Confessions of a Jewellery Lover
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The thrill and rapture of having a new addition to the family has worn off and now increased energy and vast amounts of vigour are required to keep to the pace of your little stick of dynamite. Be they spirited or shy, each bundle of joy comes with their own quirks and qualities.
What they do seem to share – regardless of gender – is an innate attraction for all that sparkles and shines. Brilliantly beaming gems and dazzling dangly accessories are (as every mother of a little sprite will come to learn) to be avoided at all costs. Even top-quality trinkets cannot withstand the herculean grasp and tug of a pint-sized paw.
It is at this stage worth a mention that mothers, regardless of their children’s age, deserve to have a little shimmer in their lives. For those with young nuggets it is practically essential! Despite the great fatigue and constant commitment to our children, we should certainly invest in something that reminds us that aside from being a mobile entertainment unit, we are also women. Amidst the albeit gratifying chaos of a mother’s life, a commemorative token that we too are the mistresses of our own selves goes a long way in lifting spirits and renewing energy.
Eternity rings, like the Princess Style or Bold and Beautiful ring, make wonderful finger frills as they have just the right amount of distracting dazzle without the chunky extensions that will get hooked on things and scratch delicate kiddy skin.
While hoops are one step up from casual and drop earrings scream style, studs earrings are really the only sensible option when looking for suitable ear jewels. While the glitz is the attraction for both mom and child, the tiny tot has little to grab on to, leaving the gorgeous gem and your earlobe intact.
It may be that diamonds are forever, but the pertinent question around accessories at the moment is “what are the hot jewellery trends for spring 2013’? There are generally three places we turn to in the search of sizzling seasonal style – the red carpet, runways and real life.
What we see popping up in all the right places and certainly earning its title as colour of the year – is the bright emerald. While they have been head-turners on red carpets for some time, emerald accessories are now becoming household must-haves. Get fashion forward with stunning pieces like the Boldly Beautiful Tru-Emerald Earrings, the Tru-Emerald Eternity Ring, or the Emerald Inspiration Pendant. Such a vivid colour also ties in neatly with another currently famous trend – that of colour blocking. A cross trend win-win situation!
Make a slightly bigger statement than last year’s studs with subtle drop earrings. Having started their appearance on red carpets in 2012 already, these petite yet eye-catching accessories will complement the romantic effects of spring 2013 styles. Drop in on the trend with the Drop Teardrop or the Drop of Elegance Earrings. While on the earring escapade, chandelier and dangle earrings are also getting a lot of play this season. Try something with a coloured stone like the Sparkling Pink Earrings to enhance the hang.
With the black and white trend dominating in the fashion departments, diamonds and onyx stones shine bright as accompanying accessories. The good news around this particular fad is that albeit popular now, the styles are enduring and almost timeless.
Another accessory tying in famously with the romantic theme of spring is the petite gold pendant. Delicate pieces like All Atwirl or the Fire and Ice Pendant enhance necklines all the while keeping the quixotic feeling of the seasonal style.
Gold jewellery has long been the symbol of love and wealth. While it flies many flags, gilded jewellery also screams sophistication and opulence unlike any other. It is quite simply timeless and classy. There is no wondering if the shiny metal suits you – gold complements every skin tone. It is also a phenomenal accessory to complement dull or padded winter outfits and is a grand addition to enliven a look. The styling possibilities for gold are practically endless.
The wintery weather taunts us to reach for layers and bundles made up of chunky knits and woollen wonders. It can be challenging to keep the feminine air a glow, never mind the elegant aura but a splash of golden shine is just the thing to do the chic trick. A simple pair of golden studs or a ravishing set of Shimmering Inspiration Earrings, even when peeking out from underneath a knitted hat, will certainly create a sparkle.
Sticking to the golden tone of jewellery and carrying it throughout your accessories can certainly pull an entire wintery outfit together. Be sure to hold some gold on your hands. Salient pieces like the Provocative Twist Ring or The Dazzler will embellish each flick of the finger.
This versatile metal can be paired with most colours so don’t be afraid to add a splash of it if more sparkle or a slightly more striking effect is desired. Rich reds work well in the colder months so try a combo like the Sparkling Ruby Crescent Earrings and the Tru-Ruby Eternity Ring to emblazon your ensemble. Bright yellow gems can offset the gild of gold stunningly while blue jewels contrast it brilliantly.
An extensive selection and affordable prices are two superb reasons to consider the Tru-Diamonds™ range where embellishing your cool-weather closet is concerned. Golden elegance and shimmering sophistication are but a few more. Be all that glitters this winter.
