Splash of Ice

Unit 1 Red lion Yard, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DX

Meadows Shopping Centre, Chelmsford

 

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Alan K 2012

Posted by splashofice on August 23, 2012 at 6:40 AM

Just another quick note, come along to one of our events and see our new range of Alan K jewellery.  For those of you who have purchased his work before you will know how fabulous it is but if you haven't seen it before you really must view his 2012 designs.  We are not allowed to sell it on line but ask us to e-mail you pictures if you would like to see them.  As far as we are aware we are the only company selling his work in this area so it is quite exclusive.  Murano glass at it's very best.  A must have for any discerning jewellery addict.

See you soon

Diane

Looking to this year's Big Event

Posted by splashofice on August 23, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Hi everyone!  Having returned from a fabulous family holiday, feeling refreshed and excited about the coming year, I thought I would drop you all a line about our Big Event on the 25th October 2012 at the Ramada Hotel, Ardleigh.  As usual this is an invitation only event so make sure we know you want to come.  Lots of exciting new stones and designs and an ideal time for you to make a big start on your Christmas shopping with some exclusive and one off items.

We are working on our new surprise theme for this year and hope you have enjoyed our previous themes including our Magical Christmas.

So put the date in your diaries and watch this space for up dates on events and new items.

Best Wishes

Diane

Holiday

Posted by splashofice on July 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Well it has been over 14 years since we went on holiday as a family, but this year as we have had some special birthdays within the family we have decided to take a break and go on a holiday together. As this is a family run business I'm afraid it means shutting up shop for a couple of weeks. We hope you all understand, we have never done this in our 8 years of business and it is unlikley to happen again so we are taking the opportunity to go now while we can.. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will endeavour to deal with any orders or requests as promptly as possible on our return on the 20th August.

Many Thanks

Rachel and Diane

Splash of Ice

Amazing

Posted by splashofice on June 22, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Hi Everyone!

What can I say but 'Wow'!  Yet again our favourite mineralologist has returned with a new bag of goodies for us.  They are as usual fabulous and unusual, take a look at our Eclipse Stone Pendant  a new and rare stone and quite fabulous.  If you think it is hard to choose you should watch Rachel and I as the new stones are placed in our hands!!! Oh my goodness how hard is it to stop yourself drooling over what looks like sparkling chunks of lively brilliant coloured rocks.  I know how a frustrated magpie feels!  My own jewellery box is bulging at the seams but I have to leave some of these divine gems for you so I have resisted, well that is not strictly true I did endulge in a beautiful labradorite pendant in the shape of a letter 'D'  how could I resist it was obviously made for me.

Come and see the new collection at Colchester Food and Drink Festival this weekend and the Blackwater Show on Sunday.

See you soon

Diane

Busy busy busy!

Posted by splashofice on April 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Hi everyone!

Just to let you know that the new summer season is well on its way for 2012.  We are at Knebworth this weekend and back at the Meadows Shopping Center in Chelmsford for two weeks from 30th April.

One exciting change for this year is that instead of one Big Event on the 25th October 2012 in Colchester we are hoping to hold a second event in Chelmsford hopefully in the same week, watch this space for more news.  If you would like an invitation to either of these events, and they are invitation only events, then contact us by e-mail and we will send you and invitation closer to the date.  It is an opportunity to be the first to see our new Christmas range of silver jewellery and for us to give you a free glass of wine as a thank you for supporting us during 2012.

We are also going to be at the Ideal Home at Christmas in November in Earls Court so if you would like a free invitation to this event let us know. 

At all our usual places this year, Cambridge, Parkers Piece; Blackwater Show; Clare Priory; Essex Young Farmers; Harwich; etc.  Take a peek at our Calendar of events for all the other events. 

There are some fabulous new stones and designs and so much magic you will be thrilled by the sparkle.  Hope to see you soon.

The Meadows Shopping Centre - Chelmsford

Posted by splashofice on March 5, 2012 at 4:05 AM

Hi Everyone

Just thought we would up date you with the news that we are back in the Meadows Shopping Centre in Chelmsford for two weeks only from 5th-18th March.  This would be an ideal time for you to pop over and see our new range of Dichroic Glass, our wonderful Etheopian Opals and Olympic Shamballah range and some rare pieces are there too of many other stones, all of which are on display.  Come and say hello and get your Mother's Day pressie at the same time.  See you there, Diane

Quick Update

Posted by splashofice on March 30, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Hello Everyone,

I just thought I would quickly let you all know that the web site is currently being worked on. The Ideal Home Show was by far the biggest event we have ever done and pulled all our resources. We sold a lot of our pieces so we are currently re-stocking and are working hard to get more pieces online, so please bear with us. While this is happening please feel free to email me with any special requests you may have and I will do my best to get the items you require. Or why not come down to Chelmsford Meadows Shopping Centre to see our latest designs and be one of the first to try them on (except the earrings obviously).

Hope you are all well and thank you so much to everyone for coming to see us and your words of support. We have been asked to do the Ideal Home Show again next year plus we have been asked to do Britain’s next top model live show and a couple of other big events which I will let you know closer to the time.

