London Fashion Week – Best of British

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, we thought we would celebrate the best of British jewellery design!

We love our homegrown designers here at fabulous, and their talent speaks for themselves! Here’s a rundown of some of the Great British designers we stock and a little bit of information about them.

Alex Monroe – Delicately playful jewellery inspired by the beauty of nature.

Alex Monroe - Delicately playful jewellery inspired by the beauty of nature.

Suffolk-born Alex Monroe established his jewellery brand in 1986 after studying at Sir John Cass School of Art in London. His reputation for originality, quality craftsmanship and mischievous designs earned him the prestigious “Designer of the Year” award at the UK Jewellery Awards in 2008.

The Suffolk countryside has provided a wealth of inspiration for Alex Monroe, and the influence of organic forms can be clearly seen in his collections. Alex’s designs have an inherently English feel,with a delicate femininity and grace that makes them timeless. The originals are hand-crafted in Sterling Silver and then handmade in his London studios.

Azuni – A vibrant fusion of tribal design and traditional romance with a contemporary edge

Azuni - A vibrant fusion of tribal design and traditional romance with a contemporary edge

Founded in 1996 by Ashley Marshall, Azuni jewellery provides an eclectic mix of modern and old, with delicate feminine detailing. Trained as a chef, and having worked in some of London’s finest kitchens for twelve years, Ashley made a bold decision to drop everything and began studying jewellery design.

The Azuni brand was an instant success, and has become known for its careful sourcing of materials from around the world, its use of traditional hand techniques such as beading and wire work, and its high quality finish.

Dower & Hall – Classic and elegant British jewellery with a high-quality finish

Dower & Hall - Classic and elegant British jewellery with a high-quality finish.

Husband and wife team Dan Dower and Diane Hallestablished Dower & Hall jewellery in 1990, and have since become one of the most renowned designer jewellery brands in the country.

Their romantic designs have a classic feel, ensuring that they quickly become timeless pieces. Qualified gemmologist Dan handpicks a selection ofprecious and semi-precious stones, creating lxurious pieces with a high-quality finish,handmade in their Knightsbridge studio.

Linda MacDonald – Elegant jewellery with a feminine touch, inspired by the natural world

Linda MacDonald - Elegant jewellery with a feminine touch, inspired by the natural world

Linda Macdonald jewellerywas established in 1997, after Linda graduated from the Glasgow School of Art. Linda and her skilled team of jewellers create her stunning pieces in her workshop, where her inspiration flows from the countryside and romantic essence of Scotland.

Mainly fashioned in Silver, with touches of Gold, Linda’s handmade pieces are fancifuland delicate, making fabulous romantic gifts. In 2002 Linda Macdonald Jewellery deservedly won the accolade of ‘Scottish Gift of the Year’.

Lola Rose – Funky, flirty and fresh jewellery with a feminine touch.

Lola Rose - Funky, flirty and fresh jewellery with a feminine touch.

Lola Rose was established in 2000 by London-born designer Nicky Gerwitz in the hope of providing ‘affordable luxury’ to women of all ages. Nicky’s designs are bold and bright, featuring motifs of flowers and hearts. “I think it is so important for women to occasionally spoil themselves without feeling guilty,” Nicky says, and Lola Rose certainly fits the bill with a range of affordable pieces that can be worn everyday.

The personality and vitality of Lola Rose jewellery has attracted many celebrity fans, including style-setters such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie. It was even reported that Prince William bought one of Lola Rose’s signature heart pendants for Kate a few years back!

New York Fashion Week – Keep on Trend!

Combining the latest fashions on the catwalk with the next big thing in jewellery can be a tricky prospect, so here are our suggestions on how to keep your wardrobe and accessories on trend this season

New York Fashion week is drawing to a close, and while some are calling this year’s themes ‘restrained’, we think there were some fabulous and highly wearable new trends on display.

Lace and Fur

Subtle opulence is big this season, with lavish black lace and foxy fur trims featuring all over the catwalk this week. Whether you’re already on the look out for a place to show off a new lace dress, or keen to get your hands on some colourful fur boots that you’ll wear day in day out, there’s a perfect piece of jewellery just waiting to complete your new look! Pearls are the perfect companion to lace and fur, continuing the theme of sophisticated luxury without drawing too much attention away from your killer outfit, letting those elaborate lace designs and bold fur patterns shine.

