Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Sat 2 Dec
Africa, Middle East
If you’re unsure at all, give us a call! We’re around on 0208 123 9800 from 10am to 5pm daily as standard. Although we haven’t got set times outside of that, we’ll be here as long as it takes every day to make sure that everybody gets their orders quickly, so feel free to call and if we’re still here, we’ll help you out.
Peace Of Mind – or PoM – are a British jewellery brand we’ve stocked in small quantities for a while. Their take on aesthetics is to mix feminine charms with quality materials to produce pretty pieces that will melt the hearts of girls.
Crystal and Gold Flower Clip Earrings
We hope to introduce a capsule collection of their cheerful charms as time goes by. Expect well crafted, handmade pieces with something pleasing to a woman’s sensibilities about them.
We didn’t to walk by twice; it was love at first sight! The smoothly worked pure 925 silver was left gleaming with rhodium enhancement. The quality embellishments went from real gemstones to dazzlingly bright genuine Swarovski Elements rhinestones. The designs have a cheerful undertone to a simplistic quality that’s so typically Japanese in it’s sophistication.
I don’t suppose I’m too different to many people when I recall my paternal Grandfather’s war stories.
He grew up on a farm in Poland in a large family. When the Nazis invaded, they made a beeline for it because his father was a registered officer in the army. The family was rounded up and put aboard freight trains that followed the German Army’s advances into Russia. Most of the family died either on this journey or at the camps they arrived at but he escaped with his brothers one night.
They made their way through the Middle East to join the Polish Army in exile in North Africa. Although he had to lie about his age to join, not yet having reached 16, they trained him in how to use a radio and he became a spotter for the artillery. He fought with them through Italy until the war was over at which point he came to London, having heard that the railway needed people with radio skills. There he met and fell in love with my Grandmother, a born and bred Londoner, and started a family. Years later he was rarely able to talk about his experiences beyond a few jokes, like how he still loved onions despite having been fed nothing but unlimited onions whilst in the Nazi’s camp.
As for the rest of my family, I never knew my maternal grandfather. He was a Frenchman and served as a doctor in Egypt during the Suez Canal crisis. He gave his life trying to ensure others kept theirs.
I therefore know deeply how war can mark families. Although neither of my grandfathers were British, both of their wives were and both grandfathers were involved in British conflicts. In many ways my family got off lightly compared to some.
Servicemen have to demonstrate great braveness both to go to war and to return to life afterwards. It’s not just the two world wars either – having known friends who’ve served in the Falklands War, the first Iraq War, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, I know it doesn’t take the entire world’s participation to make a huge impact on an individual or a whole family. The contribution these people make, regardless of the politics of the situation, should never be underestimated and neither should that of their families.
One of the Rodney Holman poppy collection jewellery pieces
When Rodney Holman showed a range of poppy themed jewellery, I thought here was a great opportunity to do something to help show my thanks to the countless unsung heroes and heroines that let us enjoy the relative freedom and peace we do in this day and age. Handcrafted and with 18ct gold plating, these pieces are quality items made to be a pleasure to wear with pride.
With every purchase, we’ll be making a donation to The British Legion, the UK’s charity supporting servicemen and women and their families. This jewellery is not an official British Legion piece, rather the choice to make a donation was something I wanted to do to help ensure that the bravery and sacrifices made by our servicemen past and present is honoured. I hope that in a small way, our humble contribution will help repay the debt we owe to them and their families.
It’s been a while since we had some big updates for you. I can confirm that it is indeed the grey before the sunshine bursts forth as we’ve been making lots of improvements behind the scene both to our technology and warehouse. But before we can let all this loose, we want to simplify our life by having a big clearance.
My regulars will know that I’ve always made a point of offering low every day prices on great quality items rather than setting prices at seasonal highs so as to have knock down, like some retailers do. This therefore is a rare opportunity to grab a bargain or two at fantastic prices.
There’s up to 70% off items – literally below cost on some – as well as free shipping still being available on orders over £30.
The sale will run up until 11:59pm on the 30th of September and will only apply to items while stocks last. So don’t delay! Whether you want to snag some early Xmas presents, get your party season outfits ready to roll or make new mileage out of your wardrobe by dressing it up with new accessories, there hasn’t been as great an opportunity to do it as now! Shop the sale here now.
