Graduation Day 2017: Gift Guide!

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For many of you, graduation day is just around the corner – how quickly time at university flies! As well as marking the end of a particular chapter of your life, graduation signals the dawn of something new and exciting as you embark on your journey as a graduate. Imbued with so much meaning, the ceremony itself is one you won’t want to forget. Commemorate that proud and special moment of achievement with the perfect keepsake…

Graduation Cap Sterling Silver Necklace Bee Stud Earrings Key Designer Jewellery Mantra

Mantras from £20

The Mantra collection features meaningful pieces of jewellery on beautiful meaning cards, each with their own mantra. The Graduation Cap Mantra is perfect for encouraging your loved to ‘set the world on fire’.

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Alex and Ani Graduation Cap Bangle Designer Jewellery

Graduation Cap Bangle by Alex and Ani, £24

This graduation bangle by Alex and Ani, featuring a cute cap charm, includes a tag stamped with the year of your ceremony. The perfect personal keepsake.

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The Giving Keys Key Designer Jewellery Necklaces Jewelry

The Giving Keys, from £30

Made from recycled keys, and hand-stamped with motivational phrases, these unique necklaces by The Giving Keys are the perfect way to encourage your loved one to unlock all the opportunities the future has in store for them!

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For more inspiration, shop our graduation gift edit!

 

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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Style Edit: Summer Prom Jewellery

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It’s June, and that means, for those of you unlucky enough to be sitting exams, the end is finally in sight! Whether it’s an end of year prom or a graduate ball you’re looking forward to, we hope you reward yourself for all those hours spent in the library revising. We’ve put together some of our favourite summer pieces to complete any prom look, and we think they make the perfect self-treats for all the hard work and effort…

Lily and Rose is a striking new brand from Scandinavia who incorporate sparkling Swaorvski crystals into all their designs. Inspired by jazz-age glamour, the chic pastel colour palette makes their pieces perfect for summer events.

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We love these floral and feminine designs from the Daisy Vintage collection. Inspired by English country gardens, these sterling silver and gold-plated pieces are perfect for outdoor events such as garden parties.

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The latest collection by Thomas Sabo incorporates meaningful symbols and is perfect for channeling subtle boho chic. These delicate filigree pieces are made from 925 sterling silver and 18ct gold plating, and are versatile enough for any special occasion. Each piece features a genuine diamond, and is the perfect keepsake to commemorate a night to remember.

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Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day 2017

February has arrived, and there are only 7 days to go until Valentine’s Day! If you’re still stuck for gift ideas, don’t worry. Our fabulous gift guide comprises the most thoughtful Valentine’s gifts for every personality, and will be sure to score you top marks next week.

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Is she a hopeless romantic? Has she been counting the days until Valentine’s, because she always has the perfect gift and date ideas? If she lives for classic romantic gestures, you can’t go wrong with hearts and flowers.

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Tell her exactly how you feel with a Mantra, or give her a precious keepsake with a pendant by My Token of Love. Mixing rose tones and Swarovski crystals, the new Alex and Ani collection is perfect for those who love fairy-tale romance- there’s even a Frog Prince bangle! With their timeless and elegant designs, Thomas Sabo are always a favourite for a classic romantic gift.

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Hearts and flowers not her thing? Maybe she prefers gifts with deep meaning and thought behind them. Buy her a simple symbolic piece that she can wear all day, from the office to the yoga studio.

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For a gift with deep thought behind it, respond to her psychic energy with a Daisy Chakra, or give her words to live by with a Mantra. Find a symbol that perfectly captures her with Alex and Ani’s Path of Symbols.

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Maybe she lives to look her best. Is one of her favourite things about  Valentine’s Day having an excuse to get dressed up? If her style is all-out glamorous, spoil her with something fabulous.

