3 questions to consider when buying a watch

Buying a watch is not just a way to update your wardrobe – it can also be a significant investment or become a treasured family heirloom.

Ensuring that you pick a style that suits you both now and in the future is essential, and there are three questions all watch shoppers should consider.

1. What is my budget?

Choosing the perfect item to adorn your wrist day after day, or for more special occasions is the first step to deciding how much you should spend on this classic purchase.

A watch for everyday use needs to be hard-wearing and resistant as well as having an engaging design to look at repeatedly.

Whereas choosing a watch that will be kept primarily on display and worn only at the most exceptional events needs extra elements to really show off on top of its functional ability.

Deciding on these factors is crucial in selecting a make and model that pleases you (and your bank manager)!

2. What is my style?

Leather strap or metal links? Square or round face? Numbers or roman numerals – or none at all?

These are just some of the elements in ascertaining which timepiece will light up your life and be a possession you continue to enjoy. 

Leather straps are perfect for those who need flexible sizing, as it’s easy to adjust the strap depending on your needs.

Metallic links add a dash of sparkle to any outfit and are especially great to accompany business attire.

3. What is my protection?

Underpinning any sizable purchase should be a solid warranty and guarantee to ensure that if any accidents or other damage occurs to your watch, an adequate repair and service plan is in place to return your timepiece to you as swiftly as possible.

Shopping for a wristwatch is a wonderful past time, and can be further enhanced through an understanding of the core concepts of successful watch selection. 

Traditional jewellery gifts for wedding anniversaries

Your wedding anniversary only comes around once a year, so taking the time to mark this special day with a wonderful jewellery gift is a fantastic way to remember and celebrate.

Any anniversary is a cause for celebration, and none more so than marking a decade with your partner. The 10th wedding anniversary is traditionally recognised with an aluminium offering, but your partner is sure to appreciate the modern interpretation when you dazzle them with diamonds.

A watch is an investment that can be treasured on a daily basis or saved for special occasions. Mark 15 years of marriage with a memorable timepiece and whenever your partner wears it, they will be reminded of your union and memories.

Sharing your life with someone for 20 years is an amazing achievement, so let your love shine through with an exclusive platinum purchase to spoil your better half. 

Reaching a quarter of a century with your partner is another major marriage milestone, and silver jewellery is the traditional choice for adding a little more subdued sparkle into your partner’s life.

Three decades together can be fantastically captured with pearls, with their timelessness a lovely way to celebrate your everlasting love with a gift that will always be cherished.

Celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary is a momentous life event, and what better way to remind yourself of the day you said ‘I do’ than with a gold ring? Celebrate a life lived together with a classic piece with a metal, that like your love, has stood the test of time. 

Whichever anniversary you and your partner will be celebrating this year, remember your wedding with a unique and exquisite jewellery choice.

On trend: Pantone’s colour of the year and your jewels

Every year, world-renowned colour authority Pantone announces the colour of the year, and every year, that colour finds its way in to fashion, interior design, makeup trends and more. Of course, jewellery is no exception.

In 2014 the colour is ‘Radiant Orchid’, a tone that “blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination”. And to us, that sounds like a great piece of jewellery! 

It’s a mix of fuchsia and purple with lovely pink undertones, and can be a charming accessory for any skin colour. So how can you bring touches of the tone into your jewellery box? 

One of the easiest ways is through the eternally popular amethyst stone. Long believed to be able to both soothe and protect the wearer, this purplish stone comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. One of the major benefits of the stone is that it sits well against both silver and and gold metals, and it can come in stunning cut arrangements, as a cabochon (a rounded and shaped stone) or simply as a raw and beautiful ‘rough’ stone. 

For tips on wearing this lush shade, take a look at the colour wheel. Opposite colours bring out the best in each other, so purple will often go exceptionally well with yellow hues. Alternatively, pair a stunning pair of amethyst earrings or a bright ring with a simple black or white outfit to really make it pop. 

You can also match purple with similar colours – such as a deep red or blue – to streamline an outfit into similar colour patterns. 

Pop in to a Showcase Jeweller store near you or shop online to take part in this exciting 2014 trend and find a piece that will make you feel ‘Radiant’!

Matching jewellery for you and your friend

Deciding on the perfect gift for your best friend on her birthday can be a little overwhelming – you want to find something that symbolises your friendship, how much you value her and something that she can treasure, all rolled into one gift.

Why not jewellery? It ticks all these boxes, plus you can even purchase two of the same to really represent your friendship.

Here are some ideas:

1. Identical necklaces

The traditional friendship jewellery piece, identical necklaces are a cute and obvious way to always carry a piece of one another around with you. Whether opting for a cute Karen Walker charm necklace or a customised chain with your own choice of pendant, you can get as creative as you want when picking a necklace. 

