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Sterling silver bangles

Classic solid plain bangles to the wild and wacky, or more unusual finishes, patterns and shapes are all available at Libby Butler Jewellers.  Some are better worn alone as a feature piece, and others fit easily into your arm collection.  Whatever you choose, they are sure to look super stylish, due to the high quality sterling silver craftsmanship and love that goes into making each one.  We have four different suppliers and cater for very budget, style and occasion across the range of 25+ bangles in the shop at any time.

When it comes to sizing, we stock a range of sizes, and can also offer bespoke sizes for larger or small wrists on particular pieces.  Additionally, we have some clever “hidden hinge” designs that look solid, but actually open for ease-of-fit.  It’s best to pop in and try a few on and see what takes your fancy, and which sits most comfortably over your hand or on your wrist.

Alternatively, give us a call and we can advise.  We don’t upload many of these to the website because our offer changes rapidly, but if you spot one you like, just phone or email to enquire, or buy.

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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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Yorkshire Jewellery Designers & Back to School

Acorn Earrings with wooden bead centre

Where did the Summer holidays go?  We’ve really enjoyed the lovely long hot Summer, and even managed a short holiday to the mountains in Czech Republic.  I left all my jewellery at home in the safe, apart from one pair of earrings, & felt very bare all week!  We recommend our cz & silver range for holidays – especially cruisewear, leave your diamonds at home!

Our new Local Designer Becky  Pomfret will not be going back to school in September, as she has graduated from York College & her debut range for us is already selling well, particularly the Acorn earrings & Pendants pictured below. We love to sell Yorkshire Jewellery Designers like Becky and also stock Amanda Cox of Hebden Bridge & Karen Thomas from York.

So Christmas buying is looming, and we look forward to taking part in #SmallBizSatUK on December 7th and have been chosen as one of 100 businesses in the UK to be featured in the run up to this event, the first time it’s been held in the UK, sponsored by Amex (A frequently question asked here, do we take Amex? Yes we do!).  It’s a great reminder to support local independent businesses up & down the country, not just at Christmas but all year round.  As members of the FSB, we support their campaign to “Keep Trade Local” and in Helmsley that’s not difficult with over 50 independent businesses to choose from, we rarely need to shop outside town.

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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:

Plique-a-Jour

Rich translucent glass enamel colour suspended between silver wires

Basse Taille

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

Champlevé

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

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Pearls

Triple pearl bracelet

The North Yorkshire East Federation of the Women’s Institute are celebrating their Pearl Anniversary this year, that’s 30 years young, and over 200 ladies from all over the federation came to Helmsley to have lunch and listen to the marvellous Susan Rumfitt from Harrogate (of  the BBC Antiques Roadshow) give a lecture on the fascinating history of pearls from natural pearls to today’s cultured pearls. A special point to note from the lunchtime lecture – champagne & jewellery go well together – additional sparkle!  I was lucky enough to attend with 9 members from Appleton-le-moors WI where I am President.

I wore my new Akoya pearls, large 10.5mm studs with 9ct gold backs & a matching necklace which Susan, our pearl supplier, strung to 19” with a special sterling silver clasp which will take a pendant for a more modern look on other occasions.  I chose the pearls at the Birmingham jewellery show and this was their first outing as a completed set.

We offer a restringing service for pearls, which is recommended every 2-3 years if you wear your pearls often, or can be used to change the style of something you may have grown out of (taste-wise or size-wise).  We also have some fabulous new Keishi Pearls & Chocolate coin pearls in stock – which just goes to  show that like the WI, pearls never go out of fashion, and there’s far more than just the traditional style of “twinset and pearls” available.

Glossary:

Keishi Pearl: Small pearls that from in Akoya oysters spontaneously while the larger cultivated pearl grows, they don’t have a nucleus & have interesting irregular sizes.

Akoya Pearls: Cultivated in Akoya oysters, typically round in shape and usually of Japanese origin.

Coin Pearls: These are nucleated with a flat disc to help achieve a consistent flat round shape.