Rhian’s January Sale Edit

Our sale this New Year really is fabulous! We have some truly iconic brands up to 70% off, which make them a really great style investment for 2016. It’s also a great time to pick up jewellery for friends or relatives for upcoming Birthdays or celebrations, you can shop within your budget but get a lot more, coming away with some really beautiful sentimental pieces of jewellery which they’ll adore. Here’s my pick of the fabulous sale…

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Jennifer Zeuner is huge in America and favoured by all the A-list stars. The jewellery is classic with modern design twists featuring beautiful protection talismans. The perfect layering look (which becomes extremely affordable in the sale) made from Sterling Silver with precious stone elements. I can’t resist treating myself to one of these pieces, this Evil Eye necklace was £116 and is now £34.80, the classic Chelsea bar bracelet in Rose Gold (below) was £124 and is now £37.20!

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This Chelsea Bar Bracelet is a great example of a piece of jewellery to buy and keep for a special present. You could have it engraved for a special Birthday or anniversary, or in my case, just keep it.

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Seeing the line up for Coachella being announced has got me dreaming of Californian Summers and all the fabulous jewellery to go with it. I don’t know about anyone else but I’m already thinking about my next holiday and Hipanema is the perfect accessory, I love to pile my bracelets up, but if I’m on holiday or at a big event I love the ease of one big statement cuff with the appearance of lots of layers.

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They’re now 70% off, so instead of £69, they’re now £20.70 – take a look at their instagram for some serious life envy and a dose of sunshine.

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I love stacking rings; these Lauren G Adams rings come in a rainbow of colours but for Autumn/Winter I love them in glossy Black/White/Silver and Gold – they look great with the ChloBo Arrow midi ring too, plus, they’re all in the sale! Lauren G Adams rings are now only £8.40 and the ChloBo midi rings are 50% off, you can shop ChloBo rings here.

You can browse the fabulous SALE here, what will you be treating yourself to this January?

Rhian

eCommerce Manager

What’s your favourite Mantra? Tell us to win!

As part of our ten year anniversary we’ve created our first own brand line, Mantra. Combining beautiful designs with thoughtful meanings, the Mantra collection is inspired by the power of positive affirmations. Wear your Mantra jewellery as a reminder of the power of positive thought and let the powerful words heighten your mood and awareness.

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Laugh Often & much, £50

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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, £30

We created packaging to make the perfect gift, featuring an inspirational image and carefully selected phrase. Choose the perfect Mantra for yourself your friend or family member; Mantra jewellery comes in a beautiful envelope with space for your own private message, inside, is why we created the collection.

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photomantraLife is beautiful, £50

To celebrate the launch of Mantra we’re running a competition for the month of May. Just tell us your favourite Mantra, phrase or affirmation on social media with the #mantrabyfabulous for your chance to win £100 worth of Mantra jewellery. The winner will be randomly selected on 31st May.

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We look forward to hearing your favourite Mantras, and who knows, they might inspire a piece of jewellery!

Browse the collection at www.fabulouscollections.co.uk/mantra 

The Top Five Fabulous Friendship Bracelets

As the sun starts shining we hark back to school days in the playground with an arm full of home-made friendship bracelets. We may have grown up a bit since then, but there’s still something very special about friendship bracelets and they make the perfect gift. We’ve put together our top 5 friendship bracelets for more mature BFFs!


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Azuni, £18

We love these Aztec inspired bracelets, in a rainbow of colours they’re a fabulous gift for you bestie.

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Alex and Ani from £18

Choose a matching Alex and Ani bracelet for your stack, all of which have their own special meanings. We chose the feather bracelet meaning truth, light, virtue.

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ChloBo, £65

The new Let’s Dance collection was inspired by sunny days on the beach and warm nights dancing under the stars. Who is your favourite person to do that with? Your best friend of course!

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Lizas from £28
This collection is named after festivals and holiday destinations. Find somewhere you’ve been together or are planning to go for a daily reminder of your fabulous travels together.

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Cruciani, £10

Cruciani is the hottest European trend. Made in Italy from macramé lace, these bracelets are fun, inexpensive and the perfect summer accessory!

So which one would your best friend love? Let us know in the comments below…

fabulous Still Has Royal Fever!

As Her Majesty The Queen opened the Royal Fabergé exhibition last week, there’s another reason why royal style is on everyone’s lips this season!

So far 2011 has been a right royal year! With two of her grand-children tying the knot in the last few months, we’d have thought the Queen would be looking forward to taking a rest – but instead, this Summer, Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms will be open to the public (although we don’t think Her Majesty will be guiding the tours!) As part of the Summer Opening a special exhibition of the royal family’s extensive Fabergé collection is taking place.