Rachel Connew

Dichroic Glass

Posted by splashofice on September 9, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Dichroic glass

is glass containing multiple micro-layers of metal oxides which give the glass dichroic optical properties. The invention of dichroic glass is often erroneously attributed to NASA and its contractors, who developed it for use in dichroic filter. Dichroic glass dates back to at least the 4th century AD as seen in the Lycurgus cup.

Multiple ultra-thin layers of different metals (gold, silver), metal oxides (titanium, chromium, aluminium, zirconium, magnesium) and silica are vaporised by an electron beam in a vacuum chamber. The vapour then condenses on the surface of the glass in the form of a crystal structure. This is sometimes followed by a protective layer of quartz crystal. The finished glass can have as many as 30 to 50 layers of these materials yet the thickness of the total coating is approximately 30 to 35 millionths of an inch (about 760 to 890 nm). The coating that is created is very similar to a gemstone and, by careful control of thickness, different colours are obtained.

Magical Christmas with Splash of Ice

Posted by splashofice on June 5, 2010 at 6:06 PM

This is my first time posting a Blog to you all, but I just had to come on to tell you all about our next Big Event.  By popular demand we have decided to give you a special 'Magical Christmas' on Thursday 28th October 2010, at the Ramada Hotel, Colchester.  We are really, REALLY excited at the possibilities and we know this will be an event to be remembered and enjoyed by you all.  As before this will be an invitation only event, with your invitation also being a prize draw ticket for a fabulour piece of unique jewellery.  But you have to do two things to take part in this. 

 

Number 1 get an invitation, e-mail us with your address and telephone number and we will ensure that you are on our mailing list and secondly you have to come to enter the draw.  Present your ticket on the night and receive a free glass of wine and entry into the draw. 

 

There are some surprises in store and it is going to be fun.  Come and join us bring your friends but above all let us know you are interested.  Speak to friends who came to our first big event, that was a great evening, this is going to be even more fabulous.  See you there. Diane

 

 

The history, legends, myths and magic of Amber.

Posted by splashofice on May 24, 2010 at 2:21 PM

We know that Amber is the fossilised resin of ancient pine trees from the pinaceae family which are now largely extinct.

 

As the pine resin oozed out of the trees it covered anything in its path, such as flies, spiders and many insects. In fact more than 1000 extinct species have been identified in amber. The process of hardening took many millions of years.

Interest in amber dates back to ancient Greece where it was known as Elektron due the static electricity charge, when the stone is rubbed.

 

Roman warriors war mail was studded with amber for luck. In Nero's time amber was considered more valuable than a slave. The emperor was angered at having to pay middle men for the amber and dispatched an emissary to establish contact with Germanic tribes nearer the source. The emissary returned with 13000 pounds of amber. Thus direct trade was established between Rome and the north.

 

The ancient Romans burned amber as incense. The amber trade dwindled during the early middle ages. In the 14th century amber works of art were created around the Baltic sea and guilds were set up to control distribution. Amber beads and amulets have been found in stone age tombs all along the Baltic coast, in Ireland, England and as far as the Adriatic. Stone age man used it to wear and to worship.

 

Amber was of great significance to the Assyrians, Egyptians, Etruscans, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. Ovid wrote that when the Phaeton, a son of Phoebus (god of the sun), convinced his father to allow him to drive the chariot of the sun across the sky for a day. He drove too close to the earth and it set on fire. To save the earth, Jupiter struck Phaeton out of the sky with his thunder bolts and he died, plunging out of the sky. His mother and sister stricken by grief turned into tree whilst weeping and their tears dried by the sun turned into Amber. Another ancient writer, Nicias, said that amber was the essence of the setting sun, congealed in the sea and cast up on the shore. The ancient Greeks discovered that sparks were produced when the amber was rubbed against cloth and attracted small particles which is why the ancient Greeks called amber Elektron.

 

Amber was considered to contain magical powers and was, often worn as charms to offer protection from evil spirits and witchcraft. According to Mohammed, a true believers prayer beads should be made of amber. It was acclaimed to possess the power of healing. In 79AD Pliny wrote that the women of north Italy wore amber beads to protect them against Thyroid disease. Hippocrates, father of healing, declared amber active against a number of diseases including delirium tremens. Martin Luther carried a piece of amber in his pocket as a protection against kidney stones. Powdered amber was mixed with honey and prescribed for asthma, gout and the black plague. A collection of old prescriptions can be found at the university of Bologna the oldest university in Italy, in a book written in 1750. It mentions amber pills and used as an excellent medicine for head diseases. Today, amber paste is sold at herbalist shops in Poland and used to alleviate rheumatic and other ailments.

 

These kinds of pastes and ointments date back to the 19th century in Europe and wearing amber bracelets or beads is still considered medically beneficial.

 

Amber is very popular for making jewellery and as a result it is valuable and often fake. These can be identified visually without resorting to damaging tests. Modern amber jewellery from the Baltic had circular inclusions, commonly called sun spangles, produced as a result of heating and cooling the amber. Baltic amber sometimes contains hairs from flowers of oak trees but these occur very rarely.

 

A faked inclusion will belong to a living species not an extinct one and examination of the amber using microscope will show that it has been cut and hollowed. Victorian jewellery used pressed amber, which was made by heating small pieces of amber together. It came in a variety of colours either cloudy or clear. Pressed amber cannot really be called fake amber because it is made from genuine amber.

 

 


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