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Unique Birthstone Jewellery from Anna Lou of London

What to buy for the Niece who has everything? Your Bestie who is impossible to buy for. Or the Aunt who rarely wears any jewellery? New Year, new jewellery.  This sparkling gem of a necklace belongs under their tree. Add one or several to your basket now. initial_rose

Rose Gold Birthstone Necklace £38

One of the Birthstone initial necklaces from Anna Lou of London is a simple solution. A perfect personalised gift suitable for everyone on your nice list. The unique birthstone jewellery can be plated with rose or yellow gold or left with a sterling silver finish. There’s the ability to choose from five lengths of chain to allow the necklace to fit a child, teenager and adult. heart_charm_N_rosewing_gold

Angel Wing Birthstone necklace

These unique Birthstone pendants are the perfect way to add a pop of colour to an everyday outfit and the small crystals convey just the right amount of sparkle. They make a lovely gift for someone seeking an everyday necklace or for the person who prefers subtle jewellery that makes a statement. Personalise these delicate necklaces with the initial disc, which can be inscribed with any letter and a colourful birthstone available in every month of the year. Additional charms can be added to the customised creation, such as an anchor (for all you mermaids) angel wing (a lovely gift for one of your little angels) or love heart which adds a sentimental touch. Their brand new unique birthstone jewellery can be worn with their Christmas outfits and will get a lot of wear in the New Year. They also make fantastic Bridesmaids gifts and birthday presents, so not just for Christmas! Order before December 10th to ensure that their new necklace will be under their tree before the 25th as all the personalised Anna Lou of London jewellery can take 10-14 days to create and deliver.

How Victorian Antique Rings are Better than Modern Gold Rings

Victorian-style antique rings, big and ornate that they are, are among the most popular types of antique jewellery. It is one of the most sought after antique ring styles by many brides because its aesthetics just screams romantic and opulent. And who wouldn’t want to be spoiled with love? It certainly held true for Victorians as they were spoilt with an abundant selection of jewellery especially with Queen Victoria in the throne for six decades. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the Victorian rings became smaller and more intricate. This still doesn’t change the fact that all Victorian-style rings are the best among all eras. Despite the fact that diamonds started to gain more value in the 1870s and became a necessary gemstone in antique engagement rings, it would still remain the same that Victorian style rings use gold or rose gold as its choice metal. To help you learn more about Victorian style engagement rings, why not visit Kalmar Antiques? There’s an abundant selection of Victorian antique engagement rings in Kalmar Antiques online store and if you want, you can even set an appointment with the owner to discuss the kind of Victorian engagement ring you’d like to get. The Victorians liked the romantic allure of these two and would incorporate them together with colourful gemstones. Queen Victoria was especially fond of opals, but other popular gemstones would include sapphires, emeralds, garnets, rubies, turquoise, and amethysts. Rarely did they use large diamonds as the main gemstone but instead Victorian rings would feature gemstones and pearls surrounded by clusters of diamonds or just clusters or diamonds by themselves. You can also view their estate jewellery collection featuring antique, vintage, and other important pieces you might find interesting. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the jewellery as this might just help the staff find the best item for you. To give you a preview are some of the Victorian style of rings that Kalmar Antiques offers:
  1. Antique 5 Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
 This ring features 5 antique cut diamonds that were all cut by hand and have a sparkle of romance to them that makes you reminiscent of a bygone era.  It was handmade in Birmingham in 1897 and is of 18ct yellow gold.
  1. 18ct Gold Antique Ruby and Diamond Ring
What makes this ring a standout is the tiny oval ruby in the middle which is highlighted by the four rose cut diamonds that surround it. It is made in 18ct yellow gold with each side featuring intricate scroll work which just brings out the bright colour of the ruby even more.
  1. Antique Beryl and Garnet Ring
 This ring from the 1860s looks stunning both on and off the finger with its exquisite garnet stone in the centre and yellow beryl on both of its sides. The light yellow shade of beryl with its hint of green really makes the colour of the garnet stone standout making it look regal and elegant.
  1. Antique Enamel Ring with Hinged Top
 This ring will make you take a second look with its rich blue enamel colour on top and the inside engraved with the words Crescens & Emily Robinson May 1869 in it. The top is hinged with a locket compartment underneath and is enveloped with hair which has been plaited around. It is made in 15ct gold in 1869 and has so many special features that make for a great conversation starter. Now that you have an idea of what Victorian era rings are, you are ready to check out and shop for this style of rings and choose one that fits you best. What do you think of Victorian-era rings? Let us know in the comments.

