Don't channel Pocahontas

May 27, 2016


For me nothing says Summer like Turquoise (and a little gold);
Mediterranean seas, Greek islands, balmy nights in Ibiza.....you get the gist.

Turquoise jewellery looks great with just jeans and a t'shirt 
or dressed up for the evening. 
Either way it can look fab without  
leaving you looking like Cher in the 70's.

There is no best way to wear turquoise but if you don't want 
to channel your inner Pocahontas , then I suggest
sticking to one statement piece rather than lots of hokey
cheap pieces.

Gorgeous!


Gold spike turquoise cuff here


On the other hand as the colour is very strong it can be 
worn also as delicate pieces



Bangles here

Earrings here
Ring here
Here's 10 things you may not have realised about Turquoise:

i) Turquoise is a powerful stone for protection. It increases inner calmness 
and eases depression, anxiety and exhaustion
ii) It is the stone that strengthens female energies
iii) It is a stone for friendship and true love
iv) It is especially calming if you have to do public speaking
v) It's a powerful stone that stimulates intuition 


Turquoise ring here
Earrings here


vi) It's a stone that helps in the absorption of nutrients and 
strengthening of the immune system
vii) It sis helpful in alleviating female disorders as well
as soothing headaches.
viii) Given as a present Turquoise brings prosperity
and happiness to it's receiver.
ix) It is well known for it's healing powers and it's
ability to draw disease out of the body.
x)  A great stone to keep with you when meditating.

Emerald and Turquoise earrings by de Grisogono


That's it for this week.
I would love to hear if you are a turquoise girl 
and if not what colour always makes you think
of Summer?

Happy weekend Lovelies
xxxx

Colours of Capri

May 2, 2016

One of my most favourite places in Europe
(possibly the world) is the island of Capri.

I absolutely love this place. 
It's my go-to when I need a shot of 
Riviera glamour.

To sit and people watch in Capri
is like being in an old Carey Grant or
Sophia Loren movie.


One of the things I love most are the 2 principle
colours in Capri-yellow and blue.

Dolce & Gabbana did a range called Maiolica
Limoni which epitomises the very essence of the 
colour palette of this beautiful island.






That is why I am beyond excited to introduce
my Limited Edition Capri Cocktail rings; 
because they epitomise
everything I think of when I think of Capri.

Let me explain why.


The blue Lapis and Marbled Opal rings epitomise the stunning blue and white tiles you see everywhere in Capri (especially in my favourite place La Minerva hotel) or the intense blue, beach umbrellas that symbolise the private La Fontelina Beach Club.

La Fontelina Private Beach Club

The sultry blue of the Lapis or the chic, white marbled Opal are embedded in 14 kt gold which then sits proudly aloft a sensual hunk of smooth, glistening, black jade. These rings look divine against sun-kissed skin; dressed up or down as the mood dictates.

The yellow ring represents the zesty, fruity lemon-ness (is that a word?) of this gorgeous island. 

Imagine wearing this ring to dinner sitting under the stars and lemon groves of La Paulino restaurant. Or drinking iced Limoncello liqueurs after a seafood lunch. If this is you, then this ring fits the bill perfectly. Worn against a backdrop of black or white, this ring will up the glamour stakes every time. 

Eating under the stars and lemon trees at La Paulino's



Now here's the rub.
These are a Limited Edition only. 
This means that it will be offered first to those on the 'Priority List'.
We are only making a very limited number of each (to keep their exclusiveness) and once they are gone.......they are GONE GIRLFRIEND (talking of which some of my
girlfriends have already bagged their slots!)

As you know all our pieces are hand-crafted by the finest European craftsman and these stunning pieces will take 5-6 weeks to be made. 
So you will definitely have them in time for the Summer and all the Summer events you have planned.

