How to style April’s birthstone Diamond!

Birthstones - Diamond (April)

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? For some people yes, for others diamonds just aren’t that exciting. Add in the fact that they are super expensive, and the dupe diamantés can sometimes look too fake, and styling for April’s birthstone Diamond is no easy task. As a transparent gemstone selecting colours was tricky, and I didn’t want to end  up with a board full of greys and white. So for this colour scheme I took some inspiration from the rarer pink diamonds (did you know diamonds actually come in a wide range of colours?) and created a palette of white, silver, greys, hushed pink and nude tones.

The Birthstone series will be exploring the world of birth stones and creating a pinterest mood board filled with style ideas related to that month’s birthstone and related colours. There will be women’s fashion, jewellery, make up, accessories, colour palettes and some home decor items thrown in too. This series will be posted on the third Saturday of every month.

 

 

Diamond Jewellery

 

  1. 9ct gold Diamond Wing Pendant from Simply Be.
  2. Rough Diamond Bracelet by AbizaJewelry.
  3. Sterling Silver Diamond Heart Locket Pendant from Argos.
  4. 9ct White Gold 0.25ct Diamond Cluster Earrings from Argos.
  5. Rose Gold Infinity and Heart Intertwined Necklace by GemsJeweleryStore.
  6. Sterling Silver Diamond Heart Bangle from H. Samuel.

Diamond Dupes

With the price tag associated with diamonds, diamond dupes are a necessity. Here you’ll find a selection of jewellery using cubic zircona, clear crystals and diamantés.

 

 

  1. Embellished Arrow Wrap Ring  from Express.com
  2. Sterling silver earrings from H&M.
  3. White PU Charm Collar from Quiz.
  4. Earrings with Glass Beads from H&M.
  5. Sterling Silver and Cubic Zircona Ring Set from Simply Be.
  6. Dreamcatcher Pendant from Simply Be.

 

Colour Palettes

  1. Beaded Tones, view it on pinterest.
  2. Comfort Tones, view it on pinterest.
  3. Colour Palette – Ivory, Dove Grey, Blush and Rose Gold, view it on pinterest.
  4. Raw Diamond, view it on pinterest.
  5. Reindeer Tones, view it on pinterest.
  6. Colour Dew, view it on pinterest.

Fashion

 

  1. Joe Browns Dashing Beaded Top from Freemans.
  2. Buffalo London Sequinned Beach Top from Freemans.
  3. Crazy Diamond T-Shirt by Luciaduenasbsas.
  4. Pink Chiffon Flower Applique Bardot Top from Quiz.
  5. Nude Glitter Diamond Print Ruched Top from Quiz.
  6. Super Strip Smart Shirt from  Joe Browns.

 

Dresses

  1. Little Mistress Floral Print Maxi Dress from Freemans.
  2. Heine Cocktail Dress from Freemans.
  3. Curve Pink Lace Skater Dress from Quiz.
  4. Grey Slinky Wrap Over Bodycon Dress from Quiz.
  5. Cheryl Fitted Glam Vintage Dress from Dolly & Dotty.
  6. Cindy Sassy Swing Vintage Dress from Dolly & Dotty.

 

 

Shoes

 

  1. Leda Diamante Sparkle Sandals from Monsoon.
  2. Jeffrey Campbell Lindsay Sandals from Shopbop.
  3. Stud embellished lace-up heeled sandal from Express.com.
  4. White Lace Diamante Trim Pumps from Quiz.
  5. Mustang Lace-Up Shoes from Freemans.
  6. Mustang Shoes Lace-Up Boots from Freemans.

 

 

Accessories

 

  1. J. Jays Suede belt from Freemans.
  2. Modern rose gold geometric Phone Case by InvoArts.
  3. Silver diamante owl keyring by customengravedgifts.
  4. Silver Diagonal Jewel Front Bag from Quiz.
  5. Block-coloured Shawl from H&M.
  6. Free spirit brow bar sunglasses from Express.com.

 

 

Nails

  1. Silver glitter and light pink nails by We Are Ladies.net.
  2. Gold accent with complimentary colours by Nail Salon Sou Sou.
  3. Rose Gold French Tip Nails by Mon Cheri Bridals.
  4. Pastel Marble Nails by Lulus.
  5.  Quilted Nail with Rhinestones by Noemihk.
  6. Bridal Nails by Ithinity Beauty.