The Royal Fabergé exhibition includes over 100 masterpieces by Peter Carl Fabergé, the greatest Russian jeweller and goldsmith of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and explores how six successive generations of the British Royal Family, from Queen Victoria to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, have shaped the finest collection of Fabergé in the world – unparalleled in size, range and quality.

The success of Fabergé’s business was inextricably linked to the patronage of the Romanov dynasty and the close ties between the British, Danish and Russian royal families, who often exchanged works by Fabergé as personal gifts. The exhibition includes a number of works on public display for the first time.

Fabergé is most famous for the decorative eggs he created for the Russian Tsars; the designs of which were opulent and stunning. The vast majority of his designs were never repeated, and most pieces were made entirely by hand. Recently there has been a renewal of interest in Fabergé’s one of a kind pieces, especially with this Summer’s exhibition showcasing the priceless items. The exquisite and delicate works have also been revived by the jewellery brand Alfabergé, who owns some of Fabergé’s original designs, and have created new ones inspired by his style, to produce delicate Fabergé influenced jewellery.

Alfaberge‘s range of charm pendants and necklaces retains the lavish feel and intricate detailing of Fabergé’s work, but in miniature form to produce truly dazzling pieces of jewellery. Beautiful enamel work combined with Gold and embellished with Swarovski crystals gives these timeless and elegant pieces a contemporary edge.

The jewellery is perfect for special occasions, either as a gift for a loved one – or for yourself!! The pendants are especially versatile as they can be attached to any type of chain, and will add an imperial, sophisticated edge to any outfit!

However, we can’t promise they will make you the next Kate Middleton…

Browse the fabulous collections range of Alfabergé here.

The Royal Fabergé exhibition is open until 3rd October 2011. For tickets and visitor information go to www.royalcollection.org.uk

The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge take in a priceless display at the Royal Fabergé exhibition.

The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge take in a priceless display at the Royal Fabergé exhibition.

June Birthstone – Pretty Pearl

Celebrate June birthdays with the birthstone for this month, Pearl

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“By her who in this month was born
No gem save Pearls shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.”

– June Birthstone Poem

All about Pearls

The traditional birthstone for June, Pearls have long been admired for their beautiful natural glow and white-cream colourings. Pearl is associated with faithfulness and friendship and symbolises purity and modesty. Pearls are generally found with creamy-white tones, but it is possible to get pink, grey and lilac Pearls as well. Natural saltwater or freshwater Pearls are formed inside the shells of mollusks such as oysters, caused by a foreign body such as a grain of sand which causes an irritation. They can also be manmade to produce cultured Pearls, and a good sized pearl takes around five years to grow.

The beautiful lustre of Pearls has made them the darlings of many jewellery designers over the years. Pearl jewellery was the favourite of the ever-glamorous Coco Chanel, and their classic glamour was seen on many screen starlets in Hollywood’s golden age. They’re popular with many designers at fabulous, including Argent of London and Trollbeads. Mother of Pearl is also used in many jewellery designs – it’s more versatile than Pearl but shares the same beautiful glow.

Did you know?

  • The ancient Greeks believed that Pearls promote marital bliss and that a Pearl necklace can prevent newly-wed brides from crying.
  • Several factors are considered when evaluating the value of a Pearl. The most important factor for jewellers is the Pearl’s luster, but size, colour, flawlessness and symmetry are also significant.

You can read more about Pearls and their interesting history over at Wikipedia!

Gift Ideas

Pearl has long been a favourite material of jewellery designers, and we have a fantastic range of Pearl jewellery available at fabulous! Birthstone jewellery makes a wonderful, personal gift, so whether you’re after a special charm, a new charm bracelet or a luxury piece of Pearl jewellery, there’s something for everyone.

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How to care for your Pearl Jewellery

Pearls are very delicate, fragile gemstones, and require gentle TLC! But when properly looked after they can last for generations, so here are our top tips on how to care for and clean your Pearl jewellery:

  • Try not to let your Pearls come into contact with perfume, make-up or moisturiser. This will help keep your Pearls clean, and will also ensure that they don’t come into contact with any chemicals that could diminish their beauty.
  • If you need to clean your Pearls, find a soft cloth and gently polish them. You can dampen the cloth if it helps, but be sure to air your Pearls after polishing them to let them dry.
  • The chlorine in swimming pools can damage your Pearls – so make sure to remove your jewellery before swimming.
  • Never place your Pearls in commercial Silver cleaner! Commercial Silver ‘dipping’ cleaners are becoming more readily available, and are a great way to return some sparkle to your Silver Jewellery. But the delicacy of Pearls means they will lose some of their lustre and may change in colour when dipped in these cleaners, and once a Pearl is ruined it can’t be repaired… so protect your Pearls!
  • It’s often recommended that you have your Pearl necklaces and bracelets re-strung every year if you wear them frequently. This is a good idea to prevent stretching and possible breakage.
  • Another top tip is to store your Pearls carefully away from other, harder jewellery (such as Diamonds), which might scratch the Pearls.
  • Pearls don’t like the heat, so where possible it’s safest to avoid wearing your Pearls while cooking, and if you spill anything hot on them, try to gently clean them with a cloth straight away.