I don't want to see you do the ugly cry if you miss these. 
Last time I did this about 50% of the list where not able to
bag the ring they wanted  and I was getting angry emails
for some months after. But as I tried to explain to some
very angry ladies, that's what 'Limited Edition' means ;-)

(I must admit those from my blog who were on my last
Limited Edition promotion got their fabulous piece)

But if you miss it, it really will be as bad as Nutella going out of production
or your children wanting to be Justin Beiber or Miley Cyrus when they grow up!!!
Yes it will be THAT bad ;-)

So hoppity skip yourself down onto  the Priority Hot List and just know
all your girlfriends will be queuing up to knab this right of your little 
fingers :-)


I would love to hear if you've been to Capri. 
If not, where is your go-to place to get a shot
of glamour (excluding Paris ;-)

Ciao Bella
xxx



Bella Donna

Apr 15, 2016

Those who have been following my ramblings for some
time know how much I love the Italian style (actually
more than the French ;-)

I find their way of dressing a little more creative, sassy
and more fun than their French counterparts.
"La moda" to the Italian woman is exuded from within.

Even though rich design is in their history, their style is 
still unmistakeable.

I have both French and Italian girlfriends. 
If I am meeting a French friend, I can more or less guess what she will be wearing 
(in terms of style). If I meet with one of my Italian girlfriends, 
I never know what she will be wearing, and it will always have the “wow” factor. 
By “wow-factor” I don’t mean over-the-top, in a cocktail/frou-frou kind of way. 
I mean “Wow, how can she look so damn good just wearing jeans, 
a t’shirt and a butter soft leather jacket with matching bag, and not a Hermés scarf in sight?” 
My Italian friends never fail to astound me with their style. 

Here are some quick tips to create "la moda Italiana"


UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE:
In Italy you learn quickly that
"less is more". Women tend to stick to muted 
shades during the day.

Margarita Missoni (Getty image)

CLASSIC STAPLES:
Smart casual pants, heavy cashmere sweaters,
cosy wraps and FUR for Winter. Classic, crisp
white shirts, tailored pants and lots of accessories
for Summer

Monica Bellucci (Getty Image)


MIXING BRANDS:
Italian women have an expert eye for mixing budget with
luxury brands; a handmade bag with an unknown cashmere
sweater is how roll.

Giovanna Battaglia (Getty Image)

Who would have thought trainers could look so glam!

DON'T FOLLOW TRENDS:
I personally think Italian women are less
severe and more adventurous than their French
counterparts. They are more daring with the
"bella figura". A capri pant and low cut cardigan
would hit the mark in Milan

La Bella Figura (Getty Image)

Italian women have a strong fashion sense without ever
becoming "fashionistas". They always wear the right clothes 
for their age.......and always impeccable.

Anna Dello Russo (Getty image)
Biana Balti (Getty image)


Rings available here
I would love to know if you agree (and even
better if you don't ;-)

xxxx

Monochrome Magic

Apr 6, 2016

It seems my two favourite colours are back in vogue;
did they ever go out I hear you asking.

via Bloglovin

Black and white was all over the Spring/Summer catwalks.


Calvin Klein Resort 2016


Absolutely LOVE this monochrome bikini


Earrings here and here


Grown up boho with Alice Temperley (2016)


White bag: Hermés (currently on my Summer wish-list)
Top right: Python clutch by Gigi New York (absolutely love ALL their products
especially their stationary and travel accessories. If ever my 
Husband is stuck for what to buy me, he knows to go straight here ;-)
Bottom Right: Anya Hindmarch


Statement Ring: here
Pendant: here


Valentino


Someone who has been embracing the
monochrome trend recently ;-)




Would love to know if you will be embracing
the monochrome look this Spring or are
you ready to start rocking your pastels.

xxx



If Your Life Is Perfect You Won't Need This Post

Mar 28, 2016

I hope by the time you read  this blog you would have OD'd on your Easter eggs 
and are now sitting comatosed on your sofa ready to make a "new start" next week. 
If so, then my new " friends" below may just help you do that.


gemstone rings, mother of pearl, silver, European jewellery, European Jewelry


This broad band ring will envelope your finger in shimmering brilliance whilst casting off an alluring light from the richness of the centre piece gemstone.

An exquisitely crafted statement ring. It is made in high quality European Silver adorned with gemstones that are set in Mother of Pearl.


