Gift Guide for Her

Here are a few tips on what would make ideal presents for fabulous ladies this Christmas…

Have you been feeling a bit uninspired about what to buy your nearest and dearest for Christmas?

Just in case we’ve put together a guide to which fabulous pieces of jewellery your girlfriend, wife, Mum or best friend would just love to unwrap on Christmas morning!

Pandora

  • The new five clip bracelet

The original style of this Pandora bracelet, brand new for AW11, is delicate yet eye catching. You can choose which five clips you wish to add to the bracelet from the now extensive range, or just choose one or two to start the bracelet off and afterwards the lucky lady you bought it for can enjoy completing it to her own design. Bracelet is £65 and clips start at £25.

  • The new flower pendant

Inspired by gothic lace and intricate wrought iron designs, this flower pendant is the stand out piece from Pandora’s new jewellery range. It’s a versatile length and would suit lots of different outfits. The necklace costs £165.

Swarovski

This striking design, emulating a rough cut crystal only polished on the one side creates a tough look whilst retaining the sophisticated sparkle that epitomises Swarovski. One of these pieces would make the perfect gift for a lady who loves modern and unusual jewellery. Prices start at £107.

Missoma

Missoma’s designs are undoubtedly modern but with a throwback to the Deco styles of the 1930s, particularly with this beautiful Evil Eye necklace. Available in Sterling Silver or 18ct Gold vermeil its multi pendant design complements the current trend for charm necklaces. Missoma has been spotted on celebs such as Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Biel, so this necklace would be the perfect present for a chic fashionista! Prices start at £149.

Thomas Sabo

The feather pieces in the latest jewellery collection by Thomas Sabo have gone straight to the top of everyone’s Wish List and are extremely classic with only a hint of boho. The drop earrings with clear Cubic Zirconia are already proving to be a hit with stylish ladies of all ages. Prices start at £86.

This stunning Cubic Zirconia encrusted mask jewellery charm is available in black or clear stones and would add drama and mystery to any evening outfit. It will be irresistible to any Sabo collector and can be clipped onto any kind of Thomas Sabo carrier and chain. If you’re not sure whether your intended recipient has these pieces already, you can purchase them from fabulous. Prices start at £8.95.

Tresor Paris

The bracelets that have been taking the fashion and celebrity worlds by storm, and now high street shoppers too, are an ideal Christmas gift for anyone who enjoys some sparkle! The ultimate by Tresor Paris is the white crystal without the visible cord, which reminds us of a magical Winter Wonderland! Bracelets start from £25.

Azuni

Always a favourite for special gifts, the delicate and detailed designs of the Azuni Sterling Silver collection are very feminine. The faceted heart necklace in Smokey Quartz combined with a pink freshwater pearl and rose charm, creates the perfect “Wintery” accessory imbued with natural beauty. The necklace costs £86.

All of these items are available to purchase either online or in our stores. Or you can call 0845 450 9334 and our helpful team will take your order!

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What’s your favourite Thomas Sabo Charm?

Leamington Becomes Even More fabulous!

Alex, the newest Leamington employee, gives us an account of the days leading up to the store’s re-opening

What a week!! Having started working at fabulous only a week before the shop refurbishment, with three days of training under my belt, it has been pretty hectic, but exciting too!

Saturday 29th Excitement is in the air.

The much awaited shop expansion and re-fit is imminent, and everyone is working hard to move the stock to its temporary home in our new office space just round the corner from the Royal Priors Centre. No longer will our manager, Gill, be working out the back of the shop – where it’s a bit cold, but will instead have the lovely new (and pink, of course) office to work in!

Monday 1st Fabulous closes!!

The two day refit to expand the shop begins today. There is lots to do in preparation for the launch party on Thursday. Everyone is in the office today, so the store team gets a rare chance to work alongside the fabulous web team and fabulous’ owner, Jo. We’re kept busy with gift wrapping – we need 85 presents for the launch party’s Luxury Lucky Dip! It’s fun to eye up all the prizes – there’s some really lovely jewellery up for grabs!