Vivid colour block jewellery

Stay one step ahead of the SS16 trend by donning some bright techni-coloured statement designs from Anna Lou of London. Never has colour-block jewellery looked so chic. The vivid colour block trend is going to be huge next spring, think bright primary colours contrasted with black. Cubist-inspired block shapes layered head to toe and vivid colours contrasted with vibrant prints. A Picasso painting epitomised in fabric form. vivd colour

Colour block trend featured in Marie Claire 

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Starburst Bangle  Fan Bangle

Channel the vivid colour trend through your jewellery and accessories. Layer several of the Anna Lou of London chevron bangles on each wrist to pay homage to this fun and playful trend. Mix and match contrasting colours or mix with black and white bangles for a twist on the colour-block trend. To really rock this look throw in a couple of the fan and triangle acrylic bangles to experiment with materials and texture. 02achevron_ring_lightblue   For a marginally more wearable approach opt for a statement necklace in a bright and punchy shade. Layer several of these necklaces over a black or white dress and team with other colourful jewellery, such as the checkerboard bangle. Next year a chevron ring will be hitting Anna Lou HQ…here’s a sneak peak! Chevron-neon orangeChevron-pink

Chevron Bangle

You have to admire the attention to detail and bold-ness of this new and striking trend. It’ll be exciting to see how this diffuses into the British high street next season. Until then get your colour fix with these eye-catching vivid colour block pieces that can be yours truly at the click of a button. Can’t wait till next year? Treat yourself and your loved ones to one or several stacking bangles that look great layered on the wrists. With so many colours and styles of enamel bangle to choose from there’s bound to be one that belongs under your Christmas tree. Take your pick and have your take on the vivid colour block trend.

Where to find 5 Charms they need on their bracelet; Christmas gift guides from Anna Lou of London

One of the most iconic pieces of jewellery in the modern day trinket box has to be the charm bracelet. A collective of charms attached to an elegant chain which document our experiences, express our personal style and remind us of our loved ones. A charm can be bought for landmark occasions such as a graduation present, for a special birthday or bought on holiday to remind you of your passion for travel and ever growing wanderlust.Charms remind you of experiences and loved ones. image7 This Christmas why not treat someone special to a dainty and quintessentially British charm bracelet. To remind them of the capital city, whether they’re visiting the country, new to the big smoke or a patriotic local, Anna Lou of London has released 5 Charms they need on their bracelet. A brew will see you through Teapot-The nation’s favourite (non-alcoholic) beverage. Whether you’re an English breakfast, earl grey or green tea fanatic, this charm is the one. Super-cute and inscribed with “A brew will see you though”. One for the caffeine lovers. Pair with cake. Phone box-One of the most common street landmarks you'll witness strolling around central London. They have made phone-boxes into Christmas decorations (go to Liberty, I kid you not), light-shades and money boxes. And now you can own a miniature one that clips perfectly on to a charm bracelet. Taxi-London is not London minus red double decker buses and black cabs. Own one of these charms before the Uber generation takes off. Never has public transport looked so chic. cloud_silv Cloud-It’s typical British weather innit?! Well every cloud has to have a silver lining. Add this fluffy little cloud to brighten up your day and your outfit. You are the icing on my cupcake Cupcake-London is full of gorgeous delicatessens filled with cupcakes, macarons, biscuits and other treats to make your mouth water. An apt and cute little piece of jewellery that looks great paired with the teapot charm from Anna Lou of London. Etched with “You are the icing on my cupcake” this cupcake is the perfect sweet treat to gift to a loved one this Christmas. Probably my favourite out of the 5 Charms they need on their bracelet. Mix and match from Anna Lou of London’s stunning range of rose/yellow gold (plated) and sterling silver charms. Including a lucky star, hamsa hand, inspirational rabbit and child charms which can be inscribed with different names if required. It’s too tricky to choose which charms to add to their dream bracelet this Christmas. However I think the London souvenir charms are definitely the 5 Charms they need on their bracelet. They're a unique and dainty memento of the iconic capital city and remind you why London is unalike anywhere else in the world. Charlotte Letch  

