Little bit of Luxury

I love a little bit luxury, something that adds a elegance and shows high quality. Every girl needs some luxury in their life.

The Top 5 Precious Gemstones Used in Jewellery Today

There are, of course, many gemstones that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us, and some are more popular in jewellery than others. Over the centuries, jewellery tastes have evolved, and so has the lists of precious stones they used, and with that in mind, here are the top 5 precious stones that are used to create jewellery, in order to popularity, of course.

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Alexandrite – This extremely rare stone has a unique ability to change colour in different light conditions, giving it a kind of exclusivity from the other forms of precious stone. If you would like to view some stunning alexandrites, there is an online jeweller based in London who has access to some of the best alexandrites available. These rare stones have been found in a handful of countries, such as Russia, Brazil, Tanzania and Mozambique, and will change from red to green as the day progresses.

Diamonds – Just pipped by alexandrites, diamonds come in all colours, and as far as quantity of jewellery goes, diamonds win hands down. Thanks to aggressive marketing in the 1930s by diamond broker De Beers, diamonds are now a girl’s best friend, and that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. Diamonds come in many colours, with pink diamonds particularly in demand, and there are colourless diamonds, which are quite rare. Engagement and wedding rings have long been decorated with diamond clusters, and the really big stones usually end up on the finger of a celebrity or member of a royal family.

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Sapphires – Blue is the colour for this attractive gemstone, although they can be yellowish green, and this is the birthstone for September. Sapphires can be found in all forms of jewellery, and can be found naturally in parts of South East Asia and Eastern Australia, and there are online jewellers with a wide selection of stunning sapphire jewellery.

Rubies – A ruby is from pink to blood red in colour and is related to the sapphire, as it has similar chemical makeup, and the name stems from ruber, the Latin word for red. It is the element of chromium that causes the stunning redness, and generally, the deeper the red, the more expensive the stone. Ruby is the birthstone for July, and is very popular in all forms of jewellery, and you can find a great selection of ruby jewellery at the online jeweller, who would probably be a little cheaper than a traditional High St retail outlet.

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Emeralds – Green is the primary colour associated with emeralds, and with green tint is the result of minute traces of chromium, which gives the stone its attraction. Graded using the same 4Cs that are used to grade diamonds, emeralds are very popular stones when it comes to jewellery making.

Of course, there are other gemstones that are commonly used in jewellery making, but the above 5 are at the top, and that hasn’t changed for many centuries. Whatever your personal preference, when buying precious stones, either separately or in jewellery, it is important to verify that the stones are of good quality, and the best way to ensure this, is to buy from a reputable online jeweller.

The cutest Valentines Biscuits from the Biscuiteers

It’s already February, how have we already arrived at the second month of the year? Not only is February my and my Hubby’s birthday month, it’s also Valentines day. Each year I wonder if my Hubby will remember, I mean how could he not remember, there are love hearts in every shop and surely all over his social media. Luckily for him, he does normally do something for Valentines day, a card and a bouquet of flowers. What more could I ask for?

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Well this year Biscuiteers got in touch to see if I would like to receive a gift tin of their valentines biscuits, for us to enjoy and maybe give him a little reminder. Biscuiteers are a London based company the specialise is luxury hand-iced gifts that can be delivered all over the world. Biscuiteers started in 2007 when Husband and Wife team wanted to offer something a bit different to the normal flowers that people get delivered. Over the last 12 years has seen them collaborate with some luxury brands, opened a cafe, written books and become a house hold name. All while producing unique luxury gifts. I have followed the Biscuiteers on Instagram for quite a while now, and have seen so many of the personalised items each one unique in it’s own way.

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Valentines Biscuits from the Biscuiteers

With Valentines day coming up the Biscuiteers have released a collection of valentines biscuits and chocolates. I choose the Vintage Love Letter tin, which includes 10 different Valentines biscuits and a lovely keepsake tin. Within the tin you can have the letter biscuit personalised, with up to 26 characters. I went with ‘Happy Valentines Day’ added to mine.

As I hadn’t previously ordered anything from the Biscuiteers I was actually slightly concerned about how the Valentines biscuits would arrive. I mean who really sends luxury biscuits through the post and they arrive in perfect condition, well the Biscuiteers do. I was really impressed to see that there wasn’t a forest worth of packing around each biscuit, or even the tin to be honest. With their clever way of ensuring each biscuit stays in place, just the right amount of layered packing and a really pretty outer cardboard box, my beautiful Valentines biscuits arrived in perfect condition. Really impressive.

Included within my Vintage Love Letters tin, was three hearts, a pen, a dove, post box, a stamp, two smaller letters and a larger personalised letter. Each one finished to a beautiful quality. I love having something that is a bit different and also a luxurious gift. As £35 for this biscuit tin, isn’t cheap but it worth every penny in my opinion. Not only are they beautiful to look at they really taste as good as they look.

My Hubby and I enjoyed eating them along with a lovely cup of tea. When the children are not about, we often like to sit down with a good cuppa and enjoy a chat while eating cake or biscuits, it’s not often we have that time, what with the children and work. But when we do it’s great to share a little treat at the same time.

The Biscuiteers have a large range of different items to choose from, if your looking for a new baby gift all the way to Wedding biscuits. Not forgetting the beautiful Christmas collections they release each year. Whatever the occasion you are needing a gift for then you will be able to find the perfect item with the Biscuiteers.

What do you think to them? Would you be happy to receive a tin of these beautiful biscuits for valentines day? I know I would be.

Thank you Biscuiteers for sending me this gorgeous gift tin of Valentines Biscuits, I can’t wait to see what your next designs will be.

 

Christmas shopping with Bradbury’s The Jewellers

With Christmas coming it’s so important that your shopping experience is as easy and as stress free as possible. As more and more people shop online instead of the high street it’s important that companies have beautiful and easy to use websites so people can shop with ease and come back.

I am one of those people who loves to hit the high street but just runs out of time so I do most of my Christmas shopping online. I do not however like a site that is difficult to use. Recently Bradbury’s the jewellers got in touch with me to ask how I found their online shopping experience and if I would use their online store for a spot of shopping. Why not, when I love shopping and jewellery!

At the moment if you go to Bradbury’s the Jewellers home page, you are greeted with failing snowflakes! How perfect is that? It brings me straight into the Christmas mood, they are so small that they do not get in the way of browsing the site but they lovely.

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Bradbury’s the Jewellers is a jewellers based in Halifax, Yorkshire and are home to some fabulous designer brands, Links of London, Thomas Sabo, Couer de Lion, Folli Follie, Olivia Burton and quite a few more. Their choice of brands are just fabulous, they are my go to for gifts for my sister and closest friends.

Bradbury’s the Jewellers website is so easy to use, you are able navigate round I going back and forth between that pages, different brands and product types. I was easily about to find numerous items that I like for both me and for gifts.

My Olivia Burton from Bradbury’s the Jewellers

I ended up buying an Olivia Burton honeycomb bee necklace in rose gold, there was so many lovely items I could have chosen. I have spoken about my love of bees before so this was perfect for me. Adding items to the basket is also easy and them continuing shopping was easy. It all adds up to make a lovely shopping experience.

My item arrived packaged beautifully and gift wrapped beautifully. I love my necklace and I cannot wait to start wearing it, it will suit so many outfits.

When I shop online it’s the whole shopping experience for me, from first landing on a website to the items arriving. I have many times gone back to a company online when the items have arrived beautifully packaged in tissue paper or a nice branded bag or box, even if they are slightly more expensive. It just makes for a happy experience.

Thank you Bradbury’s for making my online shopping experience so wonderful. I look forward to shopping with you again.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*