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.

Designing the perfect engagement ring with Durham Rose

When you find the love of your life, they are perfect for you, support you, love you for you, make you laugh and you just know you want to spend the rest of your life with them. For some it’s an instant connection for others it take time to build on that connection but finding that one person you love with all of your heart is something that dreams are made of and therefore something you want to keep for the rest of your lives together.

Durham Rose designing the perfect engagement ring

As your relationship progresses marriage is for me is the goal. I always knew I wanted to get married, I’m not saying I had my dream wedding planned out from the age of 6 but marriage was something I wanted.

When you find your true love and you decide the next step is marriage, then starts making plans for the most important question you will ever ask. Will you marry me? Along with the question comes finding the perfect ring. Yes you could head to the high street and find just about the same ring in every shop, which is wonderful. However does it really depict the women you are wanting to marry? does it show their personally? all their likes and dislikes? My guess is it doesn’t. Have you thought about designing that special ring with the help of some design experts?

Designing the perfect engagement ring

Well Durham Rose can help you out with that. Durham Rose is a family ran company owned by Manu and Pip. It was set up in 2011, when Manu couldn’t find the perfect ring for his now wife. Manu found jewellers who would design him a ring, however they could only sketch the designs. Manu wanted to be able to really see how the ring would look and make adjustments to it, the jewellers said that he ideas were unachievable. There was a few jewellers in the UK who offered 3D design programmes, but the price of this service, was expensive and wouldn’t be achievable for most budgets.

So, Manu used his engineering background and his knowledge of using a design software called CAD, to design and create the engagement ring of Pip’s dreams. Then took his unique design to a jeweller to make, before popping the question to Pip.

Durham Rose

Manu and Pip decided to start their very own bespoke jewellery company Durham Rose, to help people to design the perfect ring. They have build the business up and now have a highly experience team of creatives working with them to design and produce unique one off items of jewellery for you to treasure. Durham Rose specialises in engagement and wedding rings, but they are also happy to create a ring or an item of jewellery that you would like.

durham rose design process

What could be better then designing the engagement ring of dreams for your loved one. Durham Rose will be with your every step of the way, sending you 3D CAD designs so you can see just how the finished ring will look. Also by using CAD you can adjust things so it is just perfect.

With Durham Rose they will also send you a details invoice of your ring, the metal, the stones, they will also give you options of the different stones, the carat of the metal you choice. This then allows you to ensure that your design comes within your budget. Durham Rose really go all out to help you design your ring and to work within you budgets, however if your budget is under £950 they advise you to look to the high street.

durham rose engagement ring design

Sometimes you have to think about the experience you will be getting, the designers with years of experience, bespoke design to have the item of dreams, not just the cost.

Once you are 100% happy with your design, then will just 50% deposit they will begin to bring your design to life. It then take 4-6 weeks for your ring to be ready, however should you want it that bit quicker they do offer a fast track service.

After Care

durham rose re-sizing

Once you have created your ring, Durham Rose offer a 12 month warranty, which gives you peace of mind. Also Durham Rose know that before your big day you want to have your ring cleaned, so they also offer a free ring cleaning service.

Plus just encase you opt for the wrong size they offer free re-sizing by 2 sizes. My advise tho, is to try your best to find out their ring size, ask a best friend or use your imagination. There is nothing more upsetting for someone who has just got engaged to have to send the off the ring to be resized, when all you want to do is show off that gorgeous ring.

Finding your forever

So, you have found the love of your life, designed an engagement ring to make all of her friends envious now you have to plan how to propose. Whatever you have planed make sure its something they would love and try to keep it a surprise. Oh and the traditional side of me thinks you should ask her Dad or Mum for their permission. Believe me it means a lot to the parents.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Durham Rose.*

 

Sustainable designer jewellery by Sacet

As you all know I love gorgeous things and at the top of that list is jewellery. I just love it. Although I love costume jewellery, the items that can be be bought cheaply and only worn once or twice. However what I really love is high quality designer items.