Where to find Sterling Silver monogram jewellery

Are you seeking a unique gift that will impress a loved one? An iconic present you can’t find on the high street. Have a peek at the patriotic collection of sterling silver monogram jewellery from Anna Lou of London, an opulent collection which combines intricately engraved initials with bespoke sterling silver craftsmanship. monogram locekt necklace Monogram Locket £85 Choose from the elaborate statement monogram ring, a firm favourite out of the sterling silver monogram jewellery collection. Select your loved ones initials or your own letters to have engraved into this beautiful ring. The letters are inscripted using an illustrative script font that adds a regal edge. Remember to double check your loved one’s ring size as these gorgeous rings are all made to order and are available in a range of styles suiting a child up to an adult. Not sure of their ring size? How about a monogram necklace, available in a disc style or alternatively as stand-alone initials. Check out the selection of sterling silver monogram jewellery on the Anna Lou of London website. These lovely letters are suspended from a high quality faceted ball chain, choose which length you would like to truly customise this winning design. monogramMonogram Disc £38 Bracelets are big this Christmas. The monogram initial bracelet has become a bestseller this festive season. Constructed from sterling silver this dainty bracelet is a popular item from the sterling silver monogram jewellery collection. It'll be a subtle addition to the jewellery box of someone special and can be plated with a gorgeous rose or yellow gold finish. Lastly but certainly not least, there's the monogram locket, a romantic locket which can open to conceal a precious photo or memento. A high-quality heart shaped locket which can be delicately engraved with initials or a monogram. Anna Lou of London offers free engraving and an express delivery service ensuring that Santa will be able to deliver these gorgeous gifts in a timely manner. Charlotte Letch

Style Icons: Queen Elsa & Christmas party jewels

Frozen has to be one of my all-time favourite Christmas films. Predominantly thanks to feisty protagonist Elsa, who steals the crown for most coveted Disney princess ever? Her rebellious and determined character, plus Idina Menzel’s jaw-dropping vocals make her a force to be reckoned with. But can we take a moment to admire the frosty female’s stunning wardrobe. Her icy locks tied into an effortless fishtail, smoky eyes to die for and a blue and silver gown which hangs from the body in drapes. If only I could conjure myself such a garment. Nevertheless Elsa’s look is achievable. If you want to look like an ice queen and rock the Christmas party, then please, read on. image1xxlimage1xxl (1)7624387 The dress is the tricky part. However I found this beauty on Asos. Not quite Elsa’s dress (and not quite blue) but a close second. Pair with a lace body like this one from Scottish brand Bebaroque if you want to copy the queen’s sparkly sleeves! Some crystal shoes are a must have. The sky-scraper higher the better. All you need now are some ice gems to complete your look to ensure you're ready for the ball. Anna Lou of London’s crystal bow hair slide is the perfect bejewelled fastener to finish your fishtail. Add this shooting star necklace from ALOL and voila! You’re all set. There can never be too many jewels in a Christmas party outfit. Now that you have your Christmas party jewels; your sledge awaits! Oh and of course an Olaf to escort you!! For extra added Elsa paint your talons with a sparkly blue shimmer and spray your hair with glitter spray! Melt hearts not ice caps with this cute ensemble courtesy of Queen E! She may be fictional but you can’t deny her glamourous sense of style is ice cool. Charlotte Letch

