On Adding A Touch of Sparkle…

On Adding A Touch of Sparkle…

We would like to give a warm welcome to our guest blogger of the week, Sophie Atkinson  from www.theshirtcompany.com. The Shirt Company are experts in women’s blouses and shirts making it so easy to find THAT perfect white shirt. Sophie kindly lets us know her  top tips for pairing your favourite shirts with jewellery to add that added oomph to your ensemble.  

If you’re a creative soul, you probably love minimal clothes. A white shirt is like a blank canvas – it’s far easier to add personal touches to a plain shirt (your favourite lipstick, a delicate necklace, a fun scarf) and style it to reflect your personality than it is with that zany high street dress that everyone’s bought that clashes with every pair of shoes you own and means you have to spend all night at a house party hiding from your five other style doppelgangers.

We don’t think minimalism has to equal plain – in fact, we’re complete magpies at The Shirt Company HQ and if it sparkles, we’ve probably bought it!


On Valentine’s Day last year, I had an enormous, stonking argument with my boyfriend about diamonds. Ladies – judge me not – I wasn’t browbeating him into a proposal or anything. My other half simply made the mistake of confessing that he’d been thinking about buying me a fabulous, glamorous diamond necklace, but had then asked himself, where would I wear it?

My jaw dropped. The depressing thing is, my boyfriend’s not alone in thinking like this. So many women seem to think you need to be an Oscar winner to wear a diamond necklace or have tickets to the opera.

Are we in 2013 or 1813? Diamonds are classic – just like blue jeans, white shirts, and that little black dress you’ve worn to death. They’re tasteful, never showy, and as such, are just the thing for daytime attire as well as evening. So promise me this: buy yourself diamonds (because really, again, it’s 2013, so we shouldn’t really be waiting for our boyfriends to do it for us) and wear them to the office tomorrow, with your favourite work shirt. Plus I promise you they’re not the mortgaging-your-house price you might assume them to be if you haven’t bought diamonds before – I usually try The Diamond Store for great pieces that cater for any and every budget.


As with yoga, Buddhism, and carrying your work bag, gym kit and shopping bags all the way home when you miss the bus, great styling’s all about balance. A simple neckline goes well with more ornate, decorative jewellery. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that a frilled or ruffled neckline has to be worn without jewellery. Even statement shirts look lovely with a simple chain – a small diamond simply accentuates the glamour that the neckline introduces. Something like this gorgeously simple necklace will add a subtle sparkle to pretty much any outfit, no matter how ornate.

RTC-G3224 - diamond necklace



Styling rules are useful, but ultimately fashion should be fun and a way of saying ‘Hey World, this is what I’m about’. If you love classic style, don’t be swayed by magazine editorials – rock that discrete diamond, that thin chain. Equally, if you’re loud, lively and love strong, bold pieces, go for ‘em. Isn’t the beauty of jewellery is that it’s such an intensely personal thing? So ditch the rules and load up on multiple bangles or three different necklaces of varying lengths, if that’s what you’re into, or the most lovely, subtle chain.

G4942 diamond necklace


Still stuck for inspiration? Check out our favourite pics from across the web of some lovely shirts worn with even lovelier jewellery.

Street style from Stockholm.

A discrete diamond cross and shirt combo, courtesy of Elle Spain.


From the Veronique Branquinho Spring/Summer 2013 collection, models wore bracelets at the tops of their arms.


Vogue Paris, September 2013


Layering different length necklaces.


A sultry take on the trend.

(Left-right) Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, Nicky Hilton, Elizabeth Olsen all rock the look.

(Left-right) Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, Nicky Hilton, Elizabeth Olsen all rock the look.

Cheap Blue Sapphire Pendant

18K White Gold Diamond and Sapphire Cluster Pendant

Yesterday I had some friends over for lunch and instantly I noticed her  necklace.  Id never seen her wear it before.  It was a blue sapphire, diamond cluster pendant.  It was absolutely beautiful.  What it made me realize was how much a certain gemstone colour close to the face can really bring the colour of your eyes out.


My friend has blonde hair and blue eyes and this blue sapphire and diamond pendant not only sparkled amazingly itself but made her eyes sparkle just as much.


This particular Blue Sapphire & Diamond Pendant is 18k white gold with 0.10ct of diamonds.  There are lots more to choose from on The Diamond Store Website.  For more Cheap Blue Sapphire Pendants.




18K White Gold Diamond and Tanzanite Cluster Pendant 0.21ct


Or, you may prefer this shade of blue which you may be surprised to learn isn´t actually Blue Sapphire but a Tanzanite & Diamond Pendant.  The colour is also beautiful and maybe, depending on the shade of preference, skin colour and eyes, you may choose Tanzanite over Sapphire.    Some people are set on certain gemstones, either sapphire, emerald, ruby etc, but maybe different shades of other gemstones will work better.


