10 Great Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Don’t forget Mother’s Day on 26th March! Here at Argent we’ve put together a little gallery of lovely gift ideas to inspire you, you might even decide to treat yourself!

Trollbead’s Mother’s Day Bead - Flowers for Mum - A pretty floral glass bead for the Trollbead collector mum.

Trollbead’s Mother’s Day Bead – Flowers for Mum – A pretty floral glass bead for the Trollbead collector mum.

Amanda Cox's Lily Collection is perfect for the mum who likes classic style with a modern twist.

Amanda Cox’s Lily Collection is ideal for the mum who likes classic style with a modern twist.

Linda MacDonald's flower stud earrings are perfect for the quirky mum who likes cute and whimsical.

Linda MacDonald’s flower stud earrings are perfect for the quirky mum who likes cute and whimsical.

Cornerstone Creations' Cradle pendant for the ethical mum who appreciates timeless elegance.

Cornerstone Creations’ Cradle pendant for the ethical mum who appreciates timeless elegance.

Alex Monroe's delicately detailed 'drab looper moth' necklace in rose gold - for the nature-loving mum.

Alex Monroe’s delicately detailed moth necklace in rose gold – for the nature-loving mum.

Daisy London’s iconic daisy necklace for the quintessentially English mum.

Daisy London’s iconic daisy necklace for the quintessentially English mum.

Kit Heath’s versatile enchanted double leaf necklace is ideal for the mum on the go.

Kit Heath’s versatile enchanted double leaf necklace is ideal for the mum on the go.

Chlobo’s set of three love bracelets, a great gift for the mum who loves boho style.

Chlobo’s set of three love bracelets, a great gift for the mum who loves boho style.

Nomination’s steel and 18ct gold composable charm bracelet for the sentimental mum, a gift to treasure.

Nomination’s steel and 18ct gold composable bracelet for the sentimental mum.

 

 

The Drakenberg Sjolin collection - perfect for the minimal mum who appreciates beautiful simplicity.

The Drakenberg Sjolin collection – perfect for the minimal mum who appreciates beautiful simplicity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August – Designer of the Month

With August 1st being Yorkshire Day I thought it would be appropriate to choose one of our Yorkshire based jewellers as ‘Designer of the Month’. Amanda Cox is based in Hebden Bridge, we have stocked her work in Argent for over six years and it is always very popular with our customers. Her timeless ‘Lily Collection’ is a favourite, featuring delicately beautiful flower shapes and fresh water pearls, drawing inspiration from nature, the designs are modern yet classical with a hint of vintage style that reflects current trends.

Amanda Cox's Lily collection

Amanda Cox’s Lily collection

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Having previously lectured in Jewellery and Metalwork at Plymouth College of Art and Design, Amanda has returned to her original passion – designing and creating contemporary jewellery at her studio in Yorkshire.

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Amanda’s work has developed from and been inspired by a combination of the exploration of metal’s tactile properties and the visual qualities of simple organic forms.

Get back to nature…..

1346683311-79175000With Mother’s Day around the corner I’m reminded of all our floral inspired jewellery. Lilies are one of my favourite flowers, their simple forms are brilliantly represented in Yorkshire designer Amanda Cox’s ‘Lily Collection’. The classic combination of silver and freshwater pearls appeals to all ages and is perfect for all sorts of occasions from weddings to special birthdays, a piece from this collection would make a great Mother’s Day present.

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Alex Monroe and Amanda Coleman also feature flowers in their designs. Amanda Coleman creates delicate, romantic pieces inspired by orchids, fuscia, roses and other flora and fauna, (the owl pendant below is a particular favourite), reflecting her love of nature and passion for tiny things.  Alex Monroe is also influenced by nature, the rose; daisy and chrysanthemum are all included in his collection along with his ever popular bumble bee. The appeal of both these ranges is the intricacy in which nature is depicted in miniature. We all enjoy a walk in the country on a lovely spring day, we seem to spend so much time in front of a screen or on our gadgets these days, it’s good to escape the day to day stresses and get back to nature. Although, with our increasingly busy lives, it’s not always possible to do that so why not bring a bit of nature into your everyday life by wearingosn1-gp1am_earcrysanthemum2amanda-coleman-s it!

