The Eye of the Tiger

* My necklace was gifted by Astley Clarke but my opinions are independent*

Though my jewellery style is understated and a little minimalist now, I definitely used to embrace the more-is-more stance. In the early days of my blog, I was a jewellery magpie and alternated between stacking on rings, heaping on bracelets and piling on necklaces. I think it must hark back to my childhood. I have very vivid memories of walking over to my mum’s wardrobe as a child, pulling out a huge bag of necklaces and layering one on top of the other until I resembled my idol. Mr T in case you were wondering…it was the Eighties! 

Thankfully, my magpie eye has gotten more refined over the years. My approach to jewellery is now carefully curated. I don’t buy often but when I do add a new piece to my collection, it’s meaningful to me and treasured. I don’t really follow jewellery trends as I prefer my pieces to be timeless and classic rather than disposable.

The one aspect of jewellery which still catches my eye is the use of crystals. I’m a huge fan of Ayurveda and have been studying it for the past year – it’s an ancient science of life which focuses on mind, body and wellness. Modern day ‘healing crystals’ have their roots in the Vedic sciences, which state that each type of crystal is endowed with its own frequency which influences humans in different ways. 

This choker from Astley Clarke initially caught my eye because of its beautifully simple design. When I realised the deep amber stone was a tiger’s eye crystal, I needed to find out more about it. In Ayurveda, it is used to attract more luck into your life. It is connected to the Solar Plexus Chakra, Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra – essentially linking your ‘gut feeling’ to the vision your third eye sees. The result is stability, focus, confidence and courage. It challenges anxiety, fear and negative emotions while having a positive, grounding energy. It also looks really pretty and glows like a sunset when I wear it. 

For the last couple of months, I’ve worn my tiger’s eye choker nearly every day. Whether you believe in the healing power of crystals and the Vedic sciences or not, it’s a gorgeous piece of jewellery which I absolutely adore. Every time I put it on, I feel special and for me, that’s what jewellery is all about. Do you have a piece of jewellery which has a story behind it? 

Necklace – Astley Clarke *gifted* 

Photography by Adorngirl

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at before launching her self-titled blog.


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