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Classic ring styles for the elegant bride-to-be

Choosing an engagement ring can be tricky, especially if you’re keeping the proposal a secret and you’re choosing the ring without input from your partner. In these cases, we normally recommend sticking to a classic ring style that could be updated later along the line if necessary. Here are a few of our favourite classic ring styles for the elegant bride-to-be:

The Solitaire

A perennial classic that will always remain popular, a striking solitaire ring in a claw- or cathedral setting along a delicate band flatters almost every hand. There are quite a few beautiful variations on the solitaire theme, so be sure to consider your options when it comes to the cut, clarity and type of stone.

The Eternity Ring

An eternity ring (also known as an infinity ring) comprises a band of precious metal, usually gold, set with a continuous line of identically cut gemstones to symbolize never-ending love. This includes rubies, sapphires and diamonds. Eternity rings are particularly popular with ladies who work with their hands (e.g. bakers, florists, seamstresses) and require a ring that won’t hook onto anything.

The Halo 

In jewellery terms, a ‘halo’ refers to a circular ring of diamonds or other precious stones that encircles a central stone or cluster of stones (e.g. Princess Diana’s iconic ring that featured a halo of individually set diamonds around a central sapphire). These days there are beautiful variations on this theme, including channel-set and suspended halos that stand out as a remarkable, yet understated design element.

The Split-band

A classic split-band ring offers a nice visual variation on the standard single-band theme. It adds a bit of personality without being too dramatic and can really elevate a basic, unassuming design to something special.

To find out more about classic engagement rings that will stand the test of time get in touch with The Jeweller. We look forward to finding that special piece that will pave the way to a happy marriage.

AutumnWinter 2017 trends in pendants & bracelets

The seasons are changing, and along with it the 2017 autumn and winter trends for pendants and bracelets are slowly emerging. At The Jeweller, we’re very excited about the new directions jewellery styles are taking this year – here are a few of our favourite developing trends so far:

Back to basics

Over the course of the last few seasons, the big trend in bracelets and rings has been to stack and combine many different textures. For autumn/winter 2017, however, it seems ladies in the know are getting back to basics. A single, beautifully tooled tennis bracelet worn on its own to highlight its delicate craftsmanship is back in vogue. Here are a few nice examples of bracelets that suit this trend.

Whimsical & delicate

Bold, statement necklaces have had their moment in the sun. One of the emerging pendant trends for 2017 is a return to delicate, whimsical pieces that showcase the personality of the wearer. Think rose-gold butterflies studded with cognac pavé diamonds; delicate white gold crosses; single sapphires in a halo of diamonds; love pendants (in the literal sense of the word); and of course, the evergreen diamond solitaire. The daintier and prettier, the better.

Colourful stones

The diamond may be the unspoken queen of the precious stones, but it seems like her ladies in waiting are becoming more popular by the day. Tanzanite, rubies, sapphires and emeralds are featuring quite prominently in the coming season, on both pendants and bracelets.

Hand-written engravings

Engraving has always been a wonderful way to personalise a piece of jewellery, but with modern technology it is now possible to transfer a person’s actual hand-writing onto metal. This makes for a gorgeous pendant – you can either surprise a loved one with a pendant bearing a message in your hand-writing, or get a sample of their name written by their own hand and have it transformed into a truly unique gift.
To find out more about these emerging jewellery trends or to order a pendant or bracelet that matches it, get in touch with one of our representatives. We look forward to finding that special piece to update your jewellery collection for the coming season!

CREATING CUSTOM JEWELLERY FOR YOUR LOVED ONES

Custom jewellery is a great option if you want to create a bespoke piece for that special someone. At The Jeweller, our team of dedicated craftsmen take great delight in working with our clients to create beautiful once-off rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more.

Experience has taught us that there are a few things you need to take into account when you design a custom jewellery piece as a surprise gift. Here are a few things to consider when you approach a jeweller to tailor a bespoke creation:

How much are you willing to spend?

If money is no option, you are spoiled for choice, but if you have a set budget in mind it is best to discuss this with your jeweller ahead of time. They will be able to advise you on designing a special piece that will fit within these perimeters. You may also want to consider the added expense of ensuring the jewellery at this time.

What is your partner’s signature style?

When you consult with your jeweller on a custom piece, it is always a good idea to take along a few pictures of jewellery pieces that the intended recipient wears quite often. After all, you don’t want their gift to gather dust in their jewellery chest because it doesn’t really suit their style. A good jeweller will be able to surmise what kind of design elements appeals to your loved one if you provide enough reference. Additionally, if the piece in question is a ring, you’ll have to take along an existing ring so they may check the size.

What is your timeframe?