Buying jewellery online can be difficult, I like to see and feel what I can getting. It’s always a worry when you spend a lot of money on something that you haven’t seen before. Then you have the worry about sending it back via the post and having the extra costs of postage.

Sustainable designer jewellery

sacet earings and necklace

Sacet are designer online jewellery boutique, that have some of the most beautiful items I have seen in while. Not only that but they are a sustainable brand, because each items is made to order, within their artisan workshop by some amazingly talented craftspeople.

Sacet do any much as possible to ensure they remain sustainable by by using recycled silver. They source this as often the larger silver mines do not have the best working environments, which Sacet pride their selfs on.

Gemstones and diamonds are used in almost all of their items, and Sacet ensure they choose suppliers that adhere to good working conditions and offer their worker fair pay.

Ordering from Sacet

sacet necklace

One thing I love about Sacet is you are able to order samples of the items you would like. You get to choose 3 sample items with get sent our to you with free returns. You are able to trial them for 5 days. Once you have chosen your items then it will be made bespoke just for you. If however you do not return them then you will get charged £25 per sample item. The samples although look like the real deal, they are not.

Such a wonderful idea, I love that you can try before you buy. Sacet items are investment pieces and you need to be sure

My Sacet items

earings by sacet

I was kindly sent out the Classic Pave Diamond round earrings and necklace. They are beautiful, very simple and elegant they also look beautiful on. I love that they are very understated so can be worn all of the time, both with jeans and a t-shirt and a dress out for dinner. It’s wonderful to have something so pretty that I can always wear, without going for one of my large statement items, that I love but it isn’t always suitable to wear them all of the time.

Thank you Sacet for sending me these gorgeous items. I love them.

Great Tips for Jewellery Shopping

What girl doesn’t like buying jewellery? You’ll see plenty of unique pieces in their collection. Fine vintage and antique pieces that are exquisitely hand crafted are also treasured possessions in any woman’s jewellery box. If you like shopping for fine jewellery, here are a few tips to help you make the right choices.

lady shopping with lots of bags
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Know your Budget

We would all love to spend our time acquiring fine jewellery, but one must be realistic. Work out how much you can afford, and do not go over that figure, as you can easily find yourself short, and jewellery is definitely not considered a necessity. Knowing your budget will make your search a lot easier, and the frequency of a purchase should reflect your lifestyle. If you would like an update, there are some of the popular jewellery styles, which might give you some inspiration.

Buy Online

If you are interested in acquiring antique or vintage jewellery, search online for a reputable antique dealer, who would have an impressive catalogue of items, and that allows you to browse literally hundreds of fine items of jewellery, and from the comfort of your living room too! Check out the pieces of art deco jewellery worn by celebrities and you are sure to find something that hits the spot. Online shopping is convenient, and you are not paying extra for plush showrooms, and with the dealer’s expertise, whatever your preferences, he can source the right pieces to add to your growing collection. Once you have found the perfect item, a secure online payment will see the piece packaged and delivered to your door, and you can’t get much better than that.

Think Investment 

When buying jewellery, it is always best to look at vintage or antique items, as they appreciate in value, providing they are looked after. Your jewellery collection will grow as time passes, and with some astute purchases, the collection will become a valuable asset. When you purchase a modern jewellery item, you lose at least 30%, should you wish to sell, yet with a fine antique piece, the value will only increase. Whatever your preferred style, the online antique dealer has a great selection of vintage and antique jewellery items, and all at affordable prices.

Do Some Online Searching 

Google images is your best friend when wanting ideas for jewellery, and once you see something you like, you can start looking for it through a reputable online antique dealer. If, for example, you sent the dealer an image of a necklace you like, he would be able to source something similar, and with his help, you will always find what you want. Forging an alliance with such a dealer will pay long-term dividends, and whenever you want to source a particular jewellery item, give him a call or send an email.

It is always best to have a firm idea of what you want prior to shopping, and with a budget in mind, you can search the online antique dealers for suitable items. Rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings of all shapes and sizes can be found through an online antique dealer, and whether you prefer art deco or the glitzy forties, the online dealer has an extensive catalogue of fine items, and what he hasn’t got, he can easily source.