Confessions of a Jewellery Lover
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All aboard! Get seaworthy with the latest maritime trend. Straight off the ocean and onto the fashion pages of catalogues and glossy mags, this look is fresh and fabulous. It cannot be said that the nautical look is a new style, but it certainly is a popular one that keeps rearing its head in the land of fashion.
Back in the mid 1800’s, Queen Vic propagated this stripy style borrowed from French seamen, when she dressed the then Prince of Wales in a teeny sailor suit. The aaah-factor was astounding and style icon, Princess Diana and the Dutchess of York followed (ahem!) suit and donned their page boys in the same style ensemble. It was truly only when Coco Chanel took the navy, white and red onto the catwalk that the fashion peaked and became extensively accessible.
This classic trend is incredibly versatile and can be styled for virtually any occasion. It is possible, with a little know-how, to get a nautical number to look chic, subtle, fun or even elegant, depending on the required look.
For simple sailor style, pair navy micro shorts or skinny jeans with a striped top or tee. A thin red belt or hairband and red flat pumps will add the touch of rouge that rounds off this modest yet marvellous look. Add a splash of colour to take it up a notch to laidback elegance a la Kate Moss by adding a contrasting red jacket.
A more sophisticated look can easily be acquired by adding gilded accessories to the overall ensemble.
The word ‘glamorous’ evokes many emotions. It’s a lady’s desire to be glamorous and feel glamorous in whatever it is that she’s wearing.
We often rely on celebrities to create certain styles for ourselves, so half the work is already done for us, we just need to imitate their look in order to add a little glamour into our lives.
Consider the points below and ensure that you are look more glamorous this year.
- It all starts with what’s underneath your clothing. Wear some sexy lingerie and feel the glam instantly. Being glamorous is all about how mysterious you can be. Wear any colour that you feel comfortable in. Black is always a good colour abut then again so is red...
- Curl your lashes and your hair. Curling your hair gives it that healthy look and screams glamorous. Curled lashes add a look of wonder and elegance.
- Smell glamorous. Scent is just as important as looks. Invest in a bottle of quality perfume and make sure that you smell great, all the time.
- Accessorise. Don’t be plain and boring. Spice up your look and accessorise with jewellery and fashionable hair clips.
- Make-up. Wear make-up that is perfect for your skin. If you do not have the correct foundation, you will ruin that glamorous look. Ask the shop assistant to assist you in buying the correct foundation. A good red lipstick will also always do the trick, it will ensure that you look as glamorous and gorgeous as ever. Bear in mind that without a good moisturiser, your make-up may not be as smooth. Purchase a quality day and night moisturiser for flawless, radiant skin. Your make up will love you.
Throughout the year, we turn to accessories to glam up our outfits and add a dash of fun or sophistication. While trinkets like necklaces and bracelets get lost under chunky knits, heavy fabrics and multiple layers, there are plenty of other trendy accessories and ornaments that can ingeniously warm up your winter look. The following tips will help you to stay snug while dressing for the big freeze in style.
Follow the fashion trend spotted at couture shows in Paris this season and stylishly slip on a headscarf. Colours and prints add another dimension to wintery ensembles. There are so many ways to wear this trendy accessory from casual to chic and everything in between, so take the time to play around with it until you find the style that you feel comfortable wearing. The Queen has been donning headscarves for years, in geometric shapes and lively colours. Clearly this frosty fad knows no age boundary.
Prints have been spotted on catwalks in shows in New York, London, Paris and Milan and are sure to influence this season’s wintery wardrobe. London high-flying fashion hotshot, Mary Katrantzou presented amazingly crazy yet chic and contemporary designs. From printed dresses and knits to patterned pants, get in early on this bold winter trend.
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.
Feeling sad that summer is over? The new season not only boasts the thrill of Christmas and the dusting off the decorations, but it also heralds the return of super-hot fashion trends for quiet possibly the most beautiful season of the year.
Hip designs and fearless fashion fore-ward moves, boldly launched a hit parade of fur detailing, fun with colour, military style and gorgeous digital prints for the season.
Ultra chic monochromatic designs, mixed knitwear and delightfully feminine military button downs, paired with sleek riding boots, fur-trim detail on coats and sexy accessories make stepping out in style so definitive. To break the colour block add a dash of sparkle with an Eternity Ring or a simple pair of Solitaire Stud Earrings.
Colour has certainly not been forgotten amidst all the austerity of military precision and decaying autumn leaves. Crisp reds, cool greens and shades of blue are added to autumn pantones. It’s about a fun and a quirky approach to fashion with tripping trends such as the ‘fun bun’, chunky knits and slices of colour.
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.
As much as we argue it, deny it or wish it weren’t so – first impressions do last – or at least make a considerable imprint on how others perceive us. That reason alone is motive to always leave the house looking presentable. Another motive is the fact that dolling up and making a little extra effort gives you a sense of pride and boosts your self-esteem. Quite simply, if you look good – you feel good!
It’s not only about looking smart though. It is also about looking chic and fashionable and fitting in with the trends of the season. It is entirely possible to glam up your current closet by drawing on the season’s inspiration and simply adding a few pieces of pertinent jewellery.
Autumn is associated with rich, warm colours and sees shades of browns, reds, oranges and greens making up the popular fashion palette. While clothing tends to stick to the darker and more natural tones of these hues, you can add a dash of glamour and vibrant splash of colour with a few accent pieces of autumn inspired jewellery. Create a stunning effect against a darker outfit with a bright ring like the Bond Street or Tru-Ruby Eternity Ring. Lift an otherwise drab outfit with colourful pair of Glowing Embers or Sparkling Ruby Crescent Earrings.
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The festive season brings to mind images of tables laden with luscious meals, presents wrapped in silvery paper and trees ornamented with sparkling tinsel. The streets glitter with anticipation while Christmassy colours dance before our eyes. This season is all about the silver, red, green and gold. The tree is not the only Christmas accessory that needs shimmer and shine. Make sure you are party ready by adding the perfect festive gems to your festive season attire. As if an excuse is ever needed to add a touch of colour to the gemstone bling, now you have the perfect one. Use the festive season as your reason and the colours as your inspiration. Red is incontestably the top Christmas colour. Add a splash of this rosy hue to your festive ensemble with accessories like the Rhapsody in Red ring or the shimmering Simply Decadent Tru-Ruby Drop Earrings. Keep this crimson colour close to your heart with pieces like the Truly Divine Tru-Ruby Cross.
Green is undoubtedly the next most popular seasonal colour and emerald jewels fit right in with the Christmas festivities. Get joyfully glamorous with glimmering green items like the Emerald Inspiration Ring and Pendant set. Liven the earlobes with Boldly Beautiful Tru-Emerald Earring.
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World No 1 Maria Sharapova, Serena and Venus Williams, swopped their rackets for rubies at this month’s WTA's pre-Wimbledon party.
The women of Wimbledon are certainly turning heads, not only on the courts but on the town too. So in the spirit of Wimbledon and love for all things beautiful we thought we’d share our fashion favourites and how-to style guide:
Delicately decadent: Maria Sharapova is certainly going for gold in this jaw-dropping ensemble. With dazzling roman embroidery atop delicate pastel chiffon, Maria is all strawberries and cream. No doubt the cherry-on-top goes to her ruby red velvet heels and ruby-diamond encrusted chandelier earrings.
To achieve this decadent look try the Simply Decadent Tru-Ruby Drop earrings or this Tru-Diamonds La Bella Ruby Ring
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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.
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.
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.
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• 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?