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The Valentine’s Gift Guide

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At the risk of sounding a terrible bah-humbug, I find it awfully hard to get in the spirit for Valentines, and I don’t think I’m alone amongst the ladies in saying this. The idea that everyone can simply create a perfect romantic evening just because the calendar landed on Valentines Day is hard to support. At the same, I’m truly blessed to have someone I truly love in the centre of my life and few things can prompt me to get in the mood for love as someone who has mastered the dark, seductive art of gifting!

Now before you start looking at your fingers, I know that Valentine’s Day is the official “put a ring on” dream day of the year! Yet rings aren’t ideal in every couple’s relationship. Some may already be married and love celebrating their best annual date of the year. In such cases, a ring is nice but not necessary.

Equally, there are plenty of couples at earlier stages of their relationship for whom the giving of a ring would be premature or irresponsible. In these cases, it’s often best to decorate one’s lady with alternative types of jewellery, a great strategy as it keeps the correct conduct of bestowing bling and whets her appetite for when you might give it to her again.

So here, I’m going to offer a taste some of the best picks from all the collections across the site with an idea to not just blindly throwing out the latest, most expensive pieces, rather I hope to give a few ideas on how you might see her in a piece and thereby chose an item that sets her heart on fire for you.

 Fiorelli Entwinned Gold Lover's Rings Necklace
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Lover's rings are a classy way of remembering all that happened that first night of wedlock after you both put on your marriage bands!

This one is a necklace by designer brand Fiorelli. Full details

Lover's rings are a classy way of remembering all that happened that first night of wedlock after you both put on your marriage bands!

This one is a necklace by designer brand Fiorelli. Full details

Lover's rings are a classy way of remembering all that happened that first night of wedlock after you both put on your marriage bands!

This one is a necklace by designer brand Fiorelli. Full details

 Elements Silver Freshwater Pearl Heart Bracelet - Peacock
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Do not underestimate the power of quality jewellery to make a girl feel loved! A little detail like the heart charms on this Elements Silver Bracelet say it all.

Do not underestimate the power of quality jewellery to make a girl feel loved! A little detail like the heart charms on this Elements Silver Bracelet say it all.

Do not underestimate the power of quality jewellery to make a girl feel loved! A little detail like the heart charms on this Elements Silver Bracelet say it all.

Elements Silver Crystal and Gold Plated Heart Drop Clip On Earrings
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We love hearts! You'll finds tons of ideas for different personalities by searching heart from elegant to fun to pinup perfect!

We love hearts! You'll finds tons of ideas for different personalities by searching heart from elegant to fun to pinup perfect!

We love hearts! You'll finds tons of ideas for different personalities by searching heart from elegant to fun to pinup perfect!

Birds of Peace Heart Charm Necklace
Rodney Holman Dazzling Heart Clip On Earrings
Fiorelli Studded Black Heart Clip On Earrings
Angel Rocks Heart Shape White Crystal with Silver Necklace
Basics Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Funky Heart Clip On Earrings
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Sometimes it's nice to spell it out - we always love to hear your feelings, especially when you say it with love

Sometimes it's nice to spell it out - we always love to hear your feelings, especially when you say it with love

Sometimes it's nice to spell it out - we always love to hear your feelings, especially when you say it with love

Fiorelli Love Charm Bracelet
Rodney Holman Jewelled Figure Of Eight Clip Earrings - Gold
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There's a certain romance always associated with the style of jewellery first made famous in the 1950s by Tiffany. British brand Rodney Holman offer many pieces of great beauty made in 18ct gold or rhodium plate for really good prices given that they're made to be admired for years to come.

There's a certain romance always associated with the style of jewellery first made famous in the 1950s by Tiffany. British brand Rodney Holman offer many pieces of great beauty made in 18ct gold or rhodium plate for really good prices given that they're made to be admired for years to come.

There's a certain romance always associated with the style of jewellery first made famous in the 1950s by Tiffany. British brand Rodney Holman offer many pieces of great beauty made in 18ct gold or rhodium plate for really good prices given that they're made to be admired for years to come.

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However you choose to say I love you this Valentine's Day, we'll wish you many happy returns with free shipping on orders over £30 and no-quibble returns for 14 days from Feb 14th

However you choose to say I love you this Valentine's Day, we'll wish you many happy returns with free shipping on orders over £30 and no-quibble returns for 14 days from Feb 14th

However you choose to say I love you this Valentine's Day, we'll wish you many happy returns with free shipping on orders over £30 and no-quibble returns for 14 days from Feb 14th.

