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help me point dh in the right direction - 30th birthday jewellery

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louloutheshamed Mon 07-Oct-13 20:27:00

Ok, I am 30 in a few weeks time. Will not be celebrating hugely as have a 4 week old ds but dh has asked what I would like and I think I would like a nice (but not hugely expensive) piece of jewellery, possibly a necklace.

But I don't really know where to start to look? I saw some stuff in Grazia by Monica Vinader that looked nice.

The nice jewellery that I have is my wedding and engagement rings - white gold and diamonds.

I got 2 sets of Dower and Hall earrings and necklaces for my graduation - one turquoise and one black pearl set, but think I want something more sophisticated. I have pearl/diamond earrings that I wore for my wedding.

Would it have to be white gold to go with my other stuff or could I have yellow/rose gold??

I quite like the idea of a pretty delicate necklace with a teeny pendandty thing that sits in the middle of the collar bone like what slebs wear but worry only skinny people can carry this off - I am a 16 so think I might need something chunkier.

I really don't want dull mumsy silver/white gold boring pendant though.

That is probably not v helpful at all - can anyone suggest any designers or places to look?

budget probably up to £200-300.

borraxohastaelalmanacer Mon 07-Oct-13 20:34:47

Have a look at Alex Monroe and Astley Clarke.
I would be tempted however to go for something very simple that won't date. For a big birthday, DH bought me a simple white gold chain that sits on my collar bones with a small diamond. It's discreet enough to wear every day if I want and I like to think it's something that I will still want to wear in twenty years time.
Alternatively, how about a watch?

Laska42 Mon 07-Oct-13 21:09:12

[[ Georg Jensen?]]

Laska42 Mon 07-Oct-13 21:10:06

ill try that again ..Georg Jensen

Laska42 Mon 07-Oct-13 21:11:30

GJ necklaces here

hermioneweasley Mon 07-Oct-13 21:15:10

Have a look on etsy. Lots of beautiful and delicate and unusual pieces on there and some which can be personalised.

louloutheshamed Mon 07-Oct-13 21:27:50

Ooh thank you! Lots of ideas already!

AdorabeezleWinterpop Tue 08-Oct-13 06:27:10

Another vote for Alex Monroe. I turned thirty this year and was given the little feather necklace (in silver because all of my rings are platinum). I wear it every day and I love it.

rulee Mon 14-Oct-13 09:36:11

I would recommend 9ct Rose gold it is such a pretty colour, I wear this rose gold pendant....

SundaySimmons Mon 14-Oct-13 10:16:20

Not sure if you will like this. I have their bracelets and they are lovely.

madammecholet Mon 14-Oct-13 10:40:19

I love Monica Vinader, have a few of her pieces including a bespoke bracelet which I made up online myself, using their 'Make it your own' page, totally gorgeous and unique..

SundaySimmons Mon 14-Oct-13 10:44:15

Madammecholet, her jewellery is lovely.

I am single at the moment and will be buying myself my christmas present this year, and Monica Vinader has some lovely pieces. I like coin shapes.

polyhymnia Mon 14-Oct-13 10:51:31

I second Georg Jensen. I have one of their Daisy pendants - in a lovely subtle bluey-grey which, alas, they don't make any more -which I wear very often. It's big enough for my large body without being too chunky.

Tiny pendants like most of Alex Monroe's, though often lovely, are just too small and delicate to look right on me. So I do agree with you - body size and shape needs to be taken into account.

I guess with a 'do it yourself' design like the Vinader one linked to, you could choose enough/large enough pendants to wear together to suit you.

polyhymnia Mon 14-Oct-13 10:54:32

Sorry - link to the GJ daisy ones:

I think they're pretty without being twee.

Vibbe Mon 14-Oct-13 11:11:43

GJ Daisies are lovely - I have quite a few of the them. Everyone wears them in Denmark - young girls, young women, older women. It's a classic.

If you want something smaller, how about Tiffany's Diamonds by the yard? I have a couple of them, and I absolutely love them - I hardly notice the chain, but just see the stone. As far as I'm aware, you can get the chain extended if you want. You can see them here
They come in different metals and with different stones.

There's also something like the Bean - it comes in different metals and different sizes and is very pretty on. Here's the smallest one in silver

polyhymnia Mon 14-Oct-13 11:31:03

Have to admit to not being a Tiffany fan at all - just a personal thing. But do also find their tiny diamonds and pendants get 'lost' on me.

Was given a Tiffany pendant with a miniscule diamond in the centre of an OK round silver design but it looks very insignificant and 'ordinary' on my large frame - so I usually end up wearing the big GJ daisy instead. Do wish they'd do a few more limited edition colours of that design!

Of course, as you're only a 16 my remarks about things not being big enough won't apply so much to you.

MissHC Mon 14-Oct-13 11:46:32

I got this set of white gold + diamond earrings + necklace hanger from my DP from Ernest Jones last year (although I went in with him and chose it). Was reduced at the time to £150 though - my Bday is in November so was for Christmas sales - might we worth waiting for a couple of weeks.

Anyway, they're quite small but stylish. Not overly blingy and it's fine for everyday wear. Quality is good.

IMO I find those GJ ones very overpriced - it's not even solid silver.

Are you near London at all? Or Birmingham? In Hatton Garden and Birmingham jewellery quarters you should be able to get something of much better value - good quality (i.e. at least solid silver, if not gold).

polyhymnia Mon 14-Oct-13 14:07:26

Can't agree on GJ being over priced personally. For reasons explained it's had more wears per money spent than anything else I own . Partly for very reason that it's classy and understated not at all bilingual .

polyhymnia Mon 14-Oct-13 14:08:49

'Blingy' not bilingual of course!

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