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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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?

Jessica Simpson’s AMAZING wedding video (and dress)

For those of you who were born in the 80’s and 90’s, when you hear the name Jessica Simpson you automatically swoon at her marriage to 98 Degrees heartthrob, Nick Lachey. However, move over Nick, as it appears Jessica has said ‘I do’ to long term boyfriend Eric Johnson on the 5th of July, putting an end to their four-year engagement. We have all the inside scoop from her wedding dress to the flowers and decor.

The VENUE:

The couple said ‘I Do’ at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California. The star studded duo visited this Ranch the day they got engaged, which is the reason why they chose to hold the wedding here. The marquee was decorated with chandeliers and flowers is estimated to have cost a whooping £90,000. It is said that the ‘deconstructed, vintage’ look below was inspired by her favourite movie, Great Expectations; how sweet. 

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The decor was stunning! The edge of the head table was lined with bouquets of different flowers such as roses and lilies along with centre piece candles. The guest tables were decorated with crystal and flower pieces, with a green amaranthus hanging from branches that were suspended over the tables.

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The CEREMONY:

The couple exchanged vows at 5pm in a lavish ceremony costing approximately a massive £800,000 (lucky Jessica). Their two-year-old daughter Maxwell was flower girl and their one-year-old son Ace, was the ring-bearer. Maxwell walked down the aisle alongside Jessica’s sister, Ashlee’s son Bronx, followed by Ace with the rings. The kids were followed by Ashlee and Jessica’s mum, Tina, who walked down the aisle as joint Maid of Honour, leading Jessica’s TWELVE bridesmaids. Jessica walked down the aisle to an 18-piece orchestra playing the score to her favourite film, Great Expectations. During the vows, nerves got the better of the couple, and they had to restart the vows after Jessica mistakenly said her own name instead of Erics! With the vows exchanged and a kiss that sealed the deal, a diamond encrusted Neil Lane wedding band, which matched Jessica’s ruby and diamond engagement ring, topped it all off.

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The CAKE:

Jessica designed the six-tier cake with flowers and gold fondant to match her dress. It is rumoured that the ‘Joanie and Leigh’s Cakes’ creation had layers of coconut, vanilla and berries. Deee-licious.

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The VIDEO:

To see the full glimpse of Jessica’s wedding to Eric, check out their wedding video. http://loveweddingsng.com/watch-jessica-simpsons-wedding-video/

The DRESS:

Now to the important part, Jessica wore a custom-made Carolina Herrera princess style dress, which was quite simply stunning. The champagne and gold strapless embroidered gown was partly designed by Jessica herself. She accessorised with simple 12-carat diamond drop earrings by Neil Lane.

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The SIMPSOMETER:

We’ve put together a list of our top 5 Diamond Store pieces which we think would go perfectly with Mrs Jessica Johnson’s dress.

1) Diamond and white gold drop earrings:

2) A 3-stone white gold diamond ring:

3) A simple diamond and white gold bangle:

4) A drop diamond and white gold necklace:

 

5) The unusual diamond and white gold huggie earrings:

 

We loved everything about this wedding, from the decor to her dress! What were your favourite parts of her wedding?

We wish Jessica and Eric all the best in their married life and for the future!

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Cheryl Cole’s Engagement Ring – How Much – How Big?

Cheryl Cole has been sweeping the headlines this morning regarding her secret marriage to the French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini. The couple tied the knot on the 7th of July on a beach on the Island of Mustique, after just THREE months of dating. What a quick mover CC!

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We’ve been swamped for requests for her  gorgeous engagement ring, so we had to quickly figure out what size she was sparkling!

The two main questions we have had….what is the value of cheryl cole’s engagement ring and how big is the diamond in the ring?

We have estimated that the centre diamond is Emerald Cut and is approximately 5CT and is a G/Vs quality diamond! The Trapezoid Side Diamonds are approximately 1.50ct and are set in platinum. We wouldn’t put past the value of this beautiful ring to about £275,000. Cheryl is definitely one lucky girl, who would turn this down?

 

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Her wedding band looks is a diamond studded band, which is almost identical to our Platinum Diamond Eternity ring below. Ours costs £2575, what do you think Cheryl’s cost?

We absolutely love Cheryl’s engagement ring! What’s your opinion about it? Check out our full range on http://www.thediamondstore.co.uk/diamond-wedding-rings.cfm

Let’s hope this marriage lasts, then we can provide the jewels for her anniversaries to come :-)

Celebrity style spotted at Wimbledon

On Sunday the 6th of July, we had the Wimbledon Men’s Final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, at which we spotted many trendy and fashionable female celebrities, with their respected other halves. We take a look along the court to see who scores points on our fashion-o-meter (and of course what jewellery we think would ‘match’ their outfit)..