 

Make Up

 

  1. Eye Shadow in Cuveè Rose from H&M.
  2. Eye Shadow Pencil in Heavy Metal from H&M.
  3. Ice Queen Diamond Highlighter by CheriCosmetics.
  4. Frosty Pink Lip Gloss by CheriCosmetics.
  5. Lipstick in Time to Shine by MAC.
  6. Barry M Fine Glitter Dust Silver from Superdrug.

 

 

Stationery

 

 

  1. Moleskin Volant in Magenta from W.H.Smith.
  2. Laura Ashley Grace Gold Magnetic Memo Pad Set from W.H.Smith.
  3. Sorbet Pink Document Box from W.H.Smith.
  4. Rose Gold Crystal Pens by DottyMooShop.
  5. Crazy Diamond Hardcover Journal by Emilyg22.
  6. Geometric Rocks by Butlersemporium.

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

  1. Flower and Diamante Mirror from Monsoon.
  2. Rose Gold Geometric Heart Pillow by peggieprints.
  3. April Birthstone and Flower Print by RococcoLA.
  4. Soap Diamonds by PommeDorGiftIdeas.
  5. Crystal Tealight Holders from Perry Maison.
  6. Necklace with USB Stick from H&M.

 

 

What do you think; is diamond a birthstone you think you could style? Were you a fan of diamonds before this post, or like me, did you find them a bit bland?

I hope you’ve found something you like in this post, and if not there’s plenty more on the pinterest board! I’ll be adding a few more things to the board from time to time so don’t forget to follow it. If you have something you think I should add, especially if it’s something you’ve created let me know!

 
 

My Jewellery Box: Treasuring the Memories

Inside my Jewellery Box

Today I’m taking you on a trip of my jewellery box and treasuring the memories they hold. I had some items in mind when I was planning this post, and then I went into my actual box and found so many more I had forgotten about! ‘Treasure’ is my word of 2017 (full post coming soon, I promise!) and so this idea for an entry fits perfectly with that. As a Libra I love pretty things, and that definitely includes jewellery. It’s something that has been a part of my life since I was a kid, and although I grew up and moved away from things like studs and yellow gold, I still have a range of items I love to wear. I’m also a Pagan, so most of my jewellery features gemstones and these items are more than just accessories to me. They’re a powerful part of the way I handle life, using specific gemstones for different moods and experiences. I’m often found wearing rose quartz, my birthstone, as it represents healing, peace and love. Likewise, if I need some luck you’ll probably find me wearing a piece of tigers eye!

 

 

 

Rings

Rings

I threw this picture up on instagram as a sneak peek for this post and wow, you guys loved it so I figured I’d start here. I don’t wear rings that much, I find they get loose and I don’t want to lose them, so they tend to be for special occasions only. The exception is my engagement ring (below).

Starting at the top is my pink sapphire and diamond white gold ring, a special 21st present which I’ll go into more detail a bit later. The blue sapphire silver ring was a random purchase on my first holiday with my parents after the break up of my first long term relationship. I was in a mess, no idea what was going to happen next and we popped into a little antique shop somewhere in Devon and I fell in love with this. It represents a particular time in my life and how I grew from those events. The bottom ring is beautiful shades of amber on white gold or silver (I’m not really fussy which!), and was one of the first things he bought me on one of the first holidays with my fiancé about 9/10 years ago.

 

 

Engagement Rings

 

Yes, plural because I’m a special clumsy kind of girl 😛 We’ve been engaged for 7 years now, and last year I managed to break my first ring when my fingers swelled. I didn’t notice and the break got worse, eventually it was so bad that a replacement was needed. My lovely fiancé is a sneaky little bugger, and even being in hospital with gall stones didn’t stop him from tricking me into trying on his mum’s ring to get my ring size. He put a tonne of thought into it, choosing amethyst which is a personal stone for us and I opened it on Christmas day 2016.

 

pink sapphire

Pink Sapphire

As I said, my pink sapphire ring has a very special memory attached to it. The ring was a 21st birthday present from my nan. My grandad died before my 18th birthday, so I never got to celebrate by 18th or 21st with him. My nan passed away several years ago now, so I treasure everything she gave me. The matching pendant was also for my 21st from my parents.

 

Maltese Star

Maltese Cross

Last year I said goodbye to my last remaining grandparent, my dad’s mother and this Maltese Cross was one of the gifts she gave to me when I was younger. I looked it out and wore it to the funeral, and now it sits among the other treasured memories in my box.

