NEW ARRIVAL: Beach Art Glass | Fabulous

It’s finally beginning to feel like summer, and for most of us that goes hand-in-hand with a trip to the sea-side. So we at fabulous are feeling very excited about our newest arrival: Beach Art Glass by award-winning artist Julie Fountain…

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Fountain has been, for many years, an accredited lampworker for Trollbeads. Working from her studio in Malvern, England, she handcrafts each unique piece from molten glass with sterling silver details. Combining striking glasswork with beach-inspired designs, Beach Art Glass is the perfect statement collection for summer.

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Sand & Sea necklaces by Beach Art Glass, from £70

Although no two handmade pieces are alike, all pieces in the Sand & Sea collection perfectly capture the bright colours and eclectic beauty of the beach.

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With blue-green hues, the Deep Blue Sea collection captures a serene nautical beauty.

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NEW ARRIVAL: Santa Fe by Azuni | Fabulous

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The new summer collection by Azuni is a throwback to the bohemian 60s. A celebration of travel, wanderlust and colour, this collection is perfect for any free spirit. This summer, bold looks are beautiful. So pair your bright florals and ruffles with a statement piece from this collection and transport yourself to New Mexico…

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Layered Evania necklaces by Azuni, £75

These layered necklaces are made from faceted precious stones – perfect for adding sparkle and colour to any outfit.

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Bracelets by Azuni, from £25

Create a festival-ready look by stacking bracelets from the collection. Combining turquoise miyuki beads and gold charms, these bracelets capture laid-back boho chic perfectly.

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Earrings by Azuni, from £20

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge herself, is a fan of Azuni earrings and it’s easy to see why. Combining hammered gold, faceted precious stones and detailed symbols, these striking drop earrings frame the face beautifully.

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Fabulous Futures Award | Birmingham School of Jewellery | Fabulous

Birmingham School of Jewellery has an excellent reputation for producing highly employable graduates with the skills needed within the jewellery industry today. We, at fabulous are thrilled to support this degree course for the last few years, as it offers students a sound training in the industry and helps developing their technical skills within a commercial framework.

We work closely with final year students on the ‘Jewellery and Silversmithing – Design for Industry’ degree course, to give students a retail perspective before they go on to become designers or pursue a career in the industry.

Jo Stroud, Managing Director and Sinade, Brand & Buying Manager here at fabulous – who is a graduate of this course herself were a part of the end-of-year judging panels, selecting one or two students to be the recipients of the annual ‘Fabulous Futures’ Award.

We are delighted to announce the ‘Fabulous Futures’ Award winner, in conjunction with the Birmingham School of Jewellery.

The winner is (Drum roll please) Rhiannon Rodgers.

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Jo Stroud, fabulous owner with Rhiannon Rodgers, winner of Fabulous Futures Award and Sinade Prosser, brand & buying manager at fabulous

Rhiannon’s stunning final year collection takes inspiration from the architectural and natural forms of Birmingham’s historic Botanical Gardens, with their elegant Victorian glasshouses and collection of exotic plants – a haven of peace and tranquility in the middle of this bustling city. Rhiannon has designed beautiful open-work lockets, inspired by the Art Nouveau metalwork of the glasshouses, complemented by silver discs featuring palm leaves, pineapples and other natural motifs.

The winner receives mentoring sessions from us, designed to help them with their target market, pricing of their pieces, the way their jewellery is presented and packaged, their branding and naming the collections and ways to showcase it themselves online.

They are given an opportunity to showcase their skills at our ever-popular Annual Garden Party, where they meet some of our regular customers and other designers. A small bursary is given to help set them up for their first collection.

British designers are very important to us at fabulous. With collections from Vivienne Westwood, Lulu Guinness, Chloe Moss and Daisy London Jewellery being very successful for us over the years, helping make us the go-to place for must-have brands. We’d love to see the next big thing in the industry come from home grown talent.

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fabulous owner, Jo Stroud, with Claire Price, Course Director at Birmingham School of Jewellery and Sinade Prosser

We have worked with the Birmingham School of Jewellery’s Course Director, Claire Price for many years now. “We love working with fabulous throughout the year on this course, especially at year-end with these Awards. Jo and Sinade bring real-life commercial expertise to our students and offer genuine mentoring to support to new graduates. We are also thrilled that an alumnus of the School is so closely involved.” says Claire.

Sinade graduated from this course in 2009 and has worked her way up here at fabulous since joining in 2007, as a part-time retail assistant. While studying, to being a core part of the senior management team, with responsibility for own-brand development, buying and creative work.

The School of Jewellery, which is part of the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design at Birmingham City University, has been located in the heart of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter since 1890, with a portfolio of courses from jewellery design to silversmithing, to horology and gemology.

– Jo Stroud

Want to know more? Click www.fabulouscollections.co.uk or visit our stores in fabulous – Royal Leamington Spa Stores or Solihull.

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Style Edit: Summer Prom Jewellery

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It’s June, and that means, for those of you unlucky enough to be sitting exams, the end is finally in sight! Whether it’s an end of year prom or a graduate ball you’re looking forward to, we hope you reward yourself for all those hours spent in the library revising. We’ve put together some of our favourite summer pieces to complete any prom look, and we think they make the perfect self-treats for all the hard work and effort…

Lily and Rose is a striking new brand from Scandinavia who incorporate sparkling Swaorvski crystals into all their designs. Inspired by jazz-age glamour, the chic pastel colour palette makes their pieces perfect for summer events.

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We love these floral and feminine designs from the Daisy Vintage collection. Inspired by English country gardens, these sterling silver and gold-plated pieces are perfect for outdoor events such as garden parties.