Our top three jewellery picks under £50 to make her sparkle this Christmas

Whether you’re buying for a friend, relative or partner light up their festive celebration by treating them to one of our top three jewellery picks under £50. Gorgeous gifts which belong under their Christmas tree. CQunq2qWcAAfEqR Embrace the festive season and get shopping! All Anna Lou of London personalised jewellery is made to order so get your requests in quickly to ensure your presents are delivered on time! Our top three jewellery picks under £50 include the popular Kale necklace. One for the Kale crunchers! An unusual choice considering Christmas revolves around the patriotic pastimes of eating, drinking and being merry. However in the New Year when everyone is back at the gym and conjuring up New Year’s resolutions this necklace will be just the thing to motivate your loved ones and help them with their health kick. initial_rose If your seeking something with a little bit of sparkle then this small initial birthstone necklace will be ideal. This versatile necklace features a gorgeous high quality ball chain paired with a small intricate disc and super sparkly birthstone, theirs truly for £31.50. After all, jewellery is not just for Christmas, this birthstone statement staple will become their go to necklace.  If your gift-tee (can that be a word? Yes I guess it can) is more of a bracelet kinda girl why not choose this pearl initial bracelet, my favourite out of our top three jewellery picks under £50. Snag this glass pearl bracelet for only £18, a superb stocking filler which will make your loved one feel like a princess. Available with a gold or silver statement letter. Hopefully this gift guide will help you pick out personalised presents. With so many options for customisation and all the  gorgeous jewellery to choose from, it can be very daunting deciding what to buy everyone on your nice list!! Charlotte Letch  

Three Personalised Gifts that they’ll cherish forever from Anna Lou of London

Three personalised gifts that belong under their tree. Commemorate a connection, relationship and eternal friendship by presenting your loved ones with personalised gifts which they can keep forever. Their newly acquired jewellery will become a treasured addition to their trinket box and will be passed down from generation to generation preserving your unbreakable bond. Ask any woman what's the most treasured item in your jewellery box?; the answer, nine times out of ten, is going to be a ruby ring from her Grandma’s 40th wedding anniversary, a silver baby bracelet she was gifted at her Christening or a gold signet ring belonging to someone archaic stemming from the highest branches of her family tree. 5 disc   This Christmas is the perfect opportunity to pick out personalised gifts. With advances in modern technology and the design world, the ability to create customised items tailored to the special people in your life has never been greater. Engraved jewellery has become a scorching trend and one that won’t putter out any time soon. Initials, dates, symbols, monograms and names can be etched intricately into the metal. Such as the initial disc necklace from Anna Lou of London. You could have a whole necklace personifying your friends, sisters or children, depicted in precious metal; one of three Personalised Gifts that they’ll cherish forever. This permanency captures a moment in time and creates a legacy; an emotive and a dramatic statement, but a truthful one. Imagine your great grandchild prising your engraved, and now vintage, jewellery out of the trinket box, they’ll be curious about its history; who it belonged to and what was it for? It’s difficult to imagine jewellery bought today becoming vintage and retro; with advances in technology it’s tricky to determine the appearance of jewellery in the next century. wing_gold The grand finale out of our three personalised gifts. Christmas is the season for giving. The time of year we sob over what is the emotional roller-coaster of the John Lewis Christmas advert. We binge-watch Love Actually and The Holiday while sipping gingerbread lattes flicking through countless gift guides. We think about who is on our nice list and what would be the perfect gift to make their Christmas extra special. A personalised charm, such as the small initial disc necklace, which is a small and multi-purposeful keepsake but can carry as much sentiment as a bigger ornate piece of jewellery while retaining its functionality. The intricate charm can be paired with a birthstone, angel wing or anchor and worn on a contemporary chain. As time fast-forwards the charm could be worn on a charm bracelet or singularly, in keeping with the recipient’s evolving style and taste in jewellery. The small disc charm that you purchase for your friend could wind up on their great-granddaughter’s bracelet, her descendants cluster pendant or kept in a purse for years to come as a lucky charm. My favourite out of the three personalised gifts. Ok I have to admit that’s probably well over Three Personalised Gifts , however there is simply too many gorgeous pieces of jewellery to select from Anna Lou of London’s range of personalised presents. Remember to order with plenty of time on your side as custom-made jewellery can take a little time and you want to ensure that the faces of your loved ones light up as they unwrap your gifts during the festive celebration. Charlotte Letch

