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  • Have you ever thought of having a handmade custom designed ring or piece of jewellery?

    Custom Design and Commissions

    bespoke, design, jewellery, unusual, different, silver, gold, platinum, palladiumcommissioned handmade custom designed ring or piece of jewellery is the ultimate statement of your individuality andcharacter. 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. bespoke 2

    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.

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    Inherited Jewellery

    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.

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    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.

     

    Something Different

    When you don't know exactly what you want but know you want something different, bespoke 1contemporary and handmade, then our in-house design team can talk 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.

    Costs

    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?

  • Valentine's Day

    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?

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    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?

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    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.

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    Bjorg anatomically correct heart stud earrings £90 Bjorg anatomically correct heart stud earrings £90
    Fiorelli multi heart pendant £130 Fiorelli multi heart pendant £130
    18 carat white gold ring with Marquise and Princess cut diamonds £3345 18 carat white gold ring with Marquise and Princess cut diamonds £3345

    So whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or not there's always an excuse (reason) to treat someone you love to gorgeous jewellery.

    Val x

     

  • Pebblettes Xmas Party


    Pebbles Xmas Party

    We would like to say say a HUGE thanks to all who came to our Exclusive Pebblettes Xmas Party last night.

    For those of you that sadly couldn't make it here is a wee taster of the fun filled night of  exclusive discounts and surprise extra savings (guests pulled a cracker at the till to find out how much extra discount they would get - some people saved an additional 25%!!).  Santa himself even made an appearance bearing gifts for lucky guests!

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    Pebbles Xmas Party Guests Our guests had an exclusive look at new ranges that are just in

    Among the most popular items were our Fabulous Rew scarves.

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    The edgy style of Bjorg caught the eye of many of our guests.

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    Thank you again to everyone that helped to make it such a memorable evening, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

    Danielle, Val and Kevin x

     

     

     

  • Treasure Winners Showcased at Pebbles for Edinburgh Fringe Festival

    Here at Pebbles we are delighted to be showcasing the work of not one, not two but three award winning up and coming jewellery designers, Claire English, Clarice Price-Thomas and OAK Fine Jewellery for the duration of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

    Claire English is a contemporary jewellery designer working from London.  The Special Jewellery Company is the realisation of Claire's dream to establish an unmistakably English luxury fashion jewellery brand.

    Jewellery designed by Claire combines her interest in curios, collage and fine craftsmanship with a witty, irreverent and playful deisgn.

    Claire English Smouldering Spent Necklace with Rubies £150

    Clarice Price Thomas is an award winning jewellery designer working from London who is fast becoming known for her unique and contemporary designs, technical ability and attention to detail.

    Growing up as the daughter of a watch and clock maker, Clarice designs jewellery which combines her interst in machinery, movements, mechanisms and antiques, with an innovative, unique and elegant design philosophy.

    Clarice Price Thomas Cog Earrings £54

    OAK embodies strength luxury and beautiful design whilst bringing together a love of fashion with jewellery that can be worn for generations.

    OAK fine jewellery takes inspiration from history, through style, form and concept.  These details are brought forward into designs that have a contemporary edge, to be worn now and passed on for the future.

    OAK Our Love Will Bloom Ring £70

    If you are in Edinburgh soaking up the festival atmosphere or going to see a show or two, pop in (9 Jeffrey Street) to see the full collections from these up and coming British jewellery designers and of course lots of others!

    See you soon

    Danielle x

  • Bex Bardon - Best Of British Designers Interview

    As part of our Best Of British Designers celebration I got the opportunity to interview our wonderful British jewellery designers.

    Today our featured British designer is Bex Bardon -

    Bex Bardon is a self-confessed jewellery-aholic!

    "I once read somewhere about the body being a blank canvas, that's just how I had  always seen myself- a canvas to be adorned. I've always been interested in  adornment in every form. I love jewellery and clothing to more extreme permanent  expressions in tattoos and piercings. People are absolutely fascinating in the  way that they choose to express themselves by what they are wearing. I find  gothic and punk fashion especially liberating, it's fun, exciting and sexy in  different ways. My jewellery range at the moment shows this, it's chunky  statement jewellery."

    Bex is based in West Yorkshire and runs her business from her workshop there.

    Why did you decide to work in jewellery design?

    'I decided I wanted to be a jewellery designer/maker when I was quite young, this is all I ever imagined doing and it's all I ever want to do!  I have such freedom, its so exciting to make whatever I want to.'

    What was the first piece of jewellery you made?

    'I went through a phase of making brooches when I was little!  The first serious jewellery I made was wedding jewellery for a friend.'

    What is your biggest inspiration?

    'The thing that inspires me most is punk fashion.'

    Who do you admire most in the jewellery industry?

    'This is a really tough one because there are so many amazing jewellers, its hard to narrow it down!  I love Marta Mattsson's work, its so quirky and unusual and a bit gross!'

    and finally which celebrity (past or present) would you love to see wearing one of your designs?

