Confessions of a Jewellery Lover
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As the summery season packs its warmth away for another year, we make way for what autumn and the ensuing winter have to offer. Cool breezes turn chilly and cardigans get swapped for chunkier knits. Spring/summer trends get traded for autumn/winter ones and the style wheel keeps on turning, spitting out new looks and fashions to follow.
From the runways of New York and Milan to the catwalks of London, it has been made quite clear that a massive autumn winter trend engulfing the fashion world this season is fur.
Summertime… it might make the living easy but it brings forth new quandaries of how to look stylish with fewer garments and the perfect accessories to match the lack of them. The summer sun might be tempting us to remove the layers and flash some flesh but don’t be misguided and discard that which dazzles and adds personal style to the summer wardrobe.
It is possible to look enticingly voguish while nearly nude, so fear not when swapping your winter woollies for summer stunners – just be sure to add some tempting trimmings to your spectacular ensemble.
Parading in bathers need not mean losing your sense of personal style. Add an accessory and some sparkle to your beach attire to truly show your sassiness and individual glow. Glittering trinkets can totally enhance your summer apparel from livening up your best bikini to heightening the hues in your favourite frock.
Easy pieces to flaunt from the golden shores are dainty delicates like these Tru-Diamonds Flower earrings or the Flower ring - perfect for that touch of glitz and keeping with the floral feel of summer.
Even if you don’t have access to bounds of beach, these versatile pieces will command attention at a picnic in the park or even in your best friend’s backyard.
Some luxurious items to play with this summer, are sparkling arm jewellery pieces like the gem encrusted Misty Shimmer Bangle– celebrity style in a casual flick of the wrist.
If the volumes of visitors who made the crusade last year to Buckingham Palace to catch a glimpse of Kate Middleton’s wedding gown is anything to go by, London is at the top of the log in its fashion game.
Between the explosive contemporary British fashion and the impending Olympic Games happening this summer, it appears that London is taking centre stage in a global production of interest. All eyes will be not only on the Olympic contenders, but also on all those that attend this grandiose event. It is best to look your best – you never know who you might see, or who might just see you.
Keep it Casual: The starting block for creating voguishly casual outfits is a fabulous-looking pair of jeans. They are easy to wear and go with practically any style. Women’s casual T’s are wonderful if they have a nice feminine cut and a detailed neckline or sleeve. Virtually any design of sandal can work with denims – flat, heeled, slip on or lace up. Don’t forget the trimmings – a few pieces of appropriate jewellery can be just the thing to complete the look. A simple yet eye-catching pair of glamorous earrings like our Tru-Diamonds™ Classically Simple Earrings could be the perfect accessory for that casual yet fashionable feel. Don’t forget the fitting Tennis Bracelet – a subtle yet striking piece.
Classic Beauty: Classic is a style that knows no boundary of time. The style is ageless, focusing on beautiful but simple cuts in clothing and fine natural fabrics. Hues tend to be neutral, often black and navy as opposed to prints and bright lashings of colour. A spectacular glamorous piece or two of jewellery will enliven the outfit and dazzle the crowds. Pieces like our Tru-Diamonds™ Command Performance Bracelet and the Truly Classic Tru Sapphire Drop Earrings are accessories that will command attention away from the sporting arena and give that fabulous classic celebrity look.
The Diamond Jubilee has been an inspiration to glamour and glitz and provided yet another reason to sparkle and shine.
Being under the scrutiny of the public eye is tough at the best of times. Great admiration goes to Queen Elizabeth II for graciously managing 6 decades. She has displayed remarkable style over the years launching new trends and inspiring fashion the world over. No ensemble would be complete without the perfect trimmings – and who better to ask than the Queen, who has 60 years of stylish accessories in her wardrobe.
An elegance icon, the Queen is rarely seen without her three-string pearl necklace and tasteful pearls in her ears. Take a page from her long-reigning book with our Sparkling Pearl Earrings available in either platinum or gold.
You might not be royalty, but you can certainly achieve imperial status with the Tru-Diamonds™ Queen’s Coronation Set Necklace and Earrings.
This competition is now closed.
In a tribute to the Queens Diamond Jubilee, our jewellers have been hard at work recreating jewellery inspired by the Queens 60 years on the throne, these include the; Tru-Diamonds Coronation Set, Tru-Diamonds South African Set and Tru-Diamonds Williamson Brooch.
Along with these limited edition styles, we’ve designed a variety of festive Tru-Diamonds Jubilee earrings, crown rings and royal pendants which we’d love to share with you.
To stand a chance of WINNING a pair of these Tru-Diamonds Jubilee sets answer the following question:
If you were a Queen, what item of jewellery would you never leave the palace without?
1. Post your comment on this Tru-Insider Blog below or;
2. For a bonus prize, Tweet @Tru_Diamonds #JubileeCompetition
Terms and conditions: Winners are chosen on creativity of answer. There can only be one winner. The Winner will be announced on the 17 June 2012. The Bonus Prize Twitter winner will be chosen via random selection.
