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Wearing jewellery in winter: How to stay warm and still sparkle

Winter layers are cosy and warm, but jewellery tends to get drowned out by all the scarves, jumpers and jackets.

At Showcase Jewellers, we think everybody should sparkle all year round, so we have put together our best tips for styling winter jewellery that will let you shine and stay warm at the same time.

Studs won’t blow around in the wind, or get caught in your winter coats or scarves.

1. Earrings

Winter is often accompanied by chilly wind, which is the enemy of long, dangly earrings. You’re better off with studs that won’t blow around in the wind, or get caught in your winter coats or scarves. This doesn’t mean you can’t dazzle though – studs like these white gold diamond studs or these rose gold diamond and morganite studs still have plenty of bling and are sure to get noticed. 

2. Necklaces

Small, delicate chains can get lost beneath winter layers. In cold weather, it’s better to opt  for large, chunky necklaces that you can layer over your cosy knits. Bright necklaces work well too, as they can bring some colour to your outfit

Matching a string of pearls with wintry fabrics such as velvet is another great option that brings together warmth and style. 

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Stud earrings are your best bet in winter.

3. Rings

Unless you prefer wearing gloves, rings are some of the best ways to add sparkle to your outfits in winter, as they aren’t covered up or at risk of getting caught. Winter is a great chance to go for big and bold rings. To really make a statement, you could slip on a limited edition Sophia ring – the sapphire and diamonds are the perfect icy colour palette for winter. 

4. Bracelets

Long sleeves cover up bracelets and can get caught on jewels or other details. The best option for winter bracelets are simple bangles that won’t snag on your clothing. Minimalist options like this yellow gold bangle are sleek and streamlined, adding a glimmer of gold or silver to your wrists. 

Layering is a key concept to keeping warm in winter, but it can also apply to your bracelets. Layer them up over your shirt sleeves, and layer the styles as well, mixing chunky links with slim bangles for a playful effect. 

5. Watches

Watches are fabulous in any season, as they are both practical and gorgeous, but in winter they can become your main accessory. Large watches suit winter outfits and are bold enough not to be overshadowed by layers of clothing. 

Visit us in one of our stores to shop for winter jewellery that us guaranteed to brighten up the cold, dark months! 

Pick up the peridot – August’s beautiful birthstone

We’ve all been there – wandering aimlessly around a crowded shopping centre in a futile hunt for that perfect birthday gift. It’s not supposed to be easy, but your options are markedly broadened if you’re on the hunt for a sparkling piece of jewellery. Even so, with all those different types, cuts and designs to choose from, selecting that special stone is no easy task – so let Showcase Jewellers lend you a helping hand.

August babies will make others green with envy with peridot as their gemstone.

You can immediately narrow the field by going for a glittering gift from your lucky recipient’s birth month – and August babies will make others green with envy with peridot as their gemstone. That’s right – birthstones make for a beautiful birthday gift. Let’s take a look at three sweet reasons you should pick up the peridot for that perfect present.

1. An awesome alternative

We all know how much you guys love a glittering piece of gold or superb slice of silver, but when you’re looking for something that little bit more unique, peridot is the way to go. It was called the ‘Gem Of The Sun’ by the ancient Egyptians, according to the Gemological Institute of America. Those guys reckoned it would keep evil spirits at bay and even prevent the wearer from suffering nightmares – though we can’t guarantee that peridot does such things, it’s reason enough to give it a chance!

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Peridot was believed by the Ancient Egyptians to have mystical powers.

Peridot is a known for its deep, green hue, and this can vary from stone to stone. Sometimes, that colour is pale, almost opaque, but peridot can also come in a gorgeous, deep green akin to emerald. It’s of a moderate hardness (6.5-7 on the Mohs scale), so is pretty robust and easy to care for – what’s not to love? 

Peridot is a known for its deep, green hue, and this can vary from stone to stone.

2. Making the extra effort

Picking peridot over the more traditional gemstones will show that you’ve gone the extra mile when perusing your local Showcase Jewellers store. You’ll be giving a thoughtful, timeless gift that’s personal to the recipient and their story, and can be worn for many a special occasion. These white gold peridot oval studs are sure to go down a storm at any wedding, high school reunion or formal business meeting, delivering a certain elegance without being too overstated.

3. Colour me green 

We’ve already waxed lyrical about the grandiose green associated with peridot, the hue caused by the iron content within the stone. Pretty much any shade of green will work with a veritable rainbow of colours, especially itself – and with that in mind, pairing the aforementioned studs with this exemplary peridot oval pendant is a great idea and a boon to any jewellery collection. The matching set would make for an sumptuous gift, which can instantly enhance any outfit and help the wearer feel a million proverbial dollars.

