Brooches for brides

Picture 1Selecting the right wedding jewellery is a tricky task for any bride. Your gems have to look good with your dress, your shoes, your colour scheme and even your groom, so it’s important to get it right! Many ladies opt for statement earrings or necklaces when it comes to their wedding jewels, but a more unusual option that often gets overlooked is the humble brooch. This guide will show you how to incorporate brooches into your bridal look – and why you should keep a couple in your jewellery box just in case!

Brighten up your bouquet

Most bouquets are beautiful enough to stand out from the crowd on their own, but if you’re a girl who can’t resist a touch of extra sparkle, you can add a brooch to yours to give a truly unique finish. Some more adventurous brides are even forgoing flowers entirely and constructing their entire bouquets from pearl or gemstone brooches – a great idea for any bride who wants to stand out from the crowd.

Add sparkle to your shoes

If you’ve blown your wedding budget on the gown and can only afford a pair of simple shoes, brooches provide a great opportunity to jazz them up. Beg, buy or borrow two brooches and pin them to the front of the shoe or along each side to make your footwear a little more fancy.

Hide last minute mistakes!

It’s every bride’s worst nightmare – something goes wrong with one of the dresses (maybe even your own!) and you need a quick fix. Fear not – a beautiful brooch can be used to cover up a multitude of sins. Use it to pin together rips or burst seams, cinch in a dress that looks a little too loose, or shorten dress straps if skirts are dragging on the ground.

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Quirky jewellery

Kelsey Comfort chocolate truffles earrings made from clay

Kelsey Comfort chocolate truffles earrings made from clay

Kelsey Comfort, a student from Alaska, has had her jewellery designs shared across the internet and beyond this week, thanks to her quirky cake and cookie based designs.

Kelsey, 21, made incredibly realistic clay jewellery pieces in the shape of her favourite sweet treats. The range incudes rings, necklaces and earrings in the shape of truffles, cupcakes, donuts, pie, cheesecake and even profiteroles – all in amazingly realistic detail.

“I use toothpicks, pin and a firm paintbrush for texturizing clay, and a clay roller for evenly rolling out clay. Everything else is created with my fingertips” she explained in a recent interview. “I spend a long time on my items; many of them take up to an hour to make. I don’t mind putting that much effort into them, because I truly love the art.”

Kelsey sells her jewellery pieces at bargain prices, usually ranging between £3 and £12, but for those who prefer their jewellery made out of precious metals, rather than clay, there are plenty of other options to explore.

Jewellery in quirky shapes and styles has become more and more popular over the last couple of years, thanks to celebrity pioneers like Zooey Deschanel and Fearne Cotton, and at the bespoke jewellery design stores in Hatton Garden, you too can snap up a quirky piece of your own.

There are a number of shops in the Hatton Garden area that specialise in contemporary jewellery and personalised jewellery design. For more information about purchasing or helping to design a piece of jewellery that will help you stand out from the crowd, visit our directory or pay them a visit today!

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Sparkle in the snow

big-freeze-london2013The big freeze has truly arrived in the UK, and experts predict that we’ve still got a week or two of frosty weather ahead of us. It’s easy to forget fashion when you’re buried under chunky knitwear, but no matter how cold it is outside, no-one should be without a touch of glitz! Here are our top tips for sparkling in the snow, regardless of how many layers you’ve piled on!


Brooches are a great option for adding a touch of glamour to a bulky outfit, because they can be pinned in a prominent place, whether it’s on the brim of your woolly hat or the lapel of your thickest winter coat. Bonus points if you can find one in a seasonably appropriate shape – a glittering snowflake would be adorable!

Drop earrings

Gloves and hats are two essential outfit components for keeping warm in the chill, but wearing them means that your usual rings or small stud earrings will be completely covered up. Drop earrings are the perfect alternative – they will peek out from your hat or ear warmers and add some much needed glitter to an otherwise gloomy day.


Watches are the ultimate accessory – they’re practical and stylish, and perfect for throwing on with a snow day outfit. Delicate designs might get lots amongst the bulk, so choose a chunky, robust style for this look – and don’t get into any snowball fights unless they’re waterproof!


The saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them, and that’s exactly what diamonds will help you do in the midst of the ice and snow. Pin on a pair of diamond earrings of let a diamond bracelet peek out from under your sleeves – you’ll shine brighter than any icicle!

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Unique engagement ring ideas

KatVonD-engagement-ringCelebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D hit the headlines at the end of last year by showing off her engagement ring from her musician fiancé Deadmau5. The ring, which was crafted by The Great Frog London jewellery store, featured a dramatic black diamond set between four platinum skulls, fixed to a gemstone studded double band – certainly a twist on a conventional solitaire diamond.

If you’re thinking of popping the question, like Deadmau5 you may be searching for a unique ring which suits your beloved’s personal style. Whilst you may want something a little more traditional than Kat’s gothic inspired band, there are definitely some ways that you can make your ring stand out from the engagement ring crowd too!

Coloured stones

Around 80% of engagement rings these days feature a classic white diamond. If you’re looking for a band with a different, why not opt for a coloured stone instead? You could choose a stone in a shade of your partner’s favourite colour, or make it equally personal by using their birthstone instead.

Double band

Kat’s ring features not one but two bands, both studded with glittering black stones to match the centrepiece. Consider a double band for your unique engagement ring – whether it’s plain and simple or crammed full of sparkle, it’ll give an extra unusual touch.

Design your own

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the shelves of a store, take a leaf out of Deadmau5’s book and ask your preferred jeweller to design something bespoke. There are plenty of jewellers in Hatton Garden that offer personalised jewellery design services – why not pay them a visit and see what you can create?

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Wedding Jewellery Trends for 2013

gemstoneWhether you got engaged over the festive period or have been planning your 2013 wedding for some time, dressing up your gown with some jewellery is always an important task for any bride to tackle! Here are some of the biggest jewellery trends for 2013 and how you can incorporate them into your bridal look.

Showpiece jewellery

According to fashion bible Vogue, “The Spring/Summer 2013 shows have put the spotlight on statement jewellery this season,” so if you’re going to add a touch of glamour your gown, do it loud and proud. Style up your up-do with a big and bold pair of art deco earrings, as seen on the models of Dolce & Gabbana, or accessorise your neckline with a pearl bauble choker a la Chanel.


Chunky, eye-catching cuffs were big news on the SS/13 catwalks, and whilst they might not be the most obvious choice of wedding jewellery, we think they can work. You don’t have to go big and bold with your wrist candy – choosing a delicate, elegant engraved cuff in your chosen precious metal will take your wedding outfit from catalogue to couture.

Coloured gemstones

Forget monochrome – 2013 is looking bright and beautiful, so it’s only right that your wedding jewellery should follow suit! Try choosing statement pieces with gemstones that match your colour scheme for a comprehensive, consistent look that will set you miles ahead of the fashion pack.

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