Tuesday 2nd Tension mounts!

I was in the office again today but I had a cheeky peek at the shop – it looks a lot like a building site at the moment! Everyone has their fingers crossed it will be ready on time for the opening tomorrow… tension mounts! Still, the builders are working hard so we get to work handing out invitations across town to some local businesses; we want the launch party to be a success with lots of people checking out the new store. Everyone is discussing what outfits they will wear, looks like it’s dresses all the way!

Wednesday 3rd The shop re–opens!

Today is all about our exciting new products! The whole team is bustling around getting the jewellery out of storage and into the display cabinets, ensuring it looks its very best! Everyone is excited about the new Tresor Paris bracelets, favoured by the stars of The Only Way is Essex and we had our first ever delivery of watches. Bering, the beautiful Danish watch brand, looks even better in the flesh than in the catalogue! I think everyone here has their eye on the limited edition design, which is not only stunning but also, 10% of its profits will be donated by Bering to support the protection of polar bears in the Arctic – so it’s a win-win situation! Unfortunately we found out the builders are a bit behind, so there is a last minute push to get everything sorted and we finally open at, a slightly later than planned, 3.30pm. Phew!

Thursday 3rd Launch Day!!

Open for business as usual, we all familiarise ourselves with the new store whilst speedy preparations continue behind the scenes.

At 6.00pm, we open our doors, with the store looking it’s most fabulous ever! The launch is a big success with over 70 people turning up for a browse of the latest collections. with a glass of bubbly and a nibble on the delicious canapés. The atmosphere is buzzing and we all have smiles on our faces as we chat to the customers about their fabulous Wish Lists. The Wish Lists are a great way of making a note of all the things you have your eye on at fabulous, which we can then keep on file so when someone pops into store to buy you something special, they know just what you are hoping for! Until the end of November, everyone who completes a Wish List will be entered into a prize draw to win a gold Pandora bracelet!

All in all, I found the week hectic and challenging but really fun!

The staff have been great and have really made me feel part of the team, and the fabulous atmosphere is so welcoming, it’s a great place to work – and shop of course! So, despite a scary first week, I’m really glad to have been a part of it and am already looking forward to seeing you all in the new Leamington store soon!

Take a look at all the photos from the launch evening here.

It’s Time for Something New at fabulous

After many years of saying ‘no’ to watches, why have we suddenly started to stock them at fabulous? Owner Jo Stroud explains.

Why introduce watches now, after 6 years?

It’s mainly due to customer demand. We have been asked consistently over the years whether we plan to introduce watches, and now feels like it’s the right time to do so. We are always looking for new brands and designers that we think will truly excite our customers, and currently, much that is new and exciting is in the world of watches. We already stock Pandora watches in our Bath store, so it seemed like a natural extension.

Why Bering?

The Managing Director of Bering came to see us specifically, as he felt that fabulous would be the perfect place to stock this new Danish brand, which is both design- and technology-led. As soon as we saw the watches, we agreed! They certainly fit in with our ethos to add a little bit of glamour to your life every day.

What makes Bering watches so special?

The combination of the elegance and simplicity of Danish design, with the advanced use of materials like ceramic, meant this brand had instant appeal to us. The watches are beautiful to look at especially as some are set with Swarovski crystals; but more importantly, the brand has credibility and technical excellence. Ceramic is highly scratch-resistant and extremely durable, only a diamond exceeding its hardness, and the watch faces are made out of Sapphire Crystal which is scratch resistant and very durable. These materials have been incorporated into designs that are so slim and beautiful, that you really are combining toughness with beauty.

What is Bering’s story?