Of course, we at Showcase Jewellers are about more than simply peridot, no matter how much we might love it. We’ve got a jewellery collection for every month of the year, so whether you’re shopping for a March maiden or an April angel, we’ll have something for you. Be sure to contact our expert team to find out more – and make August awesome!

Yellow, white or rose? A guide to shopping for gold jewellery

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There’s something about gold jewellery. Whether it’s on your fingers, around your neck or dangling from your ears, gold pieces capture the imagination with their timeless elegance and classic appeal. 

However, not all gold jewellery is created equal so you might find yourself wondering which type of gold jewellery is best for you. To make things easier, we have put together a few tips on how to choose gold jewellery.

Choosing between yellow, white and rose gold

One of the first things to decide is which colour you want. As well as your personal taste, you can consider which type of gold best matches your skin colour

Yellow

Pure yellow gold is 24 carats – fewer carats mean the gold has been mixed with other metals like copper or zinc. Yellow gold looks particularly beautiful on people with warm olive or darker skin tones. 

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White

White gold is an alloy of gold and other white metals such as manganese or nickel. It is ideal for people with fair skin and a great option for anyone who wants the look of platinum without the higher price tag. White gold is typically stronger than yellow gold, so isn’t as susceptible to scratches.

The only downside with white gold is that the nickel it contains can cause allergies in some people. In these cases, yellow gold might be a better option.

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Rose

Rose gold is a mixture of yellow gold and copper. It is an excellent choice for jewellery as it suits most skin tones, however it can emphasise reddish undertones on paler people. 

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Purity and strength

Golds with a higher carat are more pure and tend to be more expensive, so choosing the purity of the gold you want could come down to your budget. However, you should also think about how strong and durable you want your piece to be. As such, lifestyle factors can also play a role in the purity you choose. 

For example, if you are shopping for a gold ring but you know it will get banged around because of your job, you might want to choose a stronger gold. Pure gold is softer, so for a more durable option you could choose a lower carat gold that will be able to withstand more knocks.

Engagement rings, for example, are often between 14 and 18 carats. For a special item that you will only wear occasionally, you may want to choose a higher carat as you know it won’t suffer as much stress. 

Choosing the perfect piece of jewellery can be tricky. Why not pop into one of our stores where our expert team can help you decide? 

June’s birthstone: How to take care of your pearls

June’s birthstone is a delicate and precious gem, symbolising loyalty, purity and faith. Gifts from the sea, pearls have a timeless elegance that allows them to be worn and loved for generations. They are also as delicate as they are beautiful, requiring special care. 

To make sure yours retain their lustre for years to come, follow these guidelines on caring for pearls

Protecting your pearls

On the Mohs hardness scale, pearl comes in at 2.5. To compare, diamond is ranked 10. This means that pearls are soft and easily scratched, so you need to take care to protect them. 

When you’re not wearing your pearls, it’s important to store them carefully. Keep them separate from other jewellery to avoid nicks and scratches from harder materials like gold or other gemstones – even two pearls rubbing against each other can cause damage.

Avoid storing pearls in plastic bags or containers – it’s best to keep them wrapped in a soft cloth in a place they can breathe as pearls are porous and need moisture and dehydration can make them fragile, even causing cracks. 

If you’ve heard it said that pearls like to be worn, it’s because the natural oils in your skin can help to keep them radiant, so don’t leave them stored away for too long!

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Give your pearls the care they deserve.

Wearing your pearls 

While enjoying your pearls is important, so too is remembering that they are easily damaged by acids and chemicals, such as perfume, hair spray and make up. The general rule with pearls is that they should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off. This is to help prevent spritzing your perfume or other products on your pearls and accidentally damaging them. 

Don’t wear your pearls while in the shower or swimming, and when you take them off give them a gentle wipe with a damp cloth to remove any grime or oils. 

Cleaning your pearls

Every now and then, you’ll need to give your pearls a more thorough clean. Use a mild soap, warm water and a soft cloth.

After you have washed your pearls and rinsed them in clean water, wrap them in a cotton towel to dry. Never use cleaning solutions intended for silver or other jewellery, detergents or ammonia-based cleaners to wash your pearls, although you can use acetone nail polish remover if they are especially dirty. 

If you have any doubts or questions about pearl care, come and visit us in store – you can add to your collection while you’re there!

What your jewellery says about your personality

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Your jewellery is more than just a way to accessorise – it expresses your individuality and speaks volumes about what kind of person you are. 

What does your jewellery say about you? 

