My Favourite Jewellery Brands

I’ve always been obsessed with jewellery; I don’t feel properly dressed without it. Over the years I’ve acquired quite a collection but I can always be tempted to buy more! I’m not a jewellery snob – apart from my wedding, engagement and eternity rings I own very few items of fine jewellery. My collection is eclectic to say the least, but there are a few brands that I wear more than others. My favourite jewellery brandsall  have one thing in common: they combine quality, affordability and beautiful design. (This is not a sponsored post btw, I just like to share my favourite brands with you.)

Pia

My mum started buying me Pia jewellery via mail order years ago. Every Christmas she would give me a necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings. Now, carrying on the tradition, I often buy birthday and Christmas gifts for family members from Pia. The designs are classic, ranging from more delicate pieces to chunky semi-precious gemstones. The three rings that I wear the most on my right hand are from Pia. They do have stores dotted around the UK. When I lived in Nottingham I often popped in for a browse on my lunch break.

My Favourite Jewellery Brands, Pia jewellery

The sales are not to be missed – you can pick up some fantastic bargains. I usually buy a few pieces to save for gifts…and one or two for myself 😉 Pia also has a range of beautiful clothing and accessories.

My Favourite Jewellery Brands, Pia jewellery

Azuni

I was lucky enough to win some of Azuni’s beautiful jewellery not once, but twice! The first time I won a bracelet and pair of earrings as part of a big Christmas giveaway run by another blogger. Then not long afterwards I won £100 to spend on the website via Azuni’s Facebook page.

Azuni’s designs blend ancient and tribal artforms with contemporary pop culture and fashion trends to create a style that sits ‘Between Two Worlds’.

Ashley Marshall, founder and designer of Azuni London began his career working as a professional chef in some of London’s top kitchens. Ashley’s interest in jewellery and design was sparked during his travels in South America, where he researched a variety of native cultures, uncovering their ancient arts and philosophies. The relationships developed with indigenous artisans during this time, who were able to weave the most stunning pieces from just a selection of beads and threads. This resulted in the evolution of Azuni’s first collection of beautiful beadwork. Azuni’s designs blend ancient and tribal artforms with contemporary pop culture and fashion trends to create a style that sits ‘Between Two Worlds’. The brand’s profile was given a boost when the Duchess of Cambridge wore Azuni’s Semi- Precious Drop Earrings on a visit to Australia. Every single piece of jewellery is stunning and is a lot more affordable than it looks.

My Favourite Jewellery Brands, Azuni jewellery

Les Nereides

The quirky designs of Les Nereides jewellery really appeals to me. I fell in love with the Paris collection about the same time the city captured my heart. I bought a few pieces from Vente-Privee (a members only online sale site) and a couple from eBay. My best bargain was finding the chunky yellow heart bracelet in a charity shop for about £2.50!

My Favourite Jewellery Brands, Les Nereidesi jewellery

Lola Rose

I’ve long been an admirer of Lola Rose jewellery, but I didn’t actually own any until quite recently. Since being gifted this beautiful chunky bracelet I’m now looking to add one or two more to my collection. Lola Rose has grown from a very small start up to being stocked in major department stores. On her 30th birthday, Nikki Gewirtz received a piece of jewellery that was so special, it changed her life. The gift, which reminded her of her Grandmother Lola, inspired her to start designing her own pieces. Thus Lola Rose was born. I remember reading about Nikki when the company was in its infancy. At the time I had just started to experiment with making jewellery, and I found her success story very inspirational. In fact it’s fair to say that it sparked a love of chunky, semi-precious jewellery in me. I still can’t master that knotting technique though!

My Favourite Jewellery Brands, Lola Rose bracelet

 

Eternal Collection

Having collaborated with Eternal Collection twice I can vouch for the quality and beauty of their jewellery. Often, as bloggers we receive things for review that don’t see the light of day after the review photos. Not these necklaces though, I wear them frequently. Their timeless elegance compliments so many outfits.

The Eternal Collection costume jewellery online store was established in 2007 and is owned and run by husband and wife team, Paul and Pauline Buttress. Paul and his team make about half the jewellery, while the in-house ranges are complimented with beautiful items sourced from around the world, including a stunning range of Murano glass necklaces and earrings. You can read more about their story here.

My Favourite Jewellery Brands, Eternal Collection necklaces

Gardenia Akoya Pearl and Black Cubic Zirconia necklace (see original post hereAurora Crystal Rondelle Heart Charm Silver Tone Necklace (see original post here)

 

And one to watch: Ottoman Hands

I stumbled upon Ottoman Hands while browsing the Wolf & Badger website (visit at your peril…your bank balance will suffer!). My goodness, I almost hyperventilated, the designs are breathtakingly gorgeous. If you’re not familiar with the site, Wolf & Badger is a curated marketplace for independent brands. Luckily for me, Ottoman Hands jewellery is surprisingly affordable. Even so, I limited myself to buying just one ring. But who am I kidding…resistance is futile when there are so many amazing pieces to choose from. With my birthday coming up in a few weeks I’ll be dropping more than a few hints to the husband…if I can wait that long 😉

 

So those are my favourite jewellery brands…how about you? Have you ever bought anything from these brands?

