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Where does one get lovely, timeless jewellery?

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NotAMammy Mon 13-Feb-17 23:06:23

I never wear jewellery, other than my wedding and engagement ring and occasionally a watch, if I remember to put it on.
In my head the grown-up and polished me has a trio of necklaces that she can wear alone or separate, a pair of small stud earrings and a tennis bracelet for special occasions as well as a tasteful eternity ring.
The tennis bracelet and eternity ring can wait. But I would like to make a start on the necklaces. I'd like
A teeny one on a 16" necklace that would sit in the nape of my neck
A longer one, possibly with a bar, it would be visible over a shirt if buttoned up, or under a shirt if the top couple buttons were undone
A longest one, I've recently had a thought that I'd love if this was inscribed in ogham. I'm not sure what exactly I'd get on it.

I'd like these in silver. I'm allergic to fake stuff and can't afford platinum. I've seen a teeny one I like but it's only £16 - surely that would indicate that it's not going to be a keeper?

Does anyone have any suggestions for sources? Or know any good independant jewellers in or around Newcastle that would have something a bit different from the highstreet? I don't want anything overly trendy.

NotAMammy Mon 13-Feb-17 23:08:54

I mentioned that I can't afford platinum because my wedding and engagement rings are platinum and I haven't had a reaction to them.

LoupGarou Tue 14-Feb-17 02:42:54

I tend to get all my jewellery from Etsy these days as I like unusual and unique pieces. A lot of the sellers take commissions too, and I've had a lot of success having things designed and made.

KoalaDownUnder Tue 14-Feb-17 03:13:45

I could have written your post! We have exactly the same taste and jewellery goals. smile

I have a short silver necklace from this Australian jewellery designer, and some of the classic silver disc earrings :

Her items are handmade and beautiful. She ships internationally, and the exchange rate would be in your favour. smile

(I promise I have no affiliation with this person or her business, just genuinely love the jewellery!)

Diamonddealeroncemore Tue 14-Feb-17 07:45:26

For last-forever beautiful design look at Georg Jensen. Its not cheap but it will last forever and won't age.

KoalaDownUnder Tue 14-Feb-17 08:46:14

Ooh yes, Georg Jensen is beautiful.

Beketaten Tue 14-Feb-17 15:36:14

Links of London have some very classic designs that you could wear for years.

MiddleClassProblem Tue 14-Feb-17 15:40:08

Do you mean like these in the Stella & Dot bespoke section?

2014newme Tue 14-Feb-17 15:43:55

Those Stella and dot ones are ugly aren't they.
Have you been to John Lewis they sell a lot of inexpensive classic pieces of proper jewellery as well as the normal costume jewellery
Tiffany prices are not high for basics

MiddleClassProblem Tue 14-Feb-17 15:53:49

I don't think they're ugly on. My friend has one with her kids names on that's lovely but it's all subjective.

Not on the high street has nice ones with vertical bars, more like slim cuboids or ones with little discs that can be personalised and more or less added.

HedgeSparrow Tue 14-Feb-17 16:13:42

Shaun Leane

I have a lovely small pendant necklace with a tiny diamond which I've worn for quite a few years now - not cheap but discreet and will last.

caffelatte100 Tue 14-Feb-17 18:22:19

I love Georg Jensen as well. Look at the prices on ebay for older models, they seem to easily retain the original costs, people collect it I think. I have a year necklace (they bring out a new one each year), got it more than 10 years ago and I wear it all the tim, sleep, shower, swim, on the beach etc.... No problems with the chain and it's also comfortable.

ShimmeringIce Tue 14-Feb-17 18:30:37

Just a warning re Australian jewellery - I got stung for a LOT of import tax buying a charm (should've checked but didn't!)

NotAMammy Tue 14-Feb-17 18:42:37

Koala that brand is exactly what I want. I wonder if I would get screwed with customs.

I'm liking Georg Jenson, but it's not love. Similar to Stella and Dot, almost right but not quite.

I regularly have a snoop in John Lewis, including at their pawned vintage range, they have never set my heart aflame.

I am a fussy madam!

Loup are there any sellers you would recommend?

MiddleClassProblem Tue 14-Feb-17 18:45:46

Not sure if this link will work. It's personalised jewellery but no idea if that's what you are looking for lol

NotAMammy Tue 14-Feb-17 18:46:26

shimmering thanks, that answers my question! I might bookmark it and order it to my sister before she comes back from Oz for a visit next year...

NotAMammy Tue 14-Feb-17 19:02:34

MiddleClass it being personalised isn't the most important thing to me. The ability to be personalised would be nice, but not a deal breaker. I'm mostly looking for really simple pieces,
I'm thinking this for the littlest necklace, but I wonder if the quality would be a pit cheap and cheerful at that price:

This is kind of what I'd like for the bar, I might get this personalised at a later date, but I don't know what I'd get yet, so I'd probably buy it and get it engraved when I knew what I wanted.

And this is what I think I'd like for the third one, only in silver. I would like it to be engraved in ogham, but I don't think I've seen that anywhere:

MiddleClassProblem Tue 14-Feb-17 19:12:50

Maybe ask if any local jewellers would do it? I've bought an ear climber from etsy and the quality is great. As long as you know you are getting silver then I reckon it's ok.

MrsT2007 Tue 14-Feb-17 19:56:43

Stella and dot is plated and overpriced as a result.

Etsy: filter to uk sellers. There's very talented silversmiths out there.

OCSockOrphanage Tue 14-Feb-17 20:24:02

Monsieur Paris. I came across it a week ago, and think some of you might like it.

MiddleClassProblem Tue 14-Feb-17 20:37:40

I thought only the gold was plated

violetgrey Tue 14-Feb-17 20:53:54

I bought these silver earrings for my sister for Christmas and they are really lovely and delicate. She has some other pieces that might fit what you are looking for.

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