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jewel in the crown: lister horsfall, yorkshire

March 8th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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As something special that stays with you long beyond the wedding day, the engagement and wedding rings are without doubt one of the most important purchases on the big day list.

We therefore feel it’s an important area to do your homework in, and to entrust to professionals that have a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping couples to find their perfect bands. Our wonderful Sponsor Lister Horsfall, which has two beautiful Yorkshire stores, is one such professional that can assist.

Having opened its first store back in 1902, the family-run firm has built a glowing reputation over the past century for their personal and efficient service, and now boast stores in both Halifax and Ilkley.

Keen to make the ring-buying experience enjoyable and memorable, the Halifax store houses a luxurious Bridal Suite, giving grooms- and brides-to-be the perfect place to choose their engagement and wedding rings, while receiving expert advice and complimentary drinks.

In addition, all customers benefit from the Lister Horsfall promise, meaning that every piece of jewellery purchased is entitled to a lifetime of clean, re-size and polish. And, if couples buy an engagement ring from Lister Horsfall, they also receive 10% off wedding rings. Plus, up until the end of March Lister Horsfall are offering a pair of 6.5mm cultured pearls worth £100 with every wedding ring set purchased in store.

So, let’s waste no time in handing over to General Manager Gemma Moody, to tell us more about the jeweller’s dazzling offering…

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Can you tell us a little about Lister Horsfall’s history and its experience in wedding and engagement rings?

gemma says: Lister Horsfall opened his Halifax jewellers back in 1902, a year after Queen Victoria died – and our proudly family-run Yorkshire business is still one of the crown jewels of the county’s top-end shopping experiences over 115 years later.

 

It’s this experience, passed on through the generations, that brings customers to us – we understand that it’s both an emotional and exciting time when someone is about to propose or get married, so we make sure that couples get the best experience to help them make their day as perfect as possible.

We stock a range of styles to suit all manner of tastes, and at the heart of that is our commitment to providing our customers with exceptional quality. We pride ourselves on enabling our diamond customers to know exactly what they are buying, which is why all our diamonds are certified through the GIA’s Diamond Grading System. We only stock what we consider to be the best in Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight, carrying certified diamonds at the top of the scale, from D to G.

Whether it’s help choosing the right ring, working to a specific budget or even designing a bespoke piece, all our customers receive a personal service that’s second to none.

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Where are Lister Horsfall’s showrooms located and can you tell us a little about them and the jewellery stocked?

You can find us in Ilkley and Halifax; both stores have undergone huge refurbishments in recent years. Pre-Christmas, our Ilkley store was completely refurbished, it looks amazing and the feedback from customers has been fantastic.

Our Halifax branch also houses our luxurious Bridal Suite, giving grooms and brides-to-be the perfect place to choose their engagement and wedding rings.

We stock a range of jewellery from the likes of Mikimoto, Furrer Jacot, Messika, Ponte Vecchio and CARAT. These brands offer stunning ranges and if you’re looking for bridal jewellery, bridesmaids’ gifts or even something special for the mother-of-the-bride, you’ll find the perfect choice.

In addition, we hold watches by Rolex, Tudor, Omega, Breitling, Tag Hauer, Longines and 
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The Halifax showroom has a dedicated engagement & bridal suite, can you tell us about this and the experience it provides for couples?

We have a traditional commitment to a high-quality, personal service, which is why the wedding showroom was a must for us.

Couples can sit down and relax in comfort and privacy, as it’s to the side of the main store floor. Our in-store bar is where you’ll be treated to complimentary drinks whilst you mull over your options for engagement and wedding rings and beyond.

And, if you’re not sure exactly what style you’re looking for, our experienced and down-to-earth team will assist you in finding just the right style for you. It’s a buying experience that treats such a significant life-moment with all the ceremony and care that it deserves.

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Can you tell us about the choice of wedding and engagement rings that you stock?

We have an array of exquisite engagement rings from Diamonds by Appointment, true specialists in the field. We are also proud to be one of the few jewellers to stock the UK’s own Brown and Newirth, a wonderful brand that offers customers a wide variety of styles.

