Month: October 2014

Traditional jewellery gifts for wedding anniversaries

Your wedding anniversary only comes around once a year, so taking the time to mark this special day with a wonderful jewellery gift is a fantastic way to remember and celebrate.

Any anniversary is a cause for celebration, and none more so than marking a decade with your partner. The 10th wedding anniversary is traditionally recognised with an aluminium offering, but your partner is sure to appreciate the modern interpretation when you dazzle them with diamonds.

A watch is an investment that can be treasured on a daily basis or saved for special occasions. Mark 15 years of marriage with a memorable timepiece and whenever your partner wears it, they will be reminded of your union and memories.

Sharing your life with someone for 20 years is an amazing achievement, so let your love shine through with an exclusive platinum purchase to spoil your better half. 

Reaching a quarter of a century with your partner is another major marriage milestone, and silver jewellery is the traditional choice for adding a little more subdued sparkle into your partner’s life.

Three decades together can be fantastically captured with pearls, with their timelessness a lovely way to celebrate your everlasting love with a gift that will always be cherished.

Celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary is a momentous life event, and what better way to remind yourself of the day you said ‘I do’ than with a gold ring? Celebrate a life lived together with a classic piece with a metal, that like your love, has stood the test of time. 

Whichever anniversary you and your partner will be celebrating this year, remember your wedding with a unique and exquisite jewellery choice.

On trend: Pantone’s colour of the year and your jewels

Every year, world-renowned colour authority Pantone announces the colour of the year, and every year, that colour finds its way in to fashion, interior design, makeup trends and more. Of course, jewellery is no exception.

In 2014 the colour is ‘Radiant Orchid’, a tone that “blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination”. And to us, that sounds like a great piece of jewellery! 

It’s a mix of fuchsia and purple with lovely pink undertones, and can be a charming accessory for any skin colour. So how can you bring touches of the tone into your jewellery box? 

One of the easiest ways is through the eternally popular amethyst stone. Long believed to be able to both soothe and protect the wearer, this purplish stone comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. One of the major benefits of the stone is that it sits well against both silver and and gold metals, and it can come in stunning cut arrangements, as a cabochon (a rounded and shaped stone) or simply as a raw and beautiful ‘rough’ stone. 

For tips on wearing this lush shade, take a look at the colour wheel. Opposite colours bring out the best in each other, so purple will often go exceptionally well with yellow hues. Alternatively, pair a stunning pair of amethyst earrings or a bright ring with a simple black or white outfit to really make it pop. 

You can also match purple with similar colours – such as a deep red or blue – to streamline an outfit into similar colour patterns. 

Pop in to a Showcase Jeweller store near you or shop online to take part in this exciting 2014 trend and find a piece that will make you feel ‘Radiant’!

Matching jewellery for you and your friend

Deciding on the perfect gift for your best friend on her birthday can be a little overwhelming – you want to find something that symbolises your friendship, how much you value her and something that she can treasure, all rolled into one gift.

Why not jewellery? It ticks all these boxes, plus you can even purchase two of the same to really represent your friendship.

Here are some ideas:

1. Identical necklaces

The traditional friendship jewellery piece, identical necklaces are a cute and obvious way to always carry a piece of one another around with you. Whether opting for a cute Karen Walker charm necklace or a customised chain with your own choice of pendant, you can get as creative as you want when picking a necklace. 

2. Matching charm bracelets

A modern classic, charm bracelets are becoming more and more popular amongst jewellery-lovers. Although the concept has been circulating for a long time, it has been revitalised as of late and makes for the perfect gift for your friend. Get her started with a chunky chain and a cute charm that symbolises your friendship – and get the same for yourself. 

Another idea with charms is to find one relevant to each of your personalities, and swap – a constant reminder of your bestie and her quirks.

3. Friendship rings

Matching rings is another popular choice due to the variations in colour, style and adornment. Whether you opt for a stacker ring with a cute star or heart on it, or a plain band with an engraving on the inside that’s relevant to your friendship, rings are a subtle gift that can be worn every day, and treasured for a lifetime.

Whatever you decide on, Showcase Jewellers has great options that you and your friend will love. Take a look instore or check out what’s online to find the perfect symbol of your friendship.

Steal her style: Kim Kardashian

Always flawless, this reality TV star knows exactly what jewellery to pair with her outfits, both on the red carpet and on the high street. Whether she’s selecting a glamourous look in order to be camera-ready or rushing to and from engagements, she is always dressed to impress – leaving many of us in awe of how she always looks so incredible!

We review some of Kim Kardashian’s most head-turning jewellery choices in this month’s Steal Her Style.

1. Statement earrings

No matter if she’s looking fabulous at her latest promotional launch or nipping into a waiting car as she dashes from event to event, this Kardashian always accessorises with earrings perfectly. From big, gold hoops to chandelier earrings, her ears are always adorned with stunning, statement items that give her classic look an edgy vibe. Try dangling earrings for a more subtle look or head into a store to view some of our more extravagant pieces. 

2. Chain necklaces

Kim recently told InStyle Magazine that she’s a big fan of chunky pieces, and we can see proof of that across the internet – she sure loves big, statement necklaces. Emulate this look with thick gold chains, layers of different necklaces and plenty of charms – the bigger, the better! They are the perfect way to add a little flair to an otherwise casual outfit.

3. Diamond studs

Despite often opting for attention-grabbing earrings when promoting her products and attending events, Kim tends to go for simple diamond studs when running errands, shopping and relaxing at home on the set of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Try this downplayed look for classic, daily glamour – they’ll add sparkle to casual outfits without coming across as too much, plus they also carry from morning to night seamlessly – giving you a little glamour no matter where your day takes you.