Shoes gallore

We have put together a shoe ‘gallorey’ for you shoe lovers out there!

The Diamond Store team browsed the designers and high streets to pick our six favourite shoes right NOW,  and not only have we created a show gallery for you but we have also matched the perfect piece of Diamond Store jewellery. So all you have left to do is pick the outfit!

1) Christian Louboutin

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 Ohh la la, we are swooning over these super-feminine Papaye with multicoloured studs with this multi-stoned gold ring. Wear these during the day or in the evening to make a statement. If Christian Louboutin is out of your budget, we heard they have just released their nail polish to give you some ‘Louby red’ in your life.

2) New Look

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Simple yet elegant, we have paired these gold glitter strappy peep toe heels with these gold diamond earrings. This shoe and earring combo is perfect for the glamourous night out or for a summer time wedding.

3) Charlotte Olympia

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These Charlotte Olympia shoes have been created to celebrate the twelve star signs. Our fave is the Aquarius Birthday shoe which features a gold hand-painted enamel Zodiac symbol, embellished with Swarovski crystals. It would be rude for us to not pair them with our Aquarius pendant below.

Aquarius not your birth stone? Fear not, there are 11 other shoes in Char’s range.

4) Aldo

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If the above are too summery, well let us move into Autumn. We have matched these black tie up boot heels with a white gold diamond bracelet.  Victoria Beckham better look out as we suggest wearing these with a pair of skinny jeans and a shirt, and there won’t be room for two fashionistas around.

5) Jimmy Choo

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We could not let this pointy toe pump miss the ‘gallorey’. This pump carries attitude with this striking application of nude metallic dégradé on navy suede. We have matched these shoes with this blue sapphire yellow gold necklace below. Wear this combo with a navy blue jumpsuit or dress and you’ll be the talk of the night.

6) Office

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Lastly for those who are not heel-mad, we have included these Butterfly Twist cream ballerina pumps. Want to keep things classic, then simply add a simple pair of our white diamond earrings.

Which shoe and jewellery combo is your favourite, or, have we missed your favourite pair of feet candy? Tweet us @diamondstoreuk

What If…

On Tuesday it was the London premiere of Daniel Radcliffe’s new movie ‘What If’ in Leicester Square. On the Red Carpet we spotted many celebrities, each rocking their individual style. Keeping the movie name in mind..we thought ‘What If’ we add a piece of Diamond Store Jewellery to each celebs outfit? And so, we loved this idea so much that we did exactly that and called it our ‘What If’ Range.

We spotted MTV presenter Laura Whitmore on the red carpet in a little white caped dress. She accessorised the dress with a pair of nude patent heeled shoes, a simple necklace and a statement gold bangle. We thought ‘What If’ she wore it with this gold heart bracelet?

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We also spotted Celebrity Big Brother star Casey Batchelor on the red carpet. She chose a plunging navy, off-the-shoulder dress with white lace detail. She wore the dress with metallic heels and a matching studded clutch. ‘What If’ she wore it with Sapphire and diamond earrings?
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Spotted on the red carpet in a bright orange tunic was Imogen Thomas. She wore the dress with black heels and had a black and gold clutch to complete the look. ‘What If’ she wore the dress with this firey opal ring?

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We noticed the Made in Chelsea star, Francesca Hull sparkling in her silver sequined gown. She accessorised with a large quilted black clutch. ‘What If’ we added a little more sparkle to her look and she wore this white gold diamond bracelet?

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Emma Miller was seen turning heads as she showed off her incredibly long legs. She wore a glittery black dress with a frilly hemline. The neckline and sleeves were sheer. She wore black Christian Louboutin shoes to complete her look. ‘What If’ she wore this black diamond ring?

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”What If’ you went to the premier; which piece would you wear?

 

 

Happy Birthday Cara!

We would like to wish Cara Delevingne a very Happy 22nd Birthday! For those of you who are not very familiar with Cara, she is an is an English fashion model, socialite, actress and singer. She is fast stealing the supermodel crown who is the already the face of Burberry, DKNY, Fendi, Saint Laurent and Chanel. Cara seems to have it all – from holidays with Rihanna and dates with Harry Styles.

We have chosen 5 of her outfits and rated it on our Delevigne-meter . i.e is it DELicious or DULLevigne. We have also added a piece of  The Diamond Store jewellery, which we think will match her outfit.

Outfit number 1: Cara wore this gown to the MET gala in 2013. We think Cara looks DELicious in this outfit!

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We have matched a pear shaped gold diamond necklace.

