11 Jul 2019
Is Tortoise Shell the biggest trend of 2019?




Tortoiseshell jewellery exploded on to the scene last year and is set to be the firm favourite for 2019. I have seen these earrings in every guise possible from hoops, statement drop all the way to studs. I think these have been so popular is because the brown and black pattern suits every person and for a patterned item they are incredibly neutral. The versatility and neutrality of these earrings mean that you can wear a larger pair of earrings without looking like you're trying too hard or if you're not ready for bold summer earrings yet and want to test the waters out with these.

It's weird to think that it's called tortoiseshell as originally that's the material it was made out of, yes real tortoise shell, nowadays it's plastic that's been made to have the same effect. We seem to be loving neutral colours at the moment such as mustard, lovat and tan and I think these earrings have slotted beautifully into that trend. Considering the most popular earring of 2018 was the bright tassel earrings that everyone owned, you'll know the ones I mean, check them out here, tortoiseshell is a refreshing departure.

I have a feeling that as we're in the middling phase of this trend it's possible that tortoise shell won't be a big thing in 2020 so if you want to wear this trend get yourself a pair of these asap! The only similar trend to the 2018 tassel earrings is that the price of tortoiseshell earrings is incredibly affordable. I've rounded up a few different pairs which I think showcase this trend beautifully and will help you narrow down the ideal pair for you!

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8 Jul 2019
Win Orelia Goodies worth over £600



Affordable cool girl brand Orelia has teamed up with Sheer Luxe to offer a mega stash of their bestselling jewellery and accessories, and a £100 voucher.

To enter this competition head over to Sheer Luxe and answer the following question.

How much is this competition prize worth?

We'll give you a clue; its £600!

Click here to enter the competition.

The competition is open internationally and closes on the 16th of August.


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7 Jul 2019
Astrid & Miyu Sample Sale July 2019

ASTRID & MIYU SAMPLE SALE  JULY 2019



JULY 2019

WHEN:

2nd July 2019 to 7th July 2019

Free Entry

WHERE:

Boxpark, 
2-10 Bethnal Green Road, 
Unit 22-23, 
London, E1 6GY


WHAT:

Astrid & Miyu's sample sale is back with up to 70% off and you will not want to miss it! 

Prices start at just £5, so come down and say hi and grab yourself some new jewels! 


Can't make this sample sale? 

Shop the online sale for up to 60% off. 

Astrid & Miyu Online Sale - Jewellery Blog





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5 Dec 2018
Jewel of the Week: Missoma X Lucy Williams Roman Arc Coin Necklace

Missoma - Missoam x Lucy Willaims Roman Arc Pendant - £139.00     This week I'm featuring the best selling necklace from the Missoma x Lucy Williams collection from Missoma Jewellery. This is one of the most successful collaborations I've seen in the jewellery industry with thousands of these pendants being sold. The coins echo the rich, symbolic execution of Roman jewellery, while the fresh interpretation brings amulet status symbols into the 21st century for the modern woman.     I love the triple-lined bale at the top and the way that the arc is actually separated from the coin. Part of me wants the pendant to spin, but it definitely doesn't. The only thing that I would point out about this necklace is that it is not vermeil but 3 microns on brass instead of the regular sterling silver.     The collection was created after Lucy returned from a trip to Rome, Inspired by the city’s antiquities and treasured artefacts, Lucy and Marisa joined forces for the second time to create a collection depicting Roman iconography. The hero pieces of the collection are the pendant necklaces inspired by ancient coins and talismans with cultural motifs from ancient Rome.


Missoma - Missoam x Lucy Willaims Roman Arc Pendant - £139.00     This week I'm featuring the best selling necklace from the Missoma x Lucy Williams collection from Missoma Jewellery. This is one of the most successful collaborations I've seen in the jewellery industry with thousands of these pendants being sold. The coins echo the rich, symbolic execution of Roman jewellery, while the fresh interpretation brings amulet status symbols into the 21st century for the modern woman.     I love the triple-lined bale at the top and the way that the arc is actually separated from the coin. Part of me wants the pendant to spin, but it definitely doesn't. The only thing that I would point out about this necklace is that it is not vermeil but 3 microns on brass instead of the regular sterling silver.     The collection was created after Lucy returned from a trip to Rome, Inspired by the city’s antiquities and treasured artefacts, Lucy and Marisa joined forces for the second time to create a collection depicting Roman iconography. The hero pieces of the collection are the pendant necklaces inspired by ancient coins and talismans with cultural motifs from ancient Rome.

This week I'm featuring the best selling necklace from the Missoma x Lucy Williams collection from Missoma Jewellery. This is one of the most successful collaborations I've seen in the jewellery industry with thousands of these pendants being sold. The coins echo the rich, symbolic execution of Roman jewellery, while the fresh interpretation brings amulet status symbols into the 21st century for the modern woman. 

I love the triple-lined bale at the top and the way that the arc is actually separated from the coin. Part of me wants the pendant to spin, but it definitely doesn't. The only thing that I would point out about this necklace is that it is not vermeil but 3 microns on brass instead of the regular sterling silver. 