Both companies have an absolute commitment to high-quality workmanship, which is why we love working with them.

Do you also offer a bespoke service and, if so, can you tell us about the process of having a ring especially designed and made at Lister Horsfall?

We do, and it’s a very popular service! Customers often bring in images from magazines or drawings they’ve made as initial inspiration for the design. They’ll sit down with Darren, our working jeweller, who will work hand in hand with them to bring their ideas to life. From that, we will produce CAD designs to show what the finished piece will look like and then, once approved, we’ll go ahead and make the ring itself.

It’s a very personal experience that takes about six to eight weeks, and at the end of it you have a truly unique piece of jewellery.

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Diamond Geezer! Supplier Showcase: Mobeus

March 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to Saturday Brides Up North!  Ahh Saturday morning, my very very favourite time of the week.  A nice little lie in if you are lucky and the weekend stretching happily ahead.  You and your man are both off work, the sun is up and the shops are open…

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What better time for a bit of ring hunting?

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I’m thinking the same, as today as we chat to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Mark of Mobeus.  Is an eternity band for your second anniversary too extravagant I wonder…?

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Hi Mark!  Tell us a bit about Mobeus?

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I started as an apprentice goldsmith in 1987 straight from 6th form college after doing A level CDT and Art. For the next five years I worked as an apprentice receiving one to one training before moving back to my home town to set up my own workshop inside an existing jewellers.  After seven years doing that and running a workshop which coped with over twenty shops worth of repairs I decided to change direction. 

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Mobeus was set up twelve years ago in a very small retail unit purely as a workshop open to the public with a small section of cabinets to display jewellery for sale.  After five years I bought large retail premises further up the road and designed the interior of the shop so that the workshop was facing the retail shop so customers could see us working and we could talk to them without leaving the bench.

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How is Mobeus different from the competition?

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One of the main differences is that Mobeus is a jewellers owned and run by a goldsmith with twenty five years of knowledge and experience.  My customers love the fact that they are talking to the people actually doing the work and it doesn’t get sent away anywhere.

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What products does Mobeus offer?

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Because I am a goldsmith I source the jewellery that we have for sale with a goldsmith’s eye, always checking the quality of any product we sell personally for build quality and design to ensure I am stocking excellent products that are going to last. We do have a small section of products we have designed and manufactured ourselves but most of our time is spent on commission work, which can be anything from a wedding ring and engagement ring set to an automated sterling silver water lily which is on display in Bowes museum! We have videos on our website showing how we make some of the commissions like the lily.

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What materials does Mobeus use in its wedding rings?

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Mobeus works in all precious metals, platinum, palladium, gold and silver.  We do not work in stainless steel or titanium.

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Tell us about Mobeus’ shaped wedding rings and the process by which they are made?

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We have a video showing how we make shaped wedding rings – basically we talk through the design required by the customer and then hand-make the shaped wedding ring in silver so that the customer can actually try the shaped ring on their finger before they buy.

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We do this within three hours so we do not have to keep the engagement ring, and we do not charge for this service.  After years of making jewellery I have found this to be a fool proof way of working which guarantees that the customer will be happy before we have the silver sample ring cast in any precious metal.

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Tell us about Mobeus’ gents’ wedding rings?

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We have also built up a sample box of ideas for gents’ wedding rings because we found the choice for gents generally was poor and when asked most men wanted something a little bit different rather than just plain.

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Tell us about your jewellery restoration service?

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We have restored all types of jewellery over the years sometimes due to sentimentality we restore and sometimes we will re-make something from scratch copying from what is left of the old jewellery or even working from pictures if the jewellery has been lost.

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What other services do you offer?

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Our most commonly used everyday service is white gold rhodium plating, we can do this the same day for customers if necessary, most jewellers take at least a week to have this job done.

