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Jewellery trends

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In some ways, we don’t really follow the latest jewellery trends, it isn’t because we are old fashioned or not “trendy”, I remember at primary school requesting “trendy” jeans instead of the standard ones my Mum was choosing, and make no apologies for the 80s terminology here – in fact Andy often uses 70s words, being much much older than me (7 years but a decade apart!).

I think this is because we don’t buy for the fashion pages, we buy for our customers, and that means searching out both traditional and contemporary style, and above all looking for the highest quality at the right price for you.  We support up and coming designers where possible, because all industries rely on new talent to move forward, but we didn’t follow the trend to give half our shop over to branded jewellery like Pandora that can be now found on most high streets, because our customers want to buy something individual and different from us.

That said, we spent time at the Jewellery and Watch show in Birmingham over the weekend, meeting suppliers both old and new, and looking at the latest collections and “trend tables”, you will see the results of our buying trip in the shop well before Easter.  Some sneak peeks here.  I particularly like the large 9ct gold rings we spotted, real statement pieces, and some great new designs from Hagit Gorali in sterling silver and freshwater pearls, one of which I have in mind for a customer who is getting married later this year.

So if you don’t see what you are looking for here online or in the Helmsley shop, just let us know – we can often source both special & standard items quickly even if we don’t stock them, and we are very happy to find you jewellery that is in your personal style and that will outlast any trend.

Carolyn

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Rose gold trend

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Are you an English Rose?  Every year we say that rose gold is coming back, and the new season jewellery ranges always have a sizeable splash of copper colour in them, and then by Christmas it disappears back to a few items as token rose gold in many collections, but the trend in the last 6 months is definitely towards rose.  This has been led by the watch market where rose is firmly established as the colour of choice for both gents and ladies (and let’s face it, we sell as many “gents” watches to ladies these days with the other big trend to oversize cases).  So, if you have pale “English rose” skin like me, embrace the choice available right now! From delicate pendants from London designer Mark Milton with diamonds for sparkle, or a stylish watch from Danish Designs or Storm to tempt you, we have lots of inspiration for you.

Rose gold is sometimes referred to as “Russian” gold as it was very popular at the beginning of the 19th Century in Russia, and our most popular style of “Russian” wedding ring (3 interlocking rings representing the holy trinity) is with 3 colours of gold together, including rose gold.   In Northern mythology, the bands are also said to represent faith, love and friendship.

After your visit to browse our shop, and possibly some further retail therapy for new outfits to show off your jewellery purchases, like gorgeous English tailoring from Carters Countrywear or European Designer Chic from Pennitas, you may feel ready for refreshment in the rose/pink theme too – so why not treat yourself further with some pink fizz from Helmsley wines to take home if you’re driving, or if you’re staying, then a glass of something pink & sparkling at The Black Swan might refresh you from all those hard purchasing decisions?!

 

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Hearts, weddings & ladies in business!

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Women in Business – Saving the British High Street BBC News at Six Film < Watch here!

To blog or not to blog, that is the question.  It isn’t that we haven’t got lots of news here, it’s finding time to tell you all about it that is the problem! Love has certainly been in the air this month, we are making lots of wedding rings for couples who are taking the plunge in 2014.  Wedding jewellery is usually one of the last things to organise in your wedding plan, and our bespoke ordering service for rings is perfect for last minute decision makers. We can make plain bands in 2-3 weeks and stone-set in 3-4 weeks.  We have even rescued one very unhappy bride with a special stone-set ring made overnight ready for her wedding after another supplier let her down!

Valentine’s jewellery doesn’t need to be about hearts, but jewellery with heart motifs like this gorgeous silver bracelet are always popular with our customers, whether that’s ladies buying for themselves or chaps buying for their special someone.  Love-hearts never go out of fashion!  Helmsley in Business are working on a special event for Yorkshire Day this year and a wedding dress festival on the 2nd and 3rd of August – weddings from all eras will be showcased with vintage dresses, cakes, and personal mementoes of weddings through the ages in All Saints Church. It will be a great weekend to visit and enjoy many activities on offer here, so “save the date”!

I was very excited to help Federation of Small Businesses launch their latest piece of small business market research via an exclusive on BBC News at Six with home editor Mark Easton.  With more than 50 female colleagues from Helmsley in Business, we made a film about the future of Britain’s High Streets and the fact that women are dominating small High Street Businesses.  A trend which is definitely reflected in Helmsley where more than 60% of businesses are female owned, or partnered, like ours.

 

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Wedding Ring Service

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wr1Helmsley in Business have been busy with lots of news to report from the town, 2 new shops have opened for Easter, and a new visitor attraction for the town at DuncombePark, the

International Birds of Prey Centre. We hope not to receive too many “April showers” this month, but with the walking shop “Helmsley Outdoors” re-opened there will be no shortage of wet weather gear to buy if you’re caught out in the rain.

On April 7th I was at The Black Swan, just over the road from us, a very popular wedding venue, as featured in Brides Up North magazine & several other national publications. It is their Spring wedding fair & I will be meeting lots of brides & grooms-to-be to talk about our wedding ring service & Bridal jewellery.

We offer a made-to-order wedding ring service, with a range of bands in gold, palladium & platinum, hand made in our workshop in your ring size. We can also offer shapes to fit your engagement ring, stone setting for a bit of extra sparkle, or many other special finishes including millgrain edging, engraved messages, even your fingerprint can be engraved for total personalisation.

Jewellery Insider-information:

Palladium:

Ring sizes: Ring size in the UK are measured using letters of the alphabet, typically ladies sizes are J-R and mens R-Z Visit our ring size guide for more information.

Millgrain edge:

Laser engraving: Visit our engraving page