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Re: Accessories

Post by lynsosaurus » Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:48 pm

Sylvie wrote: Hmm, I'm not really looking for contemporary jewellery designers for my mum, but it's for myself so it kind of backfired when I got links for mum-jewellery, hehe. Does anyone know of any that do nice engagement rings? I've been a little disappointed with high street jewellers so far and I think I'd like to get something with a bit of colour. Coloured diamonds are lovely.
i'm the same: i haven't seen any nice rings on the high street. i suppose i'm not the typical audience, because i don't like gold and i don't especially like diamonds, but you'd think they'd cater to people who might not want the usual solitaire ring, right?

we had a look in this place last year when we went to this village for the weekend, and they had a really lovely selection of rings. they had some lovely contemporary silver designs with stones set in, but they also had some classic, almost antique-looking designs with various precious stones. i think all the stuff is made there in their workshop, too.

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Post by Sylvie » Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:56 pm

Phew, I thought it was just me being super fussy or snobby! I'm glad to know it's not. I have really small hands too, so most rings just look stupid on me.

I like this Tiffany ring, but it's too expensive. I guess I just want to go to Tiffany's dressed like Audrey Hepburn whilst eating a croissant...

http://uk.tiffany.com/Shopping/Item.asp ... i+-ni+0-t+
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Post by lynsosaurus » Sat Aug 09, 2008 5:26 pm

Sylvie wrote:Phew, I thought it was just me being super fussy or snobby! I'm glad to know it's not. I have really small hands too, so most rings just look stupid on me.

I like this Tiffany ring, but it's too expensive. I guess I just want to go to Tiffany's dressed like Audrey Hepburn whilst eating a croissant...

http://uk.tiffany.com/Shopping/Item.asp ... i+-ni+0-t+
that is beautiful!

i don't think it's really being snobby, but i hate the idea of spending loads of money just to get a massive diamond. also, because i'm a bit of a geology geek, i'm quite partial to what i guess are precious stones, like peridot, aquamarine and tourmaline. they have some gorgeous ones on the tiffany site, and the best thing is that they're cheaper than sapphires and stuff. i like this one:

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i guess it's not technically an engagement ring, but it's lovely! i'm also partial to the more classic styles. i'd like something like this, but in silver or white gold:

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Post by Miss 9 » Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:50 pm

You could do a Google search for vintage or estate jewellery and if you like what they have online, see if there's a shop in the city. I have developed a distant (since I cannot afford them) fetish for art deco design and nearly every website I come across is based in an actual store in London.

Plus I would feel like, marginally morally better about buying a used diamond instead of a new one.
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Post by Sylvie » Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:44 am

Ooh, I forgot to say, can no one make any mention of engagements on Facebook please? We haven't told folk properly yet...
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Post by lynsosaurus » Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:37 am

Sylvie wrote:Ooh, I forgot to say, can no one make any mention of engagements on Facebook please? We haven't told folk properly yet...
i did wonder if it was a recent event or something that had happened ages ago and i had no idea!

is it okay to give congratulations here? congratulations!

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Post by stolenwine » Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:52 pm

eeeee! that's awesome news. congratulations! x
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Post by SophieC » Sun Aug 10, 2008 9:09 pm

trust saz to announce her engagement in the accessories thread. congratulations! that's proper wicked that. if i wasn't dead tuff, i'd be welling up and giving a little squeal.
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Post by Concrete » Sun Aug 10, 2008 9:33 pm

JamieC wrote:trust saz to announce her engagement in the accessories thread.
Well, it's technically not official, as I've not told my Mum yet, hence the instruction not to go mentioning it on our Facebook walls... But yes, we're looking at rings and that. We made the decision a few months ago really.

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Post by let it ride » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:08 am

HURRAH! That is ace news, congratulations you two!

If it wasn't like 7 hours until I have to get up for work I would make a long (dull) post about wedding jewelry and things, but it will have to wait until tomorrow night. Aw. Congratulations! Eeeee! x
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Post by Sylvie » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:15 am

JamieC wrote:trust saz to announce her engagement in the accessories thread. congratulations! that's proper wicked that. if i wasn't dead tuff, i'd be welling up and giving a little squeal.
Hehe, yes I did think yesterday that the only thread more typical for me to announce it in would've been the clothes thread talking about wedding dresses or something. Thanks for all the kind posts and messages! Astrid, I can't wait for you to share any ideas you might have for rings!