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Alex Monroe fans might be interested to know that he has recently published a book. ‘Two Turtle Doves A Memoir of Making Things’, tells the story of the internationally famous jewellery designer and gives an insight into how he has combined creativity and success. I can’t wait to read my copy! It is available to buy from us in store and would make a lovely present. We have a limited number of signed copies too!

 

Perfect jewellery for your wedding day

As we begin to step into the warmer months, it tends to be the most common time of year for weddings. So, with this in mind we thought we would write a wedding themed post to help you find the perfect jewellery for your wedding day.

Jewellery is a very important feature of any wedding; it’s not just the rings to think about but the jewellery to match your dress and of course the jewellery for your bridesmaids. It turns into a minefield when you really think about it. To help you find the perfect pieces, we’ve selected a few of our ranges which specialise in wedding jewellery to fulfil your requirements.

Amanda Cox

Amanda Cox

We’ve previously covered a bit about Amanda Cox’s Lily collection, but had to include it in this post as it’s perfect for brides to be. The collection has 28 pieces available in silver or gold with a choice of pearls to match. With a collection of rings, bracelets, earrings and pendants, Amanda can also make bespoke pieces for your tiara or hairpin, and without forgetting the men, there are also cufflinks or tie tacks on request.

Mounir

Mounir

If pearls and gemstones are what you are after, Mounir has a vast choice either in 9ct or 18ct gold and sterling silver. Using semi-precious stones, this collection oozes colour, individuality and the perfect amount of elegance for your big day.

This range is ideal for the bride but also has complementary pieces which will make beautiful gifts for the bridesmaids.

 

Alexis Dove

Alexis Dove

With an antique feel, Alexis Dove’s collection incorporates motifs generating an idyllic theme for your wedding day. With a range of diamonds, rubies and sapphires to choose from, incorporated into the silver and vermeil, these timeless pieces will be sure to sparkle on your special day. This delicate collection will definitely give a sense of style and elegance to your bridal look.

Whether it’s advice you need, a steer in the right direction or you would like to explore the collections, please visit us in the shop where we will do our best to help and find the perfect pieces for you.

Big brands vs. independent designers

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Independent jewellers are often known for their small designer collections and products you wouldn’t really be able to purchase from bigger jewellers. That’s what makes them special.

Over the last couple of years everything has gone mass market to meet the demands of the consumer and the type of jewellery they want to purchase. As we’ve mentioned previously, the charm craze and rise of Pandora has played a huge part due to a number of reasons. The advertising spend from bigger brands enhances the popularity and gives customers a sense of confidence when purchasing that jewellery product. It is harder than ever for individual designers to compete.

Customers often move with the trends which can put individual designers at risk. Some designers don’t work to the current trends and can often fall behind as customers move towards the bigger brands. It can be seen as safer for independent jewellers to invest in big brands, having more confidence in their success; whereas in the past, individual designers were seen as more successful offering a wider choice to the consumer.

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Including collections from smaller designers brings something different to the market but also demonstrates our continual support to jewellers who are trying to compete against the likes of Pandora and Links of London. We have a gorgeous and completely individual collection from Amanda Cox, called ‘Lily’. Her contemporary use of pearls appeals to all ages and her collection pushes the creative boundaries in jewellery design. We also stock ranges from Julie Pratt and Jeremy Heber, who both use gold and silver together in their work, rather than separating the two materials. Many people like to wear a mixture of gold and silver and these collections offer an ideal way to wear them together in a stylish and fashionable way.

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At Argent, we stock a mix of big brands and small designers, so we are able to keep on trend for some of our customers, but also have the individual choice for other customers. Stocking only big brands would exclude the opportunity for difference and variety for our customers, with the risk of becoming uniform with the mainstream jewellers.

Argent strives to support small designers and we believe in the individuality and timelessness of their designs. We have a great relationship with the designers and they are a pleasure to work with, maintaining a very personal approach to business. We aim to offer our customers variety and the type of jewellery associated with an independent jeweller. Customers can be assured that when they come to us, they will find something different and not something they could purchase in every other jewellery shop.