What you Need to Know About Cleaning Your Silver Jewellery…

Spring is in the air so we’re having a fabulous Spring Clean. First up, here’s our do’s and don’ts of cleaning your Silver jewellery…

DO

Do silver dip your 925 Sterling Silver jewellery to keep its brilliant shine. Always read the instructions of the product you’re using, only use on 925 Sterling Silver and protect your hands/clothing/surfaces while using it.

DO

Polish your Silver. You’ll be amazed the difference a polishing cloth will make, even if you don’t think your Silver looks tarnished. Simply buff your jewellery with the cloth to remove surface dirt and bring back its shine.

DO

Check your item is 925 Sterling Silver before treating it like Silver, you’re looking for a hallmark reading 925 on the item – that assures you it is 925 Sterling Silver.

DO

Store your Silver jewellery separately and out of moist areas, you can use the silicone sachets from new shoes to prevent moisture entering the packaging.

DON’T

Never silver dip any item that is oxidised. Oxidised jewellery has ‘blackened’ detailing, for example Pandora charms have elements that have been purposefully tarnished to provide depth or texture, and Thomas Sabo jewellery also has oxidised elements like the Karma collection. So only ever silver dip jewellery that has a shiny appearance.

oxidised-not-oxidised

DON’T

Silver dip any items containing stones or pearls, silver dip is a strong solution and can strip the colour from these items particularly pearls, coral, turquoise and opals. If you’re not sure, don’t dip it.

DON’T

Put your jewellery on first when you’re getting ready. Perfume, moisturisers, deodorants will all tarnish your jewellery quicker than normal, so make it the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.

If you’re not sure, drop us a tweet, email us (jewellery@fabulouscollections.co.uk) or visit the contact us section on the website! We’d be happy to give you advice on how to look after your fabulous jewellery!

Mother’s Day: PANDORA fab5

The fabulous5

The fabulous5

PANDORA have released this beautiful collection of family orientated charms for all those amazing Mums out there! If your Mother already has a PANDORA bracelet then this is the perfect addition, and if you’re looking for a special gift, why not start her off on her PANDORA journey with a starter bracelet and charm.

Here’s our fabulous5 run down of the best Mother’s Day charms from PANDORA. To order simply call 0845 450 9334 and we can send your charm out to you for free, did we mention that we also do a fabulous free gift wrapping service? Well we do, so just let us know when you call that you’d like it gift wrapped. Or, if you’d like to browse the collection, pop in to one of our fabulous stores in Bath, Leamington Spa or Solihull or visit our Pandora store in Bath.

This gorgeous new collection offers a selection of fabulous sterling silver charm with the addition of enamel, cubic zirconia and 14ct gold accents. There is something for every budget in this collection and is sure to leave a beaming smile on your Mum’s face this year.

Sterling Silver Mum PANDORA charm

Sterling Silver Mum PANDORA char


Mum Heart Charm
£30
Quote code: 27577

This stunning sterling silver heart with ‘Mum’ engraved in a variety of languages. Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world and therefore it seems fit to represent this on such an iconic symbol as the heart. This charm is a true representation of your love and appreciation and reflects the true spirit of Mother’s Day.

Sterling Silver Family Ties PANDORA charm

Sterling Silver Family Ties PANDORA charm

Family Ties Charm
£35
Quote code:27576

 Among the sterling silver charms added to this collection is this adorable family charm. Within the 2012 Autumn/Winter collection, Pandora released a similar charm in a combination of sterling silver and 14ct gold. Whilst this was an absolutely stunning piece, we realise that this style is not to everyone’s taste (or budget), so Pandora have designed a full sterling silver charm. With various faces representing different members of your own family and the added detail of oxidisation, this charm is a great gift for Mum from the whole family.

Sterling Silver and Gold Limited Addition PANDORA charm

Sterling Silver and Gold Limited Addition PANDORA charm

Limited Edition Gold Teddy bear
£60
Quote code: 27584

 This collection sees the addition of a Limited Edition charm (oooooh)! This teddy bear is absolutely adorable, made from sterling silver with the added feature of a 14ct gold heart. It  is the perfect gift to show just how much you love and appreciate your Mum, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a little bit of gold now and then. Make sure you get in there quick though as once it’s gone, it’s gone!

