Stylishly encapsulating South Africa through wearable art, Verus Fine Jewellery brings you a collection of hand-crafted jewellery for men and women, which masterfully captures the essence of our remarkable country. Made with ethically sourced and natural stones, their commitment is a pure one; beautiful jewellery crafted with artisanal talent and integrity as a homage to Africa.
This fine jewellery brand was founded by Candice Ilic and Gill Eerenstein. The collections are designed to encourage you to create your own personal statement and to have the freedom to change the mood of your style from day-to-day. Every item that they create is one that they wear themselves. Verus is a beautiful, personal journey together and they are proud to share it with their customers.
“The words that I live by in life are -conscious awareness, understated, and minimalism. This is what we try to reflect in our jewellery. We keep our metals and stones as organic as possible while being ecologically aware. To this, we add a dash of edgy sensuality with our designs. Candice and I are meticulous in creating handmade pieces that are easy to wear. With the combination of our style, manufacturing skills, and design inspiration we are able to bring you timeless, contemporary, beautiful jewellery,” says Gill.
“What we choose in life defines us. It is about so much more than pretty things. Joining Gill, a kindred spirit has given me the opportunity to co-create beautiful, ethical, artisanal jewellery, My own jewellery, above anything else that I select to wear, is personal and meaningful to me and I take pride in our collections which gives our customers the same opportunity. In addition, I love working with our small, skilled team. I adore the perfect and delicate pieces we create, and I am continually excited to share the adventure with you! Our strength as a team lies in our appreciation of one another individual ideas, together with our deep and aligned principles. Verus represents our love of understated, authentic, and ethically conscious design. We like to keep things simple, but exceptional. Every item that we create is one that we wear ourselves. Verus is a beautiful, personal journey together and we are proud to share it with our customers,” says Candice.
WHAT VERUS SAYS ABOUT THEIR JEWELLERY:
We offer 9k and 18k gold, and where possible, we now offer 14k gold. What’s the difference? Each contains more pure gold as the K weight increases. 9K is comprised of 37,5 percent pure gold, 14k contains 58.3 percent, and our most expensive option 18k contains 75 percent (the balance of the yellow gold value is made up of silver and for rose gold, we add a mix of silver and copper). The reason we don’t design with 24k is due to its softness, making it unsuitable to work with. We create primarily in rose and yellow gold, and on request, make up pieces in white gold. White gold is pricier than yellow and rose gold and needs to be rhodium plated to achieve a brighter appearance.
Sterling silver in South Africa is 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent other metals and we comply with this regulation.
Verus Fine Jewellery offers rose gold plating for certain silver pieces (a popular accepted standard is 1.5micrometres thick using 10k gold). We plate our sterling silver with 3 to 5 microns thick using 18k gold. Plating is non-permanent (it’s a thin layer of metal coating the sterling silver) and so be aware that it does wear off over time, affected by care and frequency of wear. This can be further influenced by chemicals such as chlorine, detergents, perfumes, and body lotions as well as sunscreens. Plating can also be influenced by skin acidity which shortens the lifespan of the coating. Once the gold plating wears off, the piece will return to a silver hue, but it can be re-plated. We offer one free re-plating service and further plating for a nominal fee.
A piece of blackened or oxidized silver is true sterling silver, but its surface has been intentionally darkened by introducing it to a chemical process. A layer of silver sulphide forms on the exterior of the metal giving it a blackened look. We use a chemical compound such as liver of sulphur (potassium sulphide) to create the matt gunmetal black surface on silver jewellery. Like other patinas, oxidized silver is just a surface treatment and does not change the internal colour or properties of the metal. Therefore, only the top layer of metal particles has been given that blackened colour, and over time, depending on the amount of wear and how you care for your pieces, the oxidized finish will polish off and the true colour of the silver will shine through. This means your piece will evolve.
To care for it properly, remove your oxidized silver jewellery before aggressive contact, and also when showering or washing your hands so that you prolong the dark colour. In general, oxidized silver jewellery should not be cleaned with jewellery cleaning dips or heavily polished so that will strip off the blackened surface. If cleaning is necessary, use mild dish detergent and a soft toothbrush with as little rubbing as possible.
The oxidized finish of jewellery can be restored at any time. We offer one free treatment and thereafter we can treat it for a nominal fee.
Treasure Beach was born out of Donna Kincade’s love of fashion and her hometown – The Bluff in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The brand was also established to created stylish, affordable fashion for all females running homes, businesses, and “let’s be honest – the world”.
“All things I personally “treasure”. Growing up I loved dressing and styling my friends. It gives me so much joy when someone feels good because they look good. It is this joy that sparked the flame that brought this passion to life in Treasure Beach the Brand! I am creative at heart and it has always been my dream to build a brand of my own that reflects both my passions and my values.
I am committed to supporting small, local businesses and with the help of local manufacturers, mostly from the South of Durban, using my own designs inspired by international trends. We are able to offer beautiful, high-quality products at an affordable price. We aim to be led by inspiration and so will not only add new designs seasonally but also whenever my fancy strikes,” says Donna.
The festive season may look a little bit different this year, it may involve fewer people at family gatherings. It may even involve events with individuals wearing masks and dedicated people for serving foods. This is still such an important time to spend with family and friends especially given what this year has turned out to be.
