Monday, 19 February 2018
Rosa Pietsch x Emma Aitchison Sample Sale March 2018


Join jewellry designers Rosa Pietsch and Emma Aitchison for an open studio and jewellery sample sale - part of Wick Wednesdays, where designers in Hackney Wick open their doors to the public. Both brands are leaving London so expect a good clear out with plenty of exclusive one-off samples, seconds and even studio equipment for sale!

When:
21st March 2018
12:00 to 19:00

Where:
Queen's Yard,
White Post Lane, 
Unit 9, London,
E9 5

Free Entry 

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Monday, 12 February 2018
All you need to know about Paris Hilton's Engagement Ring for Wonderfully Diamonds

Paris Hiltons Engagement Ring - Jewellery Curated - Wonderfully Diamonds

"Paris Hilton and boyfriend Chris Zylka have kick-started 2018 by announcing their engagement. The "Leftovers" star popped the question to the hotel heiress on top a gorgeous mountain whilst the couple were on holiday in Aspen. Paris' iconic over the top taste meant we couldn't wait to see what her engagement ring looked like and we were not disappointed."

Read my latest article "All you need to know about Paris Hilton's Engagement Ring" at wonderfullydiamonds.com, which covers all the things you need to know about one of the most sparkly mega bling engagement rings of all time.
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Sunday, 11 February 2018
Why We're Obsessed with Rose Gold for Wonderfully Diamonds

Why we're obsessed with rose gold - jewellery curated - wonderfully diamonds

"From techie products to fine jewellery, rose gold is everyone favourite metal, but is this blushing metallic shade a trendy fad or a classic jewellery box staple? We explore the rise of rose gold and what makes it everyone’s favourite metal."

Read my latest article "Why We're Obsessed with Rose Gold " at wonderfullydiamonds.com, which covers all the things you need to know about the rise of rose gold.
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Saturday, 10 February 2018
Astley Clarke's Best Kept Secret

Whilst having a casual browse through the Astley Clarke website I happened to discover their outlet site. I almost did a double take when I read the link. "Outlet? Really?"

Obviously I clicked through straight away and was pleasantly surprised to see some really good prices on a varied selection of jewellery from classic biography bracelets to some more of their fine jewellery.

The page is described as a special place to get hushed access to last season final reductions. My first question was could I find these products any where else on the website. I actually couldn't find these products through the general menu but if you search for them they will show up in the search results. This will still require you to know what you're already looking for.

When I say the price on here are really good I mean that they are as a good as some of the sample sales I've been to and the products there weren't necessarily brand new. The last sample sale I went to was a while ago but I bought myself a woven biography bracelet in orange for £40.00 and guess what? You can currently get this on the outlet page for the same price plus you don't have to get up crazy early to beat the queue for the sample sale.

Woven Biography Bracelet Orange - Astley Clarke Outlet Sale

I thought I'd share some of my other top picks from the outlet. These are pieces that I think are the best value and have instantly added to my cart.

Rose Gold Vermeil Biography Zodiac Necklace - Astley Clarke Outlet

When I see necklaces likes this available for £30.00 I can't help but think so many people might still opt to get one from the highstreet. Ones from the highstreet admittedly might be cheaper still but considering this is gold vermeil; £30.00 is a pretty good price down from £60.00. It's just a shame the Aries one was only available in sterling silver at this price. 

Forecast Biography Pin Set - Astley Clarke - Outlet


Who doesn't love the Astley Clarke biography pins. I felt like they were a real point of difference. I'd love to wear a cluster of them on my coat lapel or perhaps even on the brim of a hat. Three pins for £60.00 is such a good deal. The lightening is definitely my favourite one in the forecast collection. At full price this pin set would be £135.00 which is a saving of £75.00. 
Gold vermeil - Mini Star Biogrpahy ring Astley Clarke - Outlet

Pins not your thing, then this gorgeous little ring is ideal for every day wearing without those green fingers that you get from buying jewellery from the highstreet. Set with pave gemstones you can easily stack this ring with others or where on its own.  Normally this ring would be £70.00 so grab yourself a saving of £30.00. 



Look effortlessly chic with these instant bracelet stacks. I think the duck egg blue stack is pleasantly bright and perfect for summer. You get two skinny gemstone bracelets which are normally £50.00 each. You could be creative and use this as three bridesmaids gifts if this happens to match your colour scheme. The gemstones in these bracelets are a combination of white moonstone, blue amazonite and turquoise. You also get one of the woven bracelets which are normally £100.00 each. Buying these three bracelst would normally cost £200.00 so a saving of £100.00. 


I've already mentioned how much I love the biography pins and although the forecast set is great value for money this gorgeous black spinel star pin is definitely one of my must haves. I love how the spinel pops against the yellow gold. Often when black spinel is mixed with dark metal like black rhodium or ruthenium they can look a little dull which is not the case. Normally this pin would be £50.00 so £25.00 is an absolute steal. 


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Monday, 18 December 2017
Joanna Hardy & Cartier in Conversation

Joanna Hardy & Cartier in Conversation

Acclaimed jewellery specialist, Joanna Hardy, leads the conversation with Cartier, the world’s most esteemed and respectful Maison in the luxury goods industry, in a special evening event.

Founded in 1874 in Paris, Cartier is renowned worldwide for its high jewellery creations and watches - symbols of craftsmanship and elegance, quality and excellence.

