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The American Institution of the High School Prom has now become tradition here.
The Prom season is upon us and the excitement is building. How and when did that happen? What happened to the school disco in the gym hall?
The first recorded account of a prom as we know it was by a student at Amherst College, Massachusetts, in 1894, who described what would now be recognised as a formal senior ball. Proms on the other hand, have evolved from something traditional to something decadent.
The very idea of a school leavers’ prom has invoked ideas of celebrity and rockstar lifestyle. The more expensive the dress and the flashier the limo, the better,
Girls (or their parents) are buying dresses worth £800-£1000 or even more, and paying significant amounts of money in order to get their hair styled and nails manicured like a Hollywood celebrity attending an awards ceremony or a film premiere. Add to this the cost of jewellery, photography and limo hire, it's an expensive rite of passage!
We can bemoan the expense and the Americanisation - but then we see the dresses (swoon) and just bask in their gorgeousness!
Here are some of my favourites .......
Short or long?
Not for the shrinking violet!
Words fail me - this is just gorgeous!
Sweet, traditional Prom style
Love love love this one!
Maybe mums get so into their daughters' Prom is because like me they never got the opportunity to wear dresses like this or have the whole celebrity for a day experience.
A Family Ruby Wedding Anniversary Celebration got me thinking .....
Buying a gift for a wedding anniversary can be difficult - do you go with the traditional gift themes for the number of years of marriage or do you go off piste?
Well with a little bit of thought and imagination you can do both.
For example - the theme for the first wedding anniversary is paper. A bit boring you might think at first, but I've come across a few ideas that are a bit different. What about a lottery ticket? A ticket to see a band that was popular at the time the couple got married? (There are so many reunion tours these days it should be possible to find something appropriate). Or how about a newspaper from the date of the wedding?
If you, like me have wondered where these themed ideas for anniversary gifts came from, this might shed some light - taken from a 1922 book by Emily Post.
"Paper goes with the first year. This represents a clean but easily torn page.
The fifth anniversary is marked with wood, representing strength, wisdom, deep roots and insight.
Tin marks the 10th year of a marriage. This represents preservation and longevity, protection from rust, and preservation of all contained in a symbolic tin vessel.
The 15th year is crystal, marking the investment the spouses have made in each other and the clarity, transparency and deep knowledge of each other.
The 20th anniversary is celebrated with gifts of china. This represents a fragile yet longlasting relationship, and is a reminder not to take the union for granted but to continue to cherish each other and flourish.
Diamond and platinum go with the 50th and 75th wedding anniversary, representing precious value and immense durability."
I don't know about you but that makes me see the traditional themes in a different light and in future I will try to give gifts that reflect those sentiments.
A quick look at images from The Chelsea Flower Show reminds us that there is often a strong floral influence on the design of jewellery and accessories.
From brightly coloured gardens to tranquil peaceful spaces via some interesting quirky displays, The Chelsea Flower show has something for everyone.Do you see the possible influence in terms of shape and colour that this gorgeous flower could have had on our Pink and White Flower Necklace and Earring set?The pretty pastel colours of these flowers are reflected in this statement Fiorelli necklaceThe floral influence in design of our popular Tulip bag is plain to see!So you see it's flowers everywhere at the moment!Val x
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.
Surprises from Dansk
We are super excited that, as well as bringing you gorgeous Dansk Smykkekunst jewellery, we now have beautiful Dansk faux fur jackets and waist coats!
These are perfect for keeping warm and stylish this Autumn/Winter.
This super soft faux fur and sequins jacket is perfect for adding a touch of glamour to your outfit. It looks amazing on a night out but equally great worn with jeans and boots!
Of course as well as these stunning jackets and waist coats we also have gorgeous jewellery from Dansk Smykkekunst in our boutique and available on-line.
I am sure you are all busy planning your Halloween costumes, carving pumpkins and decorating the house (I am sure you are more organised than me!).
But as we all know every good costume needs amazing accessories so here are a few of my spooktacular suggestions of accessories for you!
The anatomic heart earrings from leading jewellery designer Bjorg are a great finishing touch to your vampire look.
If you are dressing as a pirate this Hallow'een then this silver skull and crossbones necklace and these skull earrings from Tina Lilienthal are perfect!
No self respecting zombie would be seen creeping around without their dead gorgeous spine jewellery from Bjorg!
Even if you are not dressing up but taking the kids out guising (trick or treating) then wrap up warm and what better way to stay on trend than with a gorgeous REW scarf and these funky fingerless gloves.
Remember everything in this blog is not just for Hallow'een it will look fabulous all year round!
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
We are super excited to let you know that Fiorelli costume jewellery is now available in our boutique and on-line!
With prices starting from just £14 this range of necklaces, earrings and bracelets is one not to be missed!
Love statement jewellery? Then you are sure to love Fiorelli costume jewellery as much as I do.
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.