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The bracelet is back - how to wear it this summer

Spring has officially arrived in the southern hemisphere and summer is not too far behind. Aside from the mild weather, gorgeous blooms and longer days, another thing we look forward to each year is the ever-exciting summer jewellery trends. Guess what item is making a huge comeback this year? Bracelets!

Here are a few ways to incorporate bracelets to update your 2017 summer look:

Get your shine on!

Understated jewellery has been the trend for so long, that it’s wonderful to see glitter and shine making a comeback (even in daytime!). Diamond tennis bracelets are back with a vengeance and can now be worn with everything from slinky evening gowns, to toned-down chinos and a crisp, white shirt. In fact, if you really want to push out the boat, wear more than one tennis bracelet at once to make a style statement.

Experiment with coloured stones

Spring/Summer 2017 seems to be a year for seriously striking trends. Aside from the shine factor that has been turned to high, coloured stones are also enjoying some time in the limelight. Tanzanite bracelets, ruby bangles, sapphire armlets – it’s all back in fashion. Channel your inner tsarina and indulge in all things jewel-tones and gorgeous. TOP TIP: This trend works well against a striking backdrop of head-to-toe black or white, to give the jewels some room to breathe.

Go bespoke!

Bespoke jewellery remains a trend for Spring/Summer 2017. Innovative laser-engraving technology now allows us to create once-off pieces that reflect your personality. Turn one of your children’s treasured drawings into a lasting keepsake or have your name (or that of a loved one) cut out to adorn your wrist. Personalised jewellery is hot property and will round off your look this summer.

These are just a few of the fun ways you can update your look with the addition of bracelets this season. Use it to inspire your summer style and remember to have fun! After all, a trend is just a trend until you make it your own! Keep your eye on the blog in coming months as we share more helpful advice and jewellery trend forecasts.

How to choose earrings for a special occasion

At The Jeweller, we simply adore being asked to assist a fashionable lady or gentleman to round off their evening attire with jewellery for a special occasion. Weddings, premieres, concerts, galas – you name it, we cater for the occasion. Over the years, our team of jewellery experts have become particularly adept at putting together flawless looks to suit individuals from all walks of life.

We normally start with the earrings. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose earrings to complete your look for a special occasion:

Consider the nature of the event

Where you’re going has a substantial impact on which earrings will be considered suitable for the occasion. Large hoops or statement tassel earrings, for example, would not be suitable for a fancy dinner party. If it’s a formal event, your earrings should be understated and classically elegant. Drop or small hoop earrings are perfect for when you need to look a little glamorous without being obvious about it. If you do want to stand out from the crowd, consider a pair of earrings with a slightly unusual gemstone, like tanzanite or rubies, as focal point.

Consider your proposed outfit

Jewellery should always enhance your outfit, never distract from it. If you’re wearing a gown with a statement neckline that leaves your shoulders and décolletage bear, a pair of drop earrings could complete the picture quite spectacularly, especially if your hair is going to be up. However, if your hair is going to be down, or your neckline is higher up, you can never go wrong with a pair of elegant, understated round or square diamond studs.

Opt for investment pieces

Even though you may be shopping for a particular event, bear in mind that a good pair of investment earrings could serve you well for many years to come. Choosing a classic pair in silver, platinum or gold may be more expensive than opting for costume jewellery, but it will truly stand the test of time, and could well become a treasured family heirloom.

Following these simple guidelines should allow you to choose a striking pair of earrings to round off your outfit for that special occasion with confidence. Once you have that in place, you might want to consider adding a tasteful necklace or pendant to complete the picture. Certain outfits may even call for a bracelet or two! Remember, the trick is to follow your gut, wear what you enjoy and have fun while you’re doing so. Trends come and go, so feel free to express yourself!

 

 

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Are you getting ready to treat your partner to a lovely romantic proposal, but don’t want to ruin the surprise by blatantly asking their ring size? No problem! We have helped many suitors to get the necessary information without their partners getting wind of the planned proposal over the years, so we thought we’d share our handy tips.

 

Buy a gift for someone else

 

When you’re out and about, mention that you’re thinking about getting a family member or close friend of the same sex as your partner a ring as a gift. This ruse works best if your partner has a similar hand size, so you’ll have to think about it properly beforehand. Pull them into a jeweller’s and ask them to get their ring size so you have a reference point to make your purchase. If you really want to drive home the idea of it being a gift for someone else, buy an inexpensive costume ring in that size and actually give it to your family member or friend.

 

Borrow one of their rings

 

This can be a little tricky, but if your partner has a ring they wear on the appropriate finger, or the one next to it, slip it out of their jewellery chest and take it to your jeweller be sized. Be sure that you do it on the same day of your ‘heist’, so you can return it before they notice. Not sure they’ll take it off for long enough for this ruse to work? Take the ring and trace it on a piece of paper. This is not completely accurate, but will give your jeweller a basic indication of their size.

