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Were Edwardian women waists ‘photoshopped’?

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Well, not exactly photoshopped, they didn’t have computers those days and certainly not Adobe Photoshop to play with.  

We know that women those days were shorter but physically the same as us, so some of the amazingly thin waists look quite unbelievable. Sure, corsets could make waist look very thin but some are unnaturally small. 

That’s when a bit of doctoring was used to make the waist look thinner.  It was normally done directly on the negative by painting over the extra waist. If you look closely at many photos of the time you will see that there are strange shadows around the waist or the area look darker or lighter than the rest of the photo. 

Some were a bit over the top like this photo below.  You can clearly see that the waist was doctored. 

Others might be less obvious but they still look suspicious if you look closely. 

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Why do jeans have small pockets inside the front pockets?

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Surely you have wondered why jeans have a small pocket inside the front pocket. Some will say they are pockets to hold loose change and there are people (men generally) who use them this way. Others think they are to put the lighter or  tickets or other useful and small objects that they carry around.

But actually the pockets were for a very important purpose when the first jeans were created. Think that jeans date back to the 1800s when all men had a pocket watch. It was therefore essential for this new type of trousers to have a special place for this object that all men then had. Now practically no one has a pocket watch, but the pockets are still there.

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The October birthstone is the Opal

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The October birthstone is the Opal. The October birthday  loves to chat and will respond wholeheartedly to those they believe loves them and values friends very highly. They are hurt easily and if betrayed will try to forgive quickly which is a testament to their inner beauty. Opinionated they will not care what others think once they have made a decision . They day dream and imagine being in the great outdoors and travelling to beautiful places. 

The opal symbolises faithfulness and confidence. The word comes from the Latin opalus, meaning “precious jewel.” Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight.

Opalscan  exhibit a wide variety of colors.it diffracts light and can display all the colors of the rainbow simultaneously. For this reason, it has been considered great luck throughout history as it was thought to possess all the value of each gemstone in the opals color spectrum. Unfortunately after  the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s novel Anne of Geierstein, people in the 1800s began to associate opals with bad luck and even death.

October birthstone opal

Known as the eyestone the opal inspires love and hope, innocence and purity, luck and happiness.Bringing energy to the system, soothing and clearing the emotional body, and boosting the will to live and the joy of life,  It kindles optimism, enthusiasm and creativity, and allows for the release of inhibitions inspiring love and passion.

 Opals are protective. They are stones of happy dreams, particularly soothing for children and those who have always slept badly or had recurring nightmares with no apparent reason,  helping   any issues a child may have with an invisible or imaginary friend, and is especially helpful before sleep if the child wishes the friend to go away at bedtime. It enhances foresight, empathy and confidence and helps the wearer influence people to his point of view.

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The September birthstone : Sapphire and lapis lazuli

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Very choosy, especially in relationships the September birthday tends to bottle up feelings.rarely showing deep emotions and bottling up feelings. However they are calm, cool, systematic and in control. Always systematic, able to be very kind and sympathetic, they are loyal but not always honest. They love to seek out information and are careful, cautious and organised, priding themselves on their abilities and quick to point out  other people’s mistakes.Clever and knowledgeable about many subjects they communicate well.

The sapphire was once thought to guard against evil and poisoning and there are stories that say people  believed that a venomous snake would die if placed in a vessel made of sapphire. Traditionally a favorite stone of priests and kings, the sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom. 

There is evidence that lapis lazuli has been mined since 4,000 BC in Afghanistan and was a very important commodity with other developing civilizations like the Egyptians. Lapis is a soft gemstone which made it easier to work with by hand. Unlike many gems, the color blue that is characteristic of lapis lazuli is pretty uniform across most specimens. The chief difference in appearance is the concentration and arrangement of pyrite crystals that dot the exterior of lapis specimens.

In Europe, lapis was ground up and used as a paint pigment called ultramarine. Ultramarine was unique among the other blue pigments available because it did not lose its color when exposed to direct sunlight. This made it very expensive. This true blue stone has since become associated with encouraging honesty in your relationships and making better decisions.

The Sapphire is considered a very powerful amulet – it protects against envy ,strengthens memory, awakens a thirst for knowledge and arouses inspiration.It is known as the “talisman of wisdom”. Ancient Teutons believed that it helps to achieve victory, but only to those whose thoughts are pure. Sapphire protects against evil eye and curses. 

At one time It was given to young nuns. It cools passion and clears  the soul for prayer. If you wear a sapphire  it will help you become determined and courageous. Sapphire attracts friends and repels enemies.

It was once believed that  to make a man fall in love with her a woman should put a Sapphire in his wine.

 A Sapphire on the left hand strengthens health and brings relief from asthma, heart conditions and neuralgia. 

September Birthstone Jewellery

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  • Made with Style. Stylish and fashionable jewellery set from The Philip Jones Jewellery Collection. Classic and contemporary pieces with a luxe finish.
  • Made to Last. Our jewellery is crafted from high quality materials and our vigorous quality control checks mean it is designed to be worn daily. Each item is tested to ensure compliance with stringent EU regulations.
  • Made for Giving. Philip Jones Sets are presented in a luxurious branded pouch making it an ideal gift idea for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Christmas.
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  • Made with Style. Stylish and fashionable bracelet from The Philip Jones Jewellery Collection. Classic and contemporary pieces with a luxe finish.
  • Made to Last. Our jewellery is crafted from high quality materials and our vigorous quality control checks mean it is designed to be worn daily. Each item is tested to ensure compliance with stringent EU regulations.
  • Made for Giving. Philip Jones Bracelets are presented in a luxurious branded pouch making it an ideal gift idea for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Christmas.
  • Made for Value. Philip Jones aims to make luxurious, elegant, and fashion forward bracelets available for all. Our sourcing experts strive to deliver high quality jewellery at affordable prices.

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