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  • Catherine’s top tips for looking after your jewellery.

    Posted on October 17 2016

    Catherine Zoraida Packaging. Jewellery box and travel pouch.


    As with all precious things, your jewellery needs to be cared for and stored properly to keep it looking its best.

     We are often asked by our customers for advice on cleaning and caring for their jewellery so we thought we would write a little piece for our blog on the do’s and don’ts for all your precious pieces. So here we go…


    It is quite common for us to receive worried messages about clients pieces tarnishing. Tarnishing is most commonly caused over time by oxygen but can also be accelerated by certain cosmetics and perfumes which react with the metals. It is easily resolved with a polishing cloth but what we would always advise is to put your jewellery on after any creams or perfumes have been applied. We like to think of jewellery as’ the finishing touch’. If however, that is not possible then just be careful to avoid direct contact when applying your lotions or potions.

     Also, when you take your jewellery off it is always worth giving the piece a little rub with a jewellery cloth before storing it, especially if you don’t plan to wear the item again for a little while. Giving it a quick rub will remove any grease or surface build up and prevent tarnishing in the future, so the next time you take them out of the box they will still look sparkling.

    Catherine Zoraida jewellery cleaning cloth for polishing gold, silver and gems



    Gold is a beautiful metal that does not usually tarnish. However, it is not unknown given the right environment and tempertature. It can also discolour from grease, certain cosmetics and dirt. So it does need to be treated with a little extra care in order to keep it looking its best. If you feel your gold items are not looking their usual sparkling selves then it is best to invest in one of our special polishing cloths which are inexpensive and highly effective at bringing back the shine and preventing discoloration or tarnish.


    After time Silver will naturally tarnish due to oxygen in the air which is why its important to store your unworn jewellery individually in pouches or their original boxes. But it is easily returned to its former glory with either a jewellery polishing cloth or just a soft cloth and some warm soapy water (just be sure to dry it properly afterwards). Silver is also more susceptible to lotions and perfumes so avoid direct contact with these things if you can. To remove heavier tarnished pieces you can add a small drop of water to the edge of the cleaning cloth and rub until the tarnish is all removed.

     Gold Plated Silver

    The gold plate on a piece of jewellery is a layer of gold over solid silver. It is therefore very important to treat your plated jewellery gently and with care. Always store your jewellery in individual pouches or boxes to avoid them tangling and scratching each other. The better you look after it the longer it will look fabulous. The jewellery cleaning cloths also work beautifully on removing fingerprints or tarnished gold plated jewellery and prevents tarnishing too.

    Gems and diamonds

    Precious stones should be treated as delicately as possible. If possible it is good to handle gems and pearls as little as possible as over time contact with your skin can dull their shine. Precious stones should be cleaned with a non-metalic, soft bristled brush with warm soapy water (we like to use washing up liquid and an old toothbrush) and dry afterwards with a soft lint free cloth.

    Top Tip…. To avoid a potentially scary situation always clean your pieces over a bowl rather than over a sink. We would hate for anything special to be lost down the plug hole!


    In general, water is not a huge concern when dealing with jewellery but we would still always recommend taking your jewellery off when having a shower, swimming or on the beach. If your jewellery does get wet just be sure to dry it fully with a cloth before putting it back in storage. Sea water, chlorine and sulpher (in hot springs for example) can all effect your jewellery so be sure to leave them somewhere safe when taking a dip.


    Store your jewellery individually in its fabric lined box or pouch. If possible avoid storing pieces together as they can tangle, rub or scratch each other.

    All Zoraida pieces come in a fabric lined box and are supplied with a travel pouch and care card offering advice on how to store your jewellery. We couldn’t reccomened our jewellery cleaning cloths more to help you care for your jewellery are available on our online store here.

  • Behind the scenes shooting Rocky Barnes in Hawaii

    Posted on July 04 2016

    Rocky Barnes x Catherine Zoraida Lifes a Beach jewellery collection


    Aloha! Earlier this year I was lucky enough to flee the winter to a tropical Island far, far away. In recent years I have become more and more fascinated by Hawaii and it was the inspiration behind the new collection, 'Life's A Beach'. So to be able to shoot the new campaign and get to travel around the islands was a very exciting idea.