Big and bold

People who wear statement pieces tend to have a lot of confidence. Rocking a stand-out necklace or ring shows that you aren’t afraid to turn heads – you like being the centre of attention and don’t shy away from the spotlight. 

Adding something like this yellow gold amethyst ring, or this white gold tanzanite ring to your collection shows you are a trendsetter. Embrace your fiercest inner self and dare to be different with these awesome jewellery pieces. 

Pearls

Women who wear pearls are intrinsically elegant and have a classic style. If this is you, you probably prefer simpler, understated styles.

Wearing pearls often shows that you have traditional values and hold your family close. You have a calm demeanour and a certain poise that makes other people feel reassured around you. 

You most likely have timeless tastes and are drawn to pieces like our sterling silver pearl strand, or other items which will blend in perfectly with your stylish and elegant wardrobe.

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Fine jewellery

If you go fine jewellery, you are probably very comfortable in yourself with a well-defined personal style. You are grounded, focussed and pay attention to detail, so you’d rather have a few well-chosen pieces that complement any outfit and that will last a lifetime, such as our white gold diamond cluster studs, or the white gold diamond and sapphire studs,

It’s likely that you value jewellery with some kind of personal significance, such as something given to you by someone special, or even a piece you have inherited form a dear family member. Our limited edition rings will suit you perfectly, as they are exclusive, stylish and always the best quality.

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Fine jewellery, like this diamond necklace, indicates that you pay attention to detail.

Colour coordinated

Do you like to wear jewellery in matched sets? If so, this could mean you are organised and responsible. People who wear sets of jewellery, like the white gold Lily® cut diamond drop earrings, cut diamond halo ring and cut diamond pendant, are often kind and generous hosts. People may seek you out for advice, as you are known for being great to talk to. 

To pick out the perfect piece of jewellery to complement your unique personality, come in to see us at one of our stores

Get that royal sparkle with a limited edition ring

Have you ever wanted to feel like a princess? Or do you think your partner deserves some royal sparkle to show them just how much you value them? We have the bling you’ve been looking for!

Showcase Jewellers are proud to announce that this April, we are launching a collection of limited edition rings. Elegant, high quality and unique, pieces such as the Sophia ring are set to not only stand out in their own right, but make their wearer sparkle like a princess herself.

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Feel like a royal with the limited edition ring Sophia.

Getting the royal look

If you think about the jewellery of Kate Middleton, Sarah Fergusson and Princess Grace, they all have one thing in common: gorgeous, prominent gems.

While they each have their own style, rocking your own sparkler with a royal feel to it means paying attention to the details. You see, not every diamond is equal. On the contrary, you need to pay close attention to the cut, carat, colour and clarity.

1. Cut

Every diamond’s brilliancy depends on the way it is cut. This means the way the gem and its facets are polished directly influences how the light is reflected and dispersed through it.

When the angles are correct, the light enters and exits through the top facets. If, however, the stone is cut too deep or shallow, you end up with light getting lost at the bottom or through the side – diminishing your ring’s much loved sparkle .

2. Carat

The weight of a diamond is measured in carats. So, the higher the carat weight of your bling, the more rare it is.

There are more nuanced differences than simple carat though. Each carat is categorised into 100 point weights, meaning that a 75 point diamond weighs .75 carats. It’s important to note that carat-weight doesn’t necessarily determine the value of your stone though. Two rings with a one carat diamond can vary drastically in price depending on the cut, clarity and colour of the stone itself.

3. Colour

White diamonds are the traditional favourite gem stone – even though they naturally come in a wide variety of colours! So what’s the difference?

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has a rating system for white diamonds from colourless (D) to light yellow (Z). The aim of the game is to get a diamond that’s as close to no colour as possible.

Fortunately, the differences between grades aren’t always obvious. So even though you know your significant other deserves the absolute best, she won’t sparkle any less if her diamond isn’t a D grade.

4. Clarity

The final C, clarity, refers to the amount of flaws in the diamond. Again, you want to come as close to flawless as possible as some blemishes can interfere with the light radiating through the stone.

So we know the royal princesses of this world have sparklers that are as rare as they come. But, just because you might not have the treasure chest of a kingdom, it doesn’t mean you can’t give your other half a rarity.

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The unique touch of limited edition 

When it comes to unique jewellery, limited editions are the ultimate way to show your love. Rare, beautiful and high quality, these gems give your princess the sparkle of a real-life royal.

Showcase’s Sophia ring, for example, is a gorgeous 18ct white gold cluster cut at an impressive 1.00 carat total diamond weight. What makes this particular style so stunning is that it brings together the classic sparkle of diamonds with possibly the most royal of all other gemstones: the sapphire.

