Jewellery Ideas for Valentine’s Day: Stackable Rings, Watches And Designer Treasure

With Valentine’s day just a week away, I am today having a look at gifts that would work  well for both men and women, that is, the gift of jewellery. Jewellery is very much a gift that appeals to varied tastes, and whether you opt for beautiful costume pieces, or the real deal, you can be sure that the effort that has gone into choosing a piece of jewellery would be very much appreciated.

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Here I have put together a few jewellery gift ideas that I think should cover all bases and tastes.

Stackable Rings

A great gift idea, and also a really stylish and fashionable item, are stackable rings. You can pick these up quite cheaply in metal from places like Accessorize, but for really making a statement you should go for gold and gemstone options. Stackable rings can range from simple bands, to signet rings and wishbone styles and work in gold and silver. I love these as a gift idea, they work well for those who love the bohemian look, and can be something you can add to on different occasions like birthdays and Christmas to create a really unique, beautiful look.

A Watch

Giving a gift of time works well for both men and women. Brands like Rolex, Breitling and Cartier would be enough to put a smile on any face, but, of course, these do come with a high price tag. However, you could opt for a second hand design at a much more affordable price. Pre-Owned watches are now available with a guarantee of authenticity from companies like Xupes. Xupes also deal in pre-owned designer handbags which could be another gift idea, one which would definitely work for me.

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Costume Jewellery from Butler and Wilson

When it comes to costume jewellery, Butler and Wilson is my destination of choice. I’ve always loved the beautiful store on South Molton Street, which is how I imagine the jeweled cave from Aladdin would look, just so sparkling and pretty. If you can’t get to the London store, you can find Butler and Wilson pieces at super affordable prices at QVC.

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A designer piece

Buying a designer piece of jewellery can often be cheaper than opting for the designer bag or shoes. Selfridges always have great pieces by Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen and some of these come in at less than £150. These gifts come beautifully boxed and would be sure to be opened with appreciative gasps on February 14th.

 MARC JACOBS Enamel disc hinged bracelet £50.00 Click to visit Selfridges


MARC JACOBS Enamel disc hinged bracelet

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Skull double wrap leather bracelet £135.00 Click to visit Selfrdiges


ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Skull double wrap leather bracelet

 VIVIENNE WESTWOOD JEWELLERY Kika stud earrings £95.00 Click to visit Selfridges


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17th Century Dress

Fashion has always been an ever-changing creature, so it’s no surprise that we look back on times long past and see nothing resembling present-day style. On top of that, the societal changes that have occurred between the 1600s and today are staggering, and it’s reflected in the dress sense of the time.

In the 1600s, men and women both wore significantly more conservative clothing. Little more than face and hands were often exposed, with the addition of sometimes parts of the shoulders and chest. Let’s have a look at some of the key elements of 17th century dress.

Reticella

The reticella is an example of needle lace that became immensely popular toward the beginning of the 17th century. Reticella patterns were very intricate, with fine weaves and cutwork involved. They were very popular for collars in particular. If you think collars were big in the 1970s, just wait until you get an eyeful of 17th century collars. Many of them extended beyond the shoulders, and stood straight up behind the head, rather than resting flat on the back. Over time, reticella evolved into ‘Punto in Aria’, which was similarly complex lace work initially developed in Italy.

Chemise

An item of clothing like the chemise is interesting because in many ways it still exists. Sometimes referred to as a shift or a smock. The chemise was an undershirt of sorts, designed to keep sweat off of outerwear. While today, a chemise is something worn like a slip – mostly by women, particularly of a certain age – in the 17th century, the chemise was a staple of fashion for men, women, and children. Until the 1820s, a chemise was the only underwear worn in England, and as such was often the only item of clothing that received frequent washes.

