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What does Retro Style mean?

Posted on 20 April 2015jewelry rose gold white gold

Retro means an imitation of a style from an earlier time.

St Monan's Emporium's Retro style jewelry range incorporates genuine Austrian crystals and Greek inspired designs.

These stunning pendant necklaces and matching earrings are available in high quality 18k white gold and 18k rose gold.

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Who's started spring cleaning your jewellery?

Posted on 26 September 2013Index jewelry care WKM jewellery cleaners

We posed this question on our Facebook page a couple of days ago and it set us thinking...We make sure our clothes and shoes are clean and sparkle but how often do we clean our jewellery?

From our conversations with staff, family and friends, it quickly became apparent that everyone wore jewellery everyday, sometimes that same piece for years without ever...

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History of Musical Jewellery Boxes

Posted on 16 July 2013Index jewelry jewellery boxes

As a child, I was enchanted by my ballerina musical jewellery box. I loved winding it up, listening to the music and watching the ballerina dance. It was the perfect place to store all of my precious things.

Over the past year we have displayed St Monan's Emporium's collection of musical jewellery boxes at many events. The enchantment of girls - young and old - has...

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Making Premium Leather

Posted on 06 June 2013Index leather care

St Monan's Emporium is proud to stock a range of premium leather handbags handcrafted in Australia by master craftsman Louis Ferrier.

This blog aims to find answers to a number of questions: Where does leather come from? What form does leather take? What makes premium leather so expensive?

Skins are retained from slaughtered animals, predominantly cattle, goats, sheep and pigs....

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Protecting your credit cards and personal information

Posted on 03 April 2013Index Stainless Steel Aluminium RFID credit cards scanning security safety

Current Affairs show are always highlighting the strategies that thieves employ to steal wallets and personal information from unsuspecting shoppers. We were astounded by the personal stories of loss from patrons to our stand at the recent trade show.

Just a few of the stories that we were told:

  1. Man (mid-20s) - wallet stolen from his hip pocket on...

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Leather Care Tips

Posted on 01 March 2013Index leather care

St Monan's Emporium stocks a collection of exquisite handcrafted premium leather handbags.

We sought advice on how to best care for these beautiful leather handbags from our expert manufacturer Louis Ferrier:

Leather needs to breathe. Wrap in tissue paper or fabric bag. AVOID wrapping leather goods in plastic.
Patent leathers will bleed when stored together....

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All about Aluminium

Posted on 10 February 2013Index Aluminium RFID scanning security credit cards safety

Aluminium is beginning to replace steel in many appications. Why?

The Australian Aluminium Industry explains the properties of aluminium:

  • strength - it is as strong as steel
  • flexibility - easily shaped
  • impermeability - barrier against air, light, moisture and microorganisms
  • light-weight - about 1/3 of steel
  • corrosive resistant - corrosion only occurs under certain conditions...

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Where is Cubic Zirconia mined?

Posted on 02 January 2013Index jewelry cubic zirconia

Cubic Zirconia is not found in nature but is a man-made synthetic gemstone.

Replicating diamonds sparkling qualities, the relatively inexpensive cubic zirconia is used to add bling to rings, earrings, brooches, pendants and bracelets.

In 1892, baddeleyite, a yellowish monoclinic mineral and natural form of zirconium oxide, was discovered.

Zirconium Oxide (ZrO2) as a...

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Why is Ion Plating becoming popular?

Posted on 13 December 2012Index Ion plating gold silver

Recently St Monan's Emporium purchased some stainless steel cufflinks with black ion plating.

Curiosity about what this term meant and the process involved has lead to this SME Blog.

St Monan's Emporium stocks a number of items that are silver or gold plated. This involves a thin layer of silver or gold applied over another base metal. Unfortunately the silver and...

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Why use stainless steel?

Posted on 26 November 2012Index RFID security safety stainless steel credit cards scanning

We seem to be surrounded by stainless steel products in our daily lives and St Monan's Emporium stocks ranges of stainless steel RFID blocking card cases and cufflinks. So it is time we investigated this material to answer a number of questions...

  • What is stainless steel?
  • How is it made?
  • Why is it used to make such a diverse range of products?

Gold, copper, bronze, iron...

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