And to make sure you have prove of the rarity of the limited edition bling, your ring will come with a certificate stating which number in the series it is.

Do you want to surprise your love with the most special jewellery gifts possible? Get in touch with your local Showcase Jeweller today.

May’s birthstone: How to style emerald jewellery

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Legend has it that an emerald placed under your tongue will allow you to see the future.

We don’t know about that, but we do know that emerald jewellery will make you look dazzling. Emeralds have captivated eyes and imaginations for centuries with their deep green sparkle, and they are still one of the most popular gemstones you can buy. 

One of the reasons emeralds are so popular is because they are among the rarest gemstones on the planet. The vivid tones are said to represent love and rebirth, as green is a colour typically associated with spring. Emeralds are also the birthstone for May, said to give their wearers youth and good fortune!

Once you get your hands on emerald jewellery, you want to do the stone justice by wearing it well. In honour of May’s birthstone, here are our best tips for styling the glittering green gem

Emeralds are such a brilliant colour that you have to be careful about what shades you pair them with.

Colour coordinating

Emeralds are such a brilliant colour that you have to be careful about the shades you pair them with. When choosing your outfit, keep it simple: loud wardrobe pieces can compete with your jewellery, distracting the eye and overwhelming your finished look. 

The best colours for your outfit are neutrals. Black is ideal as it makes a great backdrop for emeralds, allowing their colour and depth to stand out. 

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Emeralds are captivating and mysterious, so they have been sought after for centuries.

Accessories

Emeralds can be bold and make a strong statement. Because of this, you may need to balance them other, simpler pieces of jewellery. For example, if you are wearing this spectacular yellow gold emerald and diamond band on your finger, you may want to even out your look with these demure yellow gold ball stud earrings.

When choosing other jewellery to go with your emeralds, bear in mind that the green gems work best on their own. Wearing other gemstones can make the different colours compete for attention. Diamonds are an exception, so simple diamond accessories work perfectly with emerald jewellery.

While emeralds with emeralds can look gorgeous, you should take the size of the pieces into account. If you are wearing a large necklace at the same time as heavy earrings, you run the risk of looking overdone. If you want to wear a set, make sure that each piece is smaller and more demure. 

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Emerald rings can be bold and daring, so to let them stand out keep your clothes, hair and makeup simple.

Hair and makeup 

Keep your hair and makeup elegant and simple. Emeralds are classic, so they look best with sophisticated styling. Neutral makeup and an understated hair style will allow your jewellery to be the focal point of your look. People won’t be able to tear their eyes away – prepare to be showered with compliments! 

Wearing emeralds

Emeralds are special stones and as such should be treated with special care. They are brittle stones, which means that although they are not easily scratched, they can chip or crack if knocked. Bumps and smudges can damage your precious emeralds, so try to protect your stones from as much contact as possible. 

When putting together an outfit involving emeralds, you should always put your jewellery on last, after your makeup, hair and clothes. For emerald rings, it’s best to avoid wearing them on your dominant hand, as this can help you keep them safe from accidental bumps. 

To add some emerald sparkle to your wardrobe, drop by one of our stores or browse our collections online. 

Show your mum some love this Mother’s Day

Being a mum is one of the toughest gigs. From the very moment they bring life into this world, mothers are on duty non-stop. Luckily, there is one day a year dedicated to recognise all their efforts: Mother’s Day. 

Our advice? Show your mum how much you value her with a stunning piece of jewellery. 

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Give your mother a gift she will cherish this Mother’s Day.

Why jewellery?

While you hopefully show your mum (or the mother to your children) that you appreciate her throughout the year, Mother’s Day has that extra special touch. Back rubs, dinners and helping with the house work are all great, but nothing says I love you quite as much as a gorgeous piece of jewellery. 

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What will she like?

When it comes to choosing a piece of jewellery your mother will adore, take note of her style before you buy. Look at her earrings, rings and necklaces and see if there is a trend in the type of pieces she likes. Figure out whether she has a lot of gold or silver too, as you’ll want to choose something that fits her skin tone. 

Or, how about picking something to match one of her favourite outfits or colours? If she wears a lot of navy, black and grey, your options are essentially limitless – any kind of gemstone will work. From a statement pearl ring right through to sparkling emerald studs, anything goes. 

When her wardrobe is filled with a lot of colour, we suggest either picking jewellery that is very versatile, like a yellow gold bangle or white gold pendant

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The Rosa is a limited edition ring for a woman who likes to show personality.

Give the gift of limited edition

One way to give your mother a gift she will cherish for years to come is to give her something truly unique. Let us introduce you to limited edition rings. 

