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Rose gold trend

Rose gold and diamond pendant

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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New Watches – ready for Christmas!


This month we went to International Jewellery London on our weekend off to source two ranges of watches which we have had our eye on for some time & I’m pleased to announce that we will be stocking Storm London & Danish Designs from this month. British fashion brand Storm offer distinctive individual designs, with a wide range of sizes, materials, textures, and colours.  Danish Designs, a collection of respected Scandinavian designers, impressed us with their range of high quality stylish watch designs in typical minimalist fashion, understated & elegant timepieces with use of hypo-allergenic titanium, and smooth leather.

Whilst there, a new jewellery range from British Designers CW Sellors caught my eye.  I am sure their Whitby Jet & Marcasite will be one of our bestselling ranges this Autumn as both Whitby Jet & Marcasite are already very popular, and the combination together looks amazing.  Vintage-style carved Whitby Jet Yorkshire rose earrings, Cabochon pendants with Marcasite surrounds, as well as beautiful bangles & bracelets really stood out & will stand the test of time in your jewellery collection as well, with classic vintage style. Of course while I was there, 2 foxtail pieces also caught my eye, a bracelet & pendant in Blue John – both one-offs, although the style can be replicated, the piece of stone (the UK’s only semi-precious stone) in each is unique. The bracelet is already sold!

In Helmsley we are gearing up for 2 great events, #LittleFest as part of OnOurTurf on 28th/29th September and our Second Christmas tree Festival from December 5th-20th, which is raising money for St. Catherine’s Hospice this year – a very valuable local Charity which we personally support.   See for more details.  I am currently struggling with “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” window display but Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone, it’s a competition to guess the song/play/book from the various displays around town during the OnOurTurf #littlefest event. Seeking inspiration from Made You Look notes from a recent display training course I attended is fine, it’s just finding the time to put it into action!  There’s no training for making more time unforuntately.

Andy & I are still running the pub to help my parents, as well as Libby Butlers, but it is up for sale so if you’ve always wanted your own pub, or know someone who does, then see details from Barry Crux, our commerical agent.


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New season – new colour? Enamel Jewellery fits the bill

Bluebell pendant

I was interested to read that blue nail-varnish is “on-trend” but I am no longer sure how long trends last these days, maybe now that I have passed my 36th birthday this month and am on my way to 40?  Not being sure how long things are “on-trend” is probably an admittance you wouldn’t normally hear from someone working in what is essentially a fashion led business, but we don’t tend to buy into fashions & trends here, instead choosing stylish jewellery that will last whatever the fickle fashion is.

Certainly each Summer, blues & greens and pastels do become popular – our Nicole Barr & Fine Enamels range with pretty flowers, butterflies and seaside themes suits more delicate Summer outfits and is beautifully hand- enamelled using various specialist techniques.  They were our first supplier to issue their sales agents with I-pads, a sign of the times, but we always choose jewellery from samples not pictures, so that we are sure each item is wearable, practical and of high quality.

I have recently ordered an I-phone 4 from Vodafone, and will be able to manage our social media better than with my old phone. You can interact with us on Twitter and Facebook as well as Pinterest and find out about new ranges, and old favourites like the Fine Enamel Harebell pendent & earring set (I still call it a Bluebell as do most of our customers, but am in trouble with my Mum who is a keen gardener!) in Summer’s “on-trend” colour blue!

Enamel techniques used in the Fine Enamel range:


Rich translucent glass enamel colour suspended between silver wires

Basse Taille

Intricate engraved silver pattern covered with translucent vitreous enamel gives texture and dimension


Layers of hard-fired enamel applied in recessed areas of silver to create a rich depth of colour and texture.