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Ingle & Rhode Luxury Jewellers Q&A

Posted on July 5, 2015

Hi Guys!

Today I have a bit of a different post for you. I have an exclusive guest post interview / Q&A session with man-in-the-know, David Rhode from luxury jewellers Ingle and Rhode. David’s story began in 2006, when he was looking for an engagement ring but couldn’t find a jeweller who could tell him where their diamonds had come from, or the conditions under which their jewellery was produced. The more he looked into the industry, the more compromises he discovered he was being asked to make – from blood diamonds, to dirty gold, to sweatshops and child labour. Then in 2007 together David and his friend Tim Ingle launched Ingle & Rhode to offer an ethical alternative to the traditional luxury brands.

I’m a complete magpie when it comes to jewellery, and should probably admit that I own way more that my fair share! So I thought I’d take this opportunity to pick David’s brains on a few things…

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1. What are your favourite jewellery trends right now?

‘Stacking sets are popular at the moment; they offer great versatility as you can swap rings in and out of the stack depending on your mood. Also, you can add to the stack on special occasions over the years, so each ring might have different memories associated with it. On a wider level, bespoke commissions continue to thrive. Nearly one in every five engagement rings is made to order – it’s great that so many people have the confidence and the opportunity to create something really unique.’

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2. And what jewellery trends do you predict we’ll be seeing for AW15?

‘Rose gold has been popular for the last year or so, and increasingly we’re seeing this matched with fancy coloured sapphires – pinks and padparascha (orange/pinks) can work really well. It will be really interesting to see what other coloured gemstones people will try combining it with.’

3. Which one jewellery item do you think everyone should have?

‘A cocktail ring. It’s completely extravagant, a ring that’s impractical on a day to day basis – but lots of fun on a special occasion. It’s a great opportunity to use options outside of the ‘Big Four’ traditional engagement ring stones (diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald). It should be possible to create a really impressive ring without breaking the bank.’

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4. When choosing gemstones, what should I look for?

‘The specifics will vary depending on what type of stone it is, but in general it will break down into colour, clarity, and treatment. You should judge colour on hue, intensity, and light/dark. So a blue sapphire might have a hint of violet or green about it, that’s it’s hue. The colour might be rich and strong, or the opposite – that’s its intensity. And obviously gemstones vary in terms of how light and dark they are, we generally want to avoid stones that are too far to one extreme or the other.’

‘With clarity, it’s important to compare apples with apples. You are totally justified in expecting your diamond to be free of visible inclusions or blemishes, but that isn’t the case with all coloured stones. Emeralds for example are very rarely totally clean, and it’s not fair to judge them by the same standards. You need to know what is a reasonable expectation for the stone you are choosing.’

5. Which celebrities do you find inspirational in terms of the jewellery they wear?

‘A lot of celebrities just assume that ‘bigger equals better’, and are keen to show off their huge diamonds. It’s always good to see pieces that a show a little more thought . Zoe Soldana’s emerald engagement ring was a really interesting choice, so was Scarlett Johansson’s Art Deco style ring.’

Thanks so much to David for your answers! I think I need to get myself a cocktail ring now!

I’d love to hear about your favourite jewellery item? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This is a collaboration post with Ingle & Rhode.

H&M New Collections!

Posted on March 22, 2013

Well it looks like the peeps at H&M have been busy little bees lately. First they launch & Other Stories, (I have apparently, been living under a rock for a while because I hadn’t actually heard of this until recently) This store is, completely tres chic. I don’t think I could actually love it more. The styling and photography are innovative and really maximise the products potential; I find myself looking through the site piecing together imaginary outfits with accessories and bags, more so than I do with any other online store. The jewellery is one of my favourite departments on the site, I love the simple shapes, and bold, sculptural styles.

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Rhinestone Ring, £12

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Twin Chain Bracelet, £10

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Pendant Bracelet, £17

Next we have the H&M Conscious Collection. This collection is part of H&M’s work towards a more sustainable future in fashion. This year’s collection is at the forefront of both fashion and sustainability and inspired by delicate floral prints and soft shades of green for spring. I particularly like the new Conscious Exclusive partywear range, which will be launched later this spring. This collection focusses on glamorous partywear in muted pastel shades.

H&M Conscious Collection

Read more about the collection here.

Next we have the H&M New Icons Collection. This collection was created based on the street style of models Joan Smalls, Daphne GroeneveldLindsey Wixson and Liu Wen. I’m really looking forward to this collection, described as a 20-item capsule collection of fashion essentials, the range comprises a mixture of influences – taken from the individual styles of each girl – allowing shoppers to create their own model-off-duty look.

H&M New Icons Collection

And finally, of course, Beyonce for H&M!! We’ve had Rihanna for River Island so it only makes sense for H&M to follow suit and pull out the Beyonce trump card! I was quite disappointed by the Rihanna collection, so hopefully Beyonce’s collection will be a bit more bootylicious!! 😀

Beyonce H&M Collection

ASOS Lust List

Posted on March 13, 2013

There are soooo many amazing things on ASOS right now! I’ve never made a collage before so I thought I’d make one with some of my favourite items! I’m loving jewellery with bright gems at the moment, and clothing with interesting details like the cut out t-shirt below. Which trends are your favourite right now? xx

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From left to right: ASOS Jewelled Punk Spike Necklace £50, ASOS Blouse With Chain Collar And Cut Out Back £32, ASOS Summer Doorknocker Earring £15, ASOS HELTER SKELTER Heeled Sandals £55, ASOS Ridley Supersoft High Waist Ultra Skinny Jeans In Aqua Marble Wash £35, ASOS T-Shirt with V Neck and Cut Out Detail £28, ASOS Triangle Spike Earrings £15. All are available now from ASOS.

I <3 Fierce Jewellery @Topshop!

Posted on February 19, 2013

Ok I have a thing about fierce jewellery, the bigger the studs and the pointier the spikes the better. If it looks like it’ll take your eye out then I’ll love it!

I thought I’d share a few of my favourite pieces that Topshop has to offer at the moment.

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Prices range from arond £7.50 for a ring, up to £30 for some of the bigger necklaces. Not exactly cheap, but they won’t break the bank either!

I took advantage of Topshop’s sale earlier this year and stocked up on a ton of bracelets! (and a couple of necklaces) I spent just over £30 and got £110 worth of jewellery!

YAY!!! 😀

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