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Where are you located?  Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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Our premises are in Hartlepool.  A Google map is provided on our website to help customers find us easily and we have free parking for half an hour both down the side of the shop and over the road. An appointment is not essential but is recommended so that we can guarantee customers quality time.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Although we are bespoke we are not expensive because we do everything in house which cuts out any middlemen eating up percentages.

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Are you running any special offers at the moment?

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We have a special offer on our website at the moment running until March 31st 2012, 10% off £1000 spent or 20% off £2000 spent. 

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How can Brides Up North see examples of your stock/ find out more?

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Visit our website at www.mobeus.biz

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Where To Start? Top Tips For Navigating & Making The Most Of Wedding Fairs

March 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So, it can’t have escaped your notice that the largest free bridal event in the North East is this Sunday at Ramside Hall Hotel, and that Brides Up North is at the helm, can it?  (If it has, click here for all the details of the Brides Up North Super Showcase Wedding Exhibition). 

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When I was a bride to be, I LOVED attending wedding fairs – the hustle and bustle, the masses of wedding inspiration, brand new ideas, the gowns, the bling, the freebies and the general feeling of happiness and excitement floating through the air.  I can hardly believe that the Brides Up North brand has grown so much that I am now throwing my own massive event – and it feels like one big fabulous party!

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I’m bursting with excitement about the weekend, but I know that as well as being a lot of fun, wedding exhibitions need to serve their purpose too.  This event is primarily about assisting you lovely ladies with the wedding planning process and grouping together as many fabulous local suppliers in one area as possible for you to chat to.  There is something for everyone on Sunday – from boho brides to pretty princesses, cool customers and vintage vixens, and it’s all under one roof.

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I also understand that 100+ stands over two huge function rooms is a lot to take in.  How to prioritise your time and get the most from the event.  From experience, I tend to waft around dashing from pretty thing to pretty thing, touching and trying and oohing and ahhing, so my advice on this is pretty useless.  To assist, I’ve called in one of Sunday’s exhibitors and wedding exhibition connoisseur Mark of Mobeus Jewellers, who’ll lead you through the labyrinth of lovely! 

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So lets hear form this seasoned exhibitor, fabulous jeweller and all round nice guy about how to make the most of wedding exhibitions and get the best results from your day out.

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How many wedding exhibitions have you attended Mark?

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I have been exhibiting at wedding fairs for at least 10 years so it must be dozens over the years, if not hundreds.

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Why are wedding fairs important to Mobeus Jewellers?

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At a fair, we can get right to that target audience, often meeting hundreds of people in a day who would not normally visit our shop. That’s extremely valuable for anyone supplying the wedding industry.

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We get the chance to meet people who want to have a chat about their ideas for wedding and engagement rings. Some people have a bit of an idea what they would like as a wedding ring but haven’t seen what they are after. We are able to take their ideas and make them into their own personal designs.

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How do you make the most of wedding exhibitions?

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A lot of people are quite shy at first when they visit the stall, so we just ask them some simple questions to get the conversation going. We’re never pushy and just like to get a feel for the couple and what they are after as sometimes it’s hard to describe in words.

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We see all the different groups – the brides and mums, the gangs of girls together and some blokes who look like they have been dragged along kicking and screaming – but they love it when they get there!

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Here are Mark’s top tips for making the most of wedding fair season:

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It’s going to be very difficult to get round every stall, so decide before you get there what you want to get out of the exhibition. People often forget about the permanent things from the wedding such as the photography and rings and instead concentrate on the flowers and table designs. That’s fine if that’s your priority, but make sure there’s enough in the budget for the things that will last.

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HEARTFind a supplier you can relate to

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It’s your wedding, so you need someone who can understand your ideas and what you really want. That’s particularly important when choosing your wedding dress and rings. If you can relate to your supplier and get on well with them, they are really going to work well for you.

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HEARTGet at least three quotes

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Find something you like, think about it and then get another quote. There are a lot of big decisions to be made when choosing things for your wedding so don’t rush in. Sleep on things – your suppliers will still be there the day after the exhibition. And don’t always go for the cheapest price, look for something you really want and work with your supplier to get the right deal.