Hosted by the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) and Joanna Hardy, this exclusive in conversation talk celebrates 60 years of unique partnership between GC&DC and the Maison, Cartier.

When:
13th Feb 2018 
18:00pm – 20:00 pm

Where:
The Goldsmiths’ Centre
42 Britton Street
London
EC1M 5AD

RSVP:
Get your tickets here! - Tickets cost £22.18 and includes a glass of wine. 
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017
What's it actually like to go to a Fabergé sample sale?


It's no secret that most of my jewellery has come from sample sales and I've always managed to find a bargain at most I go to. Every time an invite to the Fabergé sample sale appears in my inbox I share it on Jewellery Curated and wonder if I will actually go to it. Up to 80% off is an enticing offer but with no clear indication of what price that actually means I've always assumed if you have to ask it's probably not in your budget.

But on a cold sunny morning on the 9th of December I finally went along to investigate. First things you need to know you do have to RSVP. They did have a list with my name on but if you don't RSVP I think you could still get in.

At previous sample sales I've been a to at The Music Room I have queued round the block to get in. Also usually if I can't make it to the first day of a sample sale I assume all the good stuff will be gone. I did attend the Fabergé sample sale on the second day so who knows what was available on the first day.

This time there was no queue on this occasion; there wasn't even a single other person there either. Bags and coats must be given in at the clock room and then armed with my phone and wallet I went in.

I would have loved to share a new piece of jewellery in my collection or even tonnes of photos of me dripping in amazing gems but I wasn't able to take photos.

Instantly I looked for the egg pendants at full price these can set you back £2500. There was actually quite a lot of choice for egg pendants with the cheapest I saw for sale at £2000 all the way up to £6000. The chain is sold separately at £450.

Simple Yellow Gold Pendant Faberge Sample Sale
At full price the Simple Yellow Gold Pendant is £2,455.00 at the sample sale this was £2000. 

Spiral Diamond Rose gold pendant
At full price the Spiral Diamond Rose gold pendant is £12,728.00 at the sample sale this was £6000 without the chain. The reduction is £6728 compared to the simple yellow gold pendant which had a reduction of £455. 

There was everything from studs and earrings to necklaces and cuff-links.Cuff-links started at £2200. Rings, such as the Treillage Diamond Rose Gold Thin Ring was £1000 down from £2182.
Treillage Diamond Rose Gold Thin Ring
Some of the ornate stone set rings from the Three Colours of Love collection were priced at £6000.
On the Fabergé website these rings are price on application.


The most expensive item I saw was £14000 for a lot of sparkle on a diamond necklace. Overall the cheapest item I saw was £1000! This was for a pair of rococo white enamel rose gold stud earrings which are normally £2,273.00.
My closing thoughts for this is that if you can afford to buy a £2500 necklace I don't see why you would buy one at a sample sale. Obviously the reduction on an egg pendant at a Fabergé sample sale could be anything from £500 to £6000 but all items are sold as seen, not in perfect condition and you can't return anything. I imagine if I had a budget like that for fine jewellery I would want the experience and customer service that comes with going to the boutique.

Arguably this is the same for pieces I've bought at other sample sales. The most I've dropped at a sample sale was £60 on a ring. The real deal from the jeweller is £138. I know if I lose mine that I would go and buy a new one as I love this ring so much. £138 is an achievable purchase so why don't I buy from the store? Part of it is that I love a treasure hunt and when a sample sale is a once or twice a year event this helps keep my purchases down. Some of the brands I like only have a sample sale once a year and I love the excitement and discovery of what I might find.
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Monday, 4 December 2017
Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre

Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre

The Shine 2017 selling showcase turns the spotlight on new jewellery and silversmithing talent at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. It brings together the best up and coming jewellery brands and designer makers from across the UK.

This showcase introduces you to the designer brands which explore new ways of approaching craft and design. Their collections aim to inspire and delight; question and challenge and demonstrate true creativity and innovation.

Commission unique pieces in time for Christmas! Exhibited pieces are shown in display cabinets and cannot be opened, due to security reasons, during the show. Prices for the pieces can be obtained by contacting the individual makers below and purchased work can be collected in person after the exhibition has ended.

When:
06-Nov-17 to 20-Dec-17
Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pm, 

Where:
The Goldsmiths’ Centre
42 Britton Street
London EC1M 5AD

Free Entry 

Exhibitors include: 

Ambrin - Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre
Holly Suzanna Clifford - Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre
Ella Fearon-Low - Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre
Ambrin

Holly Suzanna Clifford

Ella Fearon-Low

Steff Wills- Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre
Sally Vanderpump - Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre
Paul Alison Sloan - Shine 2017 Exhibition - Goldsmiths Centre
Steff Wills Sally Vanderpump Paula Alison Sloan
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Fabergé Sample Sale December 2017

Fabergé Sample Sale December 2017

Fabergé Sample Sale December 2017

The biannual Fabergé sample sale is back at The Music Room for two days this December! Previous sales had up to 70% off their beautiful jewellery and timepieces, so you can expect serious discounts on some very special luxury giftables.

When:
8th December 2017 to 9th December 2017

Where:
The Music Room
26 South Molton Lane
London, 
W1K 5LF

RSVP:
RSVP is required so drop an email now to [email protected] to get your name on the list!
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