Throwing on a few fabulous and trendy items of clothing and some blinging accessories might make a lovely looking ensemble, but it takes a sense of style, grace and know-how to pull off elegance. Before you denounce the look as high-maintenance and too laborious, consider the words of an iconic fashion designer and put it into perspective: “simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance”.
An ambassador for elegance herself, Coco Chanel captured the quintessence of this look in eight little words. She laid down the foundation for style and gave us the primary starting block from which to build a truly elegant wardrobe. Some of her secrets are shared to get you on the road to refinement.
- Skirt length: few women are graced with perfect appendages of well-formed calves and toned thighs. Trade the meagre mini for a chic Parisian look with a hemline that sits just below the knee.
- Mix ‘n match: Chanel was a master at mixing masculine and feminine elements to create an original and trendy look.
- The gift of the LBD: we give thanks for the versatile and subtly sexy contribution of the little black dress. This item can easily go from daywear to evening wear with the simple switch of accessories. Gold works wonderfully to add that dash of elegance at nightM
- Comfort is king: the foremost thought of comfort and lifestyle led to Chanel’s luxurious yet comfortable clothing designs. Luxury should certainly be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury. Bare this simple maxim in mind when purchasing new items.
- Embellish away: we can learn something from Chanel’s the-more-the-merrier attitude where accessories are concerned. Her key secret was mixing real and faux jewellery and she was rarely seen without some trinkets to liven up even her plainest of outfits. When adding your adornments, take her accessory philosophy into account: The point of jewellery isn’t to make a woman look rich but to adorn her; not the same thing.
Tim Gunn, Project Runway mentor was quoted as saying, “Think about the items you wear not only as a reflection of your personal taste, but also as a sign, a communication about who you are. This applies to accessories just as much as it does to apparel. The visual relationship between your jewels and your clothes should strike harmony and balance.”
Keeping your pieces of jewellery current and up to date will add the edge to a stylish wardrobe. That said jewellery should be an investment in partnering seasonal trends year in and year out – it’s about selecting sophisticated pieces that allow you to update your style seamlessly. So what are the key item updates for this season?
It has been said that most people should have three rings - engagement, wedding and fashion rings. If the first two tick the box then acquiring the third is today’s lesson. Fashion rings are fun and make a statement. It’s the bling out the box and the sass with the shimmer that makes these type of rings perfect for updating any style; simple and elegant such as the Princess Style Eternity and the Rhapsody in Blue, to more dramatic pieces, such as the Impressive Emerald ring.
The next nip and tuck that can easily ring a fresh perspective is the choice of necklace you partner with your selected garment. Quite simply, it’s all down to the neckline. Plunging necklines should be matched with 17 to 19 inch necklaces such as the Posh Baby Doll or Trilogy 18 inch, while strapless gowns should pair with a choker or princess piece such as Royal Choker and South African Set.
The global earring has to be the stud; even if it sounds dated. Not so when you break out and either explore the stud market, from a color perspective Midnight Magic, or the cut and simple design approach as seen in Emerald Cut, or alternatively opt for a pair of Reflections Drop Earrings or even the ultra-feminine Precious and Pearl.
It’s that time of year when you let your hair down and enjoy the high season, particularly the wonderful, over engaging cocktail hour, or two or three. The perfect accessory choice would have to be the cocktail ring plus the chance to dress up and flirt with fashion as you showcase your beautiful jewellery.
Generally there is nothing subtle about cocktail rings. These expressive pieces are there to be noticed – no shrinking violet or girl at the ball too shy to dance. These rings mean business and add spice to your accessory wardrobe.
Tru-Diamonds™ produce a sophisticated selection of the finest cuts offering the most on trending colours. The impressive Emerald Trilogy Ring, My Desire, Champagne Perfection and Pink Perfection rings are all an elegant testament to these exacting standards.
So, when is it on-trend to wear cocktails rings and when is it seen as OTT and best suited for Vegas? What it’s all about is two simple words, elegance and style. More specifically, the general rule of thumb suggests that if there is only one focal stone that is less than eight to ten carats in size, you can wear it every day. The outings for the others should be managed thoughtfully and best worn at the odd event or strictly after dark only.
A celebrity notorious for her girl-next-door appeal and understated style, Jennifer Aniston recently made headlines for reasons other than her ties to smouldering ex, Brad Pitt. Her long and much publicised haven’t-found-the-right-one-yet search is now over after roughly 18 months with fellow thespian, Justin Theroux.
THE PROPOSAL: Jennifer gave Justin the best 41st birthday present this August when she affirmatively accepted his wedding proposal. After the tempestuous high-profile personal life coverage of Ms Aniston, news of the impending wedding topped the tabloids. Just then, Jen stepped out of her abode in Santa Fe giving paparazzi – and possibly those in the troposphere – the first glimpse of the rock that symbolised their commitment.