1. First on our list we spotted Kate Middleton in a gorgeous blue and green graphic printed dress by British designer Jonathan Saunders. The Duchess accessorised with a nude clutch bag and some over-sized shades. She was accompanied by Prince William, who wore a navy blue suit.

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Jewellery to ‘match': We think that this Tanzanite 4.71ct and silver bracelet would match Kate Middleton’s outfit perfectly!

 

 

2. We also spotted Victoria Beckham with her hubby the one and only David Beckham. David looked his usual dapper self in a navy double breasted jacket with gold buttons, navy patterned tie and crisp white shirt. Whilst fashion designer Victoria, wore a multi-coloured halter neck skater dress. She wore her long brunette hair pulled back into a pony tail with a side parting, topping off the elegant look with some black sunglasses and a black clutch.

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Jewellery to ‘match': We have the perfect diamond necklace to go with Victoria’s outfit. An Amethyst 0.50ct and Diamond 9K Yellow Gold Pendant.

3. Kate Beckinsale was seen in her signature sleek and chic style in this textured white two-piece set. She wore it with a pair of neon red courts and statement retro-inspired sunglasses. She topped off her look by accessorising with a very handsome Orlando Bloom.

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Jewellery to ‘match': The perfect diamond match for Kate’s outfit would be this white gold diamond bangle! The only sparkle which she’s missing!

 

4. Suki Waterhouse arrived with boyfriend Bradley Cooper in a colourful Alberta Ferretti floral cropped shirt and matching A-line skirt. Suki had gone for a folksy look, in a cropped white shirt with floral detail and a puffy black patterned skirt to match. She completed her outfit with a pair of rose gold sunglasses by Linda Farrow with red and black strappy sandals.

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Jewellery to ‘match': A simple pair of diamond cluster earrings would do just the trick!

 

5. Our final spotted celebrity was fashion icon Pippa Middleton in a black and white floral-printed dress with a white blazer. She accessorised with a two-tone clutch and big black sunglasses.

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Jewellery to ‘match': Pippa is still to receive her rocking engagement ring, however we recommend this white gold diamond ring, to keep her fingers sparkling.

We think Kate Beckinsale hit the top of our fashion meter as the best dressed celebrity. Which female celebrity stole the show for you?

Ruby – The Perfect Gift For Those Born In July

The glowing ruby shall adorn,

Those who in July are born;

Then they’ll be exempt and free

From love’s doubts and anxiety.

 

 

As we welcome the month of July, we have some very exciting diamonds in store for you! With July being the month of the birthstone Ruby, not only is the gemstone very popular, but so is the colour! With our rubi-o-meter, we have spotted many celebrities working all sorts of Ruby items this year, and we’ve have rated them on a scale of rubitastic to unrubified. Be prepared to be dazzled!

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This year at the Oscars, we spotted Scarlett Johanssen wearing a stunning laced Ruby gown. We’d definitely say she’s rubitastic, especially since she rocked a nice Ruby ring to match her dress. However, we would say to Scarlett, that had she added a nice ruby bracelet to her complete her look, she would have definitely been the talk of the night! We have just the bracelet for her, perfect with her ring!

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2. Next our rubiometer spotted Blake Lively wearing a diamond ring with the over 100ct ruby on her finger. The ring matches perfectly with her gorgeous red dress and she surely scores well on our rubiometer. Although, in order for her to have scored higher on our rubiometer, we think that she should’ve added a pair of ruby earrings to match her ring! 

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RUBY 0.81CT AND DIAMOND 9K WHITE GOLD EARRINGS £429

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3. At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, we spotted Elizabeth Moss in a Red Michael Kors dress. We had to rate Elizabeth as unrubified as she could enhanced this simple elegant dress by adding a stunning ruby necklace to it.

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4. We spotted Natalie Portman wearing gorgeous drop down ruby earrings to match her burberry colourd dress.

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She definitely rates well on our rubiometer for her earrings but in order for her to come out at the top, we would have worn a simple ruby necklace and a sparkling ruby ring. These two sparkling jewels, would have surely made her shine!

5. Sarah Jessica Parker was spotted on our rubioscope in Moscow, at a fan event at the Manolo Blahnik boutique. She was wearing a tiered white strapless Chanel dress which had delicate ruby red floral appliqué detailing. She was wearing simple jewellery to match her outfit, which most surely did the job.