Sterling Silver and Enamel Son and Daughter PANDORA charm

Sterling Silver and Enamel Son and Daughter PANDORA charm

Teddy Bear in Pink or Blue
Both £35
Blue quote code: 27579
Pink quote code: 27578

Along with the Limited Edition Teddy Bear, the new collection includes two more Teddy Bears, sporting some very adorable enamel bow-ties. With the option of a pink or blue bow, these charms are great little presents from the kids that Mum will absolutely adore.

Sterling Silver Mother, Sister, Grandmother PANDORA charms

Sterling Silver Mother, Sister, Grandmother PANDORA charms

Sweet Sister, Loving Mother, Grandmother Dangling Charm
All £35
Sister quote code: 27580
Mother quote code: 27581
Grandmother quote code: 27582

 Another fantastic addition to this years’ Mother’s Day collection is the set of sterling silver dangly charms. With beautifully engraved sterling silver discs accompanied by sparkling cubic zirconia, these charms come in three versions, Loving Mother, Grandmother and Sweet Sister. Yes, you did read that correctly, Pandora have finally released a Sister charm! With room on the back of the disc for your own personal engraving, these charms would make excellent additions to any bracelet.

Mother’s Day is on Sunday 10th March,  free delivery takes 2-3 days to arrive or you can pay £5 for Next Day Delivery!

fabulous5 – Valentine’s Day

Take a look at our fabulous 5! We bring you a fab5 edit for every special occasion. If you’re looking for the  ‘most wanted’ Valentine’s Day present then look no further. Whether you’re after something romantic, personal, fashionable or all of the above – we’ve got it wrapped up (literally, did we mention that we do FREE gift wrap). To help you get that something extra special, this weekend we’re offering our customers 15% off, just enter code MEN2013 at the checkout! (starts now and ends Sunday 11.59PM offer excludes Pandora and Thomas Sabo)

Lulu Guinness for fabulous

Lulu Guinness for fabulous

Lulu Guinness watches,  £150

These Lulu Guinness watches are a fabulous favourite, so they had to be in our fab5! Lulu’s signature lips are emblazoned across these watches making them the perfect Valentine’s Day present. Choose from a variety of designs,  from pastel candy stripes, to this seasons monochrome and on to bright and kitsch designs. We were delighted to be one of the first stockists of these fabulous watches and have one of the biggest selections online – so have a browse.

Valentine: For someone who loves quirky British design and loves fashion. She’s playful, chic and stylish.

fabulous Valentine tip: Perhaps the tag could read, ‘it’s about time we met’

Blossom Necklaces from fabulous

Blossom Necklaces from fabulous

Blossom, Key to my Heart Necklace in Gold, £104 and Heart of Flowers Necklace in Sterling Silver, £112

Everyone at fabulous loves the Blossom collection, even those who don’t usually like delicate, romantic jewellery – but Blossom have created a collection that is easy to fall in love with! The delicate, modern and romantic designs make the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day and you can choose from traditional romantic symbols, like hearts and keys to stand alone pieces like the intricate bird houses.

Valentine:  For someone who loves romance and sentiment. She’ll still have the cinema tickets from your first date!

fabulous Valentine tip: There’s nothing more romantic than a gentleman fastening your necklace for you – so give her the necklace just before you go out, when she’s all dressed up!

Nomination Bracelet from fabulous

Nomination Bracelet from fabulous

Nomination Starter Bracelet and Links, prices start from £16

Composeable jewellery is an ideal gift for Valentine’s Day and we love the thousands of charms you can choose from Nomination. You buy a bracelet (made up of 19 links) with a starter link (prices start from just £25 for a full bracelet) and then add to the bracelet for every occasion. You can choose from hearts, flowers and initials, to dates, travel destinations and hobbies. You could also pick one of our ready-made starter bracelets like above, with cupid, two hearts and an initial of your choice.

Valentine: She’ll love fashion and probably already have quite a bit of arm candy (this means several bracelets she wears daily), she’ll also be sentimental and remember special occasions.

fabulous Valentine tip: A week or month later surprise her with another link for her Nomination bracelet, just because you love her and it doesn’t take Valentine’s Day to tell her that!