These events include festive weddings, family celebrations, end year work functions, and end on Christmas Day. Naturally, this translates to a whole lot of amazing and tasty food, snacks, and sweet treats. During this season it is very common for one to gain a few kilograms of holiday weight.
All hope is not lost though, you do not need to start the new year with a weight loss resolution. You can still keep your health, fitness, and weight on track during this festive period without punishing yourself or avoiding the festivities. Try a few of these strategies with festive events and enjoy the time with family and friends!
Do not skip meals
Skipping a meal to compensate for an event or festive dinner is not ideal. One is more likely to make poor food choices when starving. Rather eat regular small meals as well as the food at the event to keep your blood sugar stable and avoid binging at the event.
2. Eat before your event
Before leaving for a party or event opt for a small, healthy snack. This can be a fruit such as an apple with a spoonful of peanut butter or even a small salad. This strategy will ensure you do not arrive at the party hungry where you will be more likely to overeat and fall for temptations.
3. Survey the buffet or Look at the menu and plan what you are going to eat
Firstly, look over all the food options before piling up your plate or ordering the first (perhaps unhealthiest) thing you see. This strategy will ensure you do not eat everything that is on offer at a buffet. Rather take foods that you enjoy most over small bites of everything to avoid overeating.
4. Have an alcohol strategy in mind
Alcohol is fattening but as soon as the festive season arrives, we tend to overindulge. Strategies that can be used here is to not mix drinks but rather stay with one drink throughout. During the event, it is also useful to alternate each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water.
5. Pick light foods
When choosing foods to eat try and avoid deep-fried or fried foods which can provide a lot of calories and fats. Rather aim for grilled, steamed, or sauteed meat and fish. When looking at salads try and get an option that is not overdressed with dressing
6. Aim for fruity desserts
Fruit-based desserts are lighter on the stomach and a better choice than baked or creamy desserts. In general, it is a good strategy to stay away from rich sugary foods as they increase the sugar content in our bodies and make us crave more sugar.
7. Aim to increase your fruit and vegetable intake
All meals should be comprised of at least half a plate of vegetables. When making food choices ensure to place emphasis on your fruit and vegetable servings.
8. Eat a good breakfast, especially on Christmas Day
Very often we skip breakfast on Christmas Day or other important days because we don’t want to spoil our appetite for the big meal or event. Breakfast is very important as it provides the body with much-needed energy and fills the stomach so we are less inclined to snack on unhealthy foods later on.
DK Dietitian is a dietetic private practice founded by Dominique Kruger, that helps individuals reach their best, healthiest selves possible. This is through private nutritional consultations, group education sessions, meal plans, and nutrition education.
The 46th People’s Choice Awards were on November 15, 2020, to honour the best in popular culture for 2020. The show was hosted by Demi Lovato and was broadcast live by E! at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
Jennifer Lopez was honoured with People’s Icon Of 2020. The singer-actress was honoured for her work in cinema and music over the years. At the award ceremony, the superstar was given a surprise through a video message each from Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman before her acceptance speech. Both the actors congratulated her on the big award and lauded her hard work. Then, Lopez`s 12-year-old twins Emme and Max shared a sweet message and appeared virtually as they supported their mom on stage.
As she began her acceptance speech, the singer spoke about how 2020 was a “great leveler.” “Man, 2020 was no joke right? I mean before 2020 we were obsessing about winning this award or getting nominated for that award or we were caught up in who sold the most records or box office opening or crazy stuff like did we get the latest drop before anybody else. But not this year. This year was the great leveler,” People magazine quoted Jennifer as saying.
She then went on to thank her fans for their “belief,” and “faith,” in her. “Your belief and your faith in me motivates me to keep going and sometimes when I`m tired or beaten down, like a lot of us have been this year, it`s my family, friends, my babies and my fans, you guys, who have lifted me up when I couldn`t lift myself. I am so grateful to have you, to have that in my life,” she said. In the following section of her speech, the 51-year-old actor is seen giving inspirational messages to “girls in all ages and all colours.”
She also addressed that being a Latina had its share of struggles. “As a Latina and as a woman, we have to work twice as hard to get the opportunities, sometimes my big dreams and my ambitions, it made the people around me nervous. So now here I stand so very grateful knowing that the true measure of my success is not in box office numbers or records sold, but from the love that I feel from all of you,” Lopez said in the emotional speech.
“The true measure is inspiring girls in all ages and all colours, from all over the world, to know you can do whatever want, as many things as you want, and to be proud of who you are no matter where you come from. I want them to know your dreams are limited only by your imagination, determination, and willingness to never give up,” she added.
The actor-turned-singer-turned-businesswoman has seen massive success over the year. The star has had 10 of her songs reach the Billboard Hot 100`s top 10 and two No.1 albums on the Billboard 200.
Skyline – is a full-bodied semi-sweet wine with aromas of dried apricot, peaches, honey, and floral notes. Full and rich, bursting with flavours of dried fruit and rounded off with good acidity to keep it fresh.
STYLE: Semi Sweet
CULTIVAR: 100% Chenin Blanc
ANALYSIS: Alc: 11.2 | TA: 6.18 | pH: 3.5 | RS: 60
VINIFICATION: Late harvested and cold fermentation stopped at 60g/l sugar. Minimal intervention in the natural process of vinification allows each cultivar to express their individual characteristics.