Jewellery Pin Up: Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio is one of the highest paid supermodels, she’s a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Ambassador for The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Mother of two, she is also one of our favourite jewellery fans. She’s always wearing the latest jewellery trends and the freshest designers, she creates the perfect laid-back luxe look by mixing designer jewellery with a casual wardrobe. Get her look here…

Gold on White

If you can wear white and stay white you probably don’t carry your own coffee (but we love that she’s got a bumper load of donuts in tow) – add gold to this relaxed look for an A list twist.

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Jennifer Zeuner Ava Necklace, £168

Alessandra loves Jennifer Zeuner which you can buy exclusively from fabulous in the UK, we love her classic designs with a modern twist which you can wear everyday.

 

The More the Merrier, Stack ’em High

We love Alessandra’s festival style, full of colour and fun. Picking up pieces with meaning is a great way to add sentimental touches to your outfit, mix in pieces picked up on your travels for a truly individual look.

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Alex and Ani Bracelets from £21, Good Works Bracelets from £35

Alex and Ani bangles are a great way to create a stack of bracelets that mean something to you and Good Works bracelets are the perfect way to add a pop of colour.

Warm Tones

If there’s one place this Brazilian beauty looks more at home that the catwalk it’s the beach. She’s never without her watch and we love the addition of her friendship bracelets for a warm Summer twist.

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We salute you Alessandra you look fabulous, fab HQ x

 

Fabulous Futures: Rebecca Neil’s Work Experience with fabulous

Last week I had an amazing week of work experience with the Fabulous team as part of my ‘fabulous future’s award which I won in June.

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My first day was a big catch up with Jo and Sinade to see what I had been up to since my Graduate show at the School of Jewellery. They quizzed me to see what I needed major help in to progress with my collection and business. We went through so much in that day, from advertising, to point of sale and marketing. I also went to the Leamington spa store to see what other designers provide retailers with to display their work on, back drops behind the jewellery and stands on which they’re presented on, all things I needed to consider, there is so much that goes on behind the scenes of a jewellery collection that I didn’t think about before.

Tuesday was especially interesting with a visit to London. I sat in on a buying meeting with Jo and Sinade and the Brand Folli Follie to get a better idea of what the retailer expects when they are presented with a new jewellery collection. I took a look around the royal exchange to do a bit of research on the shops I’d love to sell my jewellery in, as Jo and Sinade pointed out how important it is to know your target market. We visited the Pure exhibition to see how designers presented their work at this kind of event and I’m really looking forward to having a finished collection and setting up at one of these tradeshows as you never know who could come along and want to sell your jewellery!

Wednesday I had a go at some visual merchandising in the store. It’s always a lot easier to organise another designer’s collection than your own! I spent the rest of the day with Rhian (fabulous eCommerce manager) taking a look at the benefits and importance of social media and a professional website. I have the word ‘blogging’ now permanently carved into my brain! I’ve been a bit lazy with the blog side of things because I found it difficult to think of what to write about but Rhian came up with a great list of subjects I could use and I know she will be watching out to see if I use them!

The next day I had a really lovely day in bath with Jo Stroud and the Fabulous Bath store team. No matter which fabulous store you go to the sales team are so welcoming and friendly! I sat in on a watch buying meeting where I realised how much thought is put into the customer. Jo and Becky were really tapped in to the “fabulous” customers mind and knew exactly what they would and wouldn’t buy.

My last day at fabulous was an overview of what I had learnt over the week. I also learnt about the reloved programme that Fabulous have started where customers bring in their old jewellery which will then be upcycled by students at Bath and Coventry into beautiful new pieces. They will then be sold for charity. This is such a great idea and I have taken away some interesting pieces to revive for Fabulous in to their reloved collection.

Overall I had a really informative and enjoyable week with Fabulous. I feel like I have a much better understanding of what is expected from me as a designer by the retailer and my target customer. My plan from today is to develop my perfume pendant collection so it is ready for sale and get to work on my website, blog and social media!

