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Friday Fabulous!

November 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Coast

Chunky enough to be cool, pearly enough to be pretty.  Utter arm candy.

Pacha Peal Cuff by Coast £35

 

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Sparkle & Shine: Supplier Showcase: By Gina Jewellery

June 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The lovely Gina of By Gina Jewellery has become of friend of mine via Twitter and later in real life.  She is a little ray of sunshine: bright, bubbly and boy, does she create some beautiful wedding jewellery!

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I’m like a kid in a sweet shop today as Gina showcases some of her gorgeous creations and tells Brides Up North all about By Gina Jewellery.

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By Gina Romance Tiara

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How did By Gina Jewellery begin? What is your story?

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I worked as an event planner in hotels for too many years and missed working in the wedding industry after I left – a big surprise to me! I decided I’d like to continue to work with weddings but didn’t want the unsocial hours that come with the hotel industry. It was a drunken idea in a pizza shop that started me thinking that I could run my own business (but isn’t that where all the best plans start?). I started with wedding stationery thinking how easy it would be to make and how wrong I was! With lots of practice and shouting at inanimate objects, I had created a range of stationery I was happy with but I didn’t stop there. If I could make stationery, then surely I could make jewellery, and you know what…I can! That was 5 years ago now and I have no idea how so much time has passed!

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By Gina Acacia Bracelet

Acacia

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What jewellery products/ bridal accessories are available from By Gina Jewellery?

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I have a range of tiaras, hair bands, necklaces, bracelets and earrings on the site at the moment but I am in the process of adding birdcage veils, garters and fascinators. At the moment my range is small but it is growing all the time. I aim to have a wide selection of styles, materials and prices so that no matter what a bride is looking for I should have something to suit.

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Do you design and make all the jewellery on your site?

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I did, but I’m very excited to have some very talented UK designers coming on board. They are designing and making new pieces that will feature on my site and a lot of them will be exclusive to By Gina Jewellery. I’m doing this to expand the selection I have on the site for brides, but also to showcase what amazing handmade items there are out there. A lot of the designers don’t have their own websites and sell through Etsy or Folksy so I thought how amazing it would be to be able to showcase their work on my site too.

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By Gina Acacia Earrings

Acacia

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Which piece is your favourite and why?

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Ooooh…that is a tough one! I love all my designs, they wouldn’t be on the website if I wasn’t 100% happy with them! But if I had to narrow it down to just one thing…at the moment it would have to be the Daisy Hair band (below). It’s just so simple, but yet sparkly. But, by the time this goes to press I will probably have changed my mind 100 times!

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By Gina Daisy Hair Band

Daisy

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Can you create bespoke pieces?

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Yes, because all the pieces are made to order they can be changed to suit the bride. Or if the bride wanted something completely different, I could sit down and discuss their ideas and come up with some sketches for a totally bespoke one off design.

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What celebrity would you like to design for and why?

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I would have loved to have designed Katy Perry’s wedding jewellery. I think a crystal tiara would have looked amazing in her dark hair! But as she’s now married, I’d like her to wear a few of my designs as she’s a bit of a style icon to a lot of people. If she rocked pearls, they would be even more fashionable!

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By Gina Darcy Earrings

Darcy

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By Gina Fae Earrings

Fae

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What materials do you work with?

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I mainly use Swarovski crystals and pearls with sterling silver fitments. I also use freshwater pearls in some of my designs. All the tiaras are made using silver coloured wire. I always make sure that each material is perfect before I use it….I’m too much of a perfectionist to use anything sub standard.

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By Gina Harmony Side Tiara

Harmony

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Can you buy all your designs online or do you do appointments?

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Everyone of my designs are available on my online shop. You can choose crystal and pearl colour and lengths online too. But if a bride wanted a more individual piece they can email or call me to discuss and I can arrange an appointment to go through the design with them.

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By Gina Isla Necklace

Isla

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What pieces would you recommend as bridesmaid’s gifts?

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If it was for a little girl the Mia butterfly pendant (below) is perfect! They are so cute and girly! For an older bridesmaid I would go with Acacia bracelet or necklace…they can be worn with so many outfits and look amazing!

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By Gina Mia Necklace

Mia

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

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From everyday life. I see what people are wearing, what’s in magazines on the TV and ideas seem to come together. I’m not a big one for drawing designs…I like to try things. I am always putting something together to pull it apart and start again. I have a quite simple style and I like to stick to that. I would like to design some more elaborate pieces, but have to wait until I have enough time to make them perfect!

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By Gina Princess CombPrincess 

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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We have so many things, where do I start!

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Tiaras start at £70.00 up to £90.00

Hair bands start from £25.00 up to £40.00

Hair combs start at £45.00 up to £60.00

Necklaces are from £22.50 up to £30.00

Bracelets from £10.00 up to £20.00

Earrings from £8.50 to £12.50

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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I have every imaginable way of contacting me!

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The old fashioned way by phone on 0191 272 8004 or 07881 903 953, by email gina@bygina.co.uk, via Twitter @byginaevents

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Through my website www.bygina.co.uk  – I have a blog on my website which you can follow for interesting tips and tricks and you can view my full range of jewellery and buy online.

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I have a facebook page www.facebook.com/bygina which I use for special offers and competitions.

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By Gina Twilight Tiara

Twilight

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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My aim in life is to have a gorgeous boutique in Tynemouth near Newcastle upon Tyne where I live. I would love couples to be able to come in, sit down and talk through all their hopes and dreams for their wedding day in a consultation room. I also aim to have a shop front in the boutique displaying all my handmade jewellery and stationery.  I’d also love to showcase other handmade items from wedding businesses in the boutique.

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By Gina Vintage Comb

Vintage

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Why do you read Brides Up North?

