The Jewellery Show 2013

For those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram you will know that I attended The Jewellery Show at Somerset House in London this week. It was a trade show so there were many buyers milling about (I could only wish to buy some of the gorgeous items on display!) as well as people just fanatical about jewellery (like yours truly).

I was so stupidly excited of my name tag that I continued to wear long after the show. Nerd I know.

I was so stupidly excited of my name tag that I continued to wear it long after the show. So mature.

One of the big attractions was the catwalk show where models were wearing jewellery that highlighted the current trends and designers making a splash. Now you have to excuse the quality of these images. I tried to get the official images with no success and because we were told no camera’s were allowed, all I had was an iPhone. But you’ll get the idea.

Pearls:

Pearls are a must for Spring/Summer but are also making an appearance on Fall 2013 runways. Not just one string mind you, layer layer layer or get the biggest ‘pearls’ you can find to make an impact!

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Jewellery by The Real Pearl Co. Not only draped around the neck but cuffs, rings and earrings too. See how big the pearls in the earrings are? If you find a necklace with oversized pearls like that you’ll be bang on trend.

Jewellery from La Perle Blanche

Jewellery from La Perle Blanche, another example of many strands of pearls but worn pendant style.

Pendants:

I love pendant necklaces because it reminds me of my childhood wearing my dolphin pendant necklace! Obviously there were no dolphins to be seen on the runway but pendants are coming back in a big way. Longer length seems to be more popular but wear it according to your preference.

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Jewellery by Lucet Mundi. This photo was taken professionally (as you can see) and the layering trend also manages to sneak in here. Different lengths make for an unusual take on the ‘statement necklace’ trend.

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I was so in love with this dress that I didn’t even take note of who the designer was but my guess would be Quoins. Again, the more pendants, the merrier.

Cuffs:

Girls, cuffs have not gone out of trend and look set to hang around for a while..

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Jewellery by Jessica Flinn. Not content with just one cuff, this model is wearing three!

Statement Pieces:

The bigger the better. As seen above and below, if it’s the same design and colours, go overboard! If it’s different designers, I might recommend just going with one big piece so that it doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard.

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Making a statement is not complete without a cuff. Just FYI. Also, I have no idea who the designer is for this piece, apologies!

Jewellery by Lucy Q Designs. Gorgeous silver statement necklace.

Jewellery by Lucy Q Designs. Gorgeous silver statement necklace.

So there you have it! I was able to interview the most awesome designers and saw some gorgeous designs so be sure to keep an eye on my blog as I will be putting them up over the course of the next few weeks. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Gold is a girl’s new best friend according to Elie Saab

Gold is here to stay. And not in a subtle way either. I must be honest I am not a big fan of wearing too much gold as we had a neighbour when I was small who used to drip with gold jewellery and I always thought it was slightly kitch. But the more jewellery I am loving and wanting to buy, gold is definitely creeping in there..

Elie Saab’s pre-fall collection included major gold jewellery so your cuffs and statement necklaces are still going to be around for a while!

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This may be a little hectic to wear for a drink at the pub..

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I quite love this. I don’t think I will like the price tag however.

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Gold and diamond earrings. Gorgeous.

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A model showing us mere mortals how to do it.

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Love this cuff that the model is wearing! Now this is something I would lvoe to have around my wrist!

All images can be found here and here.

Lovely Pigeon

I haven’t done many posts about English jewellery designers lately so I thought it is about time. Although this designer is not from England, she is from Scotland but her jewellery is available in the UK so that kinda counts.

I first saw her jewellery at the Tate Modern Art Gallery, only to realise that jewellery is one of the many things Kirsty does. She is a “”print maker, jeweller, illustrator and occasional shopkeeper” and produces printed hardware, paper products and jewellery. I have to show you her jewellery though as it is quite different, but in a good way.

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This is called the Spliced Yellow Necklace. A geometric neckpiece with spliced panels of yellow, sky blue and grey. It’s illustrated, printed, heat shrunk, lacquered and finished with a gold or silver plated 44cm chain and costs £16.

This triangle necklace is made the same way as the above and costs £14.

This triangle necklace is made the same way as the above and costs £14.

I love these hexagon mismatched earrings. Only £10 a pair and you can make all sorts of different pairs.