Outfit 2: Cara wore this dark green dress to the amFARs Cinema Against Aids in 2012. We think this is a little DULLevigne.

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We matched some diamond and emerald earrings.

Outfit number 3: She wore this to a Roberto Cavalli Party in Paris in 2011. We love the shimmer and sparkle on this dress- its definitely DELicious.

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We have matched this dress with a black diamond ring.

Outfit number 4: Cara wore this black lace dress to the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. We think Cara looks DELicious in this gown.

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We matched this with a diamond collarette.

Outfit number 5: Cara wore this casual outfit and army print jacket to support her best friend Rita Ora in concert. We think this DULLevigne.

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We matched this outfit with a simple pair of diamond studs.

What Cara outfit is your favourite? Send in your DELicious images or Tweet us @diamondstoreuk

For richer, for poorer… 3 ways to propose

Preparations are a hugely important part of the process when proposing. Whether you are on a tight budget or you’re planning to extravagantly push the boat out with your proposal, The Diamond Store has some tips and some rings that will help you create the perfect moment.

Undoubtedly, the most tricky part of a proposal is getting the ring right. If you are really having trouble making a decision, the team at The Diamond Store are always willing to give expert advice – simply give us a call on +44 (0) 845 084 1200 during office hours.

Alternatively, here are some suggestions that we’ve come up with that might give you a bit of a kick start:

1. Being on a budget certainly does not mean you can’t have a perfect setting. All you really need is a bottle of Prosecco, some roses and a ring to make it special, right?

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Choose a location. This could be a park, a restaurant or even the comfort of your own home. Little things mean the world to a woman.

White Topaz & 0.48CT AA Tanzanite 925 Sterling Silver Ring

White Topaz & 0.48CT AA Tanzanite 925 Sterling Silver Ring £89.00

This Topaz ring is dainty, delicate, and simply divine. And how can you complain about the price?! With the Marks & Spencer Prosecco and roses and this ring – your grand proposal total is £121.99

2. If you have been thinking about popping the question for a long while and have had a few years to save up a little, then why not consider a gorgeous London tourist attraction like your own private capsule on The London Eye?

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What a seriously romantic treat for your lady – and an unforgettable trip! To go within the price range, The Diamond Store has the perfect diamond and white gold engagement ring:

0.75CT Ideal Prince Cut Diamond & 18K White Gold Ring £1499.00

0.75CT Ideal Prince Cut Diamond & 18K White Gold Ring £1,499.00

If this sounds like your kind of proposal- your grand total is £1,999.00

3. Lastly, if you are intending on something even more luxurious, how about taking a few days in the Italian sun? We highly recommend the Hotel Splendido, looking over the harbour of Portofino – does it get more glamorous than that?

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And to propose at a place like The Splendido, you have to have the most unique and remarkable ring to hand to your woman:

Platinum 1.56CT Diamond Solitaire Ring £7,525.00

Platinum 1.56CT Diamond Solitaire Ring £7,525.00

This platinum ring is one of the most outstanding of The Diamond Store’s collection and demonstrates elegance and gracefulness. If you choose to go for this sort of option – your grand proposal total is £8,305.00

These are only a few possibilities. There are endless amounts of ways to propose but no matter how or where you decide to ask the question, these suggestions prove that budget never has to be an issue!

How did your partner propose? We would love to hear from you!

 

 

D is for Diamond

Have you checked out our amazing initial pendants range? Ideal for that special someone, be it a female birthday, a thank you gift, or simply an ‘I Love you’ present.

Available in yellow and white gold, who would you gift and why? Tweet us @diamondstoreuk

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Which Initial pendant do you

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Going wild for Jenny Packham

The talk of the town is most definitely Jenny Packham, even Kate Middleton is recycling her dresses. The Duchess was spotted in the same Jenny Packham frock, as she along with Prince William attended a Wedding last Saturday in Batcombe. The dress was recycled from their USA and Canada tour in 2011, where she wore this dress to watch William play polo in Santa Barbara.

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What’s more, Jenny Packham has just released her new designs which quite frankly we are swooning over. The collection is packed with elegant column silhouettes, beautiful Grecian drapery and sprays of minute beading and crystal details. Jenny Packham was inspired to expand beyond white to buttermilk, caramel, blush and platinum, due to a series of portraits by Madame Yvonde.

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After a lot of sorting and deciding, The Diamond Store has chosen 5 of our top favourite coloured jewellery which is essential to add that final sparkle and colour to a Jenny Packham wedding.

 Be a little rebellious and go for Black jewellery on your big day!

 Get an elegant look with a Purple theme.