Following a period of abstinence, it’s true to say the heart grows fonder and we must confess that our hearts did skip a beat when we saw Adele Marie’s new offering. Directional, edgy and oozing sex appeal, the first of the new lines has now launched online:
Adele Marie Gold Crystal Cascade Clip On Earrings
We’re looking forwards to getting up close and personal with more of this stunning new season’s collection soon.
It might be in the minus degree temperatures outside, but that does’t mean we should fall out of fashion! There are no signs of this winter ending any time soon, so before London Fashion Week is upon us again, let’s look back and see what are the trends for earrings, bracelets and necklaces of the season…
FEATHER CLIP ON EARRINGS
Following the summer swing, this winter, designers continued their craze on feathers, which were seen all over necklaces, purses, gloves, scarves and of course – clip on earrings. Moving from bright feathers of the warm months, to the deeper toned ones of the winter, this season is all about the Bohemian hippy style. Deep greens, purples, oranges, reds, blacks and browns are all a perfect choice for a dazzling look, with a hippy twist!
Bohemian Long Feather Clip-On Earrings - Grey
Long Feather Clip-On Earrings - Orange
BOHO CHIC JEWELLERY
The bohemian look doesn’t just end with feathers; it’s an entire appearance, behaviour and attitude. Beads of colours from the whole spectrum are combined together to make a feeling of carelessness, mingled with on-trend style.
Fiorelli Blue and Red Beaded Boho Bracelet
Fiorelli Multi Coloured Bead and Mother of Pearl Earrings
Oriental Beads Clip On Earrings
Oriental Double Bead Drop Clip On Earrings - White
There is nothing new about designers using a lot of metal finishes in their creations, but this season brings us a new look! We’re not talking about the bright metallics, but about the muted, brushed tones like antique golds or gunmetals. Bronze, deep purple, dark red and hematite are all a part of this winter’s rich, deep colours. Pile them on layers of bracelets, necklaces and dangling clip on chandelier earrings, and you will surely stand out in the wintery crowd.
Rodney Holman Brushed Gunmetal Warped Clip On Earrings
Adele Marie Metallic Pearl and Bead Cascade Clip On Earrings
Fiorelli Bling Geometries Necklace
Fiorelli Black and Gold Leather Bracelet
When we say ‘raw’ we mean all the jewellery, which is purposefully made to look unfinished, or simply – unrefined. You’ve probably see the dull rocks that are split in half, and inside there are gorgeous gems or glitter effects (‘sugar coating’ in jewellery terms). The sparkling effects on the stone are crystals known as drusy, and they come in vivid colours. Drusy stones have been popular for a while, but this winter they are larger, bolder and finer (if that word is appropriate). And nobody knows better about them than Barbara Easton! Expect more in the collection launching soon.
Barbara Easton Sweet Foil Clip On Earrings - Silver
Barbara Easton Lace Pattern Clip On Earrings
Barbara Easton Textured Button Clip On Earrings - Gold
BLACK – SILVER – CRYSTAL – SHAMBALA
It shouldn’t sound like a bad combination at all, so why haven’t silver, crystal and black ever entangled themselves like they have this winter before?! It’s because black is usually a strong colour for the cold seasons, and not many designers prefer to use it in excess – unless it is combined with polished silver and crystal. The gorgeous combination sits with authority and it perfect for the serious, but adventurous woman who works hard, and secretly dreams of being somewhere exciting and even dangerous…
Fiorelli Silver, Black and Crystal Beaded Bracelet
Fiorelli Silver and Black Beaded Charm Bracelet
Fiorelli Black Beaded Scrunchie Style Bracelet
Fiorelli Midnight Blue and Silver Crystal Beaded Bracelet
Fiorelli Decadent Crystal and Bead Clip On Earrings
In the slightest chance that you haven’t seen The Iron Lady yet – go tonight!
