Friday, 6 December 2013

A Winter Wedding

It’s official, winter is finally here and how do I know? Because the thought of leaving the house without a scarf, huge coat and gloves feels me with terror! Although, the cold has definitely set in, it does also bring about the beautiful winter sights of frosted tree branches and the pale blue sky, teasing us with the  prospect of snow at any moment, which although may not be great for my wardrobe, is perfect for setting the scene for a beautiful winter wedding or a romantic Christmas proposal. 

Every wedding day and proposal needs the perfect ring, so why not combine the two with a beautiful bridal set. This stunning 18ct white gold bridal set is a beautiful mix of classic elegance and contemporary styling. The beautiful double halo cluster encasing a beautiful solitaire diamond is perfectly framed with sparkling diamond shoulders and a matching wedding band, ensuring this beautiful set is the perfect beginning to your fairy tale winter love story. 

Something blue? Winter is the perfect season to introduce icy hues of blue topaz and aquamarine to your colour scheme, so not only will you look elegantly chic on your wedding day, you can tick the something blue tradition off of your list!

This elegant 9ct yellow gold, pearl and blue topaz pendant would make the perfect addition to your wedding dress, sure to add a subtle flash of colour, still in keeping with the tradition of wearing pearls for your special day.

Looking for the perfect match? Pair this beautiful necklace with these earrings for an effortlessly elegant look. 

If you’re more of a diamond kind of girl, then why not opt for beautiful diamond pear shape drop pendant for the perfect accompaniment to your wedding dress. 

Whether you’re planning that perfect proposal or set to get married this winter, shop your bridal jewellery at Ernest Jones. 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas

Call me eager, but I already have my advent calendar (dutifully purchased by my Mum) tucked away and waiting to come out in just...9 days! That’s right, the countdown to the Count Down has begun! Sick of my annual present buying panic on around the 20th of December, I’ve decided that this will be the year that I become one of those smug shoppers, the ones with the gifts all purchased and wrapped before we even hit the double figure dates of December.  So, if like me, you’re in need of a little helping hand to get into the swing of things, then look no further than this little guide to my top 10 gifts from Ernest Jones.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. They’re precious, they sparkle, they’re suited to everything and, well, they just make us happy, ok? This stunning 9ct white gold heart pendant is the perfect gift to make her smile and, if you’re looking for something with a bit of a difference, then the curve of treated black diamonds adorning the edge bring a contemporary edge to this classic piece.

For something with a slightly more affordable price tag, then these Tresor Paris pink crystal stud earrings are a must. Boasting Parisian inspired jewellery adorned with Czech crystal, we’ve been having a love affair with Tresor Paris for most of 2013, and aren’t about to stop anytime soon! Girly and sparkling and checking in at under £20, these fabulous earrings are perfect as a token gift for a family member.

In every group of friends and family there’s always the fussy one; the one you dread choosing a gift for in case they pull that face when they open it and make some kind of non-committal comment along the lines of, “Well that’s different”. If you can’t think of that person amongst your loved ones, then I’m afraid to say; it’s probably you. Well, whether you are the fussy recipient or the anxious buyer, we have a gift idea that’s guaranteed to go down well. Simple, chic and bang on trend in a luxurious rose gold plating, this Amanda Wakeley sparkle bracelet is a versatile gift that can be worn with any outfit, to any occasion, and is sure to please even the most acquired of tastes.

So what about the man in your life? Well, our trusty friend Hugo Boss has that covered with this stylish watch and fragrance set.  Featuring a bold yet smart black strap watch and the divine Hugo Boss Night fragrance for him, this Hugo Boss gift set will have him not only looking good, but smelling good too!

And here’s a few more festive gift ideas guaranteed to win a smile on Christmas day:

Ted Baker Currvez square grey cufflinks: give the finishing touches to his party season attire

Marc Jacobs Critters ladies' gold-plated cat strap watch: a cute watch to indulge their quirky side

Chamilia silver Christmas tree with Swarovski elements bead: give their Chamilia collection a festive touch with this adorable Christmas tree bead.

Hugo Boss men's woven black leather card holder: a simply classic accessory for him to use day to day.

Mi Moneda Nautilus medium purple shell coin: help them build the collection for their Mi Moneda pendant with this elegant purple shell coin.

Vera Wang Love Knot photo frame 5"x7": for a personal touch, put a photo in this gorgeous photo frame by designer Vera Wang

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Then check out our Top 10 Gift Ideas at Ernest Jones online, changed weekly to keep you inspired!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Seasonal Celebrations

What’s that I hear? The sound of corks popping, glasses chinking, canapés being nibbled and... thousands of women reduced to a blustering panic at the fundamental question of the season: what to wear to the Christmas party??