    'It has to be Siouxsie from Siouxsie and the Banshees.  I can really imagine her in my work, it would be amazing if she modelled my work......... maybe some day!'

    For today only you can get your hands on your own piece of Bex Bardon jewellery with 15% off! Simply enter BEX15 at the checkout for your discount to be applied.

    Danielle x

  • Jessica Flinn - Best Of British Designers Interview

    As part of our Best Of British Designers celebration I got the opportunity to interview our wonderful British jewellery designers.

    Today our featured British designer is Sheffield based Jessica Flinn -

    Jessica's passion for jewellery started in 2007 when she applied to university. She wanted to combine her love of art with learning a practical 'hands on' skill.  In January 2009 she took part in an educational exchange to Seoul, South Korea - an experience that influences her designs.  After specialising in Silver in her final year of university she went on the set up her own company Jessica Flinn Designs in May 2010.

    Every single piece from her collections has been designed in Sheffield, manufactured on site and using local businesses; and is always hand finished.

    Why did you decide to work in jewellery design?

    'I wanted to combine my love of art with a physical skill - jewellery seemed like the best mix of the two.'

    What was the first piece of jewellery you made?

    'I made a brooch at university, it was a little car which I lost wax cast.  I thought it was brilliant; my lecturers on the other hand couldn't see how it was connected to our "buildings architecture" as the breif stated - oops!'

    What is your biggest inspiration?

    'My friends, family and partner Ollie - sounds cheesey but at the end of the day it's all for them!'

    Who do you admire most in the jewellery industry?

    'I admire successful jewellery designers.  I hope to be like them one day!  I admire designers such as Babette Wasserman - a keen eye and a business head!'

    and finally which celebrity (past or present) would you love to see wearing one of your designs?

    'I'm a royal family fan - anything British is great by me so ideally it would be Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge).  I like her so much I even designed a range of stainless steel cuffs in dedication to her!'

    For today only you can get your hands on your own piece of Jessica Flinn jewellery with 15% off!  Simply enter JESS15 at the checkout for your discount to be applied.

    Danielle x

  • Cara Tonkin - Best Of British Designers Interview

    As part of our Best Of British Designers celebration I got the opportunity to interview our wonderful British jewellery designers.

    We are continuing today with the very talented Cara Tonkin -

    With a focus on innovative and modern design, Cara Tonkin creates jewellery that explores her fascination with cultural and historical symbolism.  Her elegant pieces relate to themes of decadence, mysticism and the exotic.

    Why did you decide to work in jewellery design?

    'I was interested in many other aspects of art and design and almost went down the fashion/textiles route, but I decided on jewellery as I wanted to learn a craft.  The challenge of working with metal was massively appealing to me.  There's just so much you can do with it as a material.  Jewellery is precious and everlasting, it is used to express emotion and identity and often carries a great amount of sentimentality.  It is wonderful making pieces which you know will be treasured for years to come.  Essentially though, I am just a magpie in love with all things intricate and sparkly.'

    What was the first piece of jewellery you made?

    'When I was younger, me and my friends used to go to The Bead Shop in the Brighton Lanes.  We would spend hours picking out selections of beads and putting them in little wicker baskets ready to take to the till.  I think the first piece of jewellery I amde would have been a beaded friendship bracelet, which I then ties to my wrist and kept on until the string had worn out and it fell off.'

    What is your biggest inspiration?

    'I have always had an infatuation with the Art Nouveau/Art Deco periods which ran from around 1900 - 1930.  It was a period rich with romantic, symbolic and exotic iconography.  Artists set about creating a dream like world inspired by sinous natural forms, fairy tales, religion and fantasy.  I love the decadence of it and the emphasis that was put on making everyday objects into works of art.'

    Who do you admire most in the jewellery industry?

    'I would have to say Shaun Leane, and in particular the collaborations for catwalk he did with Alexander McQueen.  They are some of the most amazingly powerful and emotive objects I have ever seen and the craftsmanship involved in making his pieces is incredible.'

    and finally which celebrity (past or present) would you love to see wearing one of your designs?

    'It would have to be the iconic femme fatale, Marchesa Luisa Casati.  She was Europe's most notorious celebrity for the first three decades of the twentieth century,  She wore live snakes as jewellery and was infamous for her evening strolls, naked beneath her furs whilest parading cheetas on diamond-studded leashes.  Everywhere she went, she set trends and inspired.  She adorned her self with the jewels of Lalique who is one of my most admired artists and directly inspired the famed 'Panther' design for Cartier.'

    For today only you can get your hands on your own piece of Cara Tonkin jewellery with 15% off!  Simply enter CARA15 at the checkout for your discount to be applied.

    Danielle x

  • Do celebrities influence the jewellery we buy?

    After seeing a picture of Rihanna wearing the gorgeous Bjorg Spine bangle at Nivea's 100th anniversary bash, I got to thinking, do celebs influence our style when it comes to jewellery?