 

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Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear

Well, I’m just back from a wonderful holiday in Abu Dhabi and looking through the photos I can’t help but wish I was still there. All good things must come to an end though, and tomorrow I’ll face the mountain of washing and ironing! We did a few outfit photos during the holiday which I’ll be posting over the next week or so.

Styling a long silk gown with streetwear, such as a denim jacket or chambray shirt…is a great way to get more wear from such an elegant garment.

I have quite a few tried and tested pieces that I always take away with me, but this time I wanted to refresh my holiday wardrobe. Fortunately, I was kindly sent this gorgeous silk gown by NK iMode just in time for my trip. The Gypsy Diva Long Gown in Ultra Violet is such a beautiful design and colour. The light and luxurious silk makes it ideal for sultry climes, while the maxi length makes it surprisingly versatile. Styling a long silk gown with streetwear, such as a denim jacket or chambray shirt (as I’ve done here) is a great way to get more wear from such an elegant garment.

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

The front of the gown is quite low cut so layering a shirt over it was sensible in what’s still quite a conservative country. Generally in resorts in Abu Dhabi and Dubai there is much more freedom regarding clothing for women than in public places such as shopping malls. However, I prefer to cover my cleavage and legs (when I’m not by the pool) out of respect for the cultural conventions.

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

I just had to show you the stretch lace section at the back though. This stunning design feature makes the gown very comfortable and means it fits perfectly. Wearing a bra is out of the question but the straps are adjustable so the girls were safely contained!

How would you style this silk dress? Would you keep it elegant or opt for a streetwear look?

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

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Azuni bangle

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

Gypsy Diva Long Gown in Ultra Violet c/o NK iMode | Zara chambray shirt (old) | Les Nereides necklace | Azuni bracelet

Last week’s favourites were…

Linda of A Labour of FashionLife, Terri of MeadowTree Style and Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots!


 

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White Jaeger shirt Gap boyfriend jeans

A classic white shirt is one of those items that never goes out of fashion, it can be styled in so many ways: under a tank top with trousers for an androgynous look, with a pencil skirt, under dungarees, knotted at the front with a flared midi skirt, even under a strapless dress…the options are endless, but probably the simplest way to wear a white shirt is with jeans. I like the three quarter length sleeves on this Jaeger shirt, which add a feminine touch and are ideal for showing off bracelets or a chunky watch. With such a basic combination of white cotton and denim I added a leopard print bag and loafers to liven things up. These shoes are really comfortable as they have a slight wedge (I find very flat shoes almost as uncomfortable as high heels due to being flat footed) and although they have a pointed toe, they aren’t too narrow. A bold lion door knocker ring from Kenneth Jay Lane, Paris necklace by Les Nereides and a chunky wooden bangle finish off the outfit.

white jaeger cotton shirt

Jaeger white shirt Gap boyfriend jeans

White shirt Gap boyfriend jeans

Kenneth Jay Lane lion ring leopard print Topshop bag

Les Nereides Paris necklace

Gap boyfriend jeans and white shirt

chunky wooden studded bangle

Gap boyfriend jeans Jaeger white shirt

Sienna leopard print loafersShirt: Jaeger, jeans: Gap, shoes: Sienna, bag: Topshop, ring: Kenneth Jay Lane, sunglasses: Missoni, necklace: Les Nereides.

 

Do you have a favourite way to wear a classic white shirt? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading, I hope you have a lovely weekend!

 

 

Emma xxx

 

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James Perse silk top and Zara jacket

The good thing about having an evening flight home on the Monday after our weekend in Paris was having the whole day to relax and explore, so as it was such a beautiful day we took a boat trip along the Seine. On our previous trip to Paris last July we took an evening Seine cruise to celebrate my birthday, so touristy but very enjoyable.

Paris Seine cruise

Pont Alexandre III Paris

Eiffel Tower Seine cruise

Moulin Rouge Paris

After a relaxing lunch in the sunshine, complete with a man playing the accordion, we took a stroll around Montmartre to soak up the atmosphere.

Posters in Montmartre

Montmartre artists

Montmartre art gallery

Paris Montmartre art

Montmartre hill James Perse silk top Gap jeans Nike trainersTop: James Perse, jeans: Gap, trainers: Nike Air Max, necklace: Les Nereides.

Paris Montmartre patisserie window

 

Steps in Montmatre Paris

 

Just what I needed…loads of steps the day after running a marathon!

Les Nereides Paris bow necklace

Paris nail art

Lamarck-Caulaincourt Montmartre balcony view

Charlie Hebdo April 2015

Before reluctantly saying farewell to Paris there was just enough time for a glass of red wine and a read of Charlie Hebdo on the balcony…parfait!

 

Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!

 

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You’ve probably gathered from some of my recent posts that I’m a fan of the Mary Portas collection at House of Fraser. The pieces are so versatile, flattering and comfortable – a combination that’s often hard to come by. These trousers are no exception, they feel so soft and silky and could easily take you from office to night out. For a smart casual look I’m wearing them with a jacket from Zara, which is almost a perfect colour match, beige jumper (also from Zara) and shoes from TKMaxx.

 

Spike ring: Topshop, Zigzag rings: Matalan, Bracelet: New Look.

 

 

This necklace is by Les Nereides – I adore their quirky jewellery, especially the Paris-themed pieces.

 

Thanks for reading, have a lovely weekend x

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