It has become quite the custom these days for perfectly composed, respectable women to become jittering messes when confronted with any kind of occasion that requires dressing up.... I for one am a prime offender. Sparkly or simple? Girly or sophisticated? Embellished or plain? Understated or statement? Black or white? ...agh, someone pass us the mince pies!  Well, whilst you make yourself a nice little floordrobe and frantically snapchat your friends a stream of outfit selfies, don’t worry, because we’ve got the accessory side of things covered this Christmas at Ernest Jones.

From striking black to feminine pinks, this season’s top trends offer something for everyone. If you’re looking to go classic and classy this Christmas, then ensure you incorporate some soft pinks into your look. This stunning 9ct rose gold 12 point diamond and morganite ring offers just the right balance of sparkle and femininity, perfect for teaming with a neutral ensemble, or even contrasting against your trusty LBD. Surrounded by timeless diamonds, the morganite centrepiece offers a divine rose hue, creating an elegant style with a wonderfully Gatsby-esque, vintage inspired finish.

If you’re looking to make more of a statement this season, then you’ll be glad to hear that black is back. Whilst we typically associate the festive season with reds, golds and silvers, this staple colour is a welcome addition to our winter wardrobes; as the LBD taught us, you can never go wrong with black.  To give your party outfit an edge, opt for this Swarovski Slake Dark Deluxe crystal bracelet. Dark, sultry and uber sleek, this black wrap around bracelet is embellished end to end with shining studs and sparkling Swarovski crystals. Versatile yet sure to make an impact, this bracelet can be teamed with whatever outfit you may have in mind for your festive celebrations.

Party accessories don’t just have to mean jewellery; why not invest in a chic dress watch to give your look a stylish finishing touch? Everything about this Project D London ladies’ rose gold-plated strap watch is spot on for the party season. Rocking the much adored rose gold trend of A/W ’13, this watch delivers a compulsory dash of sparkle with a crystal embellished bezel, whilst avoiding totally stealing the limelight with its neutral, beige croc effect strap. Offering the perfect dose of modern elegance you can wear this watch all year round, and currently with 20% off, what’s not to love?!

Find your perfect party accessories for the festive season with Ernest Jones.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Party Sparkle

Seeing as a complete wardrobe overhaul is completely necessary at this time of year that must mean a complete accessories overhaul is due too right? I mean, it’s safe to say we’ve bid farewell to our summer clothing and even our light autumn jackets, and are heading towards chunky knitted jumpers, woolly scarves and must-have boots. Although winter means wrapping up warm, it also means the ultimate party season, which in my book screams sequins, glitter, sparkle and a whole lot of jewellery to ensure you’ll shimmer at every occasion.  

So hands up, who’s bought their office party dress already? If, like me, you can’t help yourself and have already found your perfect dress, then the next step, which is just as important, is finding the sparkles to ensure it is party season worthy. 

The LBD is a fashionista’s must-have and will never let any girl down when it comes to making sure she looks her best. So whether you’re opting for mini, midi or maxi this year, a statement pair of earrings with an elegant chignon is sure to give your look an added edge. These Swarovski Vanilla earrings are the perfect addition to the ever faithful LBD, ensuring you’ll shine bright all night long for understated evening elegance. With statement earrings like these, skip the necklace and go straight for the ring with this matching Swarovski Vanilla ring; perfect for carrying a little glitter with you wherever you go. 

So now we’ve got the office Christmas party covered, what about New Year?  Why not join the coin craze and add a vibrant pop of colour to your dress with a Lucet Mundi necklace? With a range of different lockets, chain lengths and coins to choose from, Lucet Mundi jewellery is easily interchangeable and perfect for styling your own unique look. Sporting an outfit made up of darker hues? Then go for a sprinkling of colour with one of the crystal coins. This pink one has to be one of my favourites, perfect for a burst of colour against a darker background. If you’re going for a lighter outfit, add a darker crystal coin for contrast, or one of the pastel collection for a subtle addition. 

Found the perfect fashion jewellery to complement your winter style? Then why not spoil a loved one this Christmas with some fabulous fashion jewellery to guarantee a smile on Christmas day.  

This beautiful bow necklace from Hot Diamonds is ideal for a special gift. Complete with a chic polished finish and a shimmering diamond, this feminine necklace is simply stylish and perfect for adding a dash of sparkle to someone special this Christmas. 

Secret Santa? We’ve got that covered too. Go for contemporary chic with a pair of crystal stud earrings from Tresor Paris. Available in a range of colours and priced at only £11, these earrings are the perfect present for even the fussiest friend. 