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As well as visiting fairs at your venue or the larger ones in your area, it’s probably worthwhile getting outside of your immediate region to meet different suppliers – they may have the exact thing you’re looking for.

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Mark and his team of goldsmiths will be at the Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel this Sunday.

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To find out more about Mark’s specialist shaped ring service visit www.mobeus.biz

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Love Diamonds? I Do! Eye Candy Interview: DiamondLove

July 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I’m a bit of a magpie for sparkly pretty things, and the DiamondLove collection by Assuntina Oliva certainly fits that description.  Today on the wedding blog I chat to DiamondLove all about their gorgeous range of vintage inspired genuine designer jewellery at affordable prices. 

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Fancy a bit of Sunday shopping?!

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Tell Brides Up North a bit about DiamondLove

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Successful bespoke jewellery designer Assuntina has always had a dream to design beautiful ready to wear jewellery under her own brand name for everyone to wear and enjoy.

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Finally this dream has come true in DiamondLove by Assuntina Oliva. A sophisticated, timelessly elegant, vintage inspired range of jewellery dedicated to the bridal/wedding sector.

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DiamondLove is about timeless love, love that is unconditional and permanent.

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Receiving and giving pieces of ‘DiamondLove’ means that you truly love and are loved. Each piece plays its special part in your journey of love throughout your lives together. By adding diamonds we are symbolising the permanence and strength of that union. All our jewellery is designed in house by us.

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What pieces make up the DiamondLove collection?

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The DiamondLove range consist of Engagement rings, Wedding rings, Eternity rings, Pendants, Earrings, Bracelets, Tiaras, Sash Brooches, boutonnieres (Lapel flower holders) and cufflinks and is constantly growing.

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Tell Brides Up North about your Engagement, Wedding and Eternity rings?

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Our Engagement, Wedding and Eternity rings are all individually made. When you place an order for a DiamondLove ring you have to wait 6 weeks for it because this is how long it takes to make and hall mark each one.

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All the rings are available in 18ct white and yellow Gold, Platinum or Palladium. Every DiamondLove ring has at least one diamond in it and in some cases, especially for the gentlemen the diamond is discreetly placed on the inside of the ring allowing for the classic look of a plain wedding band but with a touch of chic that the diamond brings to it.

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What inspires the DiamondLove designs?

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When Assuntina worked on the DiamondLove range she let her imagination run riot through all the classical intense detail of Victoriana, Baroque elegance and topped it off with a swirl of Edwardian grace. Assuntina’s signature style of scroll work and elegant detail is very evident in this range especially the pendants and earrings with lots and lots of glitter and sparkle in the stones and timelessly beautiful fresh water pearls that she has used, making these pieces perfect for all types of wedding and bridesmaids dresses, just have a look and you’ll see that there are plenty of pieces to choose from that will match perfectly.

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Assuntina’s inspiration comes from an absolute passion designing jewellery. This is evident in the intensity with which she works. Her research is constant and involves all aspects of peoples’ lifestyles and fashion tastes both current and historical. Nature, Architecture food, art, in fact anything that catches her eye as unique is a potential source of inspiration. Assuntina is an “out of the box” type of thinker, by this I mean she does not limit her research purely to jewellery trends and tastes as she considers this to be limiting. She is never without a pen and sketch book even when she travels as far afield as China or the USA her sketch books and pens go with her.

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Who is the DiamondLove bride?

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I can sum up in one word what the DiamondLove bride is like, “beautiful”. The DiamondLove team truly believe that on their wedding day all brides look beautiful and our ambition and satisfaction is to be part of that of that celebration of her beauty on her wedding day through our jewellery. So in answer we say all brides are DiamondLove brides and we design everything with them in mind.

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What are your best selling pieces?

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To be honest all our jewellery is very popular but I would say at the moment our strong sellers have pearls in them.  Pearls are very popular at the moment especially for earrings and neckwear and having a pair of pearl set earrings and a matching pearl necklace is proving a “must have”.

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Would a DiamondLove piece make a good bridesmaid gift?