For those of us who made it our abnormal obsession to go to the cinema as soon as the movie came out, The Iron Lady is one of the most emotional, truthful and powerful films of this season. It portrays the story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman full of ambition, in constant prevail of control over her nation. The Iron Lady offers a recount of events in our history, events which a single lady instigated by making harsh decisions in times when all she had was her own belief in righteousness. Twenty one years after the end of her leadership, Margaret Thatcher is reincarnated in the film, which follows her story from a grocer’s daughter, to becoming Britain’s first female Prime Minister, to her tragic decline into the life of dementia (all tangled within an undiluted love story).
The film is inspiring, shoving you to be better than yourself and only perfected acting and believable characters can give you that tickly feeling in your belly after seeing a movie. Luckily the director of The Iron Lady, Phyllida Lloyd, couldn’t have done a better job at choosing the person to embrace the character of Lady Margaret Thatcher and do it justice on screen. Meryl Streep is by far one of the best actresses of our time, and we at Make Me Beautiful love her performance. Fingers crossed for the Oscar!
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep’s magnificent job in the film undergoes numerous transformations. Starting from a fairly young but experienced Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s, through to becoming the Iron Lady of the 80s, and into the age of present day, where Meryl Streep portrays an older and weaker version of the sovereignty that the Prime Minister once rendered.
Of course Meryl Streep had a lot of help to certify this believable metamorphosis into Lady Margaret Thatcher. Teams of people were responsible for Streep’s perfect execution of Maggie’s accent, lip pouts, hand gestures and voice tonality. Margaret Thatcher might not have been popular for her fashion tips, but it was essential that Meryl Streep portrayed her truthfully, and that is exactly what she did.
At the head of Streep’s styling team was costume designer Consolata Boyle, who was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA award after her work in the film, The Queen. Boyle delved into the style of the Baroness, and according to Phillida Lloyd, Boyle had “an extraordinary vision for how to not just replicate but to make some poetic sense of the journey of her clothes.” Blue was the colour with which Lady Thatcher will be remembered, and in the film Consolata Boyle makes it into a gradual story. Starting off with young Margaret (played by Alexandra Roach), who wears light blue two piece suit; as the film progresses, Boyle dresses Meryl Streep in darker nuances of blue, asserting her character’s growing responsibilities and power. Thatcher once said that her handbag is the only safe place in Downing Street, and it soon became the symbol of her governing approach. A Salvatore Ferragamo handbag once owned by the Baroness was sold for £83,110 in 2000 and another one for £25,000 in 2011; so Consolata Boyle quickly acknowledged that a similar bag must cast in the film. Streep is seen toting the practical, but extremely elegant Ferragamo handbag, as well as wearing the label’s Carla pump, a court shoe of moderate heel height, with almost unnoticeable brand detailing along the toes.
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady
Here at Make Me Beautiful we are all about the earrings, and of course Consolata Boyle didn’t disappoint. She decked Meryl Streep in gorgeous clip-ons, staying fairly safe with the classics that Thatcher preferred, such as pearl clip on earrings and diamonds. In The Iron Lady we see a repetition of designs, but selected to perfect the image of the Baroness; oversized pearls placed inside a gold frame hang off Streep’s ears, capturing the essence of Thatcher’s love for natural beads (like the pearl necklace she wore on so many occasions).
One of the lovable facets of Maggie’s character was that she never tried to become ‘one of the boys’. Rather she remodelled herself to command the respect of male politicians both here in the UK and around the world. Margaret Thatcher and the women of her era were part of a pioneering generation who, for the first time in history, took positions of authority at the most senior level and met men as equals. To all women who aspire to change the world for the better, who intend to do something about the wrongs of this world and who intend to leave the world a better place than when they entered it, Margaret Thatcher may have a style lesson or two in how to make oneself heard and not just seen. Some of our favourite style edits for every aspiring executive include:
Rodney Holman Gold Plated Pearl Clip On Earrings
Baby Button Pearl Clip On Earrings - Gold Back 1cm
Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie Iconic Button Clip On Earrings - Gold
The Iron Lady has been nominated for four BAFTA Awards:
Original Screenplay – Abi Morgan
Make Up & Hair – Marese Langan
Leading Actress – MERYL STREEP
Supporting Actor – JIM BROADBENT
We will keep you posted after the BAFTA awards ceremony, which is held in London on February 12, 2012.
