All posts tagged: Jewellery

Why costume jewellery is a better gift

We’ve been told over and over again that precious jewellery is timeless – it doesn’t lose value (or sometimes even goes up!), it never really goes out of fashion, and it can be worn for years and even be passed on to the next generation. The debate is somewhat flawed, in my opinion, as it misses one very important point – to qualify for all of the above, the jewellery has to be VERY expensive, from high-end brands and made with rare flawless stones. Does it sound like something you can afford? For those of you not in the top 1% (if you are, send me an email, I’d like to know how you’ve even found me!), read on. I am a big advocate of getting the most out of your gifting budget, even if it means redefining what you are after. So, if you’d like to get someone a piece of jewellery and you have a ÂŁ400 upper limit, in the precious jewellery category you will likely get something very mediocre. Just look at …

V&A Museum Shop: Treats for your jewellery box

I have a peculiar relationship with my jewellery boxes. There is a small leather box on my bedside table for things I wear daily, like diamond studs and a few pendants. But then I own a “secret” (and rather large!) brightly-coloured wooden box, hidden in my wardrobe, dedicated to different pieces I purchased during my travels or while out and about in London. I open it from time to time to simply relive those happy moments. And despite not wearing these “secret” jewels very often, I like looking at them and knowing they belong to me 🙂 My girlfriends also have similar hidden treasure boxes, so I’m not alone – I remember spending entire evenings dressing up together and sharing stories about our possessions during our teenage years (well, back then those were mostly plastic bracelets and an occasional silver necklace from grandparents). The one place I come back over and over again to get inspired and buy something new for my collection and as gifts for my girls is Victoria & Albert Museum. Known …

Jewellery gifts: Who says pearls are old-fashioned?!

Pearls have a reputation for being old-fashioned (if not dated), with many magazines that target older women praising chunky pearl necklaces for their ability “to bring light to the face”  (is there any truth in this?). Which is why I was so pleasantly surprised when I came across trendy and inexpensive pearl jewellery from Jersey Pearl whilst gift hunting for my closest girlfriends. Now, what do you need from a piece of jewellery to become a great gift? First and foremost, it has to match the age of the receiver or be slightly younger in style. A perfect illustration would be Swarovski jewellery: quite acceptable for a 16-year old, but don’t attempt to give it to anyone past 30. It will look ridiculously cheap and out of place. Miranda Kerr can just about pull it off because of her dimples 🙂 Another factor is price,  which again is indirectly linked to age. A young woman wearing a massive diamond can be perceived as vulgar, whilst larger, more precious jewellery on a mature woman can tastefully …

Charm bracelets: Your perfect Christmas gift for years to come

For many of us, every Christmas is like having to start all over again – making the list of people we want to give gifts to, debating how much to spend and, most importantly, what to get. Well, luckily, there are gifts that you can draw inspiration from for years to come. My example today is charm bracelets. A good few years ago, I gave my mum a Chamilia bracelet for her birthday. Back then they were seriously competing with Pandora,  but this rivalry has quieted down a bit (at least in the UK Pandora is much bigger now), but I still prefer Chamilia’s charms (so no regrets there!). What makes it so genius is that every year I give her at least two-three charms to top up her collection. So no headache whatsoever, you just go online and pick something from the new additions. This year’s theme for me was all about peace, as she’s been upset about the instability across the world. This little globe and a dove, both symbols of peace and …

Unusual enamel jewellery you’ll want to find under your Christmas tree

Enamel has been ruling the fashion world for quite a while now, making its way everywhere from watch bezels to hair pins. There are many affordable replicas of enamel jewellery on the high street, but as it’s Christmas coming up, it’s worth considering an upgrade and getting the “real” thing. What is the real thing anyway? That’s a very fair question. Drawn (“fake”) enamel is created by applying one layer of ink with gloss on top which wears off quickly. Real fire enamel is always hand-made by meticulously building up multiple layers under extreme heat (hence the “fire” name) until it’s strong enough to last practically a lifetime. The secrets of this technique are carefully guarded by artisans, so each piece of jewellery is a little miracle. OK, sounds good, where do I get it? My personal recommendation would be Freywille, a niche Austrian brand, which has created the new “glowing” enamel technique. They are famous for their distinct gold plated jewellery that has a special glow to it. It’s much brighter than standard gold …

Christmas 2014: Gifts Ideas for Your Wife or Girlfriend

Here are some ideas for your Christmas shopping, gentlemen, in case you are stuck (please don’t panic, there’s still lots of time!). Generally, women are pretty good at hinting (sometimes even taking you to shops themselves, or sending totally inconspicuous emails with links and pictures). If your other half hasn’t given you a list of items to get, follow these links below and pray she appreciates your efforts. So, here are my Top 3 ideas for Christmas 2014  women’s gifts: Designer jewellery Jewellery traditionally dominates every festive season. This December, however, I would recommend going for designer jewellery versus the usual high end equivalents. These days it’s much more appropriate to wear semi-precious stones and metals like silver and brass, as any fashion blogger will tell you. Your girlfriend or wife will be really impressed, if you take your time and select something more original than a Tiffany pendant. You will also be pleased to know, that more often than not, designer jewellery costs less. For party jewellery, your go-to web store is Cadenzza. If you …

Balinese gift guide: jewellery vs. furniture

Continuing with the travel theme…Our magical holiday in Bali was full of exciting discoveries, from local fruit (imagine yellow watermelon!) to the fact that the Balinese never give presents to one another. What a shame, right? Oh well, we are all different, and diving into another culture was an eye-opener, no doubt. However, we are here to discuss gifts, and there is plenty of choice for tourists and expats across this tiny island. Anyone who comes back from Indonesia praises their furniture and art. Honestly, wasn’t impressed—if you are after a cheap chest of drawers and a bright painting to hang nearby, then go for it. Both would cost you about 150 U.S. dollars (the preferred tourist currency in Bali), but then add transportation costs on top, and the bargain doesn’t seem as attractive anymore. I tend to be more practical (especially whilst travelling to far-away destinations, luggage restrictions can be pretty brutal, unless you are a lucky owner of a first-class ticket), so my number one choice is always jewellery. Hand-made, locally-inspired jewellery is …