 

Pendants

Pendants

I’m always wearing two pieces of jewellery, and a necklace is one of them. I’m not a big fan of big bulky necklaces, so I have various pendants (as pictured) that I hang on simple thing chains. The image above features some of my favourites; at the top is the first necklace my fiancé Chris ever got me, green chalcedony, then the purple heart is stunning lavender jade, the red one is beautiful ruby and finally a gorgeous dainty amber heart.

 

crystal chip stone bracelets

Chip Stone Bracelets

One of the things anyone who has met me will say is that I am always wearing these. It is one of the ways I ensure I have gemstones with me all the time. I tend to wear 2-3 most of the time, sometimes 4 at most on my right wrist. My go to ones are opalite, rose quartz and amethyst (the white, pink and purple ones in the picture). Also featured are red coral, yellow calcite, fluorite and malachite.

 

Jade and Green jewellery

Earrings

Whether I’m wearing earrings or not really depends on a few different factors; did I remember? 😛 Are my ears sore? Is it pointless? I tend to wear them if I’m going out for a few hours/the whole day or a special occasion/event rather than just around the house or to pop to the shops. I very rarely wear studs any more, I don’t like how they feel and this picture represents the type of earrings I tend to go for. Once again, gemstones like the green jade on the right feature prominently. Often in chips like those ones, sometimes something a bit more elegant. I like a splash of colour, and whimsical cute things like the other two pairs on the left. Gemstones are always preferred, but I find myself draw to colourful small beads and little stars and such. I have a cute pair of sea horse ones, for example.

 

Blue Topaz Necklace

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Necklace

I am told every year that I am terrible to buy for by my fiancé, however, this is just one of

the many precious pieces he has added to my jewellery box over the years. He has a fantastic eye for beautiful items and knows my style perfectly. For those who don’t recognise the name, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is a famous Glaswegian artist and architect. As we live in Glasgow, and Chris knows I love art and Scotland, this was perfect.

 

 

 

Labradorite necklace

Labradorite Triple Moon Goddess

I can still remember when I opened this beautiful gift box to find this lovely necklace by Masters of Tincture in it. My long time friend Tracy had sent me it as a surprise and I had no idea it was coming. I absolutely love labradorite, and so while the necklace is a bit bigger than my usual style I fell in love with it. It goes fantastically with corsets and is a lovely reminder of a very treasure friend.

 

Labradorite Set

My Best Friend’s Wedding

My best friend, partner in crime and fellow Pagan, Haley, picked labradorite as the stone to accompany her wedding. As one of her bridesmaids I picked up this beautiful set of earrings by AngryHairJewelry and the lovely pearl necklace by Peelirohini. They have been worn many times since, will be worn many more times and are a great reminder of a magical day and friendship.

 

Japanese Luck

Both of these were bought for me from Japan by my dad, who studies Iaido (the way of the Samurai) and follows a spiritual path. This is something we have in common with how we see the world, so he got me these two items on different trips. The coin is a lucky Japanese coin (I added the ribbon so I could wear it around by wrist) and the beads are lucky beads from a temple that very rarely opens to the public. As he had the unique opportunity to visit it he kindly bought something back for me.

 

Bracelets

I tend to prefer chip stone bracelets as they’re loose, so other bracelets like these two are better for me as they aren’t too tight in design. The green one was from our very first holiday, a cruise, as a couple and the amethyst was a valentines day present from Chris.

 

Turquoise set

Handmade Beauty

The final items I’m showing to you today are these gorgeous handmade beauties by a talented and lovely friend. Haley (a different one from the aforementioned bride!) had the earrings sitting in her online store and I fell in love with them. My mum got me them as a gift, and at the same time Chris contacted Haley and commissioned the matching bracelet.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking this trip through my jewellery box and memories with me. Jewellery is a gift that lasts, that can be kept for generations and handed down with memories attached. Stories of loved ones that never truly leave us. It’s never too late to start building a collection to keep for yourself, or for your loved ones and a fantastic site for doing just that is Invaluable. Their jewellery section has a diverse range of items for everyone, and what I really like about it is that they even have a ‘loose stones and beads‘ section so you can pick something truly unique. You can either put it in an old piece as a replacement for a lost stone, or get something truly special commissioned.

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