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Sorry folks - this blog has been a bit neglected lately but we're determined to put that right!
I was never sure that anyone would be interested in the random ramblings of a retailer in Bo'ness but apparently that's not true.
Sooo you can hold me to my promise to blog more regularly.
The idea is to cover topics that I hope will be interesting, informative and entertaining - but always with the focus on pretty things!
There will also be the occasional Guest Blog.
Please let me know if there's anything you would like to see here.
Just 30 days until Christmas day, make sure you have the perfect Christmas gift!
I am sure many of you have already began thinking about a special Christmas gift for your loved ones but don't panic if you need some inspiration. We have put together our very special Christmas gift guide including gold, silver, costume jewellery, handmade leather bags and gloves and also handmade scarves and collars. You are sure to find the perfect gift.
Not sure what to buy that special person? Treat them to a Pebbles gift card and let them choose from our fantastic range of jewellery and accessories.
Bylin Ladybird Handbag
This stunning red and black soft leather ladybird design bag from Bylin is certainly a head turner. The gorgeous soft red leather is vibrant and will add a pop of colour and a touch of style to any of your outfits.
Mandana Oskoui Swiss Blue Necklace
The gorgeous handmade medium rutile formation pendant is a real favourite! The marvellous round faceted Swiss blue topaz is striking, a real show stopper against the brushed and polished finish on the silver.
If you are still in need of inspiration please pop in to our boutique and we will be happy to help you choose the perfect Christmas gift.
We have spent an enjoyable morning viewing the latest offerings from our popular Dansk range of fashion jewellery.
It's always a pleasure to see the Dansk agent Kerri and have a good old catch up whilst oohing and ahhing over gorgeous jewellery.
You can view the catalogue here
See if you can guess what we've ordered.
Your old favourites along with some fabby new statement necklaces, rings and bracelets will be in store and online soon.
There will also be some exciting additions to the Dansk range - not giving anything away just yet but it's NOT jewellery!
Watch out for more news soon x
Custom Design and Commissions
A commissioned handmade custom designed ring or piece of jewellery is the ultimate statement of your individuality and character. With our own in-house designer and access the UKs specialist makers, we can guarantee to create a unique high quality item to meet your desires.
This is a speciality for which we have become renowned with our customers referring and recommending their friends and family onto us on a regular basis.
Perhaps you have been left some jewellery by someone close and would love to keep the history and memories but turn them into an item you would wear with pride. Come and have an informal chat where we will run through the possibilities and give you the best guidance to help you decide how you would like the jewellery used.
It may be as simple as repairing or rebuilding the items to their original design or redesigning and remodelling the piece to give it a modern contemporary feel, or starting from a blank canvas and designing a completely new piece of jewellery using stones or other elements of the original.
Whichever way you choose to go you can be assured we will treat the pieces with utmost respect and when finished the new handmade creation will be a compliment to the originals.
When you don't know exactly what you want but know you want something different, contemporary and handmade, then our in-house design team cantalk you through all of your options. We take time to listen, find out a little about you, your lifestyle, your likes and most importantly your dislikes. From there we will come up with some ideas and develop those along with you until we find the design you love.
Every handmade design or remodelling project is unique and therefore impossible to put a cost on until it has been defined. If you have a budget to work to it's best to be upfront about it at the initial consultation as we can advise on the best way to work within your comfort zone.
We do not charge for consultations or design work and will give you a fixed price once a final design has been agreed.
We'd love to help make your dreams become reality so why not make an appointment for a no obligation consultation? Call us on 01506 826863 or pop into our boutique at 43 North Street Bo'ness EH51 0AQ.
It looks like platinum, it feels like platinum, it's part of the platinum family of metals so palladium is a great alternative to platinum when it comes to jewellery and rings.
Palladium has become very popular for engagement rings and wedding rings (especially with the increasing price of platinum). Here at Pebbles Bo'ness and on-line we have a selection of palladium rings which we are sure you will love as much as we do!
Still need to be convinced that palladium is a very real alternative to platinum?
The Facts on Palladium
Palladium is a silvery-white, rare and lustrous precious metal, one of the platinum group metals which are typically found together in ore deposits.
Palladium is naturally white from so it will never change colour.