 Make everyone green with envy.. after all it is your special day!

Keep cool and calm and steal the show with Blue.

Go for the classic simple silver look with this infinity love necklace..your love will last forever!

Ok swoon over. What dress would you pick?

 

 

Goodbye Rubies and Welcome Peridot

In the month of August we bid farewell to the ruby, and welcome the beautiful peridot. We must also welcome the celebrities who are celebrating their birthdays; Kylie Jenner and Mila Kunis. It would only seem right that we handpick their favourite outifts and pair it with their birthstone.

Kylie Jenner has been sweeping the headlines recently, and we have to say that this is one of the most lush outfits she has sported.

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To match Kylies’ sweet and innocent look here, we have chosen this lovely heart shaped peridot necklace.

Mila Kunis has also been in the news lately due to her pregnancy and forthcoming marriage to hearth-throb Ashton Kutcher is the stunning Mila Kunis. After a lot of debating we have finally picked this outfit which she wore to the Oscars and which we absolutely loved. We matched it with some peridot, citrine and smoky quartz diamond earrings.

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We have also picked our top 5 favourite peridot jewellery, in order to give you a helping hand to glamourise your August Wardrobe!

At number 5 we have this peridot and sapphire ring:

At number 4 we have peridot and diamond earrings:

At number 3 we have this diamond and peridot necklace:

At number 2 we have chosen a peridot, citrine and smoky quartz ring and diamond ring:

And at our number 1 position, we have picked these gorgeous peridot and diamond earrings:

Are you born in August? If so, hint to your loved ones which item you would like

Five minutes with celebrity stylist Sarah Nash

The Diamond Store were thrilled to have coffee with celebrity stylist Sarah Nash. Sarah has worked with celebrities such as Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Matt Lanter, Jessica Lowndes and many more.

1. What exactly is a fashion stylist, and how did you decide to get into this career?

A fashion stylist is someone who puts together outfits or ‘looks’ for magazines, photo-shoots, TV shows, advertising, celebrities or personal clients. I decided to become a fashion stylist as I adore fashion and figured that if I was going to be working for a large portion of my life, I may as well do something that made me want to get out of bed in the morning.

2. What is your favourite type of shoot to style?

My favourite type of shoot to style would be an editorial fashion shoot whereby I would collaborate with the photographer to come up with a theme and then source the best model, hair and make up team and then the perfect clothes, shoes and accessories that fit with the fashion story. It’s also nice doing make overs with ‘real’ people. I work with Gok Wan a lot, and seeing the difference that clothes can make to someone’s confidence and outlook on life is really heartwarming.

3. How do you pick pieces for each shoot and what gives you your inspiration?

I consider the theme of the shoot and what the brief is and then select the pieces I think are the best. All of my choices are ultimately based on my personal taste. I get inspiration from everywhere; films, magazines (I have a stack of Vogues dating back to 1997), TV shows, blogs, just walking along the street (living in East London there is always something interesting to feast my eyes upon!), other stylists work, art, galleries…inspiration is everywhere if you keep your eyes open.

4. Who/what are you most proud of to have styled under your portfolio?

I am very proud to have styled Tara Palmer-Tominson for the wedding of Kate and William. We had Tara’s dress made by one of Alexander McQueen’s team, with bespoke shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood and hat and gloves by Philip Treacey. I am also very proud to have worked for some incredible publications including the Telegraph and Red magazine.

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5. When working with jewellery, is there anything which works well, along with anything which you avoid?

When choosing jewellery I am mindful of the brief and the rest of the outfit I have chosen, so on one shoot large oversized costume  jewellery works, but on another it will be best to keep things simple and classic. Personally I like things to look simple so anything too matchy matchy or loads of jewellery piled on isn’t really my aesthetic.

6. Is being a fashion stylist as glam as it sounds?

Being a fashion stylist has afforded me many wonderful and happy memories and yes it can be glamorous, however most of the time I am dragging suitcases around the West End, dodging tourists or working on my hands and knees drowning in clothes. I am very grateful to be doing something I love and have chosen to do, so I remember that on the days when my back feels like it’s going to break!

7. What would you pair this beautiful pendant with?  

This beautiful necklace is quite intricate so I would pair it with a gorgeous evening gown with a plunging neckline in either a vivid colour such as red or simple black.

8. What tips would you give to someone who wants to follow in your stylish footsteps? 

My top tips on becoming a stylist? Do lots of work experience and always show willing eg get in early, never complain and always be positive. It takes a hell of a lot of time and luck to break into the industry so I would have a plan B incase it didn’t work out. Plus make sure you go to the gym to build up your arm and core strength for all the heavy lifting that’s involved!