The brand is named after Vitus Bering who was a Danish sailor and is noted for being the first European to discover Alaska and its Aleutian Islands in 1728. The Bering Straits, the Bering Sea, Bering Island, Bering Glacier and the Bering Land Bridge all bear the explorer’s name. In fact the time zone for this area is even called Bering Time! A map of the area is on the reverse of the watch face on all but two Bering watches. The brand’s link to such a historic story of discovery echoes its innovative and unique design and manufacturing techniques; the perfect combination of extraordinarily hard materials and an extremely flat design, evoking a sense of the Arctic!

Can you tell us more about the charity watch in the collection?

Proving the brand has style and substance, there is one watch design which is limited edition and 10% of its sales goes to support the protection of polar bears in the Arctic. It is a fabulous white ceramic watch with gold edges, and is really stunning. It retails at £169.00.

Does fabulous plan to introduce any other watch brands?

In the New Year, we are thrilled to be introducing Thomas Sabo watches, which are super stylish and will complete our already extensive range of Thomas Sabo charms and jewellery. Plus, we are carefully considering a shortlist of exciting British and international brands that we may stock in 2012 – so watch this space for more news as the months go on!

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The Bering collection of watches consists of both men’s and women’s styles, with prices starting at £99. You can shop Bering online or pop into our Leamington or Solihull stores.

November Birthstone- Citrine Topaz!!

Yellow Topaz November BirthstoneWho first comes to this world below,

In dreary November’s fog and snow,

Should prize the topaz amber hue,

Emblem of friends and lovers true.”

– November Poem

 

All About Topaz

The word Topaz is derived from Topazos, a small island in the Red Sea, where the Romans obtained a stone which they called by this name. Topaz is a mineral, occurring in rhombic prisms, generally yellowish and pellucid, also colourless, and of greenish, bluish, or brownish shades. It sometimes occurs massive and opaque.

Did You Know?

  • The stunning November birthstone Topaz is commonly found in these countries: Brazil, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and China.
  • The Topaz is commonly colourless, also light to medium Blue, Violet, Yellow, Pink, Peach, Gold, Green, Red and Brown. Topaz with Orange-red and Pink colours are rare and most valuable.
  • The Topaz promotes individuality and creativity, while providing self-confidence in your own decisions.
  • Yellow Topaz is also associated with Solar Plexus Chakra.

Gift Ideas

Yellow Topaz is a 23rd Anniversary gemstone and a Symbol for Good Luck and Protection.

The healing properties of the November birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to sanity, asthma, gout, blood disorders, tuberculosis and insomnia. The Topaz is also used to enhance spiritual rejuvenation and feelings of happiness. Gift this gem as a healing sentiment to show that you care. See our range of Birthstone jewellery at fabulous for ideas!

 How to Care for your Topaz Jewellery

  • Like diamonds, topaz have the property of perfect cleavage – if struck from the right direction, they’ll split cleanly along the cleavage
    lines. For that reason, it’s important to take care not to strike the stone.
  • Wear gloves (or remove rings) when doing dishes and household cleaning chores. Be careful not to get chlorine bleach on the stone or metal fittings.
  • When it’s not being worn, store topaz jewellery in a protective envelope or cloth inside a jewellery box.
  • Avoid exposing it to high temperatures and bright light for long periods of time, as it may darken the stone.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning topaz. You can soak the piece in warm water with a little dishwashing liquid added, then scrub gently with a soft toothbrush to loosen any remaining dirt before rinsing.

November’s Zodiac Signs:

Scorpio – 23rd October – 21st November

Passion, desire and power go hand in hand for Scorpios. Their biggest challenge and test in life is choosing between the power of love and the love of power, wise beyond the average, Scorpios often know all the answers.

Sagittarius – 22nd November – 25th December

Ruled by the benefic planet Jupiter, Sagittarians possess a natural exuberance, sense of adventure and love of life that makes them one of the most optimistic zodiac signs of all. Like their astrological symbol – the Archer – Sagittarians are renowned for aiming their sights towards whatever it is they find alluring – a love partner, dream job, vacation – and making it their own. They believe that anything is possible – and because of this belief system, Sagittarians are adept at seeking out their very own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Happy Birthday to everyone born in November!