Summer Style Guide: Wedding Jewellery

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With July coming to a close, it feels like we’re well into Wedding Season. You might be getting married yourself, and there’s a good chance you have been invited to celebrate someone else’s big day. It’s an incredibly exciting time that you will want to commemorate for years to come; and such a special occasion calls for some equally special jewellery! We’ve narrowed down our favourite precious pieces that are perfect for adding classic glamour or luxe sparkle to celebrate a perfect day…

Lily and Rose Wedding Jewellery Designer Swarovski Crystal

Lily and Rose, from £29

Lily and Rose is a beautiful collection from Swedish designer Therese Zetterburg, who uses glittering Swaorvski crystals in all her designs. Inspired by vintage glamour and classic beauty, the chic pastel colour palette makes their pieces perfect for summer weddings.

Shop Lily and Rose at fabulous!

Daisy London Wedding Jewellery Designer Sterling Silver

The Vintage collection from Daisy London is a classic collection- inspired by English country gardens and perfect for outdoor events.

Shop Daisy London at fabulous

Alex and Ani Wedding Jewellery Designer Swarovski Crystal

Alex and Ani’s Bridal Collection, £35

The Bridal collection by Alex and Ani is delicate and elegant, with a Swarovski crystal adorning every piece. With a special meaning embossed on every piece, it is the perfect keepsake for a special day.

Shop Alex and Ani at fabulous

 

Behind The Scenes: Fabulous Garden Party 2017

 

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Anna Burkett (L), the manager of the Solihull and Leamington branches of fabulous, with Jo Stroud (R), the owner of fabulous.

Our 11th annual Fabulous Garden Summer Garden Party was a sell-out success! Thank you to the 66  guests who joined us at Mallory Court, the beautiful Relais & Chateau hotel outside Leamington that has been the venue for the event since it started in 2006.

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Les Georgettes

Although there was a spot of rain, even the poor weather could not put a dampener on things. Guests enjoyed a Pimm’s reception, a delicious 3-course lunch in the main-house restaurant, and the chance to browse and buy jewellery from over a dozen different collections.

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Nikki Lissoni

Jo Stroud, the owner of fabulous, gave an informative introductory talk about the brands present before guests were given the opportunity to meet designers and representatives from collections as diverse as ChloBo, Daisy London, Dower and Hall, to Beach Art Glass, Alex and Ani and Nikki Lissoni.

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Mantra Jewellery

Mantra Jewellery, our very first in-house brand, proved very popular with customers, and many had their Mantra pieces engraved and personalised on the day.

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Alex and Ani

Thank you to everyone who came for making the event such a success- we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Click through for more photos of the event!

Psst… Fabulous Garden Party 2017: sneak preview!

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Exciting news! Tomorrow is our 2017 annual summer Garden Party, and we’re excited to showcase a host of striking and unique collections. Below is just a taste of what our guests will have to look forward to…

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We’re very proud to feature both beautiful new designs and bestsellers from our first in-house brand Mantra Jewellery. Be the first to see our beautiful new ‘MyMantra‘ designs, which will launch in September.

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Find out more about the design inspiration and stories behind our second in-house brand, Life’s Journey.

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Life’s Journey

Les Georgettes is a major French brand with an innovative new concept. Their filigree cuffs and rings are silver- and gold-plated, and can be customised with double-sided leather and patent inserts.

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Les Georgettes

Award-winning British artist Julie Fountain will be joining us with her amazing handmade jewellery designs from the Beach Art Glass collection. As well as launching her own collection in 2015, Fountain has been an accredited lampworker for Trollbeads since 2007. Have a chat and learn all about her amazing techniques.

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Beach Art Glass

From Gothenburg, Sweden, Therese Zetterberg brings her beautiful sparkling collection Lily and Rose. Inspired by the jazz age glamour of the Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey, these chic pieces incorporate Swarovski crystals to create a beautiful lustre.

Swarovski Crystals Therese Zetterberg Stainless Steel Designer Jewellery

Lily and Rose

We’ve stocked Azuni at fabulous for many years and are thrilled to re-launch them. Their latest collection, Santa Fe, is inspired by the wanderlust and vibrancy of the bohemian 60s. Perfect for summer!

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Azuni

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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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Fabulous Futures Award: The 2015 Winners!

We’re delighted to announce this year’s winners of our ‘Fabulous Futures’ Award, in conjunction with the Birmingham School of Jewellery, Sarah McCracken and Janet Royle.

Fabulous have been working 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.

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.

“Birmingham School of Jewellery has an excellent reputation for producing highly employable graduates with the skills needed within the jewellery industry today. We have chosen this particular course as it offers students a sound knowledge of the market, developing their technical skills within a commercial environment,” explains fabulous owner, Jo Stroud.

Jo Stroud, together with Sinade Prosser, Retail & Buying Manager at fabulous – herself a graduate of this course selected two students to be the recipients of the annual ‘Fabulous Futures’ Awards.

The winners will receive mentoring sessions designed to help them consider their target market, the pricing of their pieces, the way jewellery is presented in-store and packaged for the consumer, and the ways they can showcase themselves online. They will receive a week’s work experience at fabulous, as well as winning the chance to appear at the fabulous annual Garden Party, where they will meet top customers and other designers. A £200 bursary for each winner will cover any expenses incurred during placements.