So whether you’re looking for the perfect addition to your winter outfits or the perfect Christmas present, make Christmas wishes come true at Ernest Jones. 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Exclusive Le Vian® Store Events

Dream of chocolate without those pesky calories? Then here at Ernest Jones, we can certainly wet your appetite with our special Le Vian® store events that ensure you will still fit into your favourite pair of jeans with an added dash of sparkle. 

Le Vian® has been regarded as one of the world’s finest jewellery houses since the 15th century with even our very own British Family’s crown jewels boasting the legendary 186 carat Koh I Noor diamond. From the very beginning the Le Vian® family have built a reputation as jewellers of the highest calibre and from Royalty to Hollywood’s elite, Le Vian® is a regular on some of the most prestigious red carpets in the world, from the likes of Hilary Swank, Halle Berry & Jennifer Lopez all showcasing these luxury jewels. 

Fancy a slice of this Hollywood glamour? Then be sure not to miss out on our very special Le Vian® events taking place in stores around the UK in the run up to Christmas. These Le Vian® events will feature our most sought after limited edition pieces, a selection of one of a kind designs and an assortment of the top forecasted design trends for 2014.

The new colour trends that are taking the fashion world by storm are sure to envelop your senses with delightful flavour that only Le Vian® can provide. From the soothing Baby Blues™ of Sea Blue Aquamarine® to the vibrant 50 Shades of Green™ collection and the sizzling hot Fiery Reds™ of Neon Tangerine Fire Opal™ and Raspberry Rhodolite®, this beautiful spectrum of precious stones & diamonds are sure to give your look a vibrant twist. Not only this, an Autumn/Winter favourite of the cool blush of ultra-feminine Strawberry ‘N Vanilla will be shown featuring Strawberry Gold® and Vanilla Diamonds® alongside the très chic Blackberry Leather™ combining Blackberry Diamonds® with Vanilla Diamonds® and Vanilla Gold®.

Planning an engagement or even your big day? Why not make Le Vian bridal™ a must have part of your special moments, featuring Chocolate Weddings™, uniquely multifaceted designs for the fashionista bride of today.

Give your love of chocolate a completely new meaning and call your local store from the list below to book your appointment, for a deliciously indulgent day to remember. As well as this, attend your appointment on the day for your chance to win a beautiful Le Vian® Chocolate Diamond® pendant*. We are also giving you the opportunity to win an exclusive Le Vian® gift bag*.

If there is anything special you would like us to bring for you, please let your in-store jewellery
expert know, prior to the event.

Our store teams look forward to seeing you at the show!

Store list & dates

06-Oct - Birmingham Bull Ring
07-Oct - Peterborough (Leslie Davis)
08-Oct - Cambridge
09-Oct - Merry Hill
10-Oct - Milton Keynes
13-Oct - Brighton
14-Oct - Poole
15-Oct - Southampton
16-Oct - Bristol Cribbs Causeway
17-Oct - Swansea
20-Oct - Bluewater
21-Oct - Canterbury
22-Oct - Thurrock (Lakeside)
23-Oct - Colchester
24-Oct Norwich

10-Nov - Lincoln
11-Nov - Meadow Hall
12-Nov - Trafford Centre
13-Nov - Manchester
14-Nov - Liverpool
17-Nov - Leeds
18-Nov - White Rose
19-Nov - Newcastle
20-Nov - Gateshead
21-Nov - Braehead

*Please see participating stores for full terms and conditions.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Autumn/Winter Must Haves

It’s hard to believe that it’s October already, but a new month calls for a new wardrobe and, now that the autumn season is well and truly upon us, it’s about time we have a look at what trends are set to replace our brightly coloured spring/summer florals. With coats, boots and scarves soon becoming a must-have addition to our wardrobes, we take a look at how best to accessorise with this season’s favourite trends. 

Amidst the deep reds, warm oranges and rich golds typically seen in autumn, this year an unusual colour is emerging. A feminine palette of pink was prominent on the A/W ‘13 catwalks, and from pale, dusky pinks to bright, vivid pinks, there was no escaping this rosy bouquet. The item that favoured this colour amongst the fashion world was, surprisingly, the coat, with a wide selection of designers including Mulberry and Marc Jacobs sending their models down the runway wrapped up warm in pretty pink outerwear. To embrace this girlie colour, then this stunning bracelet from Tresor Paris is adorned in sparkling pink crystals and will give your look a trendy dash of feminine glamour.