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I love the complete randomness of the posts! One day I’m reading about a real wedding, the next dresses and the day after a supplier spotlight! It’s never the same old stuff rehashed and I never get bored! I think it also helps that I’m nosey and want to see what all the couples weddings were like!

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Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza – Purple Princess (CLOSED)

April 12th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The week seems to be flying by!  Its Tuesday already, and I have another gorgeous giveaway for you. 

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Purple Princess Designs are offering one lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win their fabulous ‘Finesse’ bracelet to wear on your wedding day.

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To enter, just comment on this post below.*

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Competition closes on 12 May 2011. 

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Tuesday needn’t be bluesday – enter the rest of the brilliant Brides Up North Right Royal giveaways below:

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right royal giveaway bonanza

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Click here for the chance to win your WEDDING DRESS (worth up to £1,200!) with Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear.

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Click here for the chance to win gorgeous Royal Wedding inspired stationery by Cards By Sophie.

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Click here for the chance to win a bed and breakfast break at Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham with a bottle of champagne!

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Click here for the chance to win an  free engagement shoot, a free 14 x11 mounted image for signing and a free storybook album worth £350 with Lee Brown Photography.

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Click here for the chance to win one of 10 personalised magazine covers from Blue Friesian.

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Click here for the chance to win a Royal Wedding Party Pack from And All Things Nice, including  plates, cups, napkins, cupcake cases, canape flags, confetti & a British trivia game!

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Click here for the chance to win a portrait session and free 10×8 print from Karen McGowran Photography worth up to £150.

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Click here for the chance to win a bespoke hair accessory from Tiararama worth up to £250.

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Click here for the chance to win a bed and breakfast break at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham with a bottle of champagne! .

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Click here for the chance to win a vintage style couples shoot plus a 24 x 32 canvas of your favourite shot, worth £470, with Mandy Charlton Photography!

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*Winner will be drawn at random.  Entrants will be automatically be subscribed to the Brides Up North monthly newsletter. No cash alternative.

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Countdown to Christmas! Brides Up North Giveaway: Chez Bec!

December 9th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Giveaway closes Sunday 12 December 2010 at midnight!  Comment now to enter!

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You lucky things! Over the next few weeks I’ll be spoiling you with some very special giveaways!  Its like a giant Brides Up North advent calendar (well,almost!)…keep checking the blog!

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All you have to do is spread some festive cheer by leaving me a comment to be in with a chance of winning an early – and rather fabulous, darling – Chrimbo pressie!

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First up, the delectable Chez Bec!

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CB Vintage Bridal Hair Comb    CB Poppy II Vintage Bridal Headband

Vintage Bridal Hair Comb                                       Poppy II Vintage Bridal Headband

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Newly annointed Brides Up North Featured Supplier and award-winning bridal jewellery experts Chez Bec have the perfect wedding jewellery and hair accessories for your big day.

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CB Fleur II Pearl Bridal Earrings CB Viola Vintage Bridal Pendant

Fleur II Pearl Bridal Earrings                                   Viola Vintage Bridal Pendant

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Featuring an abundance of freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals, all of their jewellery is hand-made to order in the UK.  With prices from £20, there really is something for every bride.  Here we showcase Chez Bec’s top ten bestsellers for December 2010, so you can keep your finger firmly on the pulse of bridal fashion.

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CB Fleur Pearl Bridal Headband    Orla Vintage Bridal Hair Comb

Fleur Pearl Bridal Headband                                      Orla Vintage Bridal Hair Comb

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Chez Bec launched in 2006 and is now regarded as one of the UK’s leading providers of Wedding Jewellery having won the Award for Best Bridal Accessories at the Wedding Ideas Awards 2010 as well as being nominated on one of 3 Finalists for Best Bridal Accessories in the Wedding Ideas Awards 2008 and 2009. Chez Bec was also short listed as one of 5 Bridal Jewellery Finalists in the UK Jewellery Awards 2008.

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CB Vanessa Vintage Pearl Bridal Bracelet    CB Sylvia Vintage Pearl and Crystal Bridal Bracelet

Vanessa Vintage Pearl Bridal Bracelet                        Sylvia Vintage Pearl and Crystal Bridal Bracelet

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Each and every piece within the Chez Bec Collection is beautifully designed and hand-made using the finest A-grade freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals. With one of the largest collections of bridal jewellery available online, Chez Bec offers a beautiful array of wedding jewellery and hair accessories.

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CB Grand Gardenia Wedding Hair Flower Clip              Grace Vintage Pearl Bridal Earrings

Grand Gardenia Wedding Hair Flower Clip                                Grace Vintage Pearl Bridal Earrings

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Alongside their ready-to-wear Collection, Chez Bec also offer a bespoke service which is becoming more and more popular with brides looking for a truly unique piece of jewellery to wear on their special day.

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All purchases from Chez Bec are gorgeously gift wrapped as standard in luxury branded gift boxes complete with lashings and lashings of the softest white tissue paper, and a hand written gift card.  Perfect for bridesmaids’ gifts and one less thing for busy brides to do!

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Santa’s little helpers Chez Bec are giving away two of their

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bestselling Crystal Elegance Bracelets worth £44 each to two

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lucky Brides Up North readers!

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Crystal Elegance Pearl Bridal Bracelet

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To win, simply:

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1. Enter your email in the Subscribe! box at top right*; and

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2.  Leave a comment below telling Brides Up North why your wrists should be the ones to be adorned with such gorgeousness!

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Simples! 

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The very best of luck and a Very Merry Christmas from Brides Up

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North and Chez Bec to all of you, each and every one!

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*Brides Up North never share your email.  You won’t get any nasty surprises, just my lovely newsletter once a month! For more information see my Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

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Giveaway closes Sunday 12 December 2010 at midnight!  Comment now to enter!

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