILAR?

    This is a great question to ask yourself! Often we are drawn to what we know we like, or items that are familiar. Choosing complimentary pieces is a great strategy to adding to your collection without too many repeats!

    IS IT CLASSIC?

    This is my favourite thing to consider-- both when I design collections, and when I wear my favourite pieces. Are the styles you are choosing something your mother, grandmother, or daughter would wear? Personal style and preference are undeniable influences, but classic pieces such as bangles, drop earrings, stacking rings, are great examples of classics that can always be combined with trending styles.

     

    Keeping these values in mind when adding to your collection will ensure you love what you wear for years!
    Want more jewellery tips? Get our free Style Guide, a complete guide covering top 3 style elements:
    COLOUR COMBINING / ADDING TEXTURE / NECKLACE LAYERING
    Learn to style your jewellery like a pro!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Gold Fill vs Gold Plate: What you need to know before investing

    I have said it before:
    "Jewellery is an investment; and I don't just mean a financial one."
    Unlike other accessories, our favourite pieces of jewellery tend to become more valuable to us over time. These treasures are often sentimental, reminding us of a  particular time, or celebration in life.
    Choosing durable metals can ensure you enjoy your jewels for years.


    WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOLD FILLED AND GOLD PLATED?

    The technical description:
    Gold Fill is a thick layer of gold bonded to a brass core. Gold Fill uses a weight-based requirement of 5% solid gold of the item's total weight.
    What does this really mean?
    Due to the bonding method of pressure and heat, this amazing metal can withstand hammering, texturizing, and forming. We consider this metal to be the best alternative to solid gold; due to its price and durability.
    The difference is this:
    Gold Plate is a thin layer of gold that is plated over a base metal. It is often a more cost effective choice, as it does not require the same amount of gold as Gold Filled items. Plating varies in quality and thickness and isn't always ideal for some designs as it tends to wear off in high-friction areas. 

    HOW DO I CHOOSE WHICH METAL IS BEST FOR ME?

    Consider the amount of friction your piece of jewellery will undergo. Ring bands, the underside of bangles, and the backs of necklace chains get the most wear as they are constantly rubbing against the skin.
    When possible, choose Gold Fill for these styles.
    Plated jewellery is ideal for pieces that you don't plan on wearing everyday, or that aren't sitting directly on the skin. Styles such as cocktail rings or statement earrings are great choices in Gold Plate as they don't get as much wear and they will be a more cost effective choice.  
    (If you are allergic to base metals, a high quality plating such as Vermeil; gold plated over Sterling Silver, is a great alternative to solid gold.)

    DOES GOLD FILL AND GOLD PLATE TARNISH?

    Both metals will naturally darken over time, but here's the good news:
    Gold Fill can be easily re-polished with a polishing cloth or a mild soap and soft toothbrush.  Gold Plate may be gently cleaned as well, but with regular polishing the base metal will wear through.
    Both of these metals should be carefully cared for and stored properly when not being worn to extend their lifetime. You can read our full care instructions here.
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    Keeping this knowledge in mind when purchasing your jewellery will help you choose your pieces with the right expectations.
    PRO TIP: You can mix and match! If you have a plated pendant that you love but the necklace chain has worn through, add it to a Gold Filled chain to get more life out of your loved piece.
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    Want more jewellery tips?
    Get our free Style Guide, a complete guide covering top 3 style elements:
    COLOUR COMBINING / ADDING TEXTURE / NECKLACE LAYERING
    Learn to style your jewellery like a pro!