Since only a certain number of pieces are made in the collection, this particular gift takes things to the next level. At Showcase Jewellers, we have two styles of limited edition rings as of April 2017, called Sophia and Rosa. 

The Sophia is a stunning white gold, sapphire and Australian diamond ring. It’s an elegant and timeless statement for the mum with a classic style. The Rosa, on the other hand, is a combination of rose and white gold with white and natural diamond stone embellishment. It’s a more modern piece, ideal for a woman who loves to wear bling that shows her personality. 

For more information about our limited edition rings, or any of our jewellery, feel free to reach out to us

How to wear Aquamarine – March’s gemstone

It isn’t just a pretty colour, the stunning shade of blue aquamarine gemstones flatter almost every complexion. The stone’s popularity isn’t new either – it dates back to the Greeks, whose sailors wore aquamarine amulets to protect them from Poseidon’s anger.  

However, just because the gem has been around and admired for a while, it doesn’t mean you can’t add some sparkle to your outfit in a refreshing new way. Let’s dive into some ideas of how best to wear the March gemstone!

The laws of colour

Before we go into detail, it’s important to talk about the general rules of colour coordination. Red, yellow and blue are the three primary colours you always want to consider when making your choice, with green, purple and orange the dominant secondary colours. 

You always want to make sure you match primary with secondary pieces to make your ensemble stand out in the best way. So what do you wear with aquamarine jewellery? Do like Mindy Kaling at the Met Gala! 

Donning a gorgeous white gown, Mindy added some aquamarine sparkle with gorgeous dangly earrings and a statement ring.  Whites and neutrals are always lovely combined with the cool blue glitz of aquamarine. 

Even if you’re not heading to the Met Gala anytime soon, you can glam up your next romantic evening rendezvous with some elegant but stunning stud earrings and maybe a delicate belcher bracelet to balance your bling.

Strengthen your March outfit game 

Taking your styling skills to the next level doesn’t have to be restricted to impressing your partner on a night out. That aquamarine-coloured shift dress you’ve had in your closet forever? You can rock that with an elegant pairing of drop pearl earrings and a matching pearl ring

Part of the beauty of the colour aquamarine is that you can mix and match it with both gold and silver jewellery – show some of your personal style! Have fun with your outfits this March with the unique brilliance of aquamarine. 

Want more inspiration of the type of sparkle you could add to your wardrobe? Check out our Showcase Jeweller collection here or come visit us at our stores.

5 of the best jewellery pieces to give her for Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Don’t suffer from stress of last-minute gift buying, and don’t look unoriginal showing up with a generic box of chocolate and teddy bear. It’s 2017 – we’ve seen these gifts far too many times. 

Ladies, slip these ideas to your partner so you can be sure you’ll have something you actually want to receive for Valentine’s Day this year. Partners, listen up!

Pendant necklaces are a 2017 jewellery trend to shop for.

1. The diamond heart in circle pendant

Shop on trend and on theme! Pendant necklaces are a popular 2017 jewellery trend to shop for, though if you buy the right one, we doubt it’ll go out of style (love never does). A heart pendant is a simple, yet sweet bauble that will make anyone coo when they open it!

2. The gold-plated dress watch 

Watches aren’t just a classy accessory, they’re also a great way to show your significant other that you care about them and their success. It’s the perfect piece to smarten up a work outfit! After all, they say to accessorise for the job you want – right?

3. The rose gold diamond ring

Giving a ring doesn’t always have to mean engagement! Though if you are looking for a ring to propose with, Showcase Jewellers has that too! The rose gold diamond ring is a delicate, loosely woven knot that hints a more serious knot could be tied in the near future. Plus, rose gold is such a precious metal and when interlaced with tiny diamonds, you can’t go wrong!

4. The personalised accessory 

Why not pick one of the above jewellery options and get it engraved with a personal message or custom design? This is an idea that really shows thought and commitment, so get ready for some tears, most likely! 

5. The diamond solitaire ring

Why not treat the most important person in your life to a nice piece of jewellery? Yourself! You don’t need to be in a relationship to treat yourself to some nice jewellery. This diamond solitaire ring is a statement that flaunts you as the strong, independent woman that you are. It might sound a little cliche, but we really don’t give ourselves as much credit as we should all the time. 

Check out our collection here at Showcase Jewellers for a piece of jewellery that your significant other truly deserves. Of course, when you’ve chosen one of these pieces of jewellery, you have the ultimate gift, so you can go the extra mile by supplementing the gift with that box of chocolates! Because let’s face it, who doesn’t love chocolate? Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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