The design and manufacture of an elegant custom jewellery piece takes time. It is best to inform your jeweller at the outset of how much time will have to complete their creation, so they can manage your expectations accordingly. If you have an unusually intricate piece in mind, it is best to consult with your jeweller at least 2 weeks before you intend to present the piece to your loved one. This way you’ll have plenty of time to alter the design to your liking before the manufacturing process begins.

No matter what the occasion, custom jewellery always makes a great gift. Are you looking for something a little different to show your nearest and dearest how much you appreciate their presence in your life? Get in touch so we can discuss your requirements and create a beautiful bespoke piece that will stand the test of time.

How to shop for jewellery online safely

As one of South Africa’s most trusted jewellers, we are often asked how safe it is to buy jewellery online. At Jewellery Connection, we understand the notion of buying jewellery online can be a little daunting if you’ve never done it before. Here are our top tips to ensure that you have a safe and effortless purchase experience:

Always shop with an accredited jeweller

When you buy jewellery online, always make sure that you are dealing with an accredited jeweller. The simplest way to check whether a business is legitimate is to verify their contact details. Find the Contact Us page on their website, look up their address and use Google Street View to see if their store really is where they say it is. If the store is located in a mall, you can look up the contact information for the mall itself and ascertain from Information whether the store is listed as a tenant or not. Also, try to call the number provided on the website to ensure that a real person answers on the other end – electronic answering services should give you cause for concern.

Make sure that the site is Thawte-certified

SSL certificates from Thawte provide robust authentication and encryption, which secures your data and transactions. Expert support, an industry-leading authentication process, and easy online management has made Thawte the premier provider of secure encryption technology for online stores in South Africa. The company was founded in 1995 by Mark Shuttleworth and is now the fifth largest public CA on the Internet.

What are SSL Certificates? SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, a global standard security technology that enables encrypted communication between a web browser and a web server. Online businesses and individuals use it to decrease the risk of sensitive information (e.g. credit card numbers, user names, passwords, emails, etc.) from being stolen or tampered with by hackers and identity thieves.

Don’t ever share your personal banking details via email

No reputable online jewellery store will ever require that you share sensitive information (e.g. your identity number, banking details or PIN) via email. If something like this ever occurs during the course of on online transaction, you should abort the purchase immediately – it is probably a phishing scam that will give hackers access to your accounts.

By following these guidelines, you’ll ensure that you have a safe and effortless online jewellery purchase experience. Keep your eye on the Jewellery Connection blog in coming weeks and months for more helpful information on choosing, buying and taking care of your jewellery.

3 EXCITING JEWELLERY TRENDS INSPIRED BY HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES

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Hollywood celebrities are paid big bucks to endorse brands and products for a reason – the aspirational quality of their public personas shine so bright that we can’t help but fall in love with whatever they’re wearing, driving, eating or drinking.

Jewellery trends have been inspired by celebrities since time immemorial, even before movies were a wide-spread phenomenon. Back then, it was the world’s glamorous princesses and queens who blazed the trail in terms of jewellery trends. We still look towards the royals for adornment inspiration today (we all know at least one bride who received a replica of Princess Diana’s ring, do we not?), but Hollywood celebrities are without a doubt this century’s most influential fashion pioneers.

Here are three exciting jewellery trends that made its way onto the red carpet in 2016:

Rose gold engagement rings

Rose gold engagement rings are everywhere! With its hint of vintage inspiration and flattering feminine hue, it’s not hard to see why rose gold is blooming as an alternative to platinum and white gold. The most recent rose gold sparklers to be seen on red carpet starlets include Blake Lively’s oval-cut diamond and split shank band; Leighton Meester’s Adam Brody creation; Alison Brie’s round-cut diamond with pavé double halo; and Julianne Hough’s stunning five-carat beauty from Lorraine Schwartz.

Classic shapes + cutting-edge dresses

Classic jewellery shapes like diamond hoop earrings are back in vogue, but the ladies of Tinsel Town are choosing to juxtapose it with cutting-edge dresses in futuristic fabrics. Kerry Washington recently paired 42-carat vintage Harry Winston diamond hoops with a fierce black leather bodice; and Margot Robbie took the limelight in a glittering Tom Ford creation and Forevermark diamond hoops; while Julianne Moore redefined the notion of classic beauty in a Chanel Haute Couture dress, paired with Chopard diamond earrings.

Diamond collar necklaces

While diamond pendants remain popular with celebrities like Charlize Theron, who wore a beautiful Secret Cluster necklace with nearly 50 carats of diamonds to the 2016 Oscars, diamond collar necklaces have made a comeback among A-list leading ladies. They were everywhere at the Golden Globes, and at the recent Oscar ceremony, Naomi Watts stole the show with a stunning Bulgari piece that illuminated her facial features and rounded off her outfit perfectly.

And there you have it – three exciting jewellery trends inspired by Hollywood A-listers in 2016. Keep an eye on the Jewellery Connection blog for more trends, tips and awesome news in coming months.