Ruby Red: July Birthstone Jewellery

Official July BirthstoneRuby
Zodiac: Cancer and Leo

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Ruby gets its name from the word Ruber, which is Latin for red. With its vibrant red colour, the Ruby is known as “the king of gems” and is considered to embody the values of courage, devotion, romance, integrity and happiness. Ruby is the red variety of Corundum and is one of the hardest gemstones, second only to the Diamond, making this gemstone very hard wearing and perfect for jewellery worn everyday. Deemed as the most precious gemstone in ancient Sanskrit writing, the Ruby has long been a favourite gem among those in power. With romantic associations, this gem is a popular choice for engagement rings as well as the traditional anniversary gift for a couple’s 15th and 40th year together.

Red is a power colour that ignites passion and confidence so July is the month to stand out. Swap your little black dress for a little red one, perfect your pout with bright red lippy and wear your best Dorothy slippers! Accessorise any summer’s outfit with red jewellery or a statement red watch! For the perfect birthday gift, take a look at our fabulous selection of birthstone jewellery for July here.

Here’s a pick of our favourite jewellery for July! Shop online at fabulous with free delivery:

 Spinning Ruby Birthstone Ring, £49

Trollbeads Ruby and Gold Glass Charm Bead, £260 

Lulu Guinness Red Lips Watch, £160

Tresor Paris 6mm Red Studs, £11

Thomas Sabo Pearl Bracelet and Ruby Charm, £51.90

Jewellery Trends: The Great Gatsby

The hotly anticipated Great Gatsby has arrived –and to say we’re excited is a bit of an understatement. With Baz Luhrmann in the directors chair and Catherine Martin designing the set and costume, this is going to be the cinematic spectacle of the year. The influence of Art Deco in fashion and lifestyle trends has been simmering for the past eighteen months, with the film hitting the screen this weekend, that trend is set to explode.

We’ve re-read the book, we’ve watched every trailer and we can’t wait to see Leonardo and Carey take to the screen as the insatiable Gatsby and Daisy.

We’ve taken a look through the previews to pull out the key jewellery trends, so you can watch the film in your finest 20s get up!

pearls-ggJersey Pearl Topaz & Pearl studsJersey Pearl Joli NoireWe love this outfit – the monochrome kimono with red detailing to the head scarf accentuates those classic pearl earrings. Pearls are a great way to add some 20s glamour to your outfit. Jersey Pearl Topaz and Pearl earrings, £69  Jersey Pearl Joli bracelet, £49.

earrings-ggGold plated Round Drop Quartz EarringsDaisy’s simple and elegant diamond earrings are a great way to wear this Art Deco trend. Diamond earrings, £75 from Fiorelli

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4.00ct Silver Claw RingDaisy’s classic Diamond engagement ring would be worth a small fortune, jewellery for the film was supplied by Tiffany’s. You can get the look with a beautiful Diamonfire replica, with all the shine and shimmer of a Diamond ring, but without the hefty price tag – the perfect accessory for this trend. Diamonfire 4ct Silver Claw Ring, £85

isla-gg-bakerliteRebel Black BangleIsla Fisher as the vivacious Myrtle will be wearing a host of outlandish and colourful outfits. With the introduction of Bakelite jewellery in the Art Deco era, women could accessorise their outfits without spending a fortune, it was the invention of costume jewellery. We think Myrtle would love this Black Swatch bangle, £18

sparkle-ggLadies Silver Rectangle Glitz WatchNew York Medium BangleWhen it comes to the 20s there is  no such thing as ‘too much’, everything sparkled and shimmered, diamonds and crystals were everywhere and worn in abundance. This DKNY watch is perfect, £145 and Swarovski bangle to add that extra bit of glamour, £119

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For more Art Deco inspiration, try…

Buy Miami Beach Round Gold Face and Mesh StrapGlam Rock watch, £195

Buy Jersey Pearl Muse Ring MJersey Pearl Muse Ring, £115

Buy Reese Drop Earrings Pink BlushLola Rose Reese Earrings, £40

Buy Silver Vintage Coin 33mmNikki Lissoni Vintage Coin, £26

Buy Silver Popcorn Bracelet with CZPure Attraction Popcorn Bracelet with CZ, £195

The Great Gatsby is in cinemas from Thursday, check out the trailer…

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.