June’s Zodiac Sign

June also introduces the Gemini zodiac sign, from 22nd May to the 21st June. The symbol for Gemini is the twins, and people born under this star sign are said to be versatile, witty and inquisitive.

Happy birthday to everyone born in June!

May Birthstone – Enchanting Emerald!

Celebrate May birthdays with the birthstone for this month, Emerald.

Emerald - birthstone for MayWho first beholds the light of day

In spring’s sweet, flower month of May

And wears an Emerald all her life

Shall be a loved and a loving wife

The gorgeous green tones of Emerald welcome anyone born in May. This stunning stone is associated with faithfulness, friendship and relationships, making it the perfect stone for all you romantics out there. It is said to symbolise understanding, patience and memory, and is mined in South America and Africa. By weight, it is actually the most valuable gemstone in the world, thanks to its glorious, rich green colourings.

In mythology, Emerald was said to be the talisman of Venus, the goddess of love, and the gemstone is still associated with loyal and loving relationships. They were also popular with the ancient Egyptian royalty, and Queen Cleopatra is said to have owned pieces of Emerald jewellery.

Jewellery designers have long been attracted to the fresh, vibrant colour of Emerald, and the colour green is associated with new birth and regeneration. It goes especially well with the warmth of gold, and creates gorgeous pieces of jewellery that can be treasured for years to come.

Thomas Sabo Emerald Charm, £24.95

Thomas Sabo Emerald Charm, £24.95

Nomination Emerald Charm, £24

Nomination Emerald Charm, £24

Swarovski Neva Bangle, £97

Swarovski Neva Bangle, £97

April also introduces the Taurus zodiac sign from 21st April to the 21st May. The symbol for Taurus is the bull, and people born under this star sign are said to be loving, warm-hearted and determined.

Nomination Taurus CZ Starsign Charm, £35

Nomination Taurus CZ Starsign Charm, £35

Nomination Taurus Starsign Charm, £16

Nomination Taurus Starsign Charm, £16

Thomas Sabo Taurus Starsign Charm, £29.95

Thomas Sabo Taurus Starsign Charm, £29.95

Happy birthday to everyone born in May!

April Birthstone – Dazzling Diamond!

Celebrate April birthdays with the birthstone for this month, Diamond.

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“She who from April dates her years,
diamonds shall wear,
lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.”

For all you lucky ladies born in April, it’s the most dazzling of all precious stones, Diamond, that represents your month of birth. The beautiful sparkle of Diamond has been desired by man for hundreds of years, and it has become one of the most sought after stones for jewellery design. Not only does it glitter like no other stone, but it is believed to enhance relationships and aid your inner strength, representing clarity, balance and innocence.

Diamond takes its name from the greek word “adamas“, meaning invincible, for its incredible strength and hardness – it is the hardest substance found in nature. Diamonds are classified by the 4 Cs clarity, cut, colour and carat weight – with the clearest stones being the most expensive. Though white or clear diamonds are the most common, they actually occur with many different colours and tints – it is possible to find pink, yellow and black Diamonds, though these can be incredibly rare and valuable.

Diamond is usually set into Gold jewellery, although many innovative companies such as Hot Diamonds and White Ice are now combining the luxury of Diamonds with the simplicity of Sterling Silver. Jewellery designers often opt for manmade Cubic Zirconia instead of Diamonds, which offers a similar sparkle for a much lower price – Thomas Sabo and Fiorelli, for example. Diamond is also the traditional stone in engagement rings, thanks to both its beautiful sparkle and its apparent potential to enhance relationships.

Thomas Sabo Diamond Star Charm, £49.95

Thomas Sabo Diamond Star Charm, £49.95

Hot Diamonds Bali Earrings, £65

Hot Diamonds Bali Earrings, £65

White Ice Diamond Heart Pendant, £52

White Ice Diamond Heart Pendant, £52

April also introduces the Aries zodiac sign from 21st March to the 20th April. The symbol for Aries is the ram, and people born under this star sign are said to be adventurous, courageous and impatient.

Nomination Aries Charm, £16

Nomination Aries Charm, £16

Nomination Aries CZ Charm, £35

Nomination Aries CZ Charm, £35

Thomas Sabo Aries Charm, £29.95

Thomas Sabo Aries Charm, £29.95

Happy birthday to everyone born in April!