New at Boodles this month is a dazzling new jewellery collection inspired by the delicate and decorative aesthetic of ribbons. Rebecca Hawkins, head of design at Boodles, was inspired to create the Ribbons collection while visiting Japan. ‘I was buying a gift for a friend, and was spellbound by the way the sales assistant wrapped it,’ Hawkins says. ‘The precision and care were remarkable. Back at my hotel, I passed a wedding group. The bride wore a stunning kimono – and I noticed the silk obi belt, tied in a bow at her back.’ Hawkins’ designs pair strands of platinum, yellow gold and rose gold with Boodles’ radiant Ashoka-cut diamonds. ‘Using three different colours, or creating three strands, links back to Japanese culture, where number three is also said to be lucky,’ she explains. For Ribbons, we’ve set a pendant, bangles and rings with three Ashoka-cut diamonds. We hope that the good luck rubs off.’ boodles.com
Fine jewellery house Vashi also launches a new collection this month, designed to showcase the versatility of diamonds. The Vashi Foundations collection explores a variety of settings and styles, intended for everyday wear, and encompasses 100 core pieces that can be customised to suit the wearer’s personal style. The collection also introduces a new claw setting that can be personalised with an engraving, which is included as a complimentary service for every purchase. Vashi’s head of jewellery, Olivia Norman, describes the philosophy behind the collection: ‘Refined, understated and always elegant, Vashi Foundations is a collection of forever pieces. Future classics intended for customisation and personalisation, to be worn as a marker of your permanent style.’ vashi.com
Whether you’re looking to treat yourself to a new accessory or making a start on your Christmas shopping, a bracelet or bangle is a fail-safe option that’s sure to spark joy. There are myriad styles to choose from within The Royal Exchange’s jewellery boutiques, making finding a design to suit the personality of its intended wearer an easy task. Some of our favourites, available now (and pictured above) include:
The elegant and diamond-studded ‘Mary’s Bracelet’ from Boodles’ The Secret Garden collection, which is available in yellow, white or rose gold, with all of the proceeds from each purchase going to the NSPCC to support the welfare of children.
Tateossian’s new T-Bangles, which epitomise minimalist chic and are available in a selection of precious metals and textured finishes – smooth, hammered or brushed.
Halcyon Days’ popular Maya Torque bangles, which come in a variety of gemstone colours and add a perfect finishing touch to the cuff of a cashmere sweater.
STYLE IT OUT
Evoking the punk spirit and imbuing it with a dose of glamour, the Punk Muses collection from Pretty Ballerinas will inspire us all to keep stepping outside, despite the change in season. From glitter-covered trainers to snake print knee-high boots, studded suede loafers and metallic slippers, there’s something to put a spring in everyone’s step here, with footwear that demands to be shown off. prettyballerinas.co.uk
COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS
Now we’re into November we can officially start thinking about Christmas. First things first, we advise getting in early with your Advent calendar purchase – particularly if you’re tempted by Jo Malone London’s luxurious take on this Christmas tradition, which is sure to be a sell-out. Keeping you feeling pampered and igniting your senses in the countdown to Christmas, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore Jo Malone London’s wide range of beloved scents, with each daily box opening to reveal a miniature cologne, candle or bath & body treat.
As we enter into a second stint of spending more time at home, it’s the perfect opportunity to get ready for Christmas with some festive shopping. Particularly if you’ll be sending more gifts than usual through the postal system this year. The Royal Exchange’s luxury boutiques offer a wide range of refined goods, from food and drink to watches, jewellery, fragrance, homewares and leather goods. And while we may have to close our doors again for a few weeks, you can visit all of our retailers online to place orders and make a Christmas wish list of your own. What’s more, many of our retailers offer personalisation, bespoke services and gift-wrapping, to make your gifts extra special. We’ll soon be unveiling our Christmas gift guide, packed full of inspired items to suit every personality type, but in the meantime, here’s a small sackful of suggestions to spark your imagination (pictured above).
Visit our boutiques page for details on all of The Royal Exchange retailers, and links to their websites where you can place orders for home deliveries in plenty of time for Christmas.
In line with government guidelines, The Royal Exchange will be closed from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. Until we can welcome you again, keep up-to-date with news from The Royal Exchange and all our retailers by following us on Instagram @theroyalexchange and Twitter @rexshopper