Thank you so much to the Fabulous Team and I hope to see you all again very soon, Becky x

Trend: Daisy Jewellery

Daisies are having a moment at fabulous, the Vintage collection from Daisy Jewellery is proving so popular, it’s flying off the shelves. We’ve had people buying them for themselves, for Bridesmaids, for friends called Daisy, or for chic Birthday gifts. Find out more about the Daisy with fabulous…

The Daisy symbolises purity, innocence, loyalty, beauty, patience and simplicity. The delicate design has been used as far back as Ancient Egypt and ancient Greek jewellery has been found adorned with Daisy patterns.

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A member of the Asteraceae plant group from the Latin Aster meaning star, Daisy comes from the term ‘day’s eye’ because the flower is only open during the day and closes up at night, they were known as thunder-flowers as they bloom in the summer when thunderstorms are more common.

Daisies have become popular with festival goers where daisy garlands and chains have become the go-to accessory for laid-back parties under the sun.daisy-jewellery-vintage-collection-blogDaisy Vintage collection from, £24

 

Evocateur Cuffs from USA

We are thrilled to bring the luxurious brand Evocateur to fabulous this season, a stunning collection of artisan jewellery from the USA.

Evocateur’s exquisite collection of hand-made cuffs celebrates the compelling relationship between art and fashion. Passionate about jewellery and gold leaf, US designer Barbara Ross-Innamorati was determined to adapt 22ct Gold leaf to jewellery design. After 18 months of research and trial and error, she perfected the technique for which Evocateur is now known.

2Each cuff is crafted over five days, impeccably gilded with layers of 22ct Gold leaf by a team of skilled artisans in a studio in Connecticut. Using only the finest materials and inspiration from Barbara’s extensive travels throughout the US and around the world, each cuff is one-of-a-kind.

We have a sneak preview with five exclusive designs in Leamington right now, but we’re launching the full collection in September, so watch this space!

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The Evocateur team create their one-of-a-kind cuffs in Connecticut.

5 fabulous Bridesmaid Jewellery Gifts by Price

There are so many fabulous ways to thank your bridesmaids, we’ve put together our top 5 gifts for different budgets.

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£0-£15
Estella Bartlett Like a Diamond Necklace, £14

At just £14, this is a great option if you are on a budget or, if you have a netball team for bridesmaids! These beautiful necklaces will add a touch of sparkle to their outfits and can be worn afterwards to remind them of your special day.

£15-£30

Alex and Ani, Because I Love You Friend Bangle, £24

If you’re having a boho style wedding, these beautiful bangles are the perfect accessory for your BFFs. With a simple flower in a Gold finish engraved with friend, these bracelets make the perfect token of your appreciation.

£30 -£50

Jersey Pearl, White Pearl Studs, £39

The perfect classic accessory for any wedding, pearl studs are simple, chic and will go with any dress. If your theme is white and chic, these studs will make the perfect gift for your ladies.

£50-£90

ChloBo, Cute Always Love Bracelet, £85

This beautiful Gold plated bracelet from ChloBo will make a fabulous gift for your bridesmaids, or a special token to your chief bridesmaid. A classic beaded design with a ‘Love Always’ charm, perfect to wear every day and to cherish.

£90 – £150

Jennifer Zeuner, Chelsea Necklace in Rose Gold, £145

Jennifer Zeuner is new and exclusive to fabulous in the UK, she designs beautiful keepsakes with modern twists. This Chelsea bar necklace is one of her most iconic designs and would make a perfect gift, you can get an engraving to the necklace with their name or the date of the wedding (or in-joke!) which they can cherish forever. Available in Rose Gold, Silver and Gold with a chic Diamond accent.

NEW: Which Pandora Pre-Autumn Collection will you be wearing?

If you loved the Summer symbols collection then you’ll be excited to hear that they’ve added more to the collection. Aspiration, Freedom, Guidance, Infinity and Trust are a few of the fabulous symbols which you can add to your bracelet or wear as a pendant this Summer. Which would you pick?

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This collection of delicate bracelets to wear with your Pandora collection carry symbols on chains including the Hamsa or Horsehose representing protection and luck.

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New this year is the selection of Rose Gold symbols, the beautiful rosy tone will bring some texture to your bracelet or necklace and will make a fashionable addition to your collection. Adding Rose Gold to your necklace or bracelet is a fabulous way to bring your jewellery look up to date, symbols include Faith, Love, Luck and Trust and are embellished with sparkling CZ.