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Xmas 2017 Last Posting Dates

This year our Xmas last postings dates are those of Royal Mail:

UK Orders
Fri 22 Dec Fast Track by Special Delivery Guaranteed Saturday Delivery
Thur 21 Dec Fast Track by Special Delivery Guaranteed
Wed 20 Dec 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For
International Orders
Sat 16 Dec Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
Fri 15 Dec Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain,
Switzerland
Thur 14 Dec Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Wed 13 Dec Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Sat 9 Dec Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand
Thur 7 Dec Caribbean, Central and South America
Wed 6 Dec 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

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

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.

View the Peace of Mind Jewellery range.

Japanese Elegance – Miryoku Tokyo

It’s always exciting to launch a new brand collection, and even more so when it epitomises a country famous for metalworking skills.

Miryoku 925 Sterling Silver Twin Teardrop Turquoise Clip Earrings

Miryoku 925 Sterling Silver Twin Teardrop Turquoise Clip Earrings

“Miryoku” is a Japanese word that can be translated into English as:

“appeal, attraction, charm, enchantment, fascination, glamour, rapture, attractively, charms”

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.

Take a look at our full Miryoku Tokyo jewellery collection here.

The New Poppy Collection by Rodney Holman Launches

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

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.

We’ll be adding to the collection over the coming days and weeks and hope you’ll support it. Please take a look at the new Rodney Holman jewellery poppy collection.

 

End Of Season Sale Now On

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.

To that end, I’m pleased to announce that we’ve launched an end of season sale. It covers much of our existing stock, including the expensive lines, like Elements Silver, and the popular high street fashion ones like Fiorelli Jewellery and Rodney Holman.

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.

Adele Marie Kick Off New Season Of Bling

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

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.

Jewellery Trends Winter 2011 – 2012

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

Bohemian Long Feather Clip-On Earrings - Grey

Long Feather Clip-On Earrings - Orange

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 Blue and Red Beaded Boho Bracelet

Fiorelli Multi Coloured Bead and Mother of Pearl Earrings

Fiorelli Multi Coloured Bead and Mother of Pearl Earrings

Oriental Beads Clip On Earrings

Oriental Beads Clip On Earrings

Oriental Double Bead Drop Clip On Earrings - White

Oriental Double Bead Drop Clip On Earrings - White

METALLICS

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

Rodney Holman Brushed Gunmetal Warped Clip On Earrings

Adele Marie Metallic Pearl and Bead Cascade Clip On Earrings

Adele Marie Metallic Pearl and Bead Cascade Clip On Earrings

Fiorelli Bling Geometries Necklace

Fiorelli Bling Geometries Necklace

Fiorelli Black and Gold Leather Bracelet

Fiorelli Black and Gold Leather Bracelet

THE RAW

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 Sweet Foil Clip On Earrings - Silver

Barbara Easton Lace Pattern Clip On Earrings

Barbara Easton Lace Pattern Clip On Earrings

Barbara Easton Textured Button Clip On Earrings - Gold

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, Black and Crystal Beaded Bracelet

Fiorelli Silver and Black Beaded Charm Bracelet

Fiorelli Silver and Black Beaded Charm Bracelet

Fiorelli Black Beaded Scrunchie Style Bracelet

Fiorelli Black Beaded Scrunchie Style Bracelet

Fiorelli Midnight Blue and Silver Crystal Beaded Bracelet

Fiorelli Midnight Blue and Silver Crystal Beaded Bracelet

Fiorelli Decadent Crystal and Bead Clip On Earrings

Fiorelli Decadent Crystal and Bead Clip On Earrings

 

The Iron Lady and Her Style

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 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

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

Rodney Holman Gold Plated Pearl Clip On Earrings

Baby Button Pearl Clip On Earrings - Gold Back 1cm

Baby Button Pearl Clip On Earrings - Gold Back 1cm

Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie Iconic Button Clip On Earrings - Gold

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 Jewellery Sets a World Record at Auction

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…

Elizabeth Taylor's Gold Ear Clips

Elizabeth Taylor’s Gold Ear Clips (©Christies)

…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?

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