THE RING: The glittering gem is said to be a whopping eight carats of shimmering diamond. That does not cost the same as eight one carat rocks. As the size increases, so does the price tag, as each carat added makes the jewel that much rarer. Without confirmed knowledge of the designer, speculation is being made from the less than few photographs making the rounds. The setting appears to be yellow or possibly rose gold. Some say the stone is an emerald-cut diamond, which requires superior clarity because of the sizeable flat surface at the top of the stone that will show flaws more than most other cuts. Others state it is a cushion-shaped rose cut, featuring a flat base and a domed and faceted top. Either way, the sparkler is affluently humungous.
THE AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE: While most cannot afford the grandeur of a genuine gem of such magnitude, it does not mean they cannot acquire a simulated stone of opulence and splendour. Veiled amidst the extraordinary Tru-Diamonds™ collection lie extravagant pieces like the Emerald Cut Antique Ring, the Some Like it Hot Cushion Cut Ring and the simple yet sophisticated Emerald Cut Solitaire Ring.
While others are hazarding guesses of the actual cut and cost of Ms Aniston’s ring, get ahead of the glam pack with one of these refined and stylish pieces.
It might not be pure but it certainly is popular. The rouged version of glittering gold is undoubtedly making a comeback and rose gold is showing up everywhere – in status watches, necklaces and even on the fingers of betrothed celebrities! Being an amalgam of gold and copper, this pink-hued metal might not be the ultimate symbol of affluence, but it is a firm favourite with the stars.
Reese Witherspoon recently took to the red carpet in a simple black dress glammed up with a modest yet uber-stylish onyx and rose gold circular necklace. The dark backdrop of her dress allowed the rose gold to capture the limelight beautifully. The blush-hued metal seems to be making a widespread appearance in celebrity engagement and wedding rings. Leann Rimes’s fiancé spared no expense with a platinum band displaying a mega oval diamond encased in a rose gold fleur-de-lis.
Style guru Katie Holmes donned the sought after metal back in 2008 and Blake Lively’s light pink oval cut diamond, custom set in the blushed tone and pave diamonds, has brought a more recent rose gold revival. The tone of the metal allows for a modern approach combined with a vintage appeal making it the perfect blend of old meets new.
While rose gold might seem more exceptional than its yellow counterpart, the secret to its unusual shade is rather conventional – copper. As all gold used to make jewellery is mixed with other metals to increase its durability, it’s the amount of copper added that gives this tinged metal its ravishing colour. Another notch on the brilliance belt is its affordability, based on its weight of actual gold.
It might be that it is made to order or that there is a lesser amount being produced – but whatever the reason, the world of fashion loves nothing more than exclusivity, making rose gold that much more desirable and on high alert on the trend table.
The festive season is the time of celebration, reflection and most certainly sharing. Giving gifts is a long-standing tradition that has lasted through the ages. No matter how old we get, opening a wrapped pressie from under the tree will always elicit juvenile excitement. Gift giving is however not always as simple as it may seem. Getting the perfect gift for a dearly beloved or finding the one thing for the person who has everything can cause seasonal stress and detract from the charitable and generous deed. ‘Tis the season of festivity and joy, so fear not.
There is such a deep and special bond between mothers and their daughters. Cement the connection and strengthen the sentiment with matching gifts like the Trio Heart pendants in stylish platinum or elegant gold.
The gift of giving knows no gender so don’t forget that special man in your life. Celebrate him by bestowing a bold Tempting Touch Ring. If bling is his thing, go all out with a Carnegie Style Ring or Magnum Opus Cufflinks.
It was roughly 3000 years ago that a magnificent festival was held to honour and please the various Greek gods. The involvement in these games was originally reserved only for men. Married ladies were not even allowed into the stadium – the act or attempt thereof was punishable by death! Fortunately, with the evolution and revolution of the ages, women now have their time to shine.
While the lady contenders compellingly compete and excel, the female spectators and supporters have the chance to dazzle and impress from the sidelines with glistening Olympic inspired accessories.
The symbolic Olympic rings have inspired a trend of colourful jewellery befitting of those who aren’t afraid to sparkle.
BLUE ring inspired sapphires are stones of loyalty and fidelity. The renowned British Crown Jewels are beset with large blue sapphires, symbolic of pure and wise rulers. Attain royal sentiment with pieces like the Tru-Diamonds™ matching Royal Engagement Ring and Pendant or the Brilliant Blue Tru-Sapphire Earrings.
Do not fear the power of gold. Some women might be a little timorous when adding gold accessories to their wardrobe, feeling it too flashy, garish and quite simply only for the more mature lady. Au contraire! When it comes to livening up an outfit, gold jewellery is your key trimming – instantly enlivening an ensemble and adding a touch of impeccable style.