    After 18 hours of flying (mostly over the vast snowy landscapes of Iceland and Canada) we touched down in Honolulu. As we stepped off the plane the air hostess welcomed us 'to paradise' as the warm, tropical air hit us.


    We rented a house on the North Shore, just five minutes walk along the beach from Pipeline  the worlds most famous surf break so we could watch the Volcom Pipe Pro (one the biggest surf comps of the year). It did not disappoint! Being an ‘El Nino’ year we saw some of the biggest waves they have had for years and the likes of Kelly Slater and John John Florence tore it up all week long. 


    Volcom Pipe Pro Hawaii North Shore


    After settling in and researching locations to shoot the new collection, we were excited to have a day with the gorgeous model and lifestyle blogger Rocky Barnes . We chose to base the shoot at the Kawela Bay, one of the most secluded beaches on the North Shore, lined with coconut palms, banyan trees and golden sand.


    We shot from dawn until dusk and had a fabulous day working together to create the new campaign. Rocky was divine and I couldn't have dreamt of a better team to help capture the moment. In particular, we wanted to show how to combine the new pieces with previous collections, for example by layering up necklaces to create your own look. Its about having fun with your jewellery and enjoying how it makes you feel.



    One of the things that I loved most about the Hawaiians is how they cherish their homeland. Aloha is a familiar greeting to many of us off the island, but it actually has several meanings. It is both an expression of love and farewell as well as a way of life. As Pali Jae Lee, a Hawaiian writer, explains in her book 'Tales of the Night Rainbow'.


    Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain - it is my pain. When there is joy - it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not wilfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect. This is Hawaiian - this is Aloha! 


    Hawaii stole my heart and I know I'll be back again soon. I hope you enjoy the new campaign and we look forward to hearing your feedback too!
    Aloha and Mahalo.


    Rocky Barnes x Catherine Zoraida Jewellery Hawaii


    Rocky Barnes x Catherine Zoraida Jewellery Hawaii


    Rocky Barnes x Catherine Zoraida Jewellery Hawaii


    Rocky Barnes x Catherine Zoraida Jewellery Hawaii


    Rocky Barnes x Catherine Zoraida Jewellery Hawaii


    Rocky Barnes x Catherine Zoraida Jewellery Hawaii

    Model - Rocky Barnes

    Jewellery by Catherine Zoraida

    Photography by Oliver Blackwell

    Make-up and Hair by Kecia Littman

  • Can being more connected to your star sign bring you more happiness? Or wearing a ruby ring on Tuesday bring more luck?

    Posted on September 15 2015

    Since ancient times, men and woman have been wearing their astrological signs and birthstones as jewellery for good luck, protection and empowerment.  Jewellery can be meaningful and is so much more fun to wear when it is believed to resonate with our personalties or empower us in some way. Have a look at our Zodiac Pendants for a more inspired gift idea for birthdays, christening presents or bridesmaid gifts.

    Over time, gemstones and our zodiac signs have been used to empower as well as decorate the wearer. In Egypt, and Babylonia, rare and beautiful gemstones were thought to have magical properties. People are said to have consulted astrologers for advice on wearing the appropriate gem or symbol for each occassiom. Ancient Egyptians carried scarabs and tiny figures of their gods for protection and luck.  In India, an amulet designed with precious stones representing the known planets at the time. This very precious talisman is still being worn today. Even our fingers are thought to correspond to different planets. The Venus or third finger is the finger of love, which is why we wear our wedding and engagement ring on that finger.

    Another astrological connection was the wearing of gems associated with a planet on that planets special day. Mars-ruled rubies would be worn on the Mars day, Tuesday, or moonstones on Monday. You could cover the basis by wearing all the gems in your horoscope at once. It can be a wonderful opportunity to create a bespoke piece of jewellery that lets you wear all of your horoscopes special stones in a unique design that you can feel connected with and treasure forever. 

