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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New for spring!

Since completing my home improvements last year, I have found this enthusiasm for renovation has spilled over into the shop. I have really tried to look at the shop with fresh eyes and feel it is time for Argent to receive a facelift. Our last refit was over 17 years ago, and although I feel this has really stood the test of time, there are a few things that need updating. Our outlet floor was originally an experiment but its success over the last two years has encouraged me to make it into a permanent feature, we will be moving some cabinets upstairs in order to maintain a professional feel and maximise the use of space.

I’m excited to be making plans for the future of Argent but in the meantime we are looking forward to some new collections arriving in the shop.

Having recently returned from this year’s Jewellery trade fair at the NEC in Birmingham I am filled with new ideas and inspiration for Argent, and one of the brands I have discovered is ‘UNO de 50’. The brand utilises leather, Swarovski crystals, mother of pearl, handcrafted crystals and silver-plated base metal, and each piece is 100% handcrafted in Spain. The combination of colour and materials creates bold statement pieces that have a chunky boho vibe. This more casual look is completely different from anything else we have in the shop, and I feel UNO de 50 would be a welcome addition to our range of brands and designers at Argent, where we endeavour to provide a wide assortment of jewellery to suit any price range and taste.

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In recent years I’ve taken the decision to downscale our stock of diamond  jewellery but I do feel there is a lack of choice on the highstreet when it comes to wedding bands. I still want to be able to use my expertise in precious jewellery to cater for wedding ring customers and have decided to invest in the Contour Wedding Ring Collection by Prism Design. This is a brand I trust implicitly: within two weeks of graduating, I went to work for Barry and Sally (the husband and wife team who founded Prism Design) in the idyllic, picture-postcard village of Bradford on Avon. This was such a lovely experience for me and what I learnt during my time there gave me invaluable insight into the jewellery industry, it has been so nice to reconnect with them thirty years later, it seems fitting to return to my roots.

contour-catalogue-300x300 The Contour Collection showcases over 150 shaped wedding rings and is one of the largest collections in the UK. With over fifteen years experience, technological advancements in 3D scanning and the utilisation of CAD, Prismare able to offer an exclusive bespoke service where a wedding band can be created which perfectly complements any engagement ring, no matter what its shape, size or complexity of design. These can be made to any requirement in a wide array of metals, including white, yellow and rose gold, palladium and platinum.

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We are also looking forward to receiving new pieces from some of our existing designers including Trollbeads, Chlobo, Kit Heath, Cornerstone and Alex Monroe.

 

Trollbeads’ new Spring 2017 collection ‘Kindred Spirits’, is a continuation of the brand’s whimsical aesthetic. The collection offers a variety of new silver beads all based around a magical fairy theme, which brings back so many nostalgic childhood memories. This new collection includes six glass beads which can be bought separately or as a set, the ‘Enchanted Days Kit‘. One of these beads in particular has an internal framework pattern which I have never seen in their glass beads before.

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This collection really showcases the unique craftsmanship of Trollbeads and the way they are constantly evolving, there is little wonder why customers eagerly anticipate these exciting new releases!

I have had a sneak preview of Chlobo’s spring summer collection ‘Maya’s Light’ which is on a spiritual theme with new charms representing balance, positivity and serenity. It incorporates sterling silver and rose gold along with blue lace agate which has calming, protective qualities and promotes inner stability for it’s wearer, and white moonstone which is known to bring a pure energy and success in love. For the first time they have introduced sets of two bracelets each enhanced with the luxury feel and sparkle of cubic zirconia. These new designs will be available in April, Chlobo never fail to deliver and I’m excited to see which new pieces I can add to my personal collection, I particularly like the ‘Dreamcatcher’ necklace in rose gold.

Kit Heath’s new designs draw inspiration from asymetrical natural forms with an edgy, contemporary aesthetic, as always they offer high quality designs across a spectrum of styles and price points.