This comprises of 7 different variations which are more than just gorgeous to look at. Here is why (from left to right):

*Citrine-often called the "Success Stone"
*Smokey Quartz-promotes grounding and removal of negativity
*Rose Quartz-promotes love and friendship 
*Gold Quartz-promotes calmness, joy and peace
*Blue Topaz-often called the "writers/speakers stone"
*Amethyst-a powerful stone for protection
*White Topaz-aids manifestation and improves clarity


We can make this ring in any size so it will be custom-made for you.

We also offer  a payment plan. So just drop me an email 
you would like to consider this option and I will do my best to accommodate you

You can get up close and personal with these new beauties here


OK, so here's a special offer for my lovely blogging friends.
Even though these are brand new in, I am giving you
15% OFF  on any of the above rings.
Your code is: STELLA15
(Offer ends Monday 4 April 2016)

Let me just tell you that these will not be discounted again THIS YEAR, 
as they have just come in. So if you miss it, it really will be as bad 
as Nutella going out of production and your children 
growing up to be like Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus......
honestly it really will be that bad!!!





That's it Lovelies.
Wishing you a fabulous week.

World Book Day + Why I'm Giving Up These……...

Mar 3, 2016


OK, so those of you that have been following my blog for some time 
know I am a real book worm. Actually I think I like books more
than people…….well some people at least ;-)

via Modern Mrs Darcy/Pinterest

But here's the problem.
I have more than 70+ BRAND NEW, unread
books that I have bought over the last couple of
years that I have not even cracked open (this is
not including coffee table books and cookery books!)

So what's gone wrong?

Well I blame my Kindle.
Yes you read that right. I am
"uncoupling" from my Kindle (Gwennie Paltrow
would be SO proud of me ;-)



Here's why:

*EBooks are not in your face:
That's right. They don't occupy physical space
calling out to you every time you walk past them
and ignore them. A physical book calls out to
you every time you pass it (or is it just me and should
I see my doctor about this?)


*Physical books are sensory:
Well for me at least. 
Who doesn't love to caress and smell a brand
new book?  How the pages feel. How they turn.
They all affect my reading experience.



*EBooks never stay in my memory
Research has proved that scrolling and swiping
actually dislodges data from our short-term
memory and trust me I don't need more of
this happening.


* E-books= less retention. I know this is
definitely true for me. But again the research
seems to back this up. Comprehension 
assumes you plot the story or argument in your mind. 
The digital format does work against this.
Test it out. See if this is true for you also.
I certainly find my mind wonders much more
when I am reading something in it's digital format.

* E-books feels too much like online reading,
which for me is a form of scanning rather than reading
and "savouring".


* The biggie for me is that there isn't a sense of achievement
when you finish a book. I am not the fastest reader, so when
I finish a physical book there is a real sense of achievement.
When I finish an e-book I don't have that same 
sense of achievement. Seeing a finished physical book 
usually stirs the emotions that came with reading that book 
whether that be the story line or just finishing it. 
I don't get that from an e-book as once
it's finished it just slips down my Kindle library never to be
seen again (unless I consciously go looking for it).


So for me 2016 is about a trial separation from my
Kindle reader and sticking with physical books.
Maybe I will do an update in December to let you
know how well, or not, this went ;-)

Would love to hear your views.


BAFTA BEAUTIES + BLING

Feb 19, 2016

So cold, blustery February nights usually means an awards
ceremony of some kind in London.

And yes, it was cold and gale-force as predicted for the BAFTA's
(the British Academy of Film and Television Awards).

By now you know the winners and the "very gracious" losers.
But here are some of my favourite sparkles that 
shone out on the night.


BAFTA's, Chopard, Rubies, Diamonds, Chandlier earrings, jewellery, jewelry

Wow!!! I think Annabelle Wallis looks gorgeous (she reminds me so much
of the Spanish actress and wife of Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky).
Anyway, I digress. 
She was adorned in stunning Chopard ruby and diamond chandelier earrings.



BAFTA Awards, David Morris Jewellery, Kate Winslet, sapphires, diamonds, chandelier earrings

OK, so I am not a great Winslet fan, but she did look gorgeous
in her Antonio-Berardi figure hugging, fishtail dress which was 
accompanied by David Morris pieces.




Julianne Moore wearing vivid Emerald earrings by Chopard
to accompany her Armani Privè gown


Chopard, BAFTA Awards 2016 , coloured sapphires, jewellery, jewelry,

Saoirse Ronan wearing the most gorgeous sugar-sweet 
3-strand coloured sapphires by Chopard
Do you like these?