Bejewelled headpieces and hair accessories can easily transform even the simplest of hairstyles into a discussion point. Celebrities have embraced this trend to add character to their outfits, and with such a wide variety of options available you will surely find an item to suit your individual personality.
Gone are the days where the only shiny hair accessory was the tiara. A shift towards more dramatic headpieces could be seen on the runway in recent times, while Kim Kardashian chose a strand of expensive teardrop diamonds to adorn her forehead on her wedding day and Nicole Richie looked ravishing when she appeared on NBC’s Fashion Star in a 1920’s vintage gown, red lips and tight ballerina bun showing off a dazzling jewelled headpiece.
Adding some sparkle to your hair or wrist is an easy way to dress up a normally casual outfit. Bracelets and headpieces can also be used to create a specific mood - whether it’s flower-child, royal or bohemian – all of which require a little sparkle to make the look complete.
When it comes to wedding or bridal accessories, you will not be disappointed in the array of diamonds, jewels and pearls which have been made specifically to show off the bride on her special day, regardless of the hairstyle and veil.
She was the blonde bombshell with the world at her feet. With the recent release of ‘My Week with Marilyn’ in theatres we were transported back to a time where diamonds truly were a girl’s best friend and red lips provided the perfect touch.
Vintage glamour is back, and it is once again in fashion to be classic and sophisticated in every form of the word. It is a style that will easily make you feel chic and unique, with modern twists added to some nostalgic favourites.
Dita vonTeese is a style icon when it comes to vintage glamour as she regularly graces red carpets in lace accessories, antique brooches and striking hair pieces. Julia Roberts and her stylist found her elegant Valentino dress she wore to the 2001 Oscars, in a second-hand store in Los Angeles, proving new life can be given to something someone else discarded. Katy Perry styles up original 50’s dresses with high heels and signature red lips but no one does it quite like Marilyn.Here are a few tips on our to achieve the vintage look:
• Find one dramatic vintage item to wear – don’t overdo vintage from head to toe!
• Mix up something old with something new – the combination ensures your look stays fresh
• An older dress or jacket can be revamped with new buttons. Or add a modern belt to change its look and feel
And of course, most importantly, the jewellery....Think fabulous and glamorous!
All Tru-DiamondsTM pieces are available in Platinum clad settings, so we’ve decided to have a look at the ‘little silver of the Pinto River’ to better understand one of the rarest elements found beneath the Earth’s crust. Platinum in its most raw state is found in the alluvial banks of some rivers, and also contains gold and other platinum group metals.
In the 1500’s Spanish conquistadors were unimpressed by their Platinum discoveries, and regarded it as an inferior metal – even naming it ‘platina’ or ‘little silver’. It was only in the 1700’s when alchemists began to see the use of the metal in changing lead into gold. In 1751 a Swedish scientist classified Platinum as a precious metal. Platinum is often chosen for its sophisticated appeal and popularity amongst the rich and famous. King Louis XV of France declared it ‘The only metal suitable for Kings’ in 1780 and in the early 1900’s Louis Cartier created the first Platinum jewellery.
Hollywood’s leading ladies boosted the profile of Platinum in the 1930’s when actresses such as Jean Harlow were often seen adorned in Platinum jewellery, and when hot stars like Elvis and Priscilla sported Platinum wedding rings in 1967.
Why should you wear platinum?
With only a few hundred tonnes of Platinum produced every year, metal is regarded as extremely coveted and very precious. It is especially tarnish resistant, which makes it a perfect medium to use in fine jewellery design. The metal is known to enhance the brilliance of diamonds, and is therefore widely used in engagement- and wedding rings. So if it’s good enough for world leaders and the ‘King’.... why not treat yourself with it?
Forget rumours of ‘April showers’ – this is actually one of the driest months of the year in London so get out and bling-up, there’s more on the Calendar this April.
• Fashion Week (16 – 21 April): If you are looking for original and innovative, this is the place to see it. Up to 14 young and upcoming designers will show daily, and of course we will be watching the jewellery trends! Spitalfields Traders Market, Crispin Place, Brushfield Street, London.
• London Book Fair (16 – 18 April): If you have been accused of being a Bookworm in your life, then don’t miss the London Book fair. With more than 400 seminars and events, and 24 500 publishing professionals all in one place, you will not be disappointed.
• Happy Birthday! (21 April): The perfect excuse to bring out the pearls, the Queen’s Birthday is on Saturday, April 21st. The event will be marked by gun salutes in central London at midday, so grab your hat and head out to be part of the event.
• Royal WaxWorks: If the Queen’s Birthday’s has got you gagga for all things royal, head down to Madame Tussauds in London and sneak a peak of the new addition to the royal WaxWorks, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Image sourced Graziadaily.co.uk
• London Marathon (22 April): Almost 50 000 top athletes take on a grueling 26.2 mile course. Smile and wave as they pass you by along the route, or put on your running shoes and join them!
• St Georges Day (23 April): In the city of London, Leadenhall Market will be the centre of festivities with the chance to spot high-profile guests.
April is packed with something for everyone, what will you be attending and more importantly, what will you be wearing?