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I still love Cornerstone’s ‘cradle’ collection and am looking forward to the arrival of some new additions. A simple teardrop shape provides the focal point for each piece and the designs incorporate cubic zirconia, rose gold and black rhodium finishes to create a timeless yet contemporary aesthetic. Paul Spurgeon, the award winning designer behind Cornerstone Creations has developed a brand with a conscience through his charity collaboration with craftspeople in South Africa.

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Alex Monroe’s new collection entitled ‘Entomology’ is due to arrive in April. It features moths, butterflies and beetles in different colour combinations which I think will be well received by fans of his popular bee necklace. My favourite piece is the gold vermeil and green amethyst damsellfly stud earrings which are exquisite.

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Looking to the future I am contemplating the introduction of handmade cards and luxury artisan accessories. I’ve had my eye on a particular designer who designs and makes leather handbags.I feel the role of the independent store is to source and represent up and coming designers. Whilst I recognise that bigger brands are an integral part of my business it is important to me to bring an element of variety and individuality to the highstreet.

 

Designer Of The Month – February

After a busy festive season February sees the return of our ‘Designer of the Month’ feature. Starting with Julie Pratt, a designer with close links to Argent, she worked with us here in the shop for over ten years and now concentrates on designing and making jewellery from her workshop in Barnsley.Julie pic

Julie graduated from Barnsley College in 1998, her love of architecture and the natural environment along with her passion for travel provide constant inspiration for her work.

 

February is the ideal month in which to feature Julie’s work, coinciding with the launch of a new collection for us here at Argent, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Julie’s ‘Hearts’ collection consists of little silver nugget pendants with heart detail, on silver chain or colourful ribbon along with a matching ring, bangle and stud earrings, we think this new collection will be a great addition to her existing range.

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Julie’s core collection is based around the classical themes of the line and the circle, using a combination of polished and matt finished silver, occasionally contrasting with gold, Julie creates simple, elegant designs. I love the fact that many of her rings are made up of multiple pieces, allowing the wearer to create their own look and making them a firm favourite with our customers.

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Julie’s work will be showcased, centre stage in our window throughout the month of February so come along and take a look for yourself!

 

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

 

 

 

 

Rubies for July – Bespoke Jewellery

The birthstone for July is ruby, one of the first bespoke commissions we did was this beautiful ring set with two marquise cut rubies and diamonds.bspoke dbl ruby

We work with a highly respected local artisan jeweller who has over twenty years experience designing and creating extraordinary jewellery. He was one of the first jewellers in the UK to embrace computer aided design which allows you to see your design in it’s true form before the piece is manufactured and can show a range of ideas which can be manipulated to your requirements.

It’s lovely to be able to help design a unique piece for a customer which is individual to them. Each piece is created by hand in his workshop without mass produced designs or parts.

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Find out more about Argent’s Bespoke Service on the Bespoke page of the website.

The Grand Depart

I returned from my recent holiday in a positive frame of mind.claires The light evenings have encouraged me to start eating a healthier diet and to get more active with the kids, what better way to see our beautiful countryside than to get out on our bikes!

 

 

Of course cycling is particularly topical this year with the forthcoming imagesTour de France passing through our neck of the woods at the beginning of July, The Grand Depart takes place just down the road from Argent in Leeds. I can’t believe it was a year ago that our youngest son congregated outside Leeds Town Hall with his school friends, sporting his yellow T-shirt to promote The Worlds Greatest Cycle Race. It came as no surprise therefore when it was announced the theme of the schools summer ball this year would be the Tour de France. It couldn’t have worked out better for me as I already had aBianchi new bright yellow floor length dress that I have decided to accessorise with Alex Monroe’s gold vermeil bicycle pendant…… would you believe that not only do the tiny wheels turn around but the headlight is set with a diamond and the rear with a ruby! What else would you expect from Alex Monroe? His attention to detail is second to none. Inspired by the actual bike Alex uses to cycle to work, the necklace enables you to get that cycling chic look without all the hard work!

Hello 2014

Well, here we are… the beginning of our ARGENT 25th Anniversary Year!

