fabulous Visit Brown & Newirth

The fabulous girls went behind the scenes to see how our fabulous forever range of wedding rings are made!

Last week some of us at fabulous were lucky enough to visit Brown and Newirth, the company who make our fabulous forever wedding and engagement rings.

We were invited to choose a ring design that we could follow through the entire manufacturing process and at the end of the day we were kindly allowed to keep them, which was a lovely surprise!

What we found most impressive was that every ring is hand made! And each person in their maze of a workshop (!) specialises in one particular part of the manufacturing process, many of whom travel over an hour to work every day because there are so few jobs requiring their unique skills in the country. Meeting all these very skilled people made us feel a bit useless! It was so interesting to see a company whose foundations are built on the history of British design and manufacture.

We learnt how every ring starts life as a “doughnut” of metal and then is subjected to high temperatures and pressure to size the ring as required. This means – as cheesy as it sounds – that the wedding rings they produce are an endless band of love! There are no seams to the bands and so they are also much more visually pleasing.

During the next stage we saw how the design of the ring was implemented – most of us chose a ring that had a diamond cut pattern on it, which created a super sparkly effect. One of the girls chose a design which had a heart pattern, so in order to see this take shape we visited the lasering room, which houses very expensive and rare equipment – it houses one of only two machines in the whole of the UK! It is so special because it can create very intricate designs, and the team will take on any pattern given to them by a customer. We admired some of their sample rings, and they were all very unusual!

After our rings had been made, the final process they went through was rhodium plating, to give them a shiny polished finish. Our rings were made in Sterling Silver and the rhodium will help to stop them tarnishing as quickly as non-plated Sterling Silver might do.

We really enjoyed our workshop tour and getting to meet the people who make our fabulous forever range – it’s always good to put some faces to names! Everyone there was so friendly and nothing was too much trouble, from fetching us more biscuits to completing bespoke wedding and engagement rings! Brown and Newirth’s tagline is “A Dedication to Perfection”, and after our visit we totally understood why.

Take a look at the fabulous forever range here.

Happy New Year – here’s to the new trends for Spring Summer 2012

Here’s a run down of the trends fabulous is tipping to be the top five for the new season!

  • Statement jewellery reigns supreme

A trend which continues from last season is statement jewellery; but think more sculptural and eye catching than last season to complement your Spring Summer wardrobe. Most importantly, Spring 2012 sees the return of the earring, with extravagant drop styles usually saved for the evening making a break for day time. They don’t have to be bold and obvious though, quirky details will make people do a double take! Dolce and Gabbana mixed pasta shapes with religious icons, Marni created colourful 60s optic styles and Salvatore Ferragamo had an ocean theme with seahorse shaped drop earrings. In short, the more unusual the better for this season.

  • Prints – be brave and embrace these!

According to Elle magazine, print is the season’s ultimate statement. The roots of this trend come fromLondon’s digitally talented designers, and it will no doubt feature heavily on the high street. Be brave and go for a print which resembles a collage of sharp vivid images like Mary Katrantzou’s flower and ribbon dress. Even though this lady has a difficult surname, it’s one you should learn off by heart, as she is one of THE up and coming British designers, and her dresses have been sported by many an A List celebrity on the red carpet since last fashion week. Don’t forget, prints don’t have to be garish, and can also come in muted or classic hues which can easily be incorporated into work wear.

  • Colours

It is Spring Summer, so you should have expected that bright colours would be a mainstay! Choose an outrageous colour and wear it with aplomb – either head to toe, see Mulberry’s neon yellow skirt suit and Rocksander Ilincic’s dresses – or as a fun accessory like the hot pink sports bag at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Make sure the material of your techni-colour item is as luxe as you can afford to keep it looking chic rather than fancy dress!

  • 1950s – the shapes and styles that broke the mould in the mid-century

We can guarantee you’ll see A LOT of Prada’s 1950s car inspired stilettos in the fashion glossies this season – the heels have little red break lights! A defined silhouette is key, so cinch in your waist – or bare it with an on trend crop top if you dare – and choose pastel colours which will maintain a modern edge. Accessorise with cat’s eye sunglasses, headscarves and ladylike gloves. Add petticoats to taste!

  • Ultra-girlie

This trend is all about the delicacy of the look; sheer flowing chiffons, silk slips, fragile lace, frivolous sequins, frills and simple lines. Broderie Anglaise is having a revival – see the Peter Pan collars by Louis Vuitton for the ultimate in girliness. However, the models at Alexander McQueen wore lace headdresses and at Nina Ricci sheer dresses, so although this trend is all about femininity, it’s definitely not for the faint hearted.

Images from style.com