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All our pieces make excellent bridesmaid’s gifts. We sell a lot of our jewellery purely for that purpose but for bridesmaid’s gifts I would strongly consider what you will be wearing on your wedding day and match the gifts to that.  So if it’s pearls for you think about pearls for them as well. If it’s stud earrings for you maybe it should be stud earrings for them as well.  I’m sure that you will know your bridesmaids tastes in jewellery quite well so make sure that they will like and be happy to wear what you choose.

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What would be your top tips for choosing your wedding jewellery?

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When we exhibit at the Wedding shows we are asked for lots of advise from brides to be about what to wear as jewellery on the big day because nearly all of them are doing this for the first time and are coming to the shows and to us for inspiration and ideas and the questions and requests are many and varied but I think the strongest tips are:

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Make sure that you have got your dress before you choose your jewellery for the wedding day, this is important for coordinating your look.

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Decide how you want to have your hair for your wedding day, up, down, long, short. All of these things can affect which type of pendants and earrings you should wear for example if you have your hair down you may need to have bolder earrings that  can be seen easily or maybe you will need greater emphasis on the pendant if you’re going to wear one.

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Think about the jewellery that your bridesmaids are going to wear, it can look very chic and elegant if the jewellery you wear relates to that of your bridesmaids and entourage and don’t forget having some jewellery pieces for the groom and best man as well, subtle things like cufflinks or cravat pins and tie clips that relate to your jewellery is very nice.

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Don’t neglect your wrists, a graceful, delicate bracelet can really stand our, even if your dress has sleeves like Kate Middleton’s.

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Finally, DON’T leave buying your jewellery till the last minute. If you do you will nearly always get something that you don’t really like and will struggle to make it match your dress also you will probably never wear it again which is something you can do with our jewellery

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What celebrity bride would you like to see wearing DiamondLove?

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We’d love to see lots of celebs wearing our jewellery on their wedding day but for home grown stars I think Cheryl Cole would be a must have because she is a classic beauty.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Our prices are very reasonable for such lovely designer jewellery, with prices ranging currently from £29.99 up to £67.99 for earrings and pendants which considering they are all diamond set is pretty good.

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

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We’re always contactable by either e-mail ao@diamondart.co.uk or visit the website at www.diamondart.co.uk or give us a call on 0845 688 5004. you can even visit the design studio by making an appointment if you want us to design something bespoke for you.

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Is there anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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We are currently working with Wedding TV to do a series of programmes about how to accessorise for brides on their wedding day. The show is coming out later in the Year and we are hoping to be filming some time in August!

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Have you entered the wedding blog’s special DiamondLove Giveaway yet?  Click here to enter and these beauties could be yours…

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Brides Up North: My Own Wedding Day…Let’s Hear It for the Boys!

January 6th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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And so we come to one very nervous groom, a relatively calm best man (well done Carl!) and some very excitable ushers.  Its a wonder Alan made it to Durham School Chapel on time to meet me at the altar! My heartfelt thanks to David Lawson Studios for capturing the action (and helping to calm the groom down)…

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Presenting, the “A” Team…

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Alan was sick with nerves the morning before our wedding – he even suspected my Dad had tried to poison him at our rehearsal dinner (which may not have been far off the mark…)

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Our rings were bought from Ace Jewellery in Leeds.  A fantastic little shop, hidden away above W H Smith in the city centre.  Pay them a visit!

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Whisky for the ushers, with a cut glass tumbler each.

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Ever mindful of budget, Dad sourced the top hats on Ebay.  We needed 8, we had 13.  Er…well done Dad.

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We hired the gentlemen’s morning suits from Troughear Suit Hire in Gilesgate, Durham.  Alan’s shiny new shoes were from Dune.

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Better weather than August!

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A fabulous lady leading her troops…

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.Alan with his best man, his brother Carl, awaiting the bride’s arrival… but where is she…?

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…still posing probably!

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Coming up tomorrow morning… I’m goin’ to the Chapel…

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Stay tuned!

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