Lace and Fur at New York Fashion Week

Images from vogue.com and elle.com

We carry a wide range of Pearl jewellery at fabulous. For every day wear, why not try a Freshwater Pearl charm bracelet from hot designer-of-the-minute Thomas Sabo, at a super affordable £24.95. For a little more luxury, Dower and Hall’s three-stranded Pearl bracelet is an absolute must-have (£175). Or treat yourself to a simple Pearl ring from Trollbeads (£74), beautiful in its simplicity.

Thomas Sabo Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

Thomas Sabo Freshwater Pearl Bracelet, £24.95

Dower & Hall Pearl Bracelet

Dower & Hall Pearl Bracelet, £175

Trollbeads Pearl Ring

Trollbeads Pearl Ring, £74

**Coming Soon!** We’ve chosen some stunning Pearl jewellery from Argent of London to add to our collections this season – we love the affordability of Argent’s pieces, and with Pearl bracelets starting at only £10 we think you’ll love them too! And just as exciting is the imminent arrival of a new selection of luxurious egg pendants from Alfaberge, many of which feature lace-like patterning, ideal for keeping on trend. They’ll be arriving soon, so be sure to keep an eye out over on our website.

New Argent of London and Alfaberge coming soon to Fabulous

New Argent of London and Alfaberge coming soon to fabulous

Leather

Leather is back with a vengeance this Spring, in all shapes and sizes! Leather has been making fashionable appearances for many a year, but this season starts to see the use of black Leather in every day, more casual looks. Leather is all about confidence and attitude, and with the ‘rebellion’ style also taking off in the accessories world, the timing couldn’t be better! Bold jewellery with striking shapes and bursts of colour are the key to accessorising black Leather and showing off your wild side!

Leather at New York Fashion Week

Images from vogue.com

Wrap bracelets are taking the world by storm at the moment, with celebrities from Megan Fox to Lady Gaga sporting Chan Luu’s famous leather bracelets. A Purple Jade Wrap Bracelet (116) with black Leather is the perfect way to add some glamourous colour to your Leather wardrobe this Spring. Or layer up your favourite jewellery charms from Thomas Sabo’s Rebel at Heart collection to add some of your personality to your accessorising.

Chan Luu Purple Jade Wrap Bracelet

Chan Luu Purple Jade Wrap Bracelet, £116

Angel Wing Jewellery Charm

Thomas Sabo Angel Wing Jewellery Charm, £154

Cowboy Boot Pendant

Thomas Sabo Cowboy Boot Pendant, £154

**Coming Soon!** Look out for more Chan Luu colours and designs arriving in March. We’re also very excited to announce some new collections coming to fabulous. With friendship-style bracelets popping up on fashionable arms everywhere we look, we couldn’t be more thrilled to start stocking Daisy’s Chakra bracelets Cheryl Cole loves them, and so do we! We’ll also be bringing you some contemporary new ID-style bracelets from ever popular Azuni… watch this space!

Daisy, new Chan Luu and new Azuni coming soon to fabulous

Daisy, new Chan Luu and new Azuni coming soon to fabulous

Block Colour and the 70s

Another huge trend this season takes the form of bright, block colours, and there’s no shortage of 70s shapes and cuts gracing the fashion world – a match made in heaven! Wide-legged and flared trousers, skirts flowing below the knee and bright jumpsuits are all set to take over our wardrobes in the coming weeks, all in a fabulous range of eye-catching colour! And what’s a girl to do but pair up a bright outfit with equally colourful accessories?!

Block Colour at New York Fashion Week

Images from vogue.com and marieclaire.co.uk

Stacking monochrome bangles from Dyrberg/Kern is a great way to feature colour in your jewellery while staying contemporary. Or spoil yourself with one of Swatch’s fashionable Love Explosion rings (from £30) – a splash of colour for your fingers! Gold jewellery also works well with bright colours – the stunning Melted Beauty earrings (£53), also by Swatch, look great when combined with simple colour blocks.

Dyrberg/Kern Aberdare Bracelets

Dyrberg/Kern Aberdare Bracelets, £19

Love Explosion Rings from Swatch

Swatch Love Explosion Rings, from £30

Swatch Melted Beauty Earrings

Swatch Melted Beauty Earrings, £53

**Coming Soon!** If the block colour and 70s vogue is just what you’ve been waiting for, then you’ll love the new collections we’re bringing to fabulous! Right on trend are Jackie Brazil’s stunning resin pieces, practically bursting with colour and spirit. We also have some wonderfully versatile acrylic jewellery on its way to us from Big Baby, whose designs come in an affordable range of colours for every occasion. And on top of all that, Spring sees another of Cheryl Cole’s favourite designers heading our way. We can’t wait to welcome Lucas Jack to fabulous!

