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The birthstone for October is either a Tourmaline or an Opal October 14, 2021 – Posted in: blog

Did you know Tourmalines come in nearly every colour? Can you believe it is October already!? A new month presents a new opportunity to share insights into the history and meaning of all the gorgeous gemstones. The name “tourmaline” comes from the Sinhalese words tura mali, which mean “stone of mixed colors.” Starting with Tourmalines that come in an array of beautiful and vibrant colours. From the deepest of blues and greens to the lightest…

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THE HISTORY OF THE SAPPHIRE GEMSTONE September 10, 2021 – Posted in: blog

We have reached the season of the blooms which only means a pop of colour. We are celebrating the birthstone of September, the Sapphire. As I am extremely passionate about gemstones, I wanted to shed light on some of the spiritual facts around this beautiful gemstone. This beautiful, bright blue gemstone has been around for centuries. The gemstone colour ranges from a medium to medium dark tones of blue.  Unlike that of its counterpart stones,…

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The month of August is all about the Peridot Gemstone! August 27, 2021 – Posted in: blog

Did you know that the Peridot originated from the Ancient Egyptians who described it as ‘the gem of the sun’? Peridot stones were carved by talismans who had to collect gems on behalf of the Pharaoh’s treasury. The significance in colour is owing to the rich, bright, and bold yellow extractions from the minerals.  A famous tale suggests that the Peridot gemstone found its way to the shrine of the Three Holy Kings; however, for…

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Happy Women’s Month to all, we are proudly Woman owned. August 12, 2021 – Posted in: blog

I am proud to say that Penchant Design is a woman-owned business and I am the delighted owner. I have an immense passion for design as my personality is defined by creativity. I graduated from Stellenbosch University with a BA Hons degree in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing. I was fortunate to have won third place in the student category of a prestigious Anglo Plat design competition for a beautiful piece that is now proudly displayed…

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The month of July is all about RUBIES! July 22, 2021 – Posted in: blog

July happens to be the birthstone of the Ruby; the word is derived from the Latin word ‘ruber’ which directly translates to red. The gemstone ruby symbolises protection and power. It is believed to have been worn as a talisman protecting warriors on the battlefield. In some cultures, there are fables that suggest rubies grew on trees and would blossom white buds. On the very tip of the bud would be a ripe red ruby…

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Join Penchant Design in celebrating Bastille Day July 8, 2021 – Posted in: blog

Despite The Bastille Festival having to be postponed this year due to the Coronavirus. We at Penchant Design will be celebrating this beautiful event at our store. Pop in for some Champagne and browse our exquisite Jewellery on offer. Time: Saturday the 18th of July 2021at 9am. Don’t forget to dress up in your red, white and blue as we celebrate this French holiday! This year, the Franschhoek Bastille Festival organisation has decided to host…

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Recommit your love May 21, 2021 – Posted in: blog

💍 As we head towards the halfway point of the year, we are reminded of the commitments we made, what is important to us and celebrating the milestones we have achieved. It is a perfect time to show appreciation to the ones we love and care for. To show you our appreciation towards you, we would like to offer you 15% off on all jewellery for the next 30 days. You can now show your appreciation and…

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My Mom’s birthday and Mother’s Day gift May 1, 2021 – Posted in: blog

💖 Life does not come with a manual, it comes with a mother. My mom’s birthday is on Wednesday. That means she gets two celebrations in one week – lucky mom! And lucky me for having her as my mum. I like to wish your mom a Happy Mother’s Day too. Please share with me how you are making the day special for your special lady. It is not too late to order your Mother’s…

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Jewellery image styling 💍 Face shape & earrings April 7, 2021 – Posted in: Jewellery Styling Series

Today, we will be going through face shapes and which earrings work well for your face shop. Firstly, you need to figure out what type of shape do you have. Looking into a mirror and imaging an outline is my go-to technique. If you get stuck, ask a friend who can give you an honest answer. There are no hard rules here. If you want to be dramatic or stand out, break the rule. If…

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Jewellery image styling 💍 Hand shapes & rings March 3, 2021 – Posted in: blog, Jewellery Styling Series

Hi I hope you enjoyed my last blog about matching materials with your skin tone. Today, I want to share with you some insight on shape. The shape of your hands and your face do have an impact what which jewellery pieces will look good on you. Before I get started, I want to add that there is no ‘best shape’. Your hands and fingers are perfect. Let’s talk about hands & jewellery The cut…

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