    • Aries (March 21 - April 19) Diamond
    • Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Sapphire
    • Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Rock Crystal or Alexandrite
    • Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Emerald, Ruby, Pearl
    • Leo (July 23 - August 23) Onyx, Peridot
    • Virgo (August 24 - September 22) Carnelian or Blue Sapphire
    • Libra (September 23 - October 23) Peridot, Pink Tourmaline
    • Aquarius (January 22 - February 18) Garnet or Amethyst
    • Pisces (February 19 - March 20): Amethyst
    • Scorpio (October 24 - November 21) Opal
    • Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) Topaz
    • Capricorn (December 22 - January 21) Ruby or Garnet

    Posted on February 01 2015

    We are thrilled to be recently named as 'Queen of Bling' in recent press around the world! To read more of the exciting story click HERE
    With huge thanks to Luisa Metcalfe for Mail Online.

    Posted on December 17 2014

    Lydia chooses our Crystal Constellation Pendants as one of her most enchanting gifts to give this Christmas.  See her guide in full here for great ideas including gifts from Laura Mercier, Burberry and Chanel.


    Posted on July 28 2014

    Thank you everyone who joined us at Port Eliot festival in the Anthropologie tent for our jewellery workshop. Its been an amazing 3 days teaching festival goers how to cast and create one of a kind pendants using the ancient technique of cuttlefish casting.  One of our favourite pieces from the weekend - The Elephant Pendant. A talented jewellery designer in the making!  
    Keep your eyes peeled in September for more casting workshops with Catherine at Anthropologie London in September for Vogue Fashion night out. 

    Posted on December 18 2013

    Kate chooses a very pretty festive ensemble for pre-Christmas lunch with the queen. 

    View the full story here.


    Posted on November 20 2013

    The beautiful English rose Gabrielle Aplin in her latest image released today wearing our Hummingbird Pendant. Her Debut album English Rain is out now and can be listened to here!

    Posted on November 06 2013

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  • OUR LATEST COLLABORATION - 18ct Gold Plated Cameras

    Posted on October 08 2013

    Check out our latest collaboration with GoldBug Cameras. A celebration of 35mm cameras plated in 18ct Yellow gold...super cool! www.goldbuguk.com

    Posted on September 24 2013

    We thought you would enjoy a sneaky peak of the new crystal constallation collection, Catherine Zoraida for Anthropologie launching 4th Oct!! 

    Posted on June 24 2013


    One of Catherine's favourite moments on her wedding day. 'The energy in the air was electric!'.


    Posted on June 24 2013



    Retail Jeweller talk to the head of fashion, home and beauty for the iconic London department store Fortnum & Mason about the newly revamped jewellery room including Britains best designers Catherine Zoraida! Read more here.


    Posted on June 10 2013


    Wow! Feeling very proud to be a nominee for Scottish Jewellery Designer of the year 2013!

    Read more about the exciting event from Vogue.


    Posted on March 21 2013



    We are very excited to be a part of the new Jewellery Room at Fortnum & Masons!!


    Posted on November 08 2012



    Thank you so much Liam for including our Sparkling Diamond and Apple Twig Cuff in this months Vogue Christmas Gift Guide! What a beautiful collection of jewels*


    Posted on November 01 2012


    “A fascinating account of Hatton Garden, a London street – and nexus of myths – integral to Britain’s gem industry”, The Gaurdian

    Featuring Catherine Zoraida and her Hatton Gardens experiences as a Jewellery Designer. Available to buy at Waterstones.


    Posted on September 17 2012


    One of our Catherine's favourite images of Kate from the Royal Tour.


    Posted on September 04 2012

    The dainty golden twigs and leaves in Catherine Zoraida’s new collection make a delicate English autumn statement. www.catherinezoraida.com




    Posted on August 14 2012


    MTV presenter Laura Whitmore wears the Catherine Zoraida Dragonfly Necklace in the promo photos for the new ITV2 show, Beat TV!

    The Irish beauty looks amazing in these new promo shots for the show Move to the Beat campaign for London 2012

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