Back on topic, I bought a bag in Gap today. It's teal blue needlecord with brown patent leather trim - lovely colour combination. I think I might make myself a clutch bag to take on the cruise next month.
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Post by Sylvie » Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:37 pm

It's official now, so anyone can talk about it anywhere.....if they so wish.
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Post by let it ride » Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:08 pm

Eeeeeee!

I've been trying to think of something clever to do with wedding jewelry.

I think my points are just:

a) Make sure it feels super super super you and it's something that you can wear with everything. That's why I went classic style + white gold, as I tend to wear silver and that and I like mostly classic styles.
b) Sometimes rings that look great in general look weird on your hands. Try lots of stuff on so you can see the difference! Things like cut of rock(s)/stones, the way the actual band curves, all that tiny stuff kind of accentuates something weird, or do lovely things to your hands.
c) Diamonds schiamonds. It's not for everyone. A simple band might be all you really want!
d) Money = not important. If you are not liking it, or it's too expensive, it's not for you! We had so many snarky bitches be all "BUY THIS, IT'LL BE WORTH MORE IF YOU SELL IT!" (thanks!) but in the end we just found a nice shop and a very non-stressful price and service, and more importantly a ring I truly love. It's my favourite piece of jewelry, and I always feel nice wearing it.
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Post by mae » Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:45 am

if i ever got engaged and felt the need to have anything other than just a plain band (it's a big if), i'd want a ring just like my mum's. she has a lovely art deco platinum ring that they bought second hand. it's square with lots of little diamonds.

i can hardly believe it now but i once let a guy put a deposit on an engagement ring for me. i don't remember what it was like though, except it was nothing like that.

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Re: Accessories

Post by let it ride » Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:58 pm

Ooh, I just discovered Etsy.com properly today! What a lovely place. Also, I have realised that I think I'd rather try to support independent jewelry makers than places like Topshop, H&M etc. It's a little bit pricier but it is a bit more unique and more importantly, feels nicer and more special. Especially as I can't really do that with clothes.

I bought these chandelier earrings from String Bean Jen's sister's Etsy shop:
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And from other shops:
This green quartz necklace:
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And this one which I am totally in love with in advance, an "Eternity Garden" necklace:
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Dainty necklaces don't look great on me, so I decided to go for delicate but longer necklaces instead. I don't like ones that are too fussy and frilly so to speak, so these simpler pendant styles really work for me. I could have bought about 50 though, haha, I saw so many great ones!
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Re: Accessories

Post by mae » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:28 am

Sylvie wrote:
Some are, some aren't. Generally I find vintage ones to be more comfortable than modern ones. Claire's Accessories do quite a few clip-ons, but I find theirs to be the most painful. As well as clip on earrings, some of the vintage ones have a screw to attach to your ear lobes. That sounds dreadful, but they really are the most comfortable ones. Ebay is probably your best bet for vintage ones.
i finally found some earrings like this. the vintage shops in nagoya were full of them. if they'd been cheaper i would have bought a few pairs but i just got these:

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you're right they're so much more comfortable than clip ons. i don't like earrings enough to have hurty ears but these are great.

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Post by String Bean Jen » Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:19 am

let it ride wrote:Ooh, I just discovered Etsy.com properly today! What a lovely place. Also, I have realised that I think I'd rather try to support independent jewelry makers than places like Topshop, H&M etc. It's a little bit pricier but it is a bit more unique and more importantly, feels nicer and more special. Especially as I can't really do that with clothes.

I bought these chandelier earrings from String Bean Jen's sister's Etsy shop:
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Aww, bless you!!

And those earrings are VERY Astrid. Yay! :-)

Indeed, one can get lost for hours in Etsy.
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Post by let it ride » Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:07 am

Hee, it's such a fun page! I could get stuck on all the nice stuff for the house too, there are so many different categories on there that you\ll always find something you like!
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Post by Pardon My Rhythm » Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:01 am

If anyone needs an umbrella in the near future I can heartily recommend this company which launched today (ahem).

http://www.um-brellas.co.uk

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Post by lynsosaurus » Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:45 pm

Pardon My Rhythm wrote:If anyone needs an umbrella in the near future I can heartily recommend this company which launched today (ahem).

http://www.um-brellas.co.uk
hey! those are utterly fantastic! the website looks brilliant too, good work! i am in the market for an umbrella at the moment, so you can expect at least one order sometime soon.

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