The biggest jewellery trends of 2012

2012-2013Here at Hatton Garden, we’re ready to welcome 2013, and very excited about the new offerings that the jewellery industry has to offer (see our Jewellery trends for 2013 piece for more details)! However, in honour of the last twelve months, we’re also going to take a look back at some of the biggest jewellery trends of 2012 – which ones did you wear most?

Crosses

A cross is a classic and time-honoured motif, and some may say that it never truly goes out of fashion. However, crosses were big business in the jewellery industry in 2012, with the style adorning everything from classic pendants to quirky rings.

Feathers

Feathers were another big fashion hit in the jewellery area this year, especially during the summer months when feather hair extensions were also all the rage. Feathers were often hung from bracelets, necklaces and earrings to give a carefree, boho vibe, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be making a re-appearance any time soon, as they left the shelves in favour of more sturdy styles as the winter months drew in.

Statement jewellery

One 2012 trend which looks like it might hang around for 2013 is statement jewellery – big, bold pieces with fun designs or colours. Geometric statement jewellery was a particularly dominant fashion over the last twelve months, but only time (and the catwalks) will tell what 2013 truly holds …

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Choosing a watch for Christmas

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Watches are a great gift option for men, women and children alike – they’re stylish, practical and never go out of fashion. However, if you’re thinking of treating a loved one to a designer watch for Christmas, there are a few things you should consider before taking the plunge.

Style

Watches are intended to be worn on a daily basis, so it’s important that your gift fits in well with the rest of the recipient’s wardrobe. If your lady tends to wear thin, dainty jewellery, a big bulky watch is probably not going to look good with her existing collection, or if a man tends to wear muted colours, it’s likely that he won’t want a brightly coloured design. Shop around and find something that suits their personal style – that way, your gift will become a treasured part of their everyday look.

Function

It’s also important to consider the functions of a watch before you purchase. For most people, standard watch designs with readable faces will be sufficient, but if the person you are buying for leads a particularly active lifestyle (or is particularly clumsy!) you might be better off getting them a sports watch, as these tend to be more durable.

Quality

If you’re investing in a watch as a present, get the highest quality timepiece you can afford. This way, your gift will be able to be used for as long as possible. Quartz, Swiss, Japanese and analog movements tend to be tell-tale signs of a quality piece but if in doubt, ask your jeweller.

Here at Hatton Garden we have more than 50 stores with plenty of watch options for you to choose from. If you want to a buy a watch as a gift this Christmas, why not pay us a visit today?

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Celebrity engagement rings of 2012

brad-pitt-angelina-jolie2012 was a big year in the world of celebrity, with famous couples getting engaged on what seemed like a daily basis! Some beautiful rings were exchanged over the last twelve months, so in celebration of the upcoming New Year, we look back at some of the biggest and brightest celebrity engagement rings of 2012.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina was the lucky recipient of a personalised ring designed by soon-to-be husband Brad Pitt when he proposed in April this year. The ring, which was custom designed by Robert Procop and set with several oblong shaped diamonds, is estimated to have cost an eye-watering $500,000.

Jennifer Aniston

Not to be outdone by ex-partner Brad, Jennifer was given her very own engagement ring by fiancé Justin Theroux this year. Her ring may be a classic solitaire diamond design, but experts have predicted that the stone is between 8-9 carats and most likely cost upwards of $500,000 as well.

Drew Barrymore

Drew announced her engagement in January this year, and showed off a radiant cut ring from her boyfriend Will Kopelman. The couple were wed in June, and it seems 2013 be just as happy a year for Drew and Will, thanks to the recent arrival of their daughter Olive.

Keira Knightley

Keira first gave the press a flash of her engagement ring in May of 2012 whilst walking with fiancé James Righton. Few details have been released about the engagement of this very private couple, but pictures show that Keira has a simple, elegant band with a two carat solitaire diamond.

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Christmas jewellery on a budget

xmas-piggy-bankNew research from MoneySupermarket.com has found that UK consumers spend an average of £445 on their Christmas gifts every year. Almost half of people felt pressured to spend more than they could afford, and one in five expect Christmas to take them further into debt. It seems that Christmas is a time for big spending – even when you feel you can’t afford it.

The good news is that you’re looking for a jewellery gift this Christmas, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Jewellery comes in all shapes, sizes and price ranges, and whether you want to spend £50 or £500, you can still find something stunning to give to your friends and family.

If you’re shopping on a shoestring this Christmas, there are lots of ways to keep the costs of jewellery buying down. For instance, opting for jewellery crafted from sterling silver or 9ct gold, rather than more expensive materials such as platinum or white gold could save you a good chunk of cash. Even diamonds can become less costly if you know what to look for – stones with imperfections can often be set so that the flaw can’t even be seen, meaning that you can get a lot of sparkle for a relatively small sum.

Shopping at an emporium or jewellery pawn shop is another great option, and could allow you to pick up some stunning vintage pieces at a fraction of the price. If in doubt, speak to the jeweller and tell them your price range – they’ll be happy to help and find something that suits your loved one and your bank balance equally.

Whether you’re lusting after luxury or buying on a budget, there’s something for you on the shelves of Hatton Garden’s stores this Christmas. Why not come along and get shopping today?

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Jewellery trends for 2013

The New Year is fast approaching, and we’ve been eyeing the Fashion Week catwalks to try and decipher next year’s most up and coming jewellery trends. Here are a few of our favourite fashions for Spring/Summer 2013:

Antique jewellery (as seen at Oscar de la Renta)

Vintage has been big news on the fashion scene for several years now, so it’s no surprise that it’s continuing its prominence during the upcoming year. Try pairing antique jewellery with one of the biggest looks of the upcoming season – monochrome – for a touch of retro romance reminiscent of classic movie star styles.

Rose gold (as seen at Michael Kors)

Rose gold has been missing from the frontier of fashion for far too long, but for Spring/Summer 2013, it looks like the pink blushed hue is finally making a comeback. Team this metal with feminine detailing like ruffles and pleats (seen at the shows of Chloé and Stella McCartney) for a delicate, demure look that will see you all the way through to Autumn and beyond.

Brights (as seen at DKNY)

This type of jewellery is bold, bright and totally summery – whether you go for dyed diamonds or chunks of turquoise or coral, wearing any item of coloured jewellery will ensure that you’re bang on trend. This style will also go great with the fun and funky sixties look that Moschino and Louis Vuitton had sashaying down their Spring/Summer runways.

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