The richest known palladium deposit in the world is located in southern Montana in the USA.
Palladium is priced lower than the cost of platinum
Palladium is currently priced considerably lower than the price of platinum, a fact that customers have deeply appreciated and has helped palladium rise in popularity over the higher priced platinum and white gold.
Unlike white gold, palladium does not need to be rhodium coated and will keep its natural white colour. More than a fifth of the worlds palladium supply now goes into jewellery production and China is the country with the highest demand for the precious metal.
In 2001 palladium actually cost more than platinum, due to the technology to efficiently cast palladium in jewellery not yet being available!
With that problem resolved palladium rings and jewellery are becoming more and more popular and palladium is now being considered as a viable alternative and is growing in importance with jewellery designers worldwide.
Palladium is a hallmarked precious metal
Officially recognised by UK Assay Offices from January 2010 as a precious metal, all palladium jewellery now has to be hallmarked. Palladium has had a voluntary, legally recognised UK hallmark since July 2009 and from 1 January 2010, this is now a legal requirement for all articles weighing more than 1 gram.
The symbol for palladium is is the Pallas Athene, the greek Godess of War, Wisdom and Crafts, after whom palladium was named.
Why we love palladium
Resistant to corrosion, oxidation and tarnishing, palladium is very durable and its purity means that allergic reactions are avoided.
Hardwearing, hypoallergenic and affordable, we know that you will love our stylish Palladium collection as much as we do.
We are super excited to announce that in collaboration with Scottish jewellery brand Bonnie Bling, we are the very first (and only) store, in the world where you can design your very own custom personalised Bonnie Bling necklace in store and online.
There are 5 steps to designing your necklace
Step 1 - decide what you would like your necklace to say (name, nickname, favourite band, sports team or what ever you like!)
Step 2 - Choose a font
Step 3 - Choose a colour
Step 4 - Collect your very own personalised necklace in 10 days
Step 5 - tell all of your friends where to get their very own!
I have my name on mine but I already have the thinking cap for my next one!
This week is your last chance to grab a bargain in Pebbles Edinburgh's Clearance Sale before the shop closes on Saturday 1st March.
The lease on our Edinburgh shop is coming to an end and although we have been looking for an alternative location we have been unable to find anything suitable.
We would like to thank all who have shopped with us in Edinburgh for your support and invite you to take advantage of the HUGE savings in our Clearance Sale.
These are just a few examples - there are lots more in the shop so please call in this week and bag yourself a real bargain!
Valentine's Day can be a touchy subject.
Do you go for it all hearts and flowers or is it just another commercialised out-dated tradition?
It's a dilemma - you should show your love every day not just on one specified day. But if you ignore it are you destined for the dog house?
Here at Pebbles we are big softies and welcome any excuse to give and receive gorgeous jewellery - whether it's cheap and cheerful or outrageously extravagant.
If you need inspiration for valentine's Day - or any other day - here's our pick of the best.
So whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or not there's always an excuse (reason) to treat someone you love to gorgeous jewellery.
With our January Sale almost over I have got to wondering if we have become a nation of bargain hunters because we have less money to spend or because we have been convinced never to pay full price for anything?
As a result of some retailers running almost constant sales have we lost the ability to see the value of anything unless it is reduced?
As a business we have taken the view that to sell an item for Christmas then reduce it a week later was morally wrong and unfair to our customers.
However, this year we have succumbed to pressure and have drastically reduced selected items of jewellery and handbags.
As soon as this was announced our website and phone lines were red hot as people snapped up bargains.
So I am left wondering has retail been it's worst enemy?
By promoting the idea that to pay full price is somehow foolish and unnecessary has retail (and the media) left consumers confused and unable to judge the real value of a product?
I'd be interested to hear your views.
Those of you that know me, know how much I love a statement ring so you can imagine my excitement when I opened the delivery of a range of exclusive silver jewellery all the way from Greece.
Designed and handmade by a small collective of Greek artisans these amazing ranges also include earrings and necklaces.
Working in silver and 22ct gold plate, these very talented designers, produce amazing statement pieces of jewellery that are sure to turn heads every time you wear them!
To view this EXCLUSIVE collection pop in to Pebbles Bo'ness and I know you will love it as much as me!