    It is a well known fact that celebrities such as Dannii Minogue, Fern Cotton, Cherly Cole and even the newly wed Dutchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) have a huge impact on what we wear.  Sales of sapphire engagement rings more than tripled after Wills and Kate announced their engagement and the dress Kate wore for thier engagement pictures sold out quickly.

    But when it comes to jewellery do we like to wear the same jewellery as our favourite celebrities or do we like to take a little of thier style and add our own finishing touches?  When Katy Perry was announced as ambassador for Thomas Sabo were you reaching for your purse to buy the newest piece?

    Here we have Sheridan Smith with her Steven Harkin 'Kylie' clutch bag which was named after the one and only Kylie Minogue who owns the bag in red patent.  Do you think Sheridan bought it because of it's celebrity status?

    Personally I like to choose my jewellery and accessories because I love the feel, finish or designer.  It may be in the same style as one of the big style icons has worn but not the exact piece.  Therefore I can add my own twist and match several pieces from different ranges and/or designers together.

    For example I love to wear my Sphere Of Life charm bracelet everyday, sometimes teamed with a Sphere Of Life necklace, sometimes with a Tina Lilienthal (who is loved by loads of celebs including Davina McCall!) cherry necklace or if I am heading out I will dress it up with a bit of sparkle!

    I love to check out the magazines to see the latest style do's and don'ts but when it comes to choosing what I wear I love to be individual.  I may have some pieces that are also owned by celebs but I have chosen them beacuase I love them for their design not because of who I have seen wearing them!

    Danielle x

  • Every woman loves designer leather handbags!

    When it comes to leather handbags I simply love handmade unique bags that make a style statement.  The smell of leather, the colours and styles.  When we get a delivery from one of our handbag designers and each of the bags are wrapped individually I am like a kid at Xmas time, ripping at the paper to see what is inside!

    When Coco Barclay Skirt bagsfirst arrived in our Bo'ness shop, I just had to have the Clutch My Skirt in fucshia and bought it before it even reached the shelves!  I love the colour and style of the bag and I get loads of compliments on it when ever I use it.  It has been to weddings, parties and even to the pub!  My favourite designer leather handbag goes with anything and is great to add a splash of colour.

    Coco Barclay works in the highest quality, ethically sourced materials and her designs are fun, stylish and practical too.  Coco has brought together a group of British craftspeople to produce her designs, people who do what they do because they love it - and it shows.

    One designer leather handbag I would love to own (but need to save some pennies first!) would be the Ameliafrom Steven Harkin.  I love the structure of this handmade bag and it would look fantatsic dressed with jeans (or my new maxi dress!) for a day out with the girls.

    Steven Harkin has been an artist, designer, maker and producer of leather accessories for some 25 years.  He has gained international recognition for his creative style and his handbags are loved by public and private collectors.  The Kylie clutch bag was named after Kylie Minogue who owns it in red patent leather. 

    I love the soft suede inside this bag and the selection of colours you can choose from, you could have one to match every outfit!

    A leather handbag is one of the most important (and useful) accessories you own, so why not make a statement with yours?

    Danielle x

  • Brand snob or designer diva - which are you when it comes to jewellery?

    When choosing jewellery are you more likely to choose a well known brand or go for something individual from a designer maker?

    I have to admit that when I was a bit younger I would go for a brand every time, probably because when you are younger you tend to follow whatever your friends are wearing.  I still love some brands such as Sphere Of Life and Step By Step but as I grow older and learn more about the designers, we stock at Pebbles I find myself swaying on the side of the designers.

    I love the thought of having a unique piece of jewelley that no one else in the world has.  The imagination and inspiration of jewellery designers fascinates me (as I am the least artistic person you could ever meet!), the use of materials such as silver, gold, steel, acrylic and even rubber to make the most intricate or bold pieces that make me smile.

    This silver, gold and diamond ring from British designer Paul Finch's Trapped collection is simple, elegant and unusual.  I love the way the diamonds look as though they are 'trapped' in the shell.  It could be worn everyday or dressed up for a night out.

    I love the work of Tina Lilenthalfor her playful way of mixing acrylic with silver and in this case green gingham material.  Her designs are quirky and are loved by poeple that like jewellery with a contemporary touch.

    Bjorg jewellery is tipped by people in the jewellery press to be the next BIG thing.  I love they way she uses gothic influences to give a modern take on this heart pendant.  The heart is anatomically correct and the tag reads 'ab imo pectore' which translates as 'from the bottom of my heart.'

    Some people like to be loyal to a brand and religiously buy anything they release, even if they don't particularly like it!  Just so they can have the newest piece.  Where as if you choose a piece from an individual designer you are choosing it because you love their style and uniqueness.

    So are you a jewellery brand snob or a designer diva?  For the moment I am a bit of both but who knows if in the future that will change!

    Danielle x

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