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With ornate filigree pendants and chiming pave sound balls, Engelsrufer lockets  are the perfect piece of sparkle with meaning. Nikki Lissoni lockets, in which each coin has its own meaning, also carry striking dazzling designs. Or, for something that’s as unique as she is, opt for precious gemstone piece by Soru– no two are the same.

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She might have told you not to do Valentine’s gifts this year- don’t fall for that trap! She maybe doesn’t want the fuss of old-fashioned romance, but a low-key and on trend piece of jewellery is perfect for her laid-back attitude.

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Steer clear of the big designer names this Valentine’s and look into up-and-coming designers with individually striking designs. A simple bangle by Life’s Journey, chosen to match her personality, is an ideal thoughtful gift. Find a Mantra that perfectly matches her free-spirited approach to life, or motivate her with a Giving Key.

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If you need some extra help, take our fabulous Valentine’s gift quiz!

 

NEW Alex & Ani: Love is in The Air

It’s here- the Alex & Ani Valentine’s collection has landed at fabulous! The Love is in The Air collection is inspired by all the meaningful connections- big or small- that we make throughout our lives. With sweet designs in rose and mint tones, adorned with Swarovski crystals, the collection is a vibrant celebration of the universal power of love.

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Alive With Love Set of 5, £110

For the first time ever at fabulous, Alex and Ani have released a set of 5 bangles for a special price of £110. The set includes an eclectic mix of metal and glass beaded bangles, Swarovski details and a Path of Symbols charm bangle in the trademark rafaelian gold and silver finishes.

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Because I Love You Set of 3, £84

Those of you who prefer a shiny finish will be pleased to hear that the collection also features a shiny colour infusion set of 3 at the special price of £84.

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Love Cuffs, £37

An exciting new addition to the collection are the Love Cuffs, embossed with an intricate pattern and accented with Swarovski crystals.

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Love Wrap Ring, £24

As well as reintroducing the popular arrow and heart wraps from last year’s collection, Alex & Ani have designed a beautiful love wrap ring that adjusts to fit the wearer.

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Christmas Gift Guide: sparkling gifts for her

Who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle at Christmas? Dazzle her with these striking pieces, set in crystal.

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Tresor Paris necklaces, from £20

The latest collection from Tresor Paris features cubic zirconia pave on modern and minimalist sterling silver jewellery. We love this combination of classic sparkle and contemporary design.

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Thomas Sabo Love Coins, from £25.95

With different colour, shape, design and engraving options, Love Coins by Thomas Sabo are the perfect personal gift. We love the cubic zirconia-studded designs for that extra bit of Christmas sparkle.

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Engelsrufer necklaces from £118

Engelsrufer designs ornate filigree lockets which each encase a chiming soundball with its own special meaning. Add an angel wing pendant for a truly heavenly gift this festive season.

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Christmas Gift Guide: most loved for her

This time of year is for cherishing those closest to us. A beautiful and meaningful piece of jewellery is the perfect way to express how you feel about the woman in your life this Christmas. This gift guide highlights some of the romantic pieces on our customers’ wishlists this year.

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Thomas Sabo Necklaces, from £60

These sweet cubic zirconia necklaces by Thomas Sabo are the perfect piece of Christmas sparkle.

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Thomas Sabo Love Bridge, from £90

The designer’s engravable Love Bridge collection is the ultimate personal gift.

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ChloBo Bracelets, from £50

Whether she likes to wear one, or stack them high, a heart bracelet by ChloBo is sure to earn you some brownie points this Christmas.

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Daisy Heart Bark Necklace, £135

This striking bark-textured necklace comes complete with a hanging leaf- the perfect gift for any nature lover!

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Mantras from £20

Tell her exactly what she means to you with a Mantra that she can wear and repeat. Writing a loving message on the accompanying meaning card for a particularly thoughtful gift.

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Alex and Ani Arrow Providence, from £59

Symbolising direction, truth and desire, the arrow has long been a symbol of true love. Let cupid draw back his bow with this winning gift.

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