Jo continues, “British designers are very important to us at fabulous, with collections from Vivienne Westwood, Lulu Guinness, Chloe Moss, James Boyd and Chris Lewis all 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.”

Acting Head of School, Gaynor Andrews, says “We are delighted to be working with Fabulous on these Awards, and look forward to developing an exciting and positive relationship with the Fabulous team. We are also thrilled that an alumnus of the School is so closely involved.”

Sinade Prosser graduated from this course in 2009, and has worked her way up at Fabulous since joining in 2007 as a part-time retail assistant while studying, to being part of the senior management team with responsibility for buying and marketing.

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Left to Right: Sarah McCraken, Janet Royle, Jo Stroud

Sarah McCracken

“We chose Sarah because she had a real enthusiasm for fashion accessories.  For her final project she had demonstrated good use of trend research and had incorporated many different textures and materials into her jewellery, in addition to precious metals.  Sarah has a placement coming up at Vivienne Westwood and wants to develop a career as a designer within the fashion jewellery industry. We feel a placement at fabulous and some support from us will help her get started in her career!

Janet Royle

“We chose Janet because she had a completely different style of jewellery to everybody else, utilising a mix of vintage and new pieces.  She carried out a lot of research into the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and Arts and Crafts Jewellery and had taken inspiration from this.  She has a clear plan to create her own jewellery in a unique way combining vintage elements with new components she is designing.  We feel exposure to fabulous’ stores and customers, will give her a clearer insight into her potential target market.”

Congratulations to Sarah and Janet, we’ll see you at the Garden party and look forward to seeing you for work experience in the next few months!

Our Top 5 Friends Thanksgiving Moments!

When we were growing up Friends introduced us to Thanksgiving, the parade, American football and Monica’s infamous Turkey sandwiches. So we’ve put together our favourite Thanksgiving episodes, enjoy!

1. The One with the Rumor

Yep, it’s the one with Brad Pitt! When he and Rachel were an item this had to be the most hyped episode in the history of friends.

2. The One with All the Thanksgivings

Cue fat suits and prosthetic noses, we love the flashbacks in this episode and of course the romantic ending!

3. The One With The Football

Another classic from the early days of friends, the perfect reminder of what is important over the holidays, friends and family!

4. The One Where Ross Got High

So many funny moments, we particularly enjoy Rachel’s beef trifle and Monica’s Mum putting everyone in their place.

5. The One with the Late Thanksgiving

The last ever Thanksgiving episode of the series, with a very emotional ending!

Which was your favourite Thanksgiving episode? Let us know in the comments below…

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Which Fashion Week City do you Belong in?

This week we’ve been hosting our bi-annual Girls’ Night Out events in Bath, Solihull and Leamington Spa. Twice a year we showcase the latest trends in fashion and jewellery with a fashion show, guests sip bubbly, enjoy canapés and have the opportunity to see the new collections before anyone else, there’s also a raffle with amazing prizes and special offers on the night.

This year our theme was fashion week, showcasingfour distinct looks associated with Paris, Milan, London and New York. Take our quiz below to see which city you belong in. Take a note of your answers to see if you’re mostly A, B, C, or D…

1. Where is your favourite place to shop?

a) Vintage markets are heaven to me, rummaging through piles of beautiful clothes

b) I like high-end brands, so I’ll usually head to a designer shopping centre

c) I always seek out unusual boutiques featuring up and coming designers

d) I’ll spend all day looking for something absolutely perfect, so I’ll scour the entire city!

2. What is your dream date?

a) The more unusual and creative the better, somewhere I’ve never been before

 b) I’d love to be dressed up in my finest, at ‘the-place-to-be-seen’ – somewhere the A-list crowd go!

c) Something vibrant and exciting like a gig followed by cocktails and dancing

d) A romantic stroll in the park followed by a candle-lit dinner

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3. What will you live in this Autumn?

a) My leather jacket, it’s so old but I love it

b) Smart black leather boots, they go with everything and I buy a new pair every year

c) I’ll buy a new coat, bright, bold and individual

d) I love pretty scarves and have one to match every outfit

4. What’s your favourite drink?

a) Whatever the locals are drinking

b) A great vintage of a fabulous wine

c) The brightest craziest cocktail on the menu

d) Pink champagne

5. What jewellery will you be investing in this season?

a) I’ll invest in a few items that I can make my own and wear lots of different ways

b) I’m looking for something chic that will bring some glamour to my work wear

c) Something bright and different that will stand out

d) I’d like something sentimental I can wear every day, close to my heart

6. What would your ideal wedding be?

a) Something that no one would expect, it has to be different from the norm

b) I’d love to get married in a modern space with a classic white theme

c) Vegas – bright lights, crazy, fun and a party to remember

d) A small romantic setting, an idyllic church and an intimate celebration

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Mostly A’s – You’re PARIS, click here for an explanation of your style character and shop the trend

Mostly B’s – You’re MILAN, click here for an explanation of your style character and shop the trend

Mostly C’s –  You’re LONDON, click here for an explanation of your style character and shop the trend

Mostly D’s – You’re NEW YORK, click here for an explanation of your style character and shop the trend