THE JEWELLERY LOVER’S GUIDE TO SELF-ISOLATION DURING COVID-19
If your jewellery lover’s life is like mine, stuck at home dreaming of a private island in the Philippines where you could escape from the coronavirus social distancing, then you could probably use a little sparkle to cheer you up. Self-isolation is no fun on your own! But we all need to self-isolate right now and follow the social distance guidance to help contain the spread of this virus. So let me share with you a few self-isolation tips to help you through these crazy times. You can also support the ‘Loving Hands’ project at jewellerycuration.com. All profits from the ‘Loving Hands’ collection will be donated to the UN Foundation #COVID19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.
TIP 1: HOW FAR CAN YOU SPREAD THE LOVE? REACH OUT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
One of the best things to do during quarantine is to reach out to your loved ones and find out how they’re doing. But first, adorn some beautiful jewels and send some of that sparkle down the phone lines or across the internet. If you’re chatting over Facetime or Skype, let them see you haven’t lost your sparkle. Wear something your loved one gifted you to make it extra special. Spread the love and stay connected.
TIP 2: IS YOUR JEWELLERY BOX A MESS? TIME TO REORGANIZE & DECLUTTER.
Next on my self-isolation guide to jewelry lover’s life at home is spring cleaning! Just because you’re in self-isolation doesn’t mean your jewellery has to stay hidden away in some jewellery box. But what a mess! Thankfully, my fine jewellery is arranged neatly inside a safety deposit box, but here I have some Iradj Moini brooches that were gifted to me and some Vickisarge earrings, hand-made in Belgravia. So let’s get to work and untangle this mess!
TIP 3: DO YOU LIKE BOOKS ABOUT JEWELLERY? I HAVE JUST THE THING FOR YOU!
I love reading books on jewellery and I have quite a collection of these gem treasures that I’m so proud of – I take them with me everywhere I travel. Together we are true globetrotters! Now during my self-isolation fun, I have the best of both worlds: browsing through my jewellery book collection, re-reading my GIA books, and catching up on my Kindle reader, which I just love. Let me tempt your tastemaker tastebuds with some tantalizing jewellery photography in my own GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips. I wanted to create a jewellery/fashion book that inspires other jewellery lovers to find their own unique style, so I hope you like it.
TIP 4: WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CLEANED YOUR JEWELLERY?
You want to keep that sparkle and shine intact during these difficult times, so let’s show our jewellery some love and give it a good polish. When was the last time you cleaned your jewellery? Probably when you cleaned your makeup brushes – wink-wink! I like to use a fine jewellery solution, it’s a gentle, sudsy soap with twice the bubbles, twice the fun! I find it very grounding and that’s exactly what this self-isolation experience is all about.
TIP 5: WHY NOT PAINT SOME CRAZY NAILS? TRY BLACK NAIL POLISH AND SEND ME A PHOTO!
You know I have a bit of an obsession with my nails and I love a French manicure to show off my jewels. There’s nothing like adding a splash of colour to your nails to brighten your day, and a little extra gold for sparkle and shine. Who cares if you can’t give the best French manicure, with some black or red polish and a little glitter, you can master it on both hands! It’s quality time and one of the best self-isolation activities.
TIP 6: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO WORK OUT AT HOME? I LIKE FITNESS APPS.
There are so many ways to work out at home and many of your favourite gyms, yoga and pilates studios are offering classes online. Everybody needs a home workout routine to keep them emotionally and physically fit during these crazy times of COVID19 social distancing. So why not follow my lead and add a little sparkle to your workout routine and gemify your dumbbells. It will help lift your mood and keep your spirits up.
TIP 7: WHAT’S COOKING? BAKING IN STYLE!
You can have your cake and eat it too when you’re in self-isolation. There’s no better time to whip up something delicious in the kitchen and put the joy back into cooking. Add some sprinkles to your cupcakes and add some sparkle to your fingers! Dress up for dinner and take the whole dining-at-home experience up a notch with a few fine jewels and healthy recipes. You have to stay healthy in times of crisis, so why not make it a fun self-isolation too!
TIP 8: WANT TO MAKE YOUR FACE SPARKLE? CREATE YOUR OWN #JEWELLERYFACE
When was the last time you got crazy with your makeup? Coronavirus social distancing is the perfect time to be outrageous because nobody is going to know but you! It’s easy and fun to apply crystal jewel makeup or you can try creating your own pearl face. Let your imagination go wild and transform yourself into a jewellery warrior, braving the pandemic and conquering the hearts of your husband and children. Fun for everyone!
TIP 9: DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE SUPER POWERS OF GEMSTONES? TAP INTO THEIR HEALING ENERGY.
Last one of my self-isolation tips is to surround yourself with crystals and absorb their healing energy, as you contemplate what the future will hold once this coronavirus pandemic is all over. I found a beautiful limited edition set of Dali Tarot cards and I’m enjoying learning how it all works and what all the cards mean. Most of all, I love the beautiful artistry, a true work of art that helps to keep me calm and inspired. Of course, a Tarot reading wouldn’t be the same without your most beautiful cocktail rings. Everything’s better with jewels and gems!
TIP 10: ORGANISE A DRESS UP AND GO DOWN THE MEMORY LANE! IS WARDROBE DECLUTTERING ON YOUR SELF-ISOLATION TO-DO LIST?
Since PJs have become our around the clock wear during quarantine, why not start the spring cleaning with the hardest part, the wardrobe! It is just the right time to change our attitude to clothes, understand how much do we actually need and finally decide what to leave behind and donate. You can see my attitude in the photo, but I’m committed to power through!
Thanks for stopping by and discovering jewellery lover’s life at home! Which one of my self-isolation activities inspired you the most? Let me know in comments below!
I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery.
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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.
Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
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