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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.
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.
We are delighted to pass on these amazing savings to our customers. Making this the ideal time to treat that special someone - or yourself.
Ladies, this could be the nudge needed to prompt a proposal or renew your existing ring.
There is a huge selection of styles and sizes of amazingly priced diamond rings in our boutique and also on-line. This gorgeous white gold ring with a Princess and a Marquise cut diamond (was selling for £3345 now only £1599!) is one of my personal favourites and would make an unusual engagement ring or a stunning dress ring.
Our diamond set wedding rings, engagement and dress rings are now on average over £800 BELOW RRP. There are some savings of over £1,500 to be made!
Available in limited sizes only so don't be disappointed - pop in to our Bo'ness boutique, call us on 01506 826863 or go on-line to check out the savings you can make!
Pebbles Jewellery Valuation Service
At Pebbles we are very proud to work with Scotland's premier jewellery valuation consultant, Adrian S Smith FGA Jewellery Valuations.
Adrian S Smith FGA is an independent jewellery valuation consultant providing a comprehensive jewellery valuation and appraisal for private clients and some of Scotland's most eminent jewellers.
Adrian is the founding member of the Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers. In addition, he is actively involved in gemmology education in Scotland as a member of the manangement committee of the Scottish Gemmological Association. He is also a member of various associations in the USA, including the National Association of Jewellery Appraisers (senior member) and is a senior accredited gemmologist and a member of the Board of Govenors of the Accredited Gemmologist Association.
Adrian does not buy and sell jewellery or accept renumeration from insurance companies, brokers, lawyers or any other associated industries. In adopting this stance he remains totally independent, unbiased and objective.
Why you should have your jewellery valued regularly
A valuation and appraisal of your treasured items is so much more than a listing of their values. It provides you with peace of mind that in the event of a loss, the detailed description of the missing item will allow a fitting replacement to be supplied. The schedule provides proof of ownership. This is useful when a claim is made against any unspecified items on your insurance policy.
Do you realise that if you cannot prove that stolen jewellery belongs to you, it can, in some cases be returned to the suspected burglar? The detailed descriptions and images in your jewellery valuation report, help the police identify your items and return them to their rightful owner.
It is important that your jewellery valuations are kept up to date as the value of precious metals and gemstones can increase quite dramatically. If your jewellery is undervalued you will find it difficult to replace with equivalent pieces as your insurance company may only pay out the lower valuation. We recommend that your jewellery is re-valued every 3 - 4 years.
To find out more about our jewellery valuation service or to have your treasured items valued please contact us on 01506 826863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.