 

TOP TIP: The fingers of our dominant hands tend to be thicker than those of our non-dominant hand. Be sure to take the measurements of a ring that they wear on the appropriate hand. Also note that rings with a thicker band have a tighter fit, so opt for a ring of similar width of what you have in mind for your engagement ring.

 

Take their hand in marriage (literally)

 

This option is a little less accurate, but if you’re desperate, go ahead and try it. Hold your partner’s hand, and see if one of their fingers is similar in size to a finger of yours. E.g. their ring finger might be as big as your pinkie. This method isn’t very accurate, but the more information your jeweller has on their ring size the closer they can get!

 

TOP TIP: If you’re unsure about the ring size, always err of the larger side. A ring can be made smaller quite easily, but making it bigger is a whole different ball game.

 

If you follow these guidelines, you’ll definitely be able to determine your partner’s ring size ahead of your proposal without them knowing. Then, all that is left to do is find a beautiful engagement ring or create a once-off diamond ring with the help of your jeweller. Best of luck! We wish you a lifetime of happiness.

 

 

 

Diamonds 101 The basic shapes

When you shop for diamond rings online, the terminology used to describe the stones can be a little confusing at first. The Jeweller likes to make things as simple as possible, so we thought we’d share a little introduction to the diamond shapes you are most likely to encounter on our website.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The shape of a diamond and the cut of a diamond are two different things. The shape refers to the actual physical appearance and silhouette of the stone; the cut refers to the quality of the workmanship that went into the shaping thereof.

ROUND

The round diamond is a true classic and accounts for more than 75% of all diamonds sold. This shape allows for proper light reflection and maximises brightness. Please note: A round brilliant differs from a standard round diamond. It is the modern version of the classic shape that has been honed for increased shine.

PRINCESS CUT

A princess diamond is a square-cut stone with light-refracting properties similar to that of a round diamond. It was first created in 1980, and has since become the best-loved fancy diamond shape. It is particularly popular in engagement rings – it’s versatile shape works well in many different settings.

OVAL

Oval diamonds are similar to brilliant-cut round diamonds in terms of fire and brilliance. However, the elongated shape can make it look bigger, which accounts for its popularity among budget-savvy jewellery buyers.

MARQUISE

If you want your stone to be the centre of attention, a marquise diamond is a good option. This football-shaped stone has a larger surface area when compared to other shapes in the same carat class, which means it makes more of a visual impression and naturally appears larger.

PEAR-SHAPED

The pear-shaped diamond is a modified brilliant-cut shape somewhere between a round and marquise, with a tapered point towards one end. A good pear-shaped diamond has excellent symmetry, with the point lining up perfectly with the apex of the round end. The curves to either side of the diamond should also be uniform.

These are a few of the most popular diamond shapes available on the market today. In the next article, we’ll tell you more about the following shapes: cushion cut, emerald cut, asscher cut, radiant cut, and heart-shaped. Still feeling a little unsure? Get in touch with The Jeweller – we’ll happily assist you via email, over the phone or in person at our store in Norwood, Gauteng.

Cherish your memories with bespoke laser-engraving jewellery

At The Jeweller, we take great pride in creating special, once-off pieces for discerning customers who are looking for something truly remarkable to mark an important occasion or spoil a loved one. One of our favourite techniques is laser engraving, which allows our talented craftsmen to create delicate pieces with exceptional detail.

Here are a few ideas to inspire your own bespoke, laser-engraving jewellery piece:

Kids’ drawings made tangible

If you have children, you’ll know how precious those first drawings are to a parent. Watching your child express their creativity is something truly magical. Now you can turn those beautiful pictures into a keepsake that you can wear close to your heart. Simply bring us one of your child’s drawings and we will work with you to design a necklace or pendant that brings it to life as a jewellery piece. This also makes wonderful gifts for mothers and grandmothers. Best of all – when your child is all grown up, you can pass it on to them!

Delicate floral designs

One of the big trends for jewellery in 2017 is designs inspired by nature, e.g. leaf skeleton pendants and tree of life necklaces. These pieces make wonderful gifts for nature-lovers and can be created to include their favourite flowers, animals or other natural elements. The sky’s the limit!

Hand-written love notes

Engraving a message on a piece of jewellery is nothing new, but doing so in your real handwriting certainly is! With the technology available to us today, we can transfer a note in your own handwriting directly to a pendant, bracelet or ring. You can even surprise a loved one by getting a sample of their own handwriting spelling out their name, and create a special necklace for their birthday. There are so many applications for this technology.

Name chains in interesting fonts

Set yourself apart with a specially designed name chain. We can create a unique name chain in your favourite font! Simply call us to discuss your idea and we’ll happily prepare a quote.

To find out more about laser engraving and how it can be used to create a remarkable once-off piece that suits your style and budget, get in touch with The Jeweller team. We look forward to discussing your ideas and creating something beautiful that you will be able to treasure fo