I love these hexagon mismatched earrings. Only £10 a pair and you can make all sorts of different pairs.

I suppose if that's a little too crazy then you can always get a matching colour pair. £10.

I suppose if that’s a little too crazy then you can always get a matching colour pair. £10.

Angular brooch for only £4. How nice would this look on a blazer with jeans?

Angular brooch for only £4. How nice would this look on a blazer with jeans?

A fabric badge with illustrated bump pattern design. Love it and it's only £3.

A fabric badge with illustrated bump pattern design. Love it and it’s only £3.

If you are in love with Lovely Pigeon jewellery as much as I am, be sure to follow them on Twitter: @lovelypigeon, Like them on Facebook here or visit the website here (all images are from the website).

Cannes Opening Ceremony Jewellery 2013

Hollywood has moved to Cannes. As have most of the diamonds and jewellery of the world right now. I’m not really one for all this celeb spotting and I don’t want to be a regurgitated version of the tabloid blogs, but this is what’s happening right now and when stylists are making statements and contributing to trends, best we watch.

These gems were all spotted at the Premier of the Great Gatsby and the Cannes film festival opening ceremony. Where it was pouring with rain. And yet these girls managed to look amazing.

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Cara Delevingne made a dramatic entrance in black lace by Burberry. She was dripping in Chopard diamonds. Normally I am not a fan of wearing a necklace, ring and earrings but with that fierce face, she could pull anything off.

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How much do you love the hairdo? Nicole Kidman wore simple diamond studs and let her outfit and hairstyle do most of the talking.

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Isla Fisher wears a Bulgari necklace with a gorgeous red dress. Love the statement necklace and that she decided for a fun piece and not a typical diamond necklace.

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Cindy Crawford does not look a day over 30. Seriously, I want this lady’s genes. And earrings. They are from Chopard Fine Jewellery and probably cost as much as a house. Just saying.

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And Solange came out er, swinging in the jewellery stakes. Her earrings are also from Chopard and worked so well with her dress. Always one to mix it up, props to her for making a classy statement with her jewellery.

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Lana Del Rey wore stunning Chopard earrings which were almost hidden in her hair. Pity that.

As you can see, Chopard ruled the jewellery roost. Well played ladies, well played.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is on Sunday and when you are halfway around the world it’s a little tough to figure out a Mother’s Day pressie for mumsy dearest but if you are in the same city as your mom, best you get on that! Mom’s always love a card and flowers (my staple Mother’s Day present) but it might be time to jazz things up. All ladies love gorgeous jewellery so now is the time to spoil her!

I’ve picked a few of my favourite things that mom might like. Obvs tastes vary but these are what I would give my mom;

This chunky, mid-length necklace has round covered baubles pieced together by a layer of sheer fabric and silver-coloured trims. From Woolworths for R79.95

This chunky, mid-length necklace has round covered baubles pieced together by a layer of sheer fabric and silver-coloured trims. From Woolworths for R79.95

Sterling silver leaf cut out earrings are stunning and are £10 from the Accessorize Online store.

Sterling silver leaf cut out earrings are stunning and are £10 from the Accessorize Online store.

A very simple yet very precious silver and gold necklace from Angel Heart, R240.

A very simple yet very precious silver necklace from Angel Heart, R240.

Drusy and Gold filled chain bracelet from Joya. Cant find the price for this one I'm afraid.

Drusy and Gold filled chain bracelet from Joya. Cant find the price for this one I’m afraid.

A structured pendant (sterling silver) from Famke Jewllery for R500.

A structured pendant (sterling silver) from Famke Jewllery for R500.

These are gold-plated button pierced earrings  with a single clear crystal chaton framed in clear crystal pavé. From Swarovski for £56.

These are gold-plated button pierced earrings with a single clear crystal chaton framed in clear crystal pavé. From Swarovski for £56.

A Lola Rose Lollie Heart Bead Bracelet, Lemon Sorbet, from John Lewis for £23.

A Lola Rose Lollie Heart Bead Bracelet, Lemon Sorbet, from John Lewis for £23.

There. Now you have no excuse. And if all else fails, flowers and a card people.

