Baby, it’s cold outside…

Autumn has arrived, leaves are falling and the nights are dark, time to get out the winter woollies. Autumn fashions are the most comfortable styles of the year, throw on some bold earrings or layer a statement necklace over a chunky knit and you look showstopping with minimal effort.

We’ve put together some of our favourite pieces that will add wonder to your winter wardrobe.

 

#Mixedmetals are a key trend in this Autumn’s ChloBo collection.

We’ve paired the Double Devotion Bracelets and True Love Tassel Bracelet together to create a soft casual look perfect for #autumnstyle. The collection stands for self-discovery so is perfect for women exploring a new journey.

Both pieces are from the brand new Inner Spirit range that is now available in store.

 

 

The gorgeous Chakra Choker Collection by Daisy London is a contemporary range, perfectly on-trend this season!

The Throat Chakra is a #statementchoker that would be perfect with a #LBD this autumn to glam-up any look!

Not only is it super stylish, it represents life, energy and a connection to spiritual balance, emotional wellness and self-expression.

 

Layer the Miedusa necklace over a chunky knit for a gorgeous #parisianstyle.

Uno de 50 jewellery goes perfectly with knitted clothing and simple dresses for an effortless #winterstyle. The Spanish based brand prides itself on it’s uniquely designed jewellery. We are the only Leeds stockist!

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2016 – Nordic style and new inspiration

As you may have noticed it has been over a year since my last blog post, and what a year! It’s been a bit of a turning point in my life and the life of Argent. Health issues have prompted a rethink, and after a difficult year I have found my direction again, in other words….  I’ve got my ‘mojo’ back! I’m focusing on trying to simplify my life both at home and at work. I’m in the process of restyling my home with a brand new kitchen/diner, it seems like this way of thinking has influenced my jewellery choices for this season too. The new collections we have coming in are Scandinavian and very much reflect the simplicity of Nordic style, from the very beginning my own favourite style of jewellery has been one which conveys simple lines and timeless elegance, it seems like I’ve come full circle.

Whilst visiting the Jewellery Spring Fair at Birmingham NEC in February I discovered the Drakenberg Sjolin brand which was established in Sweden in 2009, it was the first time they had exhibited in the UK. Their brand identity is “pure and mindful jewellery inspired by the nordic light and darkness, seasons of spring and autumn and the constant movement in nature” which really resonates with my thinking at the moment. The silver pieces have an elegant simplicity that reflects the strength yet fragility of nature.

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Just arrived in store is another Scandinavian brand, byBiehl from Denmark, created by Charlotte Biehl and inspired by her wish for high quality, simple, stylish and personal jewellery. I was drawn to this range for it’s comfort and simplicity, it is very wearable and easy to personalise. The main collection consists of uniquely designed ‘pods’ for bracelets and necklaces which can be put together to create a simple yet sophisticated look. Each piece is stamped with their signature forget-me-not flower and hand made in Denmark.

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I’m loving the Trollbeads ‘Uplifting’ spring collection too, the calm and gentle colours are perfect for the season. I love the way Trollbeads have inlaid subtle but contrasting cubic zirconia into the glass beads, my favourite is ’healing heart’, lavender stones suspended in pale green glass, I also love the the ‘meditation’ bead, the faceted outer compliments the green glass and gold sparkle to give it an energising effect, the whole collection has a feel of balance and contemplation. Talking of which I’m getting back into the swing of my body balance classes, I think we are all constantly striving for balance in our lives and Spring is the perfect time to address this.

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As well as the brand new ranges coming from Scandinavia I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the latest collection from Chlobo, ‘Luna Soul’, as the name suggests, the inspiration for this range is the moon and stars. The bracelets are beautifully sparkly, reflecting the night sky with a combination of silver and pink aventurine and rose gold with labradorite, I can’t wait to add some of this celestial collection to my bracelet stack.

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Meet the Staff. A little bit about me………

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I’ m planning on introducing you to the staff at Argent over the next few months so I thought I should start with a little bit about myself.

 

I studied at……. Birmingham School of Jewellery for a BA Hons in Jewellery and Silversmithing.

When I was growing up I wanted to be…….. an Air Hostess, it seemed like such a glamorous job but now it wouldn’t appeal to me at all. I think I could have enjoyed being an Interior Designer and nearly chose that course over Jewellery but I think Jewellery has served me well.

Favourite piece of jewellery that I own…….. Shaun Leane signature long tusk earrings.

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Piece of jewellery that I aspire to have…….. the 18ct white gold and diamond set version of the Shaun Leane long tusk earrings.

I can’t live without…….. my boys (my husband, two gorgeous sons and labradoodle dog).

Favourite pastime…….. walking my dog Billy or sharing coffee and cake with close friends.

Favourite restaurant in Leeds…….. Shear’s Yard, not only is the food excellent and beautifully presented but the restaurant has happy memories for me as we used to go each year for the Argent Christmas party.ShearsYard

 

 

Best holiday ever…….. two weeks spent travelling around Tuscany and Umbria, beautiful. Next year it’s my 50th birthday and I would love to go to Bali, the very first range of jewellery I bought was Balinese and now Chlobo is one of my favourites, I think it would be an inspirational trip!Bnq_1RZIIAA6pjV

 

 

Highlight of my job…….. feeling like I’ve really connected with customers, many have become my friends.

One thing I’m most excited about at the moment……..  our 25th Anniversary event in the shop on 11th October! I’m really looking forward to celebrating with our customers so many of whom have become good friends over the years.

Favourite perfume……. Molecule byMolecule1 Escentric

 

 

 

Favourite film…….. Barbarella, Edward Scissorhands, Moulin Rouge. Book….. anything by Penny Vincenzi – pure escapism.

Favourite jewellery designer…….. A difficult one, I have many…… Shaun Leane (of course), Alex Monroe and Chlobo. I’m thrilled to be getting a Chlobo cabinet installed in the shop, the range is so wearable, it’s described as ‘boho chic’. I love the story behind the range and I’m always excited to see the new collections which are inspired fashion and current trends.Bf3eQnxIQAA4HBPIMG_1644

 

 

 

 

In the holiday mood

Having just returned from a lovely break in Tenerife I’m definitely feeling the chilled out holiday vibe.

I was thrilled that the new ‘Let’s Dance’ Chlobo collection arrived at the shop just in time to help me put together my beach look. I loved adding a pop of colour to my gold Chlobo stacking bracelets.

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As designer Chloe says, “The ‘Let’s Dance’ collection captures the fun mood of the summer season and brings to mind beach holidays, lazy days by the sea and long summer nights dancing under the stars.”

I love the way Chloe has introduced the neon look with tassels in coloured thread. In the core collection the silver tassel is used as a symbol of protection, translated into neon colours it gives this new collection a more casual and funky feel and the vibrant colours bring a fun, fashion element to the summer collection, reflecting this seasons trends.goldturqnkhearthamsa

 

 

 

Another favourite for summer holidays is the Lucky Eyes collection, their ‘Monaco’ friendship bracelets come in a variety of semi-precious stones with contrasting silk cords, representing on trend summer colours. The diamanté set rose gold vermeil adds a sparkle which allows you to take the look through to the evening.lucky eyes

 

It was great to come back to sunshine, and with a bit of a tan! I can finally ditch the black boots and winter woolies and feel at one with my new collection of Chlobo neon brights.