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We took a little bit of inspiration from our fashionista, and put together a little summer outfit for all our fabulous readers out there. This white elegant beauty is perfect for that school prom or wedding reception.

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To make sure you definitely get noticed we would suggest adding a few rubies to make your look complete. We would add some ruby earrings, a ruby bracelet and finally a ruby ring. I know that sounds like a lot of rubies, but trust us, it will be completely worth it!

 

 

 

So as we prepare for the month of rubies, get your rubies too! Who knows, you may get spotted on our rubiometer over the next month!

 

Happy Birthday Nicole Kidman!

To celebrate Nicole Kidman’s birthday that’s coming up this week, we’ve been relishing the love affair she’s had for the past 25 years with Vanity Fair magazine. They have covered her from the beginning, and have definitely given her the praise she deserved.

Plus they dressed her to perfection! Lets be honest, the Australian beauty has had 25 years of looking picture perfect, at least according to Vanity Fair!

And we’ve got the perfect accessories for all her looks over the years!

1. 1990

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At 23, Nicole Kidman’s made her first appearance in Vanity Fair, photographed by the iconic Annie Leibovitz for the July 1990 issue.

We think our citrine and diamond necklace would have looked gorgeous in this photograph, and it’ll dress up any yellow items of clothing you may decide to wear it with.

2. 1997

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In 1997, making fashion history, she was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for the April Hollywood Portfolio.

This spectacular pink sapphire bracelet would have made an excellent addition to this saucy pink negligee. Remember, dressing up to stay in can be just as fun as dressing up to go out!

3. 1999

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Just two years later, she was photographed by Annie Leibovitz again for the April 1999 edition of the Hollywood Portfolio.

Dress up a simple black outfit with a stunning solitaire ring. The simpler the outfit, the more the ring will stand out! Plus, it doesn’t have to be worn as an engagement ring, this style looks beautiful on all of your fingers!

4. 2005

Nicole Kidman 4Although not her first (or her last) cover for Vanity Fair, in our opinion this was one of her best. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, she looked exceptionally beautiful on the July 2005 cover.

A pair of coloured stone earrings, like these diamond and tanzanite ones, add a pop of colour to any white outfit. We think it would look particularly lovely with Nicole’s dress here – especially with those beautiful blue eyes of hers! If only she could go back in time…

5. Nicole Kidman 5In the August 2006 issue, Kidman was photographed in character by Mary Ellen Mark  as Diane Arbus for her movie Fur that was due to come out later that year.

For women with dark hair and fair skin, a simple diamond necklace can look stunning. Pair it with a simple white dress like Nicole, or a casual top and jeans for every day wear.

6. 2008

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Here she is photographed with drool-worthy Hugh Jackman by James Fisher for the February 2008 issue to promote their movie Australia.

You  can’t go wrong with a pair of diamond cluster earrings. They add a little glamour to every outfit, even a plaid shirt and riding trousers! Try it for yourself.

7. 2011

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The traditional design and stunning combination of brilliant blue topaz and crisp white diamonds come together beautifully in this undeniably pretty ring. Take off Kidman’s gloves in this shot and we’re sure you’d find this ring sitting on one of her fingers.

To see more of Nicole Kidman’s appearances in Vanity Fair, click here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/10/nicole-kidman-in-vanity-fair

 

 

 

Burberry’s A/W 2014 Campaign

Today we can’t ignore Burberry’s divine A/W 2014 campaign! Shot by the legendary Mario Testino, the campaign features best buds Cara Delevigne and Suki Waterhouse, working together for the first time! The girls are joined by Malaika Firth, a rising model star, and three male models, Callum Ball, Tarun Nijjer and Oli Green (who are all pretty droolworthy).

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Here we not only swoon over the collection, but have handpicked some of our key pieces which we think Burberry need to know about!

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To go with the purple and blue autumnal tones of Burberry’s A/W collection, we have picked this stunning amethyst ring. It might be a simple design, but that’s what makes it versatile, and you will see similar rings on the fingers of many fashionistas this autumn.

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The incomparable design of this diamond heart pendant makes it a real one-off as the diamonds are baguette cut, adding further interest to this unique design. It is perfect to spice up the classic Burberry trenchcoat, a staple that has seen many years of success.

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Set with a mixture of fashionable black diamonds and sparkling white diamonds, an infinity link bracelet is incredibly “in” right now. It would go perfectly under Burberry’s woolly jacket this winter!

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To keep up with Burberry’s autumnal floral prints, a pair of earrings with a pink stone will keep things colourful. These gorgeous earrings feature unique pink sapphires which sparkle sublimely in circles of diamonds, and add a modern twist to a classic cut.