 

 

 

The Jewellery at the 2013 Met Ball

So the Met Ball has been and gone and most of you have probably seen the dresses, who was the best dressed, who just messed up totally (ahem Kim Kardashian) but not much has been said about the jewellery. The Costume Institute Gala threw the event for the ‘PUNK: Chaos to Couture’ exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. I like that the theme was punk and I expected to see lots of studs, spikes and less sparkly bling on the carpet than usual. But some stars just decided that they wouldn’t dress to the theme (lame) and looked as if they were off to the Oscars.

My best jewellery of the event was seen on the following stars;

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Cara Delevigne looked amazing in her spiked jacket but I loved the ear cuffs and layered necklaces. I’m not normally a fan of mixing silver and gold but she makes this work.

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Rita Ora brought the rings out to play. Which I like. I like a whole lot.

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As much as Nicole Richie’s hair looks like a granny’s, the earcuff puts her on my best jewellery list. LOVE it and this makes me want to go out and buy my own.

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YES! How much do you love Katy Perry going on Dolce and Gabbanna? (See my post here). Love that she wore David Yurman accessories and rocked it. SHe could have walked straight off the catwalk!

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And of course Sienna Miller just kicked it out the park. The hair accessory and the ear cuffs and stack. She wins for me. Hands down.

And then there was some jewellery that was alright, not amazing, but alright.

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Blake Lively looked gorgeous and these earrings are lovely but the furthest from punk you could get. So as much as I love them, they would not have been my choice for this event.

Miley Cyrus also had a bad hair day but I had to show you her full length finger ring. I enjoy it although I am not quite sure how practical it will be in real life.

Miley Cyrus also had a bad hair day but I had to show you her full length finger ring. I enjoy it although I am not quite sure how practical it will be in real life.

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Mary Kate Olsen wore two gorgeous necklaces. But they don’t go together as far as I’m concerned. Also, she looks less than happy to be there. I will happily take the cross necklace though.

And then there was just the downright horrible.

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Designer Tabitha Simmons. The idea was there and she was so close. But the earrings are hopelessly too big. Love the crown. But the earrings just take it over to the questionable side.

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Diane Kruger kept the accessories to a minimum but I appreciate the cuffs. A little clunky but then again it’s fits the theme so I would give her a 6/10.

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Jennifer Morrison stuck to the trend of wearing rings on every finger however these creepy crawlies give me the heebie jeebies! Looks awesome if you are not arachnophobic.

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I don’t know about Jessica Parker’s head piece. Yes it was theme-inspired but I can’t get away from the fact that it would have looked more at home on a Las Vegas showgirl.

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Jessica Alba did something different with her earrings here. The jury is still out on whether it looks great or makes her look like an alien.

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Look, now I love Solange. But the earrings and the event did not go together. At all.

And there you have it. What jewellery did you love? Think I have missed anyone out? Let me know below!

[Images from here, here, here, here and here]

Marcos and Trump

Each day in London brings its own emotions, discoveries and adventures. This weekend has been a tough one but yesterday was awesome as my sister took me to witness the beauty that is Columbia Road Flower Market. It’s insane how many flowers are available but what I found even more insane was how many people were there! It was packed!

After buying some lilies, the sis and I took a wander down the road looking at all the cute shops along the side of the road. Which is how we come to discover the awesomeness that is Marcos and Trump.

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I ripped this photo off the net because there is no way that I would have been able to get a clear shot of it yesterday. Too many blooming people! (har har – get it?)

Girls, if you are in the London area this is a must visit and if you are lucky enough to be visiting the UK soon, be sure to swing by. You wont be disappointed!

The jewellery is beautiful! My sister and I went absolutely crazy, trying everything on. I managed to snap a few pictures of pieces that I want to go back for when I am earning pounds!

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How much do you love these? I don’t even know what they are called so will have to find out and do a separate blog post on it – but these are officially my next obsession!

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This necklace is stunning. I didn’t manage to get a price but I thought I would just show you the gorgeousness.

We then got chatting to the very friendly shop assistant and the photo taking took a bit of a back seat but I took some images off their Facebook page so you can have a look.

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There were gorgeous button bib necklaces that I find generally look a little DIY, but not these! These I would actually wear..

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Love this necklace! One way to make a statement!

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Their jewellery is beautifully displayed and even includes deer antlers on which jewellery is hung.

If you want to pay them a visit, their address is 146 Columbia Rd, Shoreditch, London otherwise like their Facebook page here for some eye candy.