2. Matching charm bracelets

A modern classic, charm bracelets are becoming more and more popular amongst jewellery-lovers. Although the concept has been circulating for a long time, it has been revitalised as of late and makes for the perfect gift for your friend. Get her started with a chunky chain and a cute charm that symbolises your friendship – and get the same for yourself. 

Another idea with charms is to find one relevant to each of your personalities, and swap – a constant reminder of your bestie and her quirks.

3. Friendship rings

Matching rings is another popular choice due to the variations in colour, style and adornment. Whether you opt for a stacker ring with a cute star or heart on it, or a plain band with an engraving on the inside that’s relevant to your friendship, rings are a subtle gift that can be worn every day, and treasured for a lifetime.

Whatever you decide on, Showcase Jewellers has great options that you and your friend will love. Take a look instore or check out what’s online to find the perfect symbol of your friendship.

Steal her style: Kim Kardashian

Always flawless, this reality TV star knows exactly what jewellery to pair with her outfits, both on the red carpet and on the high street. Whether she’s selecting a glamourous look in order to be camera-ready or rushing to and from engagements, she is always dressed to impress – leaving many of us in awe of how she always looks so incredible!

We review some of Kim Kardashian’s most head-turning jewellery choices in this month’s Steal Her Style.

1. Statement earrings

No matter if she’s looking fabulous at her latest promotional launch or nipping into a waiting car as she dashes from event to event, this Kardashian always accessorises with earrings perfectly. From big, gold hoops to chandelier earrings, her ears are always adorned with stunning, statement items that give her classic look an edgy vibe. Try dangling earrings for a more subtle look or head into a store to view some of our more extravagant pieces. 

2. Chain necklaces

Kim recently told InStyle Magazine that she’s a big fan of chunky pieces, and we can see proof of that across the internet – she sure loves big, statement necklaces. Emulate this look with thick gold chains, layers of different necklaces and plenty of charms – the bigger, the better! They are the perfect way to add a little flair to an otherwise casual outfit.

3. Diamond studs

Despite often opting for attention-grabbing earrings when promoting her products and attending events, Kim tends to go for simple diamond studs when running errands, shopping and relaxing at home on the set of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Try this downplayed look for classic, daily glamour – they’ll add sparkle to casual outfits without coming across as too much, plus they also carry from morning to night seamlessly – giving you a little glamour no matter where your day takes you.

Your guide to mixing metals

Your shoes and bag should match, never wear black with brown or navy, don’t wear more than one pattern, don’t mix metals – some rules are made to be broken! Incorporating a range of colours and textures to your home or wardrobe can be a lot of fun. Here are some tips and tricks to mixing metals in your home and with your outfit.

Playing dress up

Stackable jewellery is a popular trend at the moment. Stacking your rings, layering multiple pendants or wearing multiple studs is a great way to look feminine and effortless while still making a statement and looking cool and chic. 

When shopping for rings, be sure to pick out dainty thin bands in a range of metals. If you want to mix it up a bit, play with texture – find a twisted ring, a plain one, and one that has a pattern etched into it. When you’re feeling more bold, find statement rings in a range of metals with different gems and design features on each one. 

You can even find some lovely pieces, such as necklaces and bracelets, that weave together mixed metals for a distinctive look.

Home sweet home

Metal pieces throughout your home can make for striking decor. Brass light fixtures, nickel faucets and chrome kitchen appliances are all wonderful additions to your home.

In fact, your lighting is a great opportunity to add metal to your home. If you want a more industrial space, a stand alone lamp with a big shade along with a golden coffee table bowl or vase is a cool option. Alternatively, if you’re after a vintage look, find a golden gilded mirror, a silver chandelier and fill a cabinet with antique jars, jugs and goblets.

Emmy Awards jewellery style

The Primetime Emmy Awards recently took place in Los Angeles, where the rich and famous gathered to hear which television programmes would be taking home the awards in a range of categories, including comedy, drama and reality TV. While most of the attention might be placed on the quality of the acting or the script, here at Showcase our eyes were firmly on the jewels that adorned the stars. Read on for our selection of the best jewellery looks at this year’s event.

Katy Perry

Never one to shy away from a daring fashion choice, Katy Perry turned up in an extravagant ensemble with her date Riff Raff. The pair were wearing a Versace take on a classic Britney and Justin combo and we immediately noticed the stunning choker necklace around Ms. Perry’s neck. The opulent accessory featured several silver link chains, which were held together with a diamond encrusted main circular gemstone feature. Ms Perry complemented her wild necklace choice with subtle silver earrings and matching nose ring.

Beyonce

Looking truly regal in fantastic oversized chandelier earrings, Queen B showed her high rankings in the style stakes with these glamorous and luxurious earrings, which glittered with plenty of diamonds. The shiny stones were set against a wavy hairstyle and worked well with Beyonce’s floor-length black gown. The gorgeous earrings reached her shoulders, featuring a series of connected oval-shapes in a sparkling display. 