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We’d like to say thank you for Sarah for taking a few minutes out of her busy schedule and giving us an insight on being a celebrity stylist.

Follow Sarah’s blog http://sunshineandstripesblog.blogspot.co.uk/ or visit her website www.sarahnash.co.ukhttp://www.carolhayesmanagement.co.uk/artist/sarah-nash.

Is black the new white?

The formerly known Cheryl Cole has stepped away from the norm and tradition and has started a new trend.. or has she? The Fernandes Versinis’ threw a formal wedding party at private London club The Library this week, where all their closest friends attended the couples wedding celebration.

Both Cheryl and her new husband Jean-Bernard opted to rebel from the traditional all white wedding and went for an all-black-everything at the bashThe bride wore a Gothic inspired dress by British couturiers Ralph & Russo, comprised of a velvet bodice but cooled off with a sheer spliced skirt. Could the couple possibly be trying to imply that they are different and unique? This bold and daring look will either create a controversy or start a new trend.

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 Goth-o-meter:

Having been inspired by the couples all black look, we have picked our top 5 black diamond jewellery according to our Gothic-o-meter, with 5 being the most Gothic and 1 being the least.

5) A black diamond ring:

4) A black diamond circle pendant:

3) A mixed black and white diamond ring:

2) Black and White diamond earrings:

1) A simple black diamond bracelet:

 

What do you think of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s black ‘wedding’ dress? What colour would you/did you wear on your wedding day?

Behind the scenes with Britain’s Got Talent’s runner, Katie Unger!

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We had the pleasure of spending five minutes on the couch with fabulous Katie Unger, who works behind the scenes on Britain’s Got Talent and has also worked behind the scenes on Take Me Out and Strictly Come Dancing! Exciting stuff right?

1.       What exactly is a runner, and how did you decide to get into this career?

A runner is an assistant. You can assist in the office with ordering stationary, printing off scripts and helping with paperwork…. or a runner on location where you help with contributors and tea and lunch runs for talent and the crew…. or in studio where you can be on the studio floor or in the gallery where the show is directed and produced from. I decided to get into this career because working in television is an extremely exciting job to have and you build up a valuable skill set as well.

2.       What is your favourite type of show to work on?

My favourite type of shows to work on are the entertainment shows such as Take Me Out and BGT! I get a thrill from the fast pace and all the glitz and glamour, not to mention the back stage gossip!
 
3.       Who are you most proud to have worked with since being a runner?

I’ve been lucky enough to work with Olympians including Victoria Pendelton and Louis Smith on Strictly Come Dancing, so I think that’s whom i’m most proud of.

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4.       We heard you work with Simon Cowell. Is he really as nasty as he appears on the shows?

As I worked on the extra show to BGT I didn’t work with Simon Cowell directly, but from the filming I did do with him I saw that he is a very hard working conscientious man.

5.       Since being a runner, what was the most challenging task you have had to take on?

The most challenging task about being a runner is having to remember everything and foresee problems you didn’t even know were around the corner. You constantly have to be on the ball, at the top of your game and working extremely hard even if you’re surviving off 4-5 hours sleep a night. So is everyone else and they are under a lot more pressure than the runners!

6.       Is being a runner and working with celebrities really as glam as it sounds?

In on word, YES!

7.       What tips would you give to someone who wants to follow (run) in your footsteps?

When you’re fresh out of university and want to be a runner here are my four top tips:

  1. Being a producer at university or for a piece that isn’t for broadcast doesn’t mean you can apply for broadcast producer roles. Start at the bottom and work your way to the top.
  2. Send your CV to every production company possible. If this means watching a whole day of television and waiting until the end credits of shows to get names of production companies then enjoy watching!
  3. Make your CV as short as possible and don’t include jobs or experiences that aren’t relevant to a job in television, e.g. waitressing for a year.  If your CV is a page long it’s okay!
  4. Apply for work experience schemes, even if it means you’re in the U.K. while your friends are on holiday getting a tan. In the end, it will be worth it.

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Katie picks her favourite picture of the judges and we agree! So much so, we have matched their jewellery with ours.. doesn’t The Diamond Store have talent? (sorry, it had to be done).

We have matched Amanda’s ring with our Opal and Diamond ring.

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We have matched Alesha’s simple gold chain, with our 18K gold chain with a solitaire diamond.

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We’d like to say a huge thank you to Katie, for taking five minutes out of her busy schedule and giving us a sneak peak at the life of a runner!