Jewel Eye

Part of the whole London experience is definitely exploring the markets that seem to crop up on every street and round every corner. On Saturday we went to explore the brick lane market and although I couldn’t buy anything (I am stretching my rands to last me as long as possible!), I had the most amazing time just looking at everything and everyone.

Guys, the jewellery. As soon as I am earning pounds I am going to have a problem. I can see it now. I saw the most beautiful jewellery brand and thought I have to share it with you! It’s called Jewel Eye and I’m not going to tell you too much, but rather let you see for yourselves!

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A gorgeous multi stone necklace. Each necklace is made individually as all the stones differ so when you buy on it is really one of a kind piece.

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This bracelet is perfect for stacking or for wearing on it’s own.

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The rings are my absolute favourite! The gold plated brass just offsets the stone so perfectly.

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Hows this for a unique statement ring?

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Turquoise stones in the gold brass setting.

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These stones are my favourite and will look amazing on people with blue eyes.

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If you want something a little more chunky then this is the ring for you!

This is going to be my first purchase when I start earning pounds. This bracelet is just too dam beautiful!

This is going to be my first purchase when I start earning pounds. This bracelet is just too dam beautiful!

Told you they were gorgeous! All the images can be found here.

2013 Academy of Country Music Awards

The Academy of Country Music Awards took place on the 7 April. Not that I care much for Country Music to be honest but where there is a award show, there are ladies wearing awesome jewellery. So I’m not complaining.

What I do think is quite sweet is that Taylor Swift arranged to take a cancer survivor (and fan) to be her date for the evening. Now I don’t follow celeb gossip too closely but from what I have heard is that old Swifty is quite the heartbreaker. So I hope this guy was prepared. Although apparently he was starstruck by her beauty. Sigh. Another one bites the dust.

But, enough with gossip – let’s see what the country music stars wore.

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Carrie Underwood looked really pretty with pink chandelier earrings by David Yurman.

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How much do you love the crystal tear drop earrings that Beth Behrs from Two Broke Girls is wearing?

Kaley Cuoco

Now I had no idea who Kaley Cuoco was, but then again I don’t watch the Big Bang Theory so that would explain it! She wore these amazing earrings (Cresta Bledsoe) that just draws the attention to the jewels. Love these.

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Have no clue who Sunny Sweeney is I’m afraid. I could take a wild guess and say a country music singer but that would just be silly. Anyway, I love the statement necklace.

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And Swifty made a statement with the dress so wore very simple and understated earrings which I wouldn’t mind in my jewellery box thank you very much!

 There wasn’t much else to be honest. It was more fancy dresses and small earrings and the odd statement necklace here and there. Proves that sometimes small and pretty does the job perfectly.

[Images credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America]

It’s my birthday!

Yes, i am older than 8. I just like the picture ok?!

Yes, i am older than 8. I just like the picture ok?!

So yes, today is the day I get to be the centre of attention 😉 Also, I heard a rumour that on birthdays calories don’t count..

Psshhht.. As if I need another excuse to eat cake.

Psshhht.. As if I need another excuse to eat cake.

Also, being a true magpie, I decided to buy myself a few birthday presents. What’s a birthday if you can’t buy yourself prezzies?

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How much do you love this bracelet? It’s from Romeo Foxtrot Designs – a designer I will do a post about soon!

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I bought the grey suede one and this bracelet is perfect to start stacking! R100

Not content with just that, I need a simple little necklace and saw the perfect on to treat myself with;

How cute is this necklace?? It's a little sterling silver bunny on a 40cm closed link chain. R150.

How cute is this necklace?? It’s a little sterling silver bunny on a 40cm closed link chain. R150.

While I was sitting doing this post, my boyfriend sneakily asked if he could help with the post. I was a little confused until he whipped out an early birthday prezzie!

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Yay! I have just thrown my other feather earrings out because they were looking a little gross. So very stoked with these!

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I spotted this ring a while ago and loved it and he was sneaky (and thoughtful) enough to remember. How much do you like the shape?

Girls, forgive me. The post today was totally self indulgent however if it makes you feel better, just know that by the end of the day I will look like this..

OD on cake.

OD on cake. Sugar rush. Must lie down.

Have a wonderful weekend!