Breeches

Sometimes spelled britches, these items were an essential for men of the 17th century. Covering the body from the waist down, breeches are most easily compared to modern-day tights worn by women, or potentially jodhpurs worn by equestrians. While breeches weren’t exclusively white, you’d be hard-pressed to find examples that are coloured. Usually, breeches went over the knee and were fastened around the thigh with buckles and/or straps. Breeches were popular and practical until the mid-19th century, when trousers rose to prominence and were seen as the preferable choice for most men.

Doublet

If you’ve ever watched a period drama, you’ve likely seen countless men in doublets. Close-fitting, doublets were like jackets worn over a chemise, and usually paired with breeches. Doublets were often worn under armour of various kinds such as cuirasses or chainmail shirts. The use of the doublet in this scenario is to add a layer of comfort that prevented chafing when one needed to wear armour for potentially hours – or days – on end. Through 3 centuries of popularity, only the cut and styles of the doublet changed, but otherwise it remained essentially the same garment.

Jewellery

Antique jewellery is always a popular topic for modern enthusiasts, and jewellery from the 17th century is no different. Far and away the most common element of antique jewellery from this time was pearls. Scarcely a 17th century portrait exists without a string of pearls involved. Pearls were even woven into clothing, acting as lavish beadwork on special garments. Diamonds also found a significant increase in popularity through the 1600s. Jewellery that featured intricate, foliate patterns was popular, mirroring the patterns and popularity of the reticellas that were also commonplace. Flower petals and leaves were massively popular themes for 17th century jewellery.

Traces of these styles can be found today in faint echoes such as tights and slips, but by and large, the dress of the 17th century is entirely different to our own. It’s always a good idea to take a little trip into the past to see what has ultimately influenced the dress sense of society today.

Spring/Summer 2020 jewellery style guide

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With the weather being unseasonably mild, its time to turn your attention to your spring/summer wardrobe. If you’re anything like me, it’s a big relief when you get to shed the frumpy knitwear and heavy overcoats and step out in something that doesn’t mean loads of layers. However, you don’t have to stop at clothes, and you can give any outfit that extra summery touch with the right jewellery. Here’s my rundown of the biggest jewellery trends of spring/summer 2020 to give you some ideas for your own wardrobe.

The statement earring

One of this season’s biggest trends is set to be the statement earring. Introduce a splash of vibrancy into your outfit with a delicate pair of dangly and colourful earrings, which can add equal amounts of elegance and playfulness to any summer outfit. Chose a style that suits your mood, from glamorous pearl designs from Uterque that are both elegant, but very fashion forward, to cameo styles that have a vintage feel and work well with a country heritage look.

A Smart Watch

Smart Watches have become an absolute wardrobe staple for both men and women, and are a real trend for teenagers, as they record their activity levels helping them to  to stay healthy and fit. They also look stylish, coming in a range of designs and colours, and are now as much a fashion accessory as they are a gadget.

If you are looking for smart watches for girls it could be worth checking out a website like Superwatches which is a website dedicated to professional reviews and smart watch comparisons. This should give you a good idea of which watch to buy according to your needs and budget requirements.

The pendant necklace

Another big trend this season is set to be the pendant necklace. The secret when wearing this elegant and timeless piece of jewellery is to make it the centre of attention by pairing it with an otherwise quite minimal outfit, such as a plain dress or top and stud earrings in a matching metal.

When choosing your pendant necklace, be sure to choose a chain length that suits your face shape and brings out your best features. If you’re unsure which is the most flattering length for you, try a few different ones for size to find your preference.

The sunglasses

One thing no summer wardrobe is complete without is a pair of sunglasses. Ditch the pair you bought in a rush at the airport last year and upgrade them with a pair of iconic Raybans, which simply exude effortless cool. Pick up a pair from the Rayban site before jetting off on your summer getaway to complete your holiday wardrobe.

Ring layering

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Another bang-on-trend statement piece to introduce into this season’s wardrobe is ring layering. Go for a unified look by drenching every digit in similar rings, or make an eye-catching statement by mixing it up with a totally mismatching designs and materials.

Introduce these pieces of jewellery into your spring/summer wardrobe this year and you’ll be right on trend all season.