Keeping it simple is how to do it best if throwing caution to the wind is how you want to approach gold. A basic gold ring, small earrings or a dainty chain is a great way to start a lasting relationship with this dazzling metal. A simple outfit might require a bit more brilliance and a gold statement piece is just the thing to liven up a plain outfit.
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Two just doesn’t seem to cut it! It takes three straight lines to enclose an open space or area. Three dimensions are needed to form a solid. A triangle consists of three lines, three points and three angles and is the simplest two-dimensional figure. The number three signifies that which is real, solid, substantial and complete. Add a touch of glitz, a dash of glamour and celebrity style and you have the number three inspired Tru-Diamonds™ Trilogy Range – fit for a princess, suitable for a star.
Each exquisite piece of jewellery suggests that which is authentic, unyielding, significant and absolute. Every item of sparkling splendour is carefully crafted, delicately designed and fashioned with three dazzling stones set fashionably in 18ct. Gold or Platinum, clad on a solid core of sterling silver.
The distinctive shape, colour and cut of the Tru-Diamonds™ and Tru-Gems utilized, makes each accessory unique and stylish. Trilogy jewellery has traditionally been thought to defy all boundaries of time by denoting the past, present and future. Here are some of our favourite must-have pieces:
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.
As always the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival drew the who’s-who of A-list celebrities to the red carpet. They came out shining with enough colourful signature jewellery pieces and diamonds to make any girls heart go aflutter.
While the Tru-Diamonds™ jewellers are hard at work designing collections to capture that same glamour, we want to provide you with a few tips on how to create celebrity style right in your own home:
1. GO BRIGHT:
While diamonds are the red carpet jewels of choice, coloured gems were seemingly on trend at The Cannes Film Festival this year. Model Irina Shayk shows off her pair of cascading emerald earrings against her muted nude dress, the perfect backdrop for these colourful jewels. Achieve this look yourself by dabbling in emerald greens, fiery reds and bold blues and sport this bold look with our Boldly Beautiful Tru-Emerald Earrings.
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The centrepiece of the stunning diamond encrusted floral Williamson Brooch that inspired this piece is a rare pink diamond, said to be the finest in existence. The pink diamond - a 23.6 carat jewel from Tanzania was given to Princess Elizabeth uncut as a wedding present by Canadian geologist John Williamson in 1947. It was cut by Briefel and Lemer of London in 1948 and set in the centre of a new brooch designed by Frederick Mew of Cartier in 1952. The Queen wore the brooch to last year’s Royal Ascot.
3 Ways to wear your Brooch:
- Match it with pastel pinks, whites or violets. The St Williamson Brooch will glam up any day time event. Not only will you look the part but this hand made, one of a kind piece will get the conversation started.
- Gift it to someone special.
- Glam up your down time. Where it work, or around the house. Every woman should feel like a princess day or night
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The original Collet necklace
of 25 large graduated diamonds and a drop-shaped pendant of 22.48 carats with matching earrings was worn by the Queen at her coronation in 1953 at the tender age of 27.
The necklace was created in 1858 from a Garter badge and a ceremonial sword for Queen Victoria.
Over time, the necklace, which was also worn at the coronations of Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary, has been modified. The Queen mother used a couple of the larger stones to make another set of earrings.
Here are a few ways to achieve the Queen’s Coronation look for a fraction of the price:
•Tru-Diamonds Queens Coronation Set Earrings
can accompany the Tru-Diamonds Coronation set necklace to achieve royal flare or be worn on their own at any occasion. Cowl necklines and up style hair-do’s will draw attention to your ears.
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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!
Last Sunday marked Kate and Will's 1 year Anniversary. Although it's been a year dedicated to the
Love-Birds, the fashion industry has been abuzz with Kate’s engagement ring, striking bare legs and the combination of royal and urban chic fashion statements.
While the Tru-Diamonds™ jewellers are hard at work designing jewellery collections to capture Kate and Will’s same glamour, for couples around the world, we thought we’d highlight some of our favourite looks and how to achieve them:
1. MODEST EARRINGS: Drops, studs and clusters all show off your neck. Whether your being kissed or about to be kissed modesty can go a long way.
2. GO COLOUR BOLD: Match your jewellery with your outfit. Royal blues, Dramatic Purples and Emerald greens can turn a dull day into festive fun. Notice some colour coordination between the couple?
3. SPARKLE FROM HEAD TO TOE: Whether you’re enjoying a casual dinner date out on the town or walking down the red carpet always add shimmer to your attire. Diamonds are quite possibly the favourite gemstone to capture that sparkle in one’s eyes.