Obviously, gemstones colour will look different from the Internet to being in your hand.  So wherever you buy from, do check that you can get a refund if the colour is what you expected.  The Diamond Store do offer a full refund on pendants should you decide that its not right for you.


For more Cheap Tanzanite Pendants look here.


Jewellery, Earrings, Necklaces on Take Me Out

If you were watching Take Me Out tonight you would have seen loads of bling!  The girls were really jeweled up tonight with rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  One girl that stood out was Lucy.  Lucy is the girl right in the middle.  She was wearing diamond studs with a simple diamond solitaire necklace.  Well, whether its real diamonds I don’t know but if you are looking for something similar there are lots of Diamond Stud Earrings to choose from here.  Here are some gorgeous Diamond Solitaire Necklaces just like Lucy from Take Me Out

Lucy Diamond Earrings & Necklace Take Me Out

The Becca looked very sophisticated tonight with her hair put up and wearing some pearl earrings and also a diamond collarette necklace.

Becca Pearl Earrings Take Me Out

Merlisa and a few other ladies wore some big diamonte chandelier earrings.

Merlisa Earrings Take Me Out

Bowling Pendant – Bowling Pin Jewellery

9K Gold Diamond Bowling Pin Pendant (0.02ct)This Bowling Pin Pendant is  will make a fantastic Birthday Present for any one that loves bowling.  It could be for a man or a woman and maybe change the change for a slightly thicker one should it be for a man.


This Bowling Pin Necklace  is just £105.00 (at time of writing post) and  9K Yellow Gold.  It also has 0.02ct of premium quality diamonds in Channel Setting.    Its such a perfect gift.  Should  the recipient not like the gift, don’t worry, The Diamond Store offer a full refund.


Also if you order the Bowling Pin Pendant, it will be delivered gift boxed and free of charge.




Jane McDonald Necklace – Jane Loose Women Necklace

Jane McDonald Necklace


If you are watching Loose Women today, your eyes may be drawn to the Heart Necklace that Jane McDonald is wearing today.  It looks like a Diamond Heart Pave Necklace.  Its beautiful, I absolutely love it and its something that you could wear every day or just for special occasions.











18K White Gold Pave Diamond Cluster Heart Pendant

Heart Pave Pendant

Heart Pendant 0.50CT Diamond 9K White Gold

Heart Pave Necklace




















The first heart pave necklace (No.1)  is this magnificent Diamond Heart Pendant which at the time of writing this post is on sale for £919.00 in 18K White Gold. Pave setting. 0.50CT of Premium Quality Diamonds.  The second heart pave pendant (No.2) is on sale £469.00 at the time of writing this post.  It is 9k white gold in pave setting of 0.50ct of Premium Quality Diamonds.


All jewellery is gift boxed and postage is free.  There are a whole range of these Heart Pave Necklaces .  Just look here or search Pave in the search box.

Clown Pendant – Clown Necklace

9K Gold Diamond and Ruby Clown PendantIts one of your friends birthday, or a family member´s birthday coming up.  They love clowns.  What better could you buy than this gorgeous 9k Gold Clown Pendant or Clown Necklace with Diamonds & Ruby.  I always think it nice sometimes clubbing together, and buying one good present rather than lots of little ones.  This would certainly be a present they wouldn´t forget.


This is such a beautiful piece of jewellery for something that collects everything to do with clowns.  There is even a Moving Clown Ring.  There are lots of other novelty pendants on the website, just search in the search box above.


All jewellery from the diamond store has free postage and packaging and is presented in a beautiful gift box.

Horseshoe Necklace – Gold Horseshoe Necklace

Whether you are looking for a Yellow Gold Horseshoe Necklace, White Gold Horse Necklace or Diamond Horse Shoe Necklace, The Diamond Store have a great range of Horseshoe Necklaces to choose from.


The Horse Shoe Necklace generally means “Good Luck”, so it would make a beautiful present for someone maybe about to get Married, Birthday Present, Present before Exams, Anniversary.  Wherever you would like to spread a little good luck.


All Jewellery is delivered free and comes in a gorgeous gift box.  What is also brilliant, is that if you are buying this as a present, it can be returned and exchanged for another item if the recipient doesn’t like it.


Horse-Shoe Necklace 0.25CT Diamond 9K White Gold

White Gold Diamond Horseshoe Necklace

9K Gold Diamond Horseshoe Necklace 0.25CT

Yellow Gold Horseshoe Necklace