Lucas Jack, Big Baby and Jackie Brazil, coming soon to fabulous

Lucas Jack, Big Baby and Jackie Brazil, coming soon to fabulous

The Next Big Thing – NEC Spring Fair

We’ve asked our fabulous team members who attended the NEC Spring Fair in February to tell us all about the latest jewellery trends coming to fabulous – here’s Becky from our Bath store with her thoughts on the trip!

After a recent visit to the NEC Spring Fair I came away extremely excited about the next big thing in jewellery!

Everywhere I looked there seemed to be meaningful bracelets such as friendship bracelets and handmade Macramé bracelets of all colours and styles; it was quite overwhelming to see each different take on this theme.

Anahata Heart Chakra Bracelet

Anahata Heart Chakra Bracelet - coming soon to fabulous!

One Bracelet that really caught my eye was the Daisy Chakra Bracelet (coming soon to fabulous!). These come in various colours but I particularly loved the Anahata Heart Chakra Bracelet which has been seen on Celebrities such as Cheryl Cole and Rochelle Wiseman.

For those who are not familiar with Chakra this is what Hindus believe is the manifestation of spiritual energies on the physical level, the heart Chakra means “I am worthy of loving myself” which I believe is something everyone should be able to do, but everybody can find an energy to suit their own personality and feelings. They are such a personal bracelet and could mean so much more to somebody as a gift!

They will cost a mere £50 in Silver and £75 in Gold and both come in a range of seven different colours!

Also keep an eye out for the new Azuni friendship bracelets and the new Pandora Macramé bracelets which allow you to attach a clip and personalise them yourself! All coming soon to fabulous!

Becky, Fabulous Bath

Valentine’s Men’s Day In-store and Online

It’s that time of year again where we treat all our fabulous men to a little money off!

Valentine's Men's Day - 15% off until Sunday 13th February!Girls, we all know that the men in our lives sometimes need a little push in the right direction, and with Valentine’s Day fast approaching we thought we’d make it a little easier for them to pick out something special just for you!

So, from Thursday 10th of February until Sunday 13th February, all your lovely fellas will get 15% off their orders on the fabulous website, including plenty of our most popular collections such as Linda Macdonald, Chan Luu and Lola Rose. He simply needs to enter the code MEN15 at the checkout! Charm favourites Nomination, Trollbeads and Spinning Rings are also discounted, so he really will be spoilt for choice! Best start leaving some hints around the place…

It’s also Men’s Day in our fabulous stores in Leamington Spa, Solihul, Milton Keynes and Bath today until 8pm, where not only will guys receive 15% off their purchases, but we’ll also have beer and nibbles to make the whole experience a little more bearable, as well as a free gift-wrapping service and our friendly, knowledgeable staff on hand!

Unfortunately, Thomas Sabo and Pandora are excluded from this discount, but we have some offers to make up for that – spend £100 on Thomas Sabo and you’ll receive a gorgeous charm box worth £15, and spend over £100 in-store on Pandora to receive a £15 gift card to spend at fabulous!

There now, don’t say we don’t spoil you…!

Browse our Valentine’s gift ideas here, or pick out a romantic charm here.

Katy Perry pops for the new Thomas Sabo collection

A new collection and a new face from Thomas Sabo!

Katy Perry for Thomas Sabo Pop Now CollectionOur charm favourites Thomas Sabo will be launching their brand new pop-art influenced collection with a little help from pop kitten Katy Perry! The gorgeous singer has become renowned for her quirky fashion sense and her bright, bubbly personality, so we think she’s the perfect match for the fresh and funky designs from Thomas Sabo this season.

Taking inspiration from the vibrant colours and bold styling of 1950s and 60s pop art, a movement which played on mass-produced popular culture, this collection features rings, necklaces, earrings and jewellery charms in a whole range of cute, kitsch designs and funky colours. Here at fabulous, we’ve all fallen in love with the adorable rabbit charm, which is the perfect fun addition to your spring wardrobe. You can even team him with his very own carrot – and get in on this season’s orange trend at the same time! Other designs include neon lightning strikes, luscious red lips and delicate dragonflies.