Sarah Hyland

Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland, whose show scooped the Outstanding Comedy Series award, looked wonderful in a blue evening gown offset with chunky gold bangles. The wristwear gave her outfit an ancient Greek feel, while her bob haircut was thoroughly modern and on-trend. An otherwise simple look had an additional hit of glamour with the golden jewellery and the clever placing along the arm created an interesting dimension to the style.

Get your own red carpet style with some glitz and glamour for your own jewellery box.

Highlights from NZFW 2014

New Zealand Fashion Week continues to delight and is receiving an increasing amount of international attention. Discover all the hottest looks from the runways in Auckland and learn how to incorporate these trends into your wardrobe. Find out more about the designers who grabbed the attention of fashion editors, bloggers and other guests from both around the country as well as further afield.

Meadowlark

Even though clothes tend to be the main attraction at fashion events, here at Showcase our ears pricked up as soon as we heard that Meadowlark was showing another stunning jewellery collection this season. The label chose to show their collections on three models who sulked in front of a pentagram at this much-anticipated show. The dramatic location and equally ethereal models all drew focus on the chunky, asymmetrical cut jewellery pieces in a range of mixed metals.

Andrea Moore

This show was the complete package – not one but two clothing lines were presented along with Andrea Moore jewellery and eyewear. What a treat! Models sashayed down the catwalk in silky jumpsuits reminiscent of the Seventies and dainty, elegant silver necklaces lined their necks. Not one to shy away from some fun, the Wink Wink show theme had eyes painted onto the models’ hands to ensure plenty of ‘did-you-just-see-that? moments’.

COOP

Roy Lichenstein was the clear inspiration for this Trelise Cooper line – flashes of colour and bold print patterns adorned skirts and jackets, with trainers complementing the modern streetwear look. Get this style with your accessories by wearing gold chains and stack rings high for a hard-as-nails urban groove. Keep hair and make up casual and simple – with clothes this powerful and accessories to match, don’t distract too much from this statement look.

For more fashion inspiration – that you don’t have to attend a runway show to see – just head online to check out the gorgeous rings, earrings, necklaces and more.

Sapphire, the birthstone for September

Sapphires are some the rarest and most prized gemstones in the world, particularly those that have a medium to violet dark blue hue. Popular since the Middle Ages, the majority of these divine blue gems can be found in Australia, as well as some spots in the US and India. Read on to learn more about these exquisite stones and why they make excellent September birthday gifts.

The history

In medieval folklore, sapphires were worn to represent heaven as well as attract spiritual blessings. Other ancient beliefs included that sapphires had the power to change colour depending on the temperament of the wearer – if the stone appeared to get darker, then the wearer was thought to have been untrustworthy or even unfaithful to their spouses. However, as we now know, the hue gives an indication of the quality – darker sapphires are some of the best available and should be treasured!

How to wear them

The ancient Greek word sappheiros is where the modern term for sapphire originates from. Since this term means precious stone, it’s only proper that these unique gems are designed to be shown off! Adorn someone special born in September with a sapphire necklace or ring for full-on glitz that is sure to make anyone shine. Or opt for a pair of sapphire earrings for more subdued style – many of these items will be offset with a range of stunning diamonds too, so choosing a sapphire birthstone present is likely to make a very glamorous gift! 

However you choose to wear – or give – sapphires, be sure to check out the jewellery collection at Showcase for a range of dazzling jewels that make the ideal present whatever the month. 

Traditional vs modern wedding anniversary gifts

As your wedding anniversary comes closer, you may be wondering what you should gift your loved one on this special day.

Here, we have a list of traditional and modern present ideas to give your other half as you celebrate your relationship together.

First anniversary

Celebrating your first anniversary is very special. Together, you have made it through your first year of marriage and it’s exciting looking to the future and anticipating what’s to come. Paper is the traditional symbol of a first anniversary – so perhaps a handmade drawing or card may be given. For those who prefer modern gift-giving, Hallmark suggests something clock-related. A stunning watch is a wonderful gift idea for men and women, and is something that can be worn daily all year round – an excellent reminder of your love for them!

20th anniversary

Traditionally, china is given for 20th wedding anniversaries with platinum being the more modern offering, according to Hallmark. We have platinum rings for men as well as several gorgeous ​pieces for women made with this metal, so no matter who you are buying for at this special time, there is plenty to choose from at Showcase.

50th anniversary

Gold is the recommended gift for those celebrating their 50th anniversary, and this British tradition has now been carried all over the world. Whether you would like to treat your dearest with a beautiful gold necklace or a gold ring to symbolise a love that has stood the test of time, your local Showcase Jeweller has a variety of options for you to choose the perfect piece. There is no modern gift equivalent for celebrating your 50th – this day calls for something extra special and you can’t beat gold!

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