Nomination V-picHere in the shop we are gearing up for Valentine’s Day, I love this time of year! It’s nice to have something to look forward to following the lull after the Christmas Festivities. It is a perfect time to be thinking of that special someone. Any day soon we are expecting the Valentines Collection from our best selling range Nomination. With a starting price of £18 per charm, this is the perfect alternative to chocolates! If collectables is your thing, then don’t miss out on the Valentines Collection from Trollbeads. In the CholBo range there’s plenty of love related stacking bracelets to choose from, popular with many of our regulars and celebrities alike, I too adore my stacking bracelets and take great pleasure in choosing my look for the day.

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Another range on a romantic theme is Oak, a particular favourite of mine is the spinning heart necklace, now also available in rose gold vermeil. For that extra special present or for those of you thinking about proposing at this romantic time of year, don’t forget we also have diamond jewellery in classic styles as well as quirky designer pieces.

We are always here to help you, if you can’t see what you want online, do give us a call or pop into the store where we can help with any special requirements.

Finally, whatever you decide to do – have fun this Valentine’s Day!

Bonkers about Bangles


This week’s summer story is on the subject of Bangles, which are undoubtedly this season’s wardrobe staple when it comes to accessorizing.
Top catwalk shows from designers across the globe were littered with wrist wear in an array of forms, with the implicit premise that any statement summer outfit required a form of jewellery equal in its boldness to complete the look.
So with three key summer trends in mind, here is a pick of just some of the bangles we have to offer at Argent.

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Think minimal and futuristic with clean lines and simple shapes, materials may include plastics, a typical trait of designers such as Sarah Packington and Lesley Strickland, but also an adventurous and cutting edge use of silver and
gold plate with Stubbs and Co’s textile like bangles, with simple twists and knotted detailing.

 


Ethnic
Boldness in print and in colour, oversized statement pieces with a use of varied contemporary materials such as wood and plastic perfectly fit the criteria of both Lesley Strickland and The Branch. Whilst these designers choice of materials is opposing they both remain highly similar in their organic appearance.


Ladylike

Elegance and intricacy are the two main principles held by this seasons ‘ladylike’ clean image when it comes to jewellery. Such class is realized through the use of polished metals such as gold and silver, which stand alone and proud with Ntinga’s magnetic mesh bangles. Meanwhile wrist wear from Nomination and The Branch sees the use of gold as a setting for semi precious stones such as agates and quartzs, Nomination’s ‘Extension’ bracelets offer a selection of natural hard stones, 18ct yellow gold detailing and stainless steel for an affordable and classic Italian aesthetic.

You can shop all of these looks and more on our website and instore.

 

 

Our spring sale starts today with up to 40% off selected ranges

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Today we’re launching our spring sale with a great discount across a number of brands.

From 16th – 29th April we’re offering 40% off in store on a number of our bestselling collections, giving you the perfect opportunity to treat yourself (or a loved one) to a new piece of jewellery. If you’re a charm lover, looking for a new watch, or you’re after a statement piece to complement an outfit, you will be sure to find it in store.

 

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Choose from these selected ranges:

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We’re also offering 30% off discontinued Thomas Sabo charms and 50% off discontinued Thomas Sabo jewellery.

This is a two week sale only, so come and visit the shop early on to be sure you don’t miss out. We hope to see you there.

Missoma comes to Argent

After a few weeks of waiting, we’re pleased to tell you that the brand new Missoma range is now available in the shop.

The range includes a collection of exclusive and innovative designer jewellery, using exotic semi-precious gemstones including topaz, black onyx and moonstone to name a few. Missoma is a bold and contemporary collection of bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings. Available in 18ct gold vermeil and Sterling Silver, these recognisable pieces will be ideal for spring, making a fresh and colourful addition to any outfit.

With a large fan base throughout the UK, Missoma has been seen in a number of well-known publications such as Elle, Grazia, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire. The striking style of Missoma will add something completely new to add to your jewellery collection, choosing an item with a range of coloured gemstones or go for a simpler, understated design.

If you’re in and around Leeds, pop in to Argent and have a look at the new range – we’ll be on hand to help whether you’re looking for a gift or if you just feel like treating yourself.