Nico Rosberg for Thomas Sabo Men's Jewellery

The collection will be arriving in fabulous stores and online very soon, so watch this space! Meanwhile, you’ll be able to see Katy Perry sporting the jewellery on her upcoming “California Dreams” world tour and in all her public appearances, as well as in print advertisements in your favourite glossy magazines.

And for the men in your life, Thomas Sabo have also employed gorgeous F1 racing driver Nico Rosberg to promote their stylish range of men’s watches and jewellery. Nico stated on his website that, “Their contemporary designs and distinctive, fashionable style is something I’m excited to work with.”

Browse our Thomas Sabo jewellery here, and the Charm Club here.

February Birthstone – Amazing Amethyst!

Celebrate February birthdays with the birthstone for this month, Amethyst.

February birthstone - amazing amethyst!“The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear.”

The beautiful purple colourings of Amethyst make it one of the most popular gemstones used in jewellery. Ranging from pale lilac through to rich mauve, Amethyst is symbolic of sincerity, peace and inner strength, believed to give the wearer courage and a calm disposition.

Amethyst takes its name from the Greek for “not intoxicated”, born from the stone’s reputation for preventing drunkenness!  In mythology, Dionysus, the god of wine and intoxication, persued a maiden named Amethystos. She refused his affections, and prayed to the goddess Artemis to remain chaste, who transformed her into a beautiful white stone. Dionysus, shamed and humbled by Amethystos’ desire to remain chaste, poured wine over the stone as an offering and thus died the crystals their signature purple colour.

Amethyst was also worn by medieval European soldiers for protection in battle, due to its association with healing and cool-headedness. It is mined in Brazil, Uruguay and Zambia, and the qualities of the stone vary between localities, and even individual mines. Amethyst is a favourite stone of many of the designers at fabulous, and features in designs by Dower & Hall, Azuni, Thomas Sabo and Spinning Jewelry.

Antica Murrina Venezia Amethyst Shine Bracelet, £117

Antica Murrina Venezia Amethyst Shine Bracelet, £117

Chan Luu Purple Jade Wrap Bracelet, £116

Chan Luu Purple Jade Wrap Bracelet, £116

Spinning Jewellery Trillion Ring, £20

Spinning Jewellery Trillion Ring, £20

February also welcomes the Aquarius zodiac sign from 20th January to 18th February. The symbol for Aquarius is the water bearer, and people born under this star sign are often independent, creative and entertaining.

Nomination Aquarius Starsign in CZ, £35

Nomination Aquarius Starsign in CZ, £35

Nomination Aquarius Starsign in Gold, £16

Nomination Aquarius Starsign in Gold, £16

Thomas Sabo Aquarius Charm, £29.95

Thomas Sabo Aquarius Charm, £29.95

Happy birthday to everyone born in February!

New pieces from Swarovski

Glittering crystals and beautiful, contemporary designs just in from Swarovski

Here at fabulous we love the wonderful sparkle that only comes from the finest Swarovski crystals, and so we were very excited when our new pieces arrived in the post to add to our collection. With elegant and timeless designs with a classic, vintage feel right through to really fun bright and bubbly pieces, there’s definitely something for everyone!  Swarovski jewellery is always really easy to wear – they glitter just enough to add a glamorous touch to your everyday wear, and they really come to life when you dress them up for a girl’s night out. The understated glamour of the Angelic collection is great for any occasion, and is now available in Gold as well as Silver. If you’re looking for something a little more funky, however, then take at look at the Neva collection, with gorgeous colourful crystals perfect for brightening up any outfit.

Our favourite piece has to be the gorgeously girly Crystalline Lady pens, stuffed with 160 tiny Swarovski crystals. Since they arrived in store before Christmas, they’ve been flying out of the door, and so we thought we’d give our lovely web customers a chance to get in on the act. After all, there’s no reason your desk at work can’t be a little glamorous – and at £14, they’re such a bargain that it would be rude not to!

Shop all the new pieces here – hurry and make sure you get your hands on your favourites!

Swarovski Neva Drop Earrings, £90

Swarovski Neva Drop Earrings, £90

Swarovski Angelic Ring in Gold, £80

Swarovski Angelic Ring in Gold, £80

Swarovski Loveheart Pendant, £92

Swarovski Loveheart Pendant, £92

Swarovski Mineral Bracelet, £110

Swarovski Mineral Bracelet, £110

Swarovski Crystalline Lady Ballpoint Pen in Amethyst, £14

Swarovski Crystalline Lady Ballpoint Pen in Amethyst, £14