The collection was created after Lucy returned from a trip to Rome, Inspired by the city’s antiquities and treasured artefacts, Lucy and Marisa joined forces for the second time to create a collection depicting Roman iconography. The hero pieces of the collection are the pendant necklaces inspired by ancient coins and talismans with cultural motifs from ancient Rome. 




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28 Nov 2018
Jewel of the Week: July Child Snacks Ring

 This week I'm featuring this fabulous ring from cool girl jewellery store July Child. I don't even know where to begin with how much I love this ring. The font is cool AF, and I firmly agree with the Snacks slogan. I adore tongue in cheek jewellery as it's so lovely having something so glam and yet so of the moment or even slightly silly. Although July Child is a jewellery store their own collection of these script rings are to die for and include other lovely phrases such as "Cheese", "Disco". "Bowie" and "Heartbreaker". They are also surprisingly unisex as the font is very classic and the ring is quite chunky. I love the idea of getting the Cheese and Wine rings and stacking them together. At £45.00 this is a fantastic buy and would make an excellent payday treat or a lovely gift to someone special who is a champion snacker.


"King and Queen of snacking? Whether you love biscuits, chocolates, maybe even both of them together (don't knock it til you've tried it) this ring symbolises the small but mighty SNACK."

This week I'm featuring this fabulous ring from cool girl jewellery store July Child. I don't even know where to begin with how much I love this ring. The font is cool AF, and I firmly agree with the Snacks slogan. I adore tongue in cheek jewellery as it's so lovely having something so glam and yet so of the moment or even slightly silly. Although July Child is a jewellery store their own collection of these script rings are to die for and include other lovely phrases such as "Cheese", "Disco". "Bowie" and "Heartbreaker". They are also surprisingly unisex as the font is very classic and the ring is quite chunky. I love the idea of getting the Cheese and Wine rings and stacking them together. At £45.00 this is a fantastic buy and would make an excellent payday treat or a lovely gift to someone special who is the King and Queen of snacking! If that wasn't enough to make you want to buy this ring each one comes in a gorgeous bespoke velvet shell ring box which are cool AF. 
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23 Nov 2018
New Jewellery Boxes from Lola Rose


If you love jewellery you also probably love jewellery boxes and jewellery holders, and these gorgeous boxes are the perfect addition to your home. Introducing the stunning, brand new gemstone print treasure boxes, part of the Lola Rose Treasure Me Homeware Collection. Designed especially to stylishly hold all your most precious pieces, trinkets and treasures. These boxes are not only functional but will add a unique touch of gemstone glamour to your home. Choose from lapis lazuli, natural agate, rose quartz and malachite.

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22 Nov 2018
Would you wear an adjustable ring?


Adjustable rings instantly take me back to my teenage years when you bought split open rings that you could squeeze to fit on your finger. The perfect size and immediately a ring that was bent out of shape? Honestly, if you're paying for something demi-fine, I don't really want it to move unless that's a design feature, not a lazy way to sell fewer sizes. However, as my jewellery knowledge grew and I stopped shopping for super cheap thrills, I learned about adjustable rings that used chains. At first, I thought these were really clever and innovative, but after speaking to a product developer, she mentioned that they slipped around a lot and easily loosened. I tried an adjustable chain ring for myself, and she was right.

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21 Nov 2018
Jewel of the Week: Tatty Devine

Jewel of the Week: Tatty Devine European Necklace

My jewel of the week this time is the gorgeous European necklace from Tatty Devine. As we get ever closer to the deadline for a Brexit deal, I find myself reading the news each week with more and more depressing news. However, this beautiful blue acrylic necklace cheered me up straight away. I love that it's a cheeky £25.00 and it's part of their original name and statement necklace designs. It did make me wonder if someone designed this through the make your own name necklace and whether anyone has commissioned a Brexit necklace. 

Jewel of the Week: Tatty Devine European Necklace


Hats off to you Tatty Devine for keeping us smiling in challenging times. 

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Your Guide to Black Friday 2018

Here is your one stop shop for all the Black Friday deals on this week. I will update this page every day with new offers and codes that I get. I've seen a massive change this year with companies giving flat discounts across the entire store instead of a selection of products which means it's the perfect time to snap up something you've had your eye on or perhaps get some early Christmas shopping out of the way. I'm also impressed that out of all the discount codes I've seen this week each brand seems to have come up with a different code. From Monica Vinader, Ruffier, Astley Clarke to Orelia London, and Cleopatra's Bling you'll be sure to find a piece that you love. If you're interested to see which jewellery I'm buying this Black Friday check out my shopping cart here.




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20 Nov 2018
In my Black Friday basket


Sometimes I'm not a very savvy shopper, and I completely forget about events like Black Friday for jewellery or a brand that I've had my eye on and need to kick myself to check if it's in the sale. The problem is that at this time of year I'm usually trying to save for the holidays and thinking about what everyone else wants. However this year I thought I would share my ultimate shopping cart with you if I had some more cash at the moment. Just as you're reading through there is one item that I did buy this year which is on the list. I wonder if you'll guess which piece it is and if you could pick one thing would you choose the same as me?

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