Thomas Sabo Bracelet from fabulous

Thomas Sabo Bracelet from fabulous

Thomas Sabo Belcher Bracelet with free Love Charm, £34.95

Thomas Sabo mixes the traditional idea of a charm bracelet with modern design and accessories. The Belcher Bracelet is a classic look, but the clasped charms vary from traditional to whacky! This allows the wearer to create a truly bespoke piece of jewellery, enabling them to build a traditional charm bracelet or a bright homage to their favourite Disney film

The great thing about composeable jewellery is you can add to it on every special occasion, building a fabulous history of your relationship – each and every charm will be special to her.

Valentine: She’ll like one-of-a-kind pieces, be creative and sentimental.

fabulous Valentine tip: Thomas Sabo do a great jewellery box, why not get her one to house her collection.

Ice Love watch at fabulous

Ice Love watch at fabulous

Ice Love Watch, available in Pink, White and Purple, prices start from £85

These fabulous watches have proved very popular across all of our stores.  The current sponsors of the hit ITV show Take Me Out, Ice has risen sharply to fame and has become the watch brand to wear.  These quality watches at an affordable price are perfect for the season of love, available in Bright Pink and Purple as well as cool Ice White with crystals – these are the perfect watches to be seen in!

Valentine: She’ll love bright colours and a bit of bling and not be afraid to stand out in the crowd

fabulous Valentine Tip: Why not buy your special someone a bouquet of flowers to match the colour of the watch – that should earn you some serious brownie points!

Coming soon…Thomas Sabo Spring/Summer 2013

As a genuine Thomas Sabo retailer we’re always one of the first stores to get their new collection – and this season is no exception!

We are so excited about the brand new Thomas Sabo collection we can’t keep it quiet, so we thought we’d give you a sneak peak of what’s to come right here!

Thomas Sabo New Collection (S/S 2013)

Thomas Sabo New Collection (S/S 2013)

Special Addition has always been a fabulous favourite, but this season they’ve really spoilt us. Turquoise is a key stone throughout the collection (which is oh so summery and bang on trend for next season) mixed with bright Sterling Silver, rich Yellow Gold and deep Rose Gold – the colour combinations are truly fabulous!

This summery, boho collection consists of beautiful filigree discs, hamsa hands and sun details, in fact this collection feels straight off an Ibizan beach. There are also a beautiful collection of letters in Gold, Rose Gold and Sterling Silver, so you can wear the initials of your loved ones close to your heart.

Sabo Letters (S/S 2013)

Sabo Letters (S/S 2013)

Alongside the composeable jewellery is a beautiful selection of earrings and rings to compliment the Special Addition range. Our Thomas Sabo collection has arrived in store, is being uploaded to the website as we speak and will be ready to shop in a matter of moments!

Poppy Delevinge (S/S 2013)

Poppy Delevinge (S/S 2013)

Keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and the website for the latest news – we’ll let you know the second you can get your hands on this beautiful brand new Thomas Sabo collection.

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.

Diamond - the birthstone for April

“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!

Work the Trend – Colour Blocking

Work the Colour Blocking trend this Spring!Things get bright and beautiful this season as we show you how to work the colour blocking trend!

This spring, it’s all about turning up the volume and blasting away the last of those winter blues with vibrant colours and bold combinations. Colour Blocking has been all over the runways, and we want to show you just how easy it is to wear the look.

The first step to successful colour blocking? Don’t be afraid! Bright colours can be a little daunting, so how about easing your way into it with a pair of neon shoes like these gorgeous pink Millie Bow Slingbacks from Phase 8, £99, or try this lemon yellow Hobo Shoulder Bag from Radley, £195. Team with great accessories in beautiful shades – this funky Minty Ring by Lola Rose, £40, is really easy to wear and adds a splash of sunshine to any outfit!

Break up bold colour choices with delicate texturing like the ruffles on this Monsoon Laura Frill Blouse, £45, or the pleats on this Marisol Skirt from Joules, £39. The fresh, funky new collection from Thomas Sabo has a great range of jewellery charms to brighten up your day, like this adorable little hummingbird. Alternatively, you could pick up on a signature colour with these fab Night-Time Drop Earrings from Swarovski, £56.

Last but not least, colour blocking is all about having fun, and what better way than with one of our newest designers Jackie Brazil! Her wonderfully zany bangles and bracelets are made from multi-coloured Resin and will go with any outfit you like – a great way to welcome in the summer! They’ll be hitting our website very soon, so keep an eye out for her distinctive, playful designs.