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Similarly to the amethyst ring, a tanzanite ring is also the perfect compliment to the autumnal floral prints that Burberry have produced this year. When you’re wearing this ring you won’t want to cover your hands with gloves!

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This custom pear shaped diamond necklace is another classic that goes beautifully with the English Burberry trench. Trust us, you won’t want to cover it with your scarf. Wear on its own, or with a pair of diamond studs for a truly elegant look.

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To watch a video about Burberry’s A/w 2014 campaign, click here: http://www.highfashionmagazine.com/covers-spreads/burberry-reclaims-cara-delevingne-suki-waterhouse-aw-2014-44654

 

The Kimye Wedding!

Last weekend, power couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West finally tied the knot. The two were wed in a lavish, multi-million dollar ceremony, ($11 million to be exact,) with their ceremony held in Italy at the Forte di Belvedere, and their guests  reportedly flown in from the pre-party at the Palace de Versallies in France. Belvedere The star studded guest list ensured that it was one of the hottest events of the year. However, one couples absence was very noticeable. Jay Z, West’s best friend, and his wife Beyonce refused to attend due to the fact that the wedding was being filmed for Kim’s reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. They instead spent their weekend at the Hamptons. What really stood out however, was Kim’s beautiful jewellery. The reality TV star was photographed wearing a delicate diamond headband and a pair of large teardrop diamond earrings. And of course she would never be seen without that massive engagement ring on her finger! This week we’ve been inspired by Kimye’s wedding, and can’t wait to show you some of the stunning pieces we’ve picked out to  honour their special day. Kim Kardashian New Fragrance Photo ShootKim’s engagement ring, which Kanye gave to her when he rented out a football stadium in San Fransisco to propose, is apparently worth a whopping $1.25 milion! It is quite lovely though we will admit…

Our version is this stunning white gold diamond engagement ring. How thrilled would you be if you opened a Diamond Store ring box to find this staring back at you?!
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Kim was also photographed wearing a pair of simple circular diamond earrings.

Our white gold diamond cluster earrings would look great with a long black dress, or paired with a dark coloured blazer.

Here are a few of our top wedding day pics!

To read more about Kimye’s wedding click here. http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/05/kimye-wedding-photos-kris-jenners-dress.html

January Style: New Year, New You!

January Style: New Year, New You!

Christmas has been and gone and we are well and truly settling into the New Year. Here at the Diamond Store we want you to sparkle to your heart’s content throughout 2014 and we have some amazing jewellery and style tips to help you perfect your look for the New Year.  January is the time to reinvent yourself and your style, make statements you were too scared to last year and the Diamond Store is here to help you be perfectly on trend.

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We are all still struggling with the cold and January is the month that always begs the questions, how do we make ourselves look amazing when we need to wrap up? What is the perfect coat? How do we find it? Which shape? Which colour? Finding that fail-safe coat which is perfect season after season seems impossible. Well, this season we have found it.  A boyfriend fit, camel coloured coat looks gorgeous with any outfit and is perfectly on trend this January.

Kim Kardashian looks absolutely stunning in this oversized Max Mara camel coat, so classy and elegant. This coat is extremely versatile and using Kim as an amazing example you can pair this coat with any outfit dressed up or down.

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Just as this gorgeous camel coat is versatile and ready to wear, Kim also wears an amazing necklace with it and we have the perfect match. Our 0.55 ct diamond 9 ct white gold collarette necklace is the perfect way to achieve Kim’s  flawless look day and night!

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It’s not just the neutral colours that are making a stand this winter. Pastel pinks and blues are bringing that perfect pop of colour to our winter outfits. Eva Mendes does this flawlessly by covering up a black outfit with this beautiful pink overcoat that just oozes demure.

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Here at the Diamond Store we love to help enhance a girl’s personal style with a little bit of sparkle. So to add to Eva’s amazing look we would add one of our beautiful diamond cluster rings to add a bold statement to a classic look.

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Another big hit for this season is another classic, the trench coat. There is a reason that these coats never go out of style, they are  perfect for any woman, or man at that, to look smart and sophisticated for any occasion. The trench coat should be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe! Katie holmes wears hers beautifully for a casual day time look but they can also be dressed up for a gorgeous evening look.

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Our in-house stylist suggests adding a piece of jewellery to make this outfit dazzle that bit more. Here at the Diamond Store we think this stunning, slim diamond cross necklace would be the perfect piece to complete this lovely day time look!

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Which coat will you be rocking this January? Head over to our twitter page and let us know!