Start their jewellery collection, beautiful baby bracelets from Anna Lou of London

It’s that time of year again, OK not Christmas but Christenings. I present to you the perfect gift for a new-born, one of these beautiful baby bracelets from Anna Lou of London. It’s only this year I have picked up on the patter of teeny tiny feet crawling all over my social. I've had moving in celebrations, engagement parties, a hen do or two, weddings and now my close ones are starting to multiply. With babies coming in all shapes and sizes and knowing fine well they'll ruin whatever designer baby grow you get for them, it’s increasingly difficult to know what to buy for your bestie’s baby’s christening. The high-street retailers think they've got this covered by presenting a variety of options ranging from the practical to the darn-right ridiculous. We've the famous Sophie’s giraffe, the mothership of teething toys, a bugaboo; instant yummy-mummy credentials or a Swarovski crystal dummy which miraculously made it through a health and safety audit. All of these are credible options but lack a personal touch. And are rendered useless when baby in question upgrades to toddler. original_personalised-baby-name-bracelet3487_1 Beautiful baby bracelets which would be suitable for Christmas, a birthday or a Christening £45 Whether it's a push present, to commemorate a Christening/religious celebration of choice or to celebrate the arrival of a new baby, these beautiful baby bracelets are just the tonic. Available in sterling silver and with the option to alter the bracelet chain length to fit a baby up to a child, it makes the perfect personalised present to present to your pals little cherub. You can have the engraved bracelet etched with a christening or birthdate and/or their name. These beautiful baby bracelets do serve a purpose once the little one grows up. They can be passed down generations, resized to a bigger chain to act as a cute keepsake charm or to provide a simple reminder for baby when he/she/they grow up of how small their wrists once were. download (3) A novel but sentimental gift that your friend will thank-you for. However it’s the thought that counts and sometimes a card, flowers and a large gin and tonic are all that’s required. Yet beautiful baby bracelets could be passed on to your friend’s grandchild (I won’t be reminding my girlfriends of that quite yet!) and won’t get relegated to the charity shop along with forty mangled Sophie’s giraffes and fifty packs of unopened too small baby socks. Charlotte Letch

World language name necklace from Anna Lou of London

World Language Name Necklace-The perfect Christmas present with a twist! Looking for a name necklace with a twist? Why not treat yourself to a world language name necklace. You can select from a range of languages hailing from all over the globe, choose from Greek, Hindi or Russian. Arabic, Japanese and Chinese. Can’t see the language you require in the drop down? No worries. Email Anna Lou of London with any special requests or to check if you can have your world language name necklace of choice put into production. These necklaces are perfect if you speak another language, enjoy travelling the world or are intrigued by another culture and lingo. Summer is far away, the days are getting darker so why not brighten someone’s day, mood and outfit with a name necklace which will remind them of temperate climates, exotic beaches and desirable destinations abroad.  So far the world language name necklace has been created in a range of languages and materials. Special requests have included white gold, solid 14kt gold and rose gold plating. Certain languages unfortunately can’t be made as if the text is a little too long it can cause the name to bend and break. Quality comes first at Anna Lou of London and every step of the name necklace process is moderated and polished to perfection to ensure a high-quality end product. download (2) original_personalised-world-language-necklace The world language name necklaces are included in Anna Lou of London’s express engraving service so you can order your dream necklace and receive your personalised piece in three days’ time. They make an excellent stocking filler which will remind your gift-tee of their travels, or give them the travel bug or will remind them of their native tongue. The world language name necklace is crafted from ethical silver, wrapped in acid free tissue paper to ensure a hi-shine finish and complete with signature Anna Lou of London packaging. Select from five different chain lengths to customise the world language name necklace even further and to tailor the necklace perfectly for you. Order one, two or several of the world language name necklace to treat your loved ones this Christmas-you won’t be left disappointed. Undecided about which lingo to opt for? There are a range of classic name necklaces written in a series of different fonts if it is simply too hard to choose which world name necklace to purchase this Christmas. Charlotte Letch