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summer prom jewellery by thomas sabo

The latest collection by Thomas Sabo incorporates meaningful symbols and is perfect for channeling subtle boho chic. These delicate filigree pieces are made from 925 sterling silver and 18ct gold plating, and are versatile enough for any special occasion. Each piece features a genuine diamond, and is the perfect keepsake to commemorate a night to remember.

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Gift Guide: Exam Season 2017

It’s that time again! May is finally here, bringing with it warmer weather and the promise of summer. But for those of you at school, university or with children of your own, it can also signal something more stressful: exam season.

Whether you’re in the middle of a stressful revision period yourself, or want to show support to a loved one sitting exams, this gift guide features some of our most motivational pieces of jewellery.

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Mantra Smart Works Believe Necklaces from £35

This elegant necklace by Mantra Jewellery comes with the supportive Mantra “Believe in yourself. We do.” and  is available in three colours. 25% of the proceeds go to Smart Works charity.

Shop Mantra here! 

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Alex and Ani Bangles £29

An Alex and Ani bangle with a lucky or protective symbol, such as a four leaf clover or a hand of fatima, is the perfect good luck charm!

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Words Are Powerful Bangles by Alex and Ani £33

The US designer has also released the new Words Are Powerful collection, which features shiny Colour Infusion bangles with inspirational reminders.

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Giving Key Necklaces from £30

Working with charities such as the LA Downtown Women’s Center to rehabilitate the homeless, The Giving Keys recycle old keys into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery stamped with a motivational word. A key stamped with BELIEVE is the perfect totem for exam season.

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Mother’s Day 2017: Gift Guide

Somehow there are only 4 days left until Mother’s Day! But if you’re still undecided on a gift, don’t worry. We have selected special gifts for every taste, meaning you’re sure to be the favourite this year!

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Infinity Heart Necklace, £70

The Heart Infinity necklace by Thomas Sabo symbolises eternal love and is the perfect keepsake to celebrate the unbreakable bond between a mother and child.

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Mum Double Link, £36

Begin or add to her Nomination collection. The composable Italian bracelet range is the perfect example of jewellery that tells a story, and the new double link designs are a wonderful personal gift for Mother’s Day.

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Light the Way Pendant £50, Light the Way Studs £30

Life’s Journey is a collection that celebrates the individual path that each wearer follows. Light the Way describes those who lead and nurture others, letting nothing stand in their way. They are resourceful, unwavering and devoted to others.

The perfect gift to show appreciation to a mother who has always put her children first.

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Engelsrufer (Angel Whisperer) is the perfect combination of timeless beauty and personal sentiment. The ornate filigree lockets encase a coloured chiming sound ball, imbued with a specific meaning. This purity set perfectly reflects the purity of a mother’s unconditional love.

Each chime whispers to a corresponding guardian angel; keep your Angel Whisperer close to your heart to feel loved and protected wherever you are in the world.

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Mantra necklaces, from £20

Tell her exactly how you feel with a Mantra. The flower and rose necklaces, with their accompanying mantras, are the perfect way to show appreciation for years of support and love. The perfect reminder of love that she can wear everyday.

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Alex and Ani bangle, £24

The Because I Love You collection by Alex and Ani features beautiful botanical engravings; the Mom bangle has a peony design that symbolises the generosity and heroism of a mother’s love.

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Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day 2017

February has arrived, and there are only 7 days to go until Valentine’s Day! If you’re still stuck for gift ideas, don’t worry. Our fabulous gift guide comprises the most thoughtful Valentine’s gifts for every personality, and will be sure to score you top marks next week.

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Is she a hopeless romantic? Has she been counting the days until Valentine’s, because she always has the perfect gift and date ideas? If she lives for classic romantic gestures, you can’t go wrong with hearts and flowers.

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Tell her exactly how you feel with a Mantra, or give her a precious keepsake with a pendant by My Token of Love. Mixing rose tones and Swarovski crystals, the new Alex and Ani collection is perfect for those who love fairy-tale romance- there’s even a Frog Prince bangle! With their timeless and elegant designs, Thomas Sabo are always a favourite for a classic romantic gift.

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Hearts and flowers not her thing? Maybe she prefers gifts with deep meaning and thought behind them. Buy her a simple symbolic piece that she can wear all day, from the office to the yoga studio.

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For a gift with deep thought behind it, respond to her psychic energy with a Daisy Chakra, or give her words to live by with a Mantra. Find a symbol that perfectly captures her with Alex and Ani’s Path of Symbols.

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Maybe she lives to look her best. Is one of her favourite things about  Valentine’s Day having an excuse to get dressed up? If her style is all-out glamorous, spoil her with something fabulous.

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With ornate filigree pendants and chiming pave sound balls, Engelsrufer lockets  are the perfect piece of sparkle with meaning. Nikki Lissoni lockets, in which each coin has its own meaning, also carry striking dazzling designs. Or, for something that’s as unique as she is, opt for precious gemstone piece by Soru– no two are the same.

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She might have told you not to do Valentine’s gifts this year- don’t fall for that trap! She maybe doesn’t want the fuss of old-fashioned romance, but a low-key and on trend piece of jewellery is perfect for her laid-back attitude.

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Steer clear of the big designer names this Valentine’s and look into up-and-coming designers with individually striking designs. A simple bangle by Life’s Journey, chosen to match her personality, is an ideal thoughtful gift. Find a Mantra that perfectly matches her free-spirited approach to life, or motivate her with a Giving Key.

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If you need some extra help, take our fabulous Valentine’s gift quiz!