BAFTA AWARDS 2016, Louis Vuitton Jewellery, diamond earrings, drop earrings, Alicia Vikanda

"Gothic Goddess" Alicia Vikanda wearing stunning diamond drop earrings by LV. 
I "think" her dress was also by Louis Vuitton.


BAFTA AWARDS 2016, , diamond earrings, drop earrings,Angela Bassett, Maxior Joias

The stunning Angela Bassett wearing earrings by 
Maxior Joias



Finally Julie Walters BEFORE her Cinderella moment; she lost one
of the earrings which she confessed were on loan to her and cost
more than her house!!!! Not the time to lose your sparkles Auntie Ju!!!!

Thankfully the 22ct pear-shaped diamond earrings set in purple
infused Titanium were found :-)

There you have it. My quick round up
of some of my favs.


Any favourites?

Happy weekend Lovelies
xxxx



All images by Rex Features

What Exactly Is It?

Feb 11, 2016

OK, it's that time of year again when I profess to not
being romantic, but get told every year I am ;-)

But here's the BIG question.
What is love?

*it is so many different and contradictory things

*in the early stages loves is excitement, 
butterflies, headiness and constant breathlessness



*it is the ache of separation and the joy and
comfort of being together.

*it builds irresistibly and relentlessly
moving from"I" to that first moment 
when you say "we" (and it sounds so right).

*later when the infatuation has simmered 
down from boiling point, it becomes something
much stronger and  less transitory

*love is all around for the taking. But to
seek it out seems futile. It's like chasing a 
butterfly. Only she you sit still does it come and
sit on your shoulder.

*it cannot be avoided or denied

*love is the wonderful, mysterious mortar
that binds two souls together.


This is LOVE.



I've found it.
I hope you have too.

So what is love for you?
What small little gesture does your
partner do that melts your heart?

Happy Valentines
xxxxx

Iconic Engagements (and we are not talking Mariah!!!)

Feb 5, 2016

So whilst everyone is going ga-ga over Mariah Carey's
engagement ring (said to be worth $7.5 million),
jeweller George Pragnell has created some stunning
info-graphics detailing some of the most iconic engagement
rings and proposals.



JFK kept Jackie Bouvier's known love of Emeralds in mind when
he picked out her yellow gold engagement ring with the help
of his Father. The ring boasts a 288 carat diamond with a 2.84
emerald flanked by 2 baguettes






Grace Kelly's stunning 10.47 carat emerald cut diamond is now valued at 
approximately $4.3 million. The Prince originally popped the question
with a more modest ring but upgraded it when he learned that actresses
of a similar calibre were walking round with much bigger rocks!








Mel Ferrer chose Audrey Hepburn a non-traditonal stacked set of
bezel rings. These are now estimated  at around $10k.





The massive diamond was originally known as The Krupp diamond but later
become known as 'The Elizabeth Taylor' diamond.
It's estimated worth is now around $8.2 million




I guess by now we all know that Prince William proposed to Kate with the beautiful
12 carat blue Ceylon sapphire ring that belonged to his mother Princess Diana.
The ring was originally purchased for $40k which is now estimated to be 
worth around $430k.

So there you have it, some iconic proposals and engagement rings.

Now despite being a lover of all things sparkly, I didn't want
an engagement ring!! Yes you read that correctly. I opted for 
designing my own wedding band with the diamonds incorporated 
into my band. Those of you that know enough about me 
know that I don't do traditional or conventional too well (much to
the anger of my Spanish mother-in-law!!!) Can you imagine?

 I also don't do delicate jewellery well as I don't have lovely
slender fingers (more chubby, little, chipolata sausages;-)
So this was an option that worked really well for me and I still
get stopped by strangers who ask me about my wedding ring some
20 years later. 

What about you? Did you have a traditional engagement ring?
If you had millions to splash would you spend it on jewellery?
Did you veer away from traditional when it came to your
engagement/weddings?

Would love to hear your thoughts as always.
xxxx


Images courtesy of George Pragnell and Daily Mail (UK)