Elizabeth Taylor‘s iconic jewellery was auctioned at Christie’s in New York last month for prices which exceeded all expectations. When the hammer went down for the last time that night, the auction had accumulated a record breaking £74,196,480, the world record for most valuable private collection of jewels ever sold at an auction.
In her book My Love Affair with Jewellery, Elizabeth Taylor wrote that she “never, never thought of my jewellery as trophies. I’m here to take care of them and to love them. When I die and they go off to auction I hope whoever buys them gives them a really good home.”
And that’s exactly what happened. First lot from Taylor’s collection was a gold and gem bracelet, which went for £208,960 (estimated at £16,000 – £21,000). Fifty or so items later, the Taj Mahal ruby and gold chain by Cartier was sold for £5,643,840, and set the world record for an Indian Jewel, by breaking its estimated price of £190,000 by twenty times.
Then came the La Peregrina necklace, a diamond, ruby and pearl rope with one of the finest pearls in the world hanging off a 16th century pear-shaped silver pendant. The necklace was sold for £7,579,200, which was followed by an exciting round of applause by the auctioneers, who were all anxiously awaiting to get a glimpse of the item to come – the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond.
The 33.29 carat Asscher-cut diamond ring was without a doubt the star of the show. It was given to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton in 1968, and she wore it nearly every day. The monstrous in size diamond fetched £5,643,840, bought by an anonymous lucky lady.
“This is without a doubt the greatest private collection of jewellery ever assembled in one place, and Christie’s is honoured to have been entrusted with the global tour of the collection this fall, and the sale of the collection in its entirety this December,” said Marc Porter, chairman and president of Christie’s Americas.
Interestingly, Elizabeth Taylor’s clip earring collection found incredible interest. For example these Gold Topped Aluminium Ear Clips by JAR Paris…
…were estimated at $1,000 – $1,500. They sold for $37,500! Elizabeth wore both pierced and clip on earrings, often letting the beauty of the design be the deciding factor as to which she wore. If you were going to make your jewellery collection and heirloom, what would you put into it?
Apart from when she’s jumping out of aeroplanes, Alize Lily Mounter is remarkably down to earth for someone who’s starred on Britain’s Next Top Model. She’s won dancing and athletic medals and she’s working hard to complete her degree. Somewhere in between she managed to fit in a win at the Miss Everymodel Magazine which qualified her for a place in Miss England. The rollercoaster of success didn’t end there; now she’s up for the ultimate beauty challenge. Alize Lily Mounter – Miss England 2011 – is now representing England in the annual glamfest that attracts over a billion viewers worldwide, Miss World.
Miss England, Alize Lily Mounter
Alize and I had shared champagne earlier on in the year when we hung out at the Pure London Fashion Show together. Alize was modelling for my friends at custom couture dressmakers, Zeleb. Even before we’d started the champagne, Alize was bubbly and I was impressed by how much fun she was talk to; such a happy girl with a great sense of humour. Needless to say by the time she’d recounted her remarkable journey from pageant to pageant I’d really seen the sincerity in her. She’s having the time of her life doing what she loves and the world has been picking up on her great vibe which is why she keeps on getting more opportunities!
When I found out that Alize was standing for England at Miss World I wondered what we could do to get behind her and show our support. This year Miss World is coming to home turf. The finals are being held and televised from Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, London and the girls are going to have 3 whole weeks of activities to work through beforehand. There’s one thing I couldn’t stand for. No way was our home girl going to get out blinged on home ground! To that end, I’ve organised that the best of British jewellery be made available for Alize as Make Me Beautiful become the Official Jewellery Sponsor to Miss England at Miss World 2011. Alize has available the latest range from London’s biggest accessories company, Fiorelli. Joining them are statement pieces from Adele Marie London and Zandra Rhodes, plus sparkle from Barbara Easton (she’s based in Maidenhead) and Elements, a fine silver jeweller from Essex.
Perhaps more important than just our jewellery, Alize carries our hopes and wishes. This year we may have been short on budgets but one thing they can never tax away from us is that Britain’s got beauty! Fingers crossed that world-class brands on a world-class beauty queen will be a world beating combination. Go Alize! Please tweet your support to Alize on @missengland11!