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Alex and Ani Bangle of the Month, August: Path of Life

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Each month, we will feature a different bangle with a different meaning, to inspire us all to examine different aspects of our lives – our health, our relationships, our finances, our state of mind, our environment – and see how we can change them for the better. Tell us how you’re planning to change your life this year, and you could win a different bangle each month – and one lucky winner will win £150 at the end of the year to create their own stack of Alex and Ani bangles, bursting with positive energy!
August’s Bangle of the Month is the Path of Life representing strength, knowledge and motivation. With exam results coming out this month and big decisions on the horizon we spoke to members of the fabulous team about their education choices. Whether University was on the cards, how they chose or are choosing their subjects and what helped them to choose between University, college or a job.

 

Sian, Leamington Spa Team

I have just finished my A-levels in Maths, Chemistry and Economics, with the hope of going to university next year to do chemistry. I’m choosing to do Chemistry as since studying it at A-level I can see how much it is needed in life, from accessing clean water to driving to work. Not only is chemistry useful in everyday life, it also is the subject that develops new materials and technologies that will be used by doctors and engineers to help better everyone’s lives. I can’t wait to study something I’m passionate about and to make a difference!

Rhian, eCommerce Manager

I always loved art and fashion and grew up thinking I wanted to be a fashion designer. I did my A-levels, went on to do a foundation year in art and get a place at one of the best fashion universities in the UK. About 6 months into my degree I realised that it just wasn’t for me and I didn’t feel challenged, so I changed to a degree in Journalism. It’s the best thing I ever did and has meant I’ve gone on to have a career I absolutely love! My advice: If something doesn’t feel right then change it, it may feel scary at the time but you only live once, make sure you don’t have any regrets!

Vic, Solihull Supervisor

After Senior School I continued on to Solihull Sixth Form College to study Media Studies for 2 years, which I loved! When it was time to think about University, I had lengthy conversations with my family, friends and teachers. One day I was up for it, and deciding on whether to go to a Uni close by or to move away to another city, and the next day I couldn’t dream of leaving all my friends and family for such a long period of time! In the end I decided not to go to University and to work full-time instead. I know this was the right decision for me as I am extremely close to my family, love my job, and love fun days out with my gorgeous little niece, I couldn’t have missed out on her growing up!

Laura, Leamington Spa Key Holder

I have always been creative, as a child I loved drawing and painting and throughout school I soon realised that creativity was my strength. I started a fashion course at the Butts College in Coventry but it just didn’t feel right, so I was left confused at what to do next and got a retail job while I made some decisions. It turned out that I absolutely loved working with people, I’d always thought about hairdressing and while working with the public I realised that was the route for me. I wanted a creative job that was also a trade, and I wanted to work with people, the flair for hair had always been there. I tried to take the apprenticeship route but at the tender age of 21 my age always got in the way, so while completing my NVQ Level 2 at college in the evening and working at fabulous Solihull Fabulous during the day, I started to feel that things were falling into place!

I wouldn’t say my hairdressing experience has been an easy ride but it has taught me many things that I have been able to bring to my job at Fabulous, such as styling and colouring and what suits what type of person. The whole process has taught me a lot about myself, no matter how difficult something may be if you have the will and desire to complete it, you will find the strength to go out and get it!


 

The Path of Life reminds us that whatever decisions we make, or whatever path we choose, the most important thing is to make the right choice for yourself. Are you making a big decision? Let us know what life changing decision you made or are making regarding your education for your chance to win the Path of Life bangle.

If you know someone who has just graduated take a look at our gift guide.

Tweet, Facebook or email us (positive@fabulouscollections.co.uk) for your chance to win!

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Tell us how you’re planning to change your life this year, and you could win a different bangle each month. One lucky winner will win £150 at the end of the year to create their own stack of Alex and Ani bangles, bursting with positive energy! Just let us know how your outlook on KNOWLEDGE will change this year. One lucky winner will be picked out on August 31st to win the Path of Life Bangle. Let us know on Twitter or Facebook or send us an email to positive@fabulouscollections.co.uk #positivechange