The Jewellery Edit: Holiday and Travel Shopping.. Tips and Tricks…

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Duty Free.. Tax Free Delights…

When you go shopping overseas you need a game plan. There is so much more going on in your mind when you shop abroad than when you are at home. At home, you have more patience, more time and an understanding that you can always go home and sleep on your decision. But when you’re at your holiday destination for only maybe two weeks and you’re trying to squeeze in as much as possible, some decisions can be rushed.

Some good tips include setting a budget before you go out shopping and making a list of what you want to buy before you go. After all, there is no more vulnerable time to be shopping then when you have a heap of foreign currency and no idea what to spend it on.

But apart from the currency and the conversion rates, there is not a…

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The Jewellery Edit: De Grisogono 2014.. Contemporary Baroque Creations…

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Green with envy?.. De Grisogono 2014…

Established in 1993. de Grisogono have had incredible success considering their relatively short time involved in the world of jewellery. Fawaz Gruosi released a black diamond collection in 1996 that catapulted his jewellery line into a world wide phenomenon. While it might take centuries of evolution for a diamond to form, the rise of the de Grisogono label appeared to be an over night hit.

There are some fashion labels that rely on the image of their designer just as much as they rely on the image of their pieces. The strength of de Grisogono is that the character of Gruosi seeps through all of his designs. His watches are extravagant, but playful and his jewellery, like the necklace featured above, are charismatic and classy. Designers that stay true to themselves can sometimes find it tough to fit into a fashion scene driven by trends, but de Grisogono is certainly one of the more prominent success stories.

We’ve written about fine jewellery quite regularly on http://www.theblingsociety.com blog and we believe that these pieces from de Grisogono are some of the best we’ve laid eyes upon.

The de Grisogono website: http://www.degrisogono.com/en/

Sean Hyatt

Accessories Contributor

The Jewellery Edit: Dior Fine Jewellery 2014.. Extravagance on an entirely different level…

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Cher Fine Jewellery.. Dior 2014…

I’m envious of the jewellery designers who are employed at big name companies such as Chanel and Dior, who get to design with seemingly limitless budgets. Previously on this blog we’ve shown some of the work of Chanel, and now we are featuring some of Dior’s fine Jewellery.

When it comes to these pieces, it seems that all levels of practicality have just been thrown out the door. There isn’t one diamond, there’s a billion, and they aren’t just one shade, but an entire spectrum of colour and flamboyance. How are you supposed to walk around in the real world with a million carats hanging from your ears? It’d be lighter just to use real carrots!

But it’s the flamboyance that we love. This design is so multi faceted that I first had to double check to make sure these designs aren’t just plastic imitations. The accuracy that would go into the crafting of these items is simply mind boggling.

Grab some herbal tea, a biscuit or two, and just flick through these pictures of pure grandeur.

Dior Fine Jewellery: http://www.dior.com/couture/en_gb/jewellery/fine-jewellery/cher-dior#!the-pieces

Sean Hyatt

Accessories Contributor

The Jewellery Edit: Chanel High Jewellery.. 80 Years of Chanel…

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Comete.. Chanel 2013…

Chanel Fine Jewellery is one of the closest things fashion has to art. A great piece of art isn’t just something that looks good to the eye, it has to be thought provoking, emotive and the execution of the initial designs need to be perfectly accurate. Even though I haven’t seen the original designs, I feel I can draw the conclusion that these pieces from Chanel have been crafted with great precision.

The detail and creativity in these pieces are something to be celebrated. I’d strongly advise you take your own time to filter through all of the photos from this collection. The layout on the Chanel website allows the jewellery to shine and adds to the grandeur of the Chanel label. I found some of the Gabrielle Chanel quotes to be a little tacky, but after the worldwide success Chanel has enjoyed, I suppose they are allowed to toot their own horn a little.

The different sections that make up the 80th Anniversary Chanel High Jewellery collection are titled: Comete, Soleil, Ruban, Franges and Constellation du Lion. Furthermore, each section then contains its own pieces inside, so there is plenty for you to look at. My Favourite would be the Comete.

Check them all out here: http://www.chanel.com/en_US/Jewelry/high_jewelry

Sean Hyatt

Accessories Contributor