Between rebellious runways and the Met Institute’s punk themed ‘Chaos to Couture’ ball, it seems as though spikes, leather, tartan and a lot of black are all set to hit our wardrobes this year. There is no doubt that Punk has returned for A/W, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw yourself in with ripped clothing and brightly coloured hair. The easiest way to achieve this look is with a staple leather piece of clothing and some sleek black accessories. This black chain link watch from Michael Kors is the perfect combination of chic and edgy.

 Animal prints are a timeless trend that, from the looks of Burberry’s A/W ‘13 fashion show, will be continuing throughout the season; so don’t throw out your animal print favourites just yet. With clothes and accessories available in an assortment of prints - from classic tortoiseshell and leopard print to more fashion forward graphics such as giraffe and zebra - it is simple to achieve a stylish look to suit any taste. There are no longer rules in regards to matching prints, so for a modern take on this trend white not mix a giraffe print shirt with this statement faux fur leopard print watch exclusive to Ernest Jones from Coach.

From feminine pinks to sultry studs, discover your favourite autumn/ winter accessories at Ernest Jones online.

Friday, 27 September 2013

NYC Fashion Week Favourites

Now that New York, London and Milan’s fashion weeks are over and Paris’ is quickly drawing to a close, it’s time to look back at some of our fashion highlights and with some of our brands featuring we look at what we will be seeing in Spring/Summer 2014. From designers across the pond including Badgley Mischka, Michael Kors & Marc Jacobs to our European favourites Emporio Armani & Gucci and of course not forgetting our London lovelies Vivienne Westwood & Burberry, here at EJ HQ the past few weeks have been filled with excitement & added anticipation of what jewellery collections will also be next from these iconic brands.

For this blog, we are going to focus on some of our favourite brands straight from the catwalks of New York City, as we look at what we will be seeing from them next year. 

Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka lived up to expectation when they sent a beautifully romantic collection down the runway at the Lincoln Center on September 10th. The show began with flawlessly finished separates and then moved on to their elegant signature evening gowns. We saw an assortment of simply perfect silhouettes in an array of textures and hues, including soft pinks, crisp whites and deep blues as well as more vivid reds and corals, inspired by a vintage & Parisian chic theme. The Badgley Mischka jewellery collection exudes the same exquisite detailing and effortless glamour as we saw in their SS’14 clothing designs. This exquisite cocktail ring with blue topaz and our favourite, diamonds is the perfect way to give your look a dash of luxury complete with delicate & romantic inspiration.

From feminine chic to classic American style, Michael Kors never fails to deliver and always achieves collections that are desired by any fashion conscious woman. The romance theme as we saw with Badgley Mischa seemed to carry through in the Michael Kors show with femininity and natural glamour being a focal point for this collection. A combination of flowing spring time print dresses and sharply tailored two pieces in earthy neutral colours formed the bulk of his refreshingly simple collection. The designs had a sophisticated, New York inspired style that is easily transferable to everyday looks. This girly collection, is full of beautiful spring hues, from white, to navy blue and warm green floral prints and is quite a change from some of the more structured and masculine shapes we have seen from him in the past which is often carried through to his watch & jewellery designs. However, to complete an ultra feminine look what better way than with a little rose gold? With sultry pink hues and of course an added dash of sparkle, rose gold is an all season favourite and really comes into its own when teamed with delicate prints and colours. This rose-gold plated pave crystal pyramid necklace is the perfect addition to bold prints and romantic hues and will be sure to add a touch of timeless sparkle with a contemporary edge. 

Francsico Costa for Calvin Klein celebrated ten years as the brands creative director at their Spring/Summer ’14 show on September 12th. The collection celebrated cuts that moved away from the body with silhouettes appearing roomy, boxy and unique. Colour and texture also made a bold appearance, with fringe-adorned dresses, frayed edges and multi-coloured printed snake-skin. Although different from what we normally see from Calvin Klein, the collection still conveyed the clean elegance that the Calvin Klein woman is well known for. 

Calvin Klein’s minimalist style is evident in his jewellery collection. From contemporary shapes in a range of stainless steel and rose & yellow gold plating, the collection is perfect for understated elegance full of Calvin Klein influence. Re-create your own chic style with this Calvin Klein stainless steel born bangle and wear from day until night for modern style with a dash of glamour. 

From romantic hues and feminine shapes to boxy and textured designs to the almost apocalyptic display from Marc Jacobs we definitely saw a whole spectrum of things to come next Spring/Summer. Heavily embroidered Victorian inspired gowns, hussar jackets, plimsolls and purses trimmed with long fringed tassels and dark bead embellishment stole the show with the colours creating a completely new way to think about the Spring palette. This unusual palette included black, garnet, petrol blue and deep bottle green. These heavy designs matched with solid colour, gave this collection a gothic feel and if you want to re-create this look, accessorise your style with this black silicone watch complete with gold detailing from the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection. The black bracelet and dial create a moody atmosphere bringing his statement catwalk show to your look with the gold detailing giving a little dose of embellishment for added chic. 

What looks from next season’s catwalk have you inspired? Romantic & feminine or beautifully gothic? Check out our Fashion Week Pinterest board for lots more ideas from some of the most iconic fashion designers in the world. 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Red Carpet Jewellery Events

With London fashion week in full swing, celebrities from all over the world are flocking to these highly anticipated shows from some of the world’s most famous and iconic fashion designers. From taking their seats in the ‘Frow’ to walking the red-carpet, it’s impossible not to feel a flutter of envy at this A-list lifestyle, so here at Ernest Jones we are ready to rival some of the world’s best known celebrities by bringing you our Red Carpet events. So sit back and delve into the luxury world of Ernest Jones as we take a look at how you too could indulge in a little celebrity inspired outing of your own. 

This year, for the first time, we will be showcasing some of the most beautiful and prestigious jewellery from world famous brands and designers in a selected number of our stores. Statement pieces from Le Vian®, exclusive Neil Lane, signature styles from Marco Bicego, iconic pearls from Yoko London and elegant rings from The Carat Club will be exhibited at these special events. In celebration of these exclusive events, we’re giving you a sneak peek into some of the jewellery on display and, of course, some of our personal favourites.

When speaking about the red carpet, Hollywood is definitely at the forefront of our minds, and the Neil Lane bridal collection is one that is definitely not a stranger to the A-List lifestyle. Creating hand crafted, treasured jewellery for some of Hollywood’s legendary stars, Neil Lane has fast become one of the most celebrated jewellery designers in the world. From Reese Witherspoon to Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand, Neil Lane jewellery has been worn by some of the most sought after celebrities and, until the end of the October, we are lucky enough to have four rings from Neil Lane’s very own collection on show in some of our stores. 

These stunning rings boast the vintage and art-deco inspiration that is so prominent throughout Neil Lane’s jewellery collection. From large halo clusters to intricate shoulder designs, and ranging from 3.08 total carat weight to 3.68, these striking rings are one of a kind and reflect his artistic heritage as a jewellery designer. Although these rings will not be for sale, you can still feel every inch the celebrity by trying them on in selected stores. 

It is a well known fact that chocolate and diamonds go hand in hand, and Le Vian® have grasped this concept perfectly by creating beautiful jewellery made up of indulgent Chocolate Diamonds®. The Le Vian® family have been guardians of the most unique and precious jewellery for royals since 1746, and from ancient royalty to today’s red carpet, Le Vian® collectors include the most discerning buyers and some of Hollywood’s elite. 

Le Vian® jewellery is perfect for creating an individual and distinctive look full of elegance and sophistication. From Rachel McAdams to Jennifer Lopez, Le Vian® is a regular on the red carpet, showcasing their eye-catching and vibrant designs. From jewellery full of vintage inspiration and Gatsby glamour, to contemporary and unusual designs, Le Vian® offer diamonds to suit every style. 

So whether you’re looking for an essence of vintage Hollywood, contemporary Chocolate Diamonds®, a little gold Luxe with Marco Bicego, or elegant pearls from Yoko London, head to one of our stores for our exclusive red carpet events and enjoy a special A-List treat. 

These traveling red carpet events will be visiting the following stores until June 2014. 

Ernest Jones Oxford Street
Leslie Davis Milton Keynes
Ernest Jones Thurrock
Ernest Jones White Rose
Ernest Jones Swansea
Ernest Jones Stratford City
Ernest Jones Westfield London
Ernest Jones Bluewater
Ernest Jones Sheffield 
Ernest Jones Meadow Hall
Ernest Jones Cribbs Causeway
Ernest Jones Liverpool One
Ernest Jones Cardiff
Ernest Jones Southampton
Ernest Jones Brent Cross
Ernest Jones Glasgow
Leslie Davis Peterborough
Ernest Jones Watford
Ernest Jones Chester
Ernest Jones Gateshead
Ernest Jones Bull Ring Birmingham
Ernest Jones Chelsea

Contact your local Ernest Jones store to find out when our red carpet events will be visiting them. 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Something Old, Something New & Something Blue...

With the sun still hanging around to brighten our evenings and weekends, the last of the Summer weddings are also getting under way. Here at Ernest Jones we love a happy ending, and are always eager to give a helping hand on the way to marital bliss. We can’t book the venue, pick the dress or cater the food, but what we can do is share our jewellery favourites to help you perfect some of the latest and greatest wedding trends.

Something old....
To bring luck on her wedding day, it's traditional for the bride to wear “the four somethings”: something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. So we’ve decided to select a few stunning pieces to help you complete this traditional wedding criteria. If you aren’t heir to any family heirlooms, it can be tricky to fulfill the old part of the somethings. As an alternative to genuine antiques, why not represent the old by accessorising your bridal outfit with a vintage inspired piece of jewellery. This beautiful 9ct white gold bracelet pairs classic pearls with delicate rose quartz, not only achieving a traditional look, but also embracing the flourishing trend of the Blushing Bride, which sees pink as a key wedding colour this season.

Something new...
Fully embrace the new by accessorising your wedding dress with one of our recent Swarovski lines such as these Swarovski Vanilla rose gold-plated drop earrings. Boasting striking faceted Jet Hematite crystal, these earrings are in line with the latest and much debated trend of the 'dressed in black' bride. From wedding fairs to celebrity nuptials such as Shenae Grimes and Josh Beech, black has made a striking and unexpected leap into the wedding limelight. If you aren’t bold enough to go all out in a black dress and bouquet like Avril Lavigne, then these earrings are perfect for a dash of dark sparkle to give your wedding look that sultry edge.

Something blue….
If you’re a September baby or having a September wedding, what better way to fulfill your something blue than with a rich, glistening sapphire. As the birthstone of September, an item of sapphire jewellery will hold that extra special personal memory, whether it is because it’s representative of you, or commemorative of the time of your wedding. This 9ct white gold created sapphire pendant will add a lustrous pop of colour to your wedding dress, styled in a chic, contemporary design that you can wear again and again after your wedding.

Find your perfect wedding accessories at Ernest Jones.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Autumn/Winter 2013 trends

With the summer slowly starting to fade away, what better time to start looking forward to the upcoming Autumn/Winter trends than now? From Gold Luxe and Gatsby Glamour to the reveal of the futuristic look that took the catwalk by storm, we saw some of the world’s most prestigious fashion designers take to global fashion weeks to showcase their highly anticipated Autumn/Winter creations. 

When it comes to accessorising next season’s favourite trends, jewellery and watches are a must. With the essence of the catwalk being incorporated into each individual piece, it is easy to keep up with the latest trends and turn everyday life into your very own catwalk. 

One of my favourite trends seen on the A/W13 catwalks has to be that of the modernistic fashion which included metallics, patent belts and a whole lot of monochrome splashed only occasionally with the earthy hues of green, blue or dusky pink. One of our very own brand designers, Karl Lagerfeld, created a shiny Utopia in his role as Creative director for Chanel, showcasing sleek and futuristic inspired designs. 

The bold patent belt was a regular in the show, and whether it was teamed with a simple shift dress or a geometric black and white coat, this striking accessory definitely made a statement. If, like me, you’ve been swayed by this upcoming trend, why not add a slick watch to your outfit with this Kourbe watch from Karl Lagerfeld. Complete with a rectangular dial and a pyramid studded bracelet, this black ion-plated watch is sure to give your day or evening look an edgy dash of minimalism. 

If jewellery is more your thing, recreate the modernist look with our range of Cerruti jewellery for her. This steel and ceramic bangle complete with facet edge detailing and glittering cubic zirconia is sure to create a distinctive edge. 

Another one of this season’s favourite trends has to be pink. This delicate colour makes for the prettiest addition to your Winter wardrobe. Teamed with soft greys and black, pink creates an instant burst of femininity. From the palest pinks to dusky nude hues, this trend is certain to give us a rosy glow this Autumn/Winter; and what better way to accessorise than with statement yet delicate rose gold

This chic Michael Kors ladies’ watch featuring a rose gold-plated bracelet and oversized Roman numeral markers is the perfect timekeeping accessory for any attire. Although Michael Kors is famed for his statement watches, recently he unveiled his fabulous new jewellery collection. From statement bracelets to crystal embellished earrings, rose gold has been a regular show stopper within this collection, and one of my favourite items from it has to be the friendship bracelet. Complete with rose gold-plated beads interspersed with sparkling crystal and strung together on a brown chord boasting the iconic ‘MK’ logo, this bracelet is perfect for giving your feminine look a high fashion edge. 

Whatever trend you’ll be sporting this Autumn/Winter, be sure to accessorise the latest and greatest with jewellery and watches at Ernest Jones

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Holiday Essentials

If you are lucky enough to be jetting off on holiday this year - whether you already have booked it and are counting down the days, or are still planning when and where to go - you have probably already started prepping your holiday wardrobe. With luggage limitations restricting how much we can take, strategically ensuring we still end up looking our summer best becomes the key priority when packing. It isn’t necessary to pack your entire jewellery box; with just three core pieces you can accessorise all your holiday looks, without compromising on style or suitcase space.

Bracelets and bangles are a sure fire way to give your holiday look a fashion forward finish. Perfect for everyday, you can wear alone or stack them up and mix and match to create a combination of styles that will complement any outfit. Tortoiseshell effect sunglasses are a summer essential this year, and Michael Kors has taken this current trend and transformed it into a new summer favourite… Tortoiseshell effect jewellery! Go for poolside glamour with this chic gold-plated tortoiseshell effect bangle, an oversized bag and, of course, matching sunglasses. Alternatively, layer with sparkling bracelets to achieve an elegant evening twist.

A key piece that you can wear everyday and will take you right through to the evenings is a chunky watch. It’s a versatile accessory that is sure to give any of your holiday outfits a stylish finish, and this Champagne Gold-Plated Watch from Marc Jacobs is the perfect example. Classic and simple but sporting a bold design, this timepiece will give any outfit a fashionable edge, whilst its sun-kissed yellow gold tone will complement your tan perfectly.

We all like to make a statement now and again, so why not pack one show stopping piece that’s guaranteed to get noticed.  This glistening Nirvana necklace from Swarovski speaks for itself and will add a glamorous finishing touch to your evening look. The sleek silver tone chain knots around a stylish ring of faceted Swarovski crystal, its shimmering light turquoise hue reminiscent of clear blue oceans. With a simple design so as not to take away from the radiance and sparkle of the pendant, this necklace is perfect as a dash of daytime glamour or evening elegance.

Find your perfect holiday accessories online at Ernest Jones.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Colourful Weddings

With the heat wave looking to stay around a bit longer than we all expected, our attentions have turned to sandals, maxi dresses and that very important task of keeping cool. Summer always has a way of taking our ordinary wardrobes and spinning them into these colourful, graphic, eye catching masterpieces, and we for one love this splash of colour! With graphic prints, bold colours and statement jewellery alike, where does this leave the summer bride? Do they ditch the traditional bridal colour palette and go for something a little brighter or stick to the traditional wedding hues? If you’re planning a summer wedding, we’ve got some jewellery perfect for your sunny Big Day. 

Coloured diamonds have been on the rise this year, with more and more brides steering away from the traditional white diamond solitaire and opting for a coloured diamond or even a precious stone to mark the centrepiece of their engagement ring.  These brightly coloured stones are perfect for a summer wedding, with the vibrant nature of them forever being a reminder of your sun kissed wedding. Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson both showcased their lemon halo cluster engagement rings, which looked wonderful against their perfectly tanned skin. I’m a huge fan of the lemon diamond trend and when combined with a halo of glistening white diamonds, they really come to light.

Gwen Stefani famously wore a breathtaking, custom pink ombre gown by John Galliano for Dior. With Gwen’s individual style, it was to be expected she’d make a statement, and Gwen’s love of pink really was taken to new heights with this beautiful wedding dress. Pink is definitely a love it or hate it colour, and whether you’re brave enough to walk down the aisle in a gown like Gwen’s or not, a splash of feminine pink jewellery is sure to make your summer wedding flourish.

Coloured crystal or precious stones are a great way to give your bridal look a colourful twist. This stunning Swarovski pendant and earring set boasts delicate rose crystals framed with a white crystal twist setting. Worn with a low neckline wedding gown, this elegant set is sure to add a touch of subtle glamour to your special day. 

Another favourite since the Royal wedding has to be sapphire. This regal stone has seen it’s popularity soar since the now Duchess of Cambridge – Catherine Middleton – wowed millions across the world with her beautiful sapphire and diamond ring, worn before her by Diana Princess of Wales. Many brides have incorporated this look into their own wedding day, either by adding a splash of blue to their bridal jewellery or inspiring their grooms-to-be to opt for a sapphire engagement ring.

This elegant sapphire and diamond ring is the perfect contemporary alternative to Kate’s more traditional engagement ring. Showcasing a sparkling, deep blue sapphire centrepiece, framed with a double halo of sapphires and diamonds, this 18ct white gold ring offers elegant glamour complete with that regal inspiration throughout.

For a luxury dash of colour, indulge in these peacock feather inspired earrings from esteemed fashion designer Badgley Mischka. Complete with a combination of amethyst, vivid green tsavorite and delicate champagne diamonds all pulled together to hang perfectly from a chandelier design, these striking earrings combined with a simplistic white wedding gown would be sure to give your wedding some summer sparkle.

 Will you be injecting some colour into your wedding day? What are your thoughts on precious stones and coloured diamonds? 

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Monday, 15 July 2013

A Royal Affair

It’s been a busy few years for the Royal family, what with the Diamond jubilee celebrations and the renowned Royal wedding, and this weekend is set to mark yet another milestone; the due date of  Prince William and Kate’s baby. Boy or girl, late or early, the impending birth seems to be the hot topic of conversation everywhere – including here at Ernest Jones. In homage to the approaching baby Will or Kate, we’ve selected some of our favourite picks for yet another fabulous Royal occasion.

In line with the imminent due date, the centrepiece of this stunning 9ct white ring showcases the divine July birthstone, ruby. If you’re planning to give an item of jewellery for a birthday present, including the birthstone, adds a lovely, thoughtful touch that  personalises the gift to the recipient. Claw set with a vintage inspired oval cut, the ruby in this delicate ring is framed with glittering diamond set shoulders. Precious and unique, this ring makes for the perfect gift for anyone who shares their birth month with the soon-to-be Prince or Princess.

Whenever I think of royalty, Sapphire is never far from my thoughts, from the timeless royal blue to the deep blue sapphire ring The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton showed proudly as hers and Williams’s engagement was announced to the world. Sapphire really is a precious stone of royalty and perfect for adding a little regal elegance to any look, daytime or evening. These cushion shaped stud flower earrings boast four princess cut sapphires encased by a lining of gold and finished off with diamond edged corners, creating a beautifully vintage feel about them.

Baby showers, Christenings; the arrival of a new baby is always accompanied by reasons to celebrate and shower those involved with gifts of luck and happiness. If you too have recently welcomed a new born into the world, then this Wedgwood Silver Bear Music Box is a beautiful gift perfect for a Christening or first visit. Finished with polished silver plating, the Silver Bear collection from Wedgwood offers simply elegant gifts, all complete with the adorable teddy bear signature to the collection. This simple music box is topped with a beautifully engraved, gently turning teddy, adding a charming finishing touch to this precious keepsake. 

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Friday, 5 July 2013

Wimbledon Wardrobe

With Wimbledon nearing an end, we look back at some of our favourite celebrity style spots who’s court side looks have been enough to distract us from the tennis and have been the subject of our fascination for the past fortnight. As the British summer weather finally seems to have arrived (I say in fear), summer dresses, floral patterns and bright colours have flooded the iconic venue for a Wimbledon Wardrobe anyone would be proud of!

Mollie King no doubt stole the show, wearing cute floral shorts and a matching blazer teamed with a simple buttoned up white shirt. This feminine look is right on trend this season, not only was the Saturday’s singer flaunting this colourful look, but Kim Sears also opted for floral chic and wore a tight fitting dress to cheer on her man of the moment boyfriend, Andy Murray, and although she may have been put through a rollercoaster of emotions, she remained cool and collective looking stunning throughout. Both ladies’ completed their looks with a statement watch and simple nude accessories. For your own Wimbledon inspired floral look, try teaming a flowery playsuit with this elegant rose gold plated watch from the Emporio Armani collection for the perfect finishing touch.

Kim Sears didn’t stop there with her winning Wimbledon ensembles; she looked fabulous for a second time wearing a sunshine yellow skater dress, a denim jacket and again those Summer must-have nude accessories. These vivid colours are perfect for the summer season and look great with a sun-kissed tan, however if you’re not quite brave enough to step out in an attire as bright as hers, add a splash of colour with this chunky orange bangle from Michael Kors. Team with a simple white T-shirt dress and an edgy sleeveless denim jacket for a striking twist.

Other celebrities opted for a more timeless look such as Katherine Jenkins who turned up looking elegant as ever, sporting a classic cream knee length dress and matching blazer. She gave her look a fashion forward edge by stacking up a mixture of bangles and bracelets with hints of green and gold. This slim mint green bangle from Ted Baker with a polished gold coloured buckle is the ideal accessory for giving your look a stylish, contemporary finish.

Wimbledon fashion hasn’t only stayed within the walls of the games, bright tennis whites have been a colour of choice amongst the celebrity world from dresses and blazers to shoes and even sunglasses. Cameron Diaz looked ultra chic in a structured white dress and strappy heels. This stylish watch from DKNY in crisp white and sterling silver is the perfect way to give your evening look a touch of Wimbledon inspired